For our second #makersmeals we had so many DC Makers that helped us create a breathtaking space and delicious meal for our guests as we discussed coming together as a community through collaborations that build creativity and character into our city.
A huge thank you is required to the following contributors that helped make the evening possible:
Union Kitchen fully supported the concept of Makers Meals from the beginning. Kate connected us with several of their members about collaboration and offered us the veritable "key to the castle" the night of our event. Union Kitchen also donated gift cards to each of our guests to visit Union Kitchen Grocery and see first hand what's being made in DC by our local food producers.
Republic Restoratives welcomed us into their stunning space and prepared a cocktail pairing menu incorporating local ingredients alongside each of our courses. Rachel & Pia are inspiring women business owners and have put so much work into opening a community funded and community driven distillery that puts people and friendship at the center of it all.
Something Vintage Rentals came through last minute with the most beautiful farm tables, vintage dinnerware and brass candlesticks. As soon as she heard the concept and our desire to bring people together around local food and a beautifully styled table, Dawn bent over backwards to get us what we needed.
Chef Mesilati of Palette Dome Cuisine not only prepared a delicious seasonal menu using ingredients sourced from our local farmers, but he also introduced each course to our guests adding in some of his favorite tips for how to cook at home using locally-sourced ingredients.
Nadiya of Imani Fine Art Photography responded to my post on a Capitol Area Photographers group inviting a local photographer to join us at the table and capture the evening through their lens. Being a photographer myself, I knew exactly what I was looking for and when Nadiya contacted me saying she was interested I knew she was the perfect partner. ALL of the breathtaking images in this post are thanks to her incredible eye and willingness to invest in our idea.
I contacted Tom at 4P Foods to see if he might be able to provide us with some extras from their weekly produce shares delivered to residences throughout DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland. Tom went above and beyond and provided boxes of produce for the dinner as well as offering a 4P Foods bag of produce for guests to take home to prepare a local dinner in their own kitchens.
I asked Aphra Adkins of Sally's Middle Name about preparing a gluten and dairy-free dessert for the evening because she has a bit of a reputation for her delicious cakes. She not only came through with a local lavender and blueberry-inspired dessert but she also made them into 24 mini cakes. Not to mention, Aphra provided serving platters, glassware and plates from Sally's Middle Name that perfectly matched our vintage-inspired theme.
The following DC Makers provided their products to feature in our meal for the evening:
Wild Roots Apothecary - Rosehip Hibiscus syrup
Ruby Scoops - Sorbet
Embitterment - Lavender Bitters
Bowers Fancy Dairy Products - House made Ricotta and Creme Fraiche
Finally, the evening literally wouldn't have happened if my friend and co host Anna Russell of Tomboy Design Co. hadn't partnered with me to make my long time dream of a supper series featuring local makers a reality. Anna brought her eye for design and styling to the space and designed all of our printed materials for the evening.
It has been a full year since we first played around with the idea of working together on a supper series that combines a beautifully styled table, deliciously prepared seasonal food and conversation about how we can build a DC community that is more healthy and sustainable.
With our second #makersmeals a resounding success, we suspect that this is only the beginning...
Photos by Imani Fine Art Photography