Easter dinner was supposed to be easy peasy, until I showed up at Honey Baked an hour after it closed at noon. Panic and frustration hit hard. no doubt i went off on a rant about their poor business sense for closing early on the one day of the year people actually buy a ham. After this got me nowhere, and no ham, i headed to Whole Foods for an organic pig with no glaze. Who knew a glaze...
My dear friend Anna Banana and I like to fancy ourselves, “Little Ina’s.” We used to live together in LA, spending weekends paging through Barefoot Contessa cookbooks, discussing the “Jeffrey’s” in our lives, and preparing serious meals. We always have tons of fun together and share a lot of love. So when she came out for a visit in...
an undie party.
my favorite underwear is designed by one of my favorite people, (daph)ne. so when she was coming to town around the holidays, we dreamed up this girly afternoon of shopping undies, eating cookies, and drinking juice (all color coordinated of course). I first met daphne on a photo shoot for Band of Outsiders a few years ago, and now she’s a friend and a friend of the brand. Her...
for our 2nd annual holiday dinner with Jacob’s family, I took a cue from this guy and married the two food group traditions from christmas and hanukkah. apps: Chipotle and Rosemary Roasted Nuts, cornichons, vegan spinach hazelnut dip w/ green & red peppers, cheese board w/ grapes. drinks: Champagne (the good stuff). mains: Matzo ball soup, Roasted Turkey Roulade w/ Hallah...
we hosted our first Friendsgiving (or #peensgiving as we liked to hashtag it) for 16 of our closest friends in Los Angeles, a week before the real holiday. it required 2 tables… … and 2 turkeys. I couldn’t have asked for a cozier LA evening as you walked in the door, it began with apple cider brandy/bourbon cocktails and Sofia bubbly. apps were kept...
we’re going on a 2-month heat wave in LA and the only way to beat the heat is to swim. luckily, we’ve recently moved into a house with a pool. so we did what any good friends would do, invited people over. and what do you want to eat when you’re half naked in a swimsuit? a slab of BBQ Baby Back Ribs. and Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp. and other super skinny...
cotton candy, sweet and low, let me see that...
Sous Style recently featured me hosting a dinner party for friends at home. Since it was the beginning of summer I thought it was time to boil a few lobsters, melt a ton of butter, and drink some rosé. To start, I served Zucchini Cakes w/ Smoked Trout, paired w/ Champagne. To keep the Lobster Rolls company, I served homemade coleslaw and store bought potato chips (the good kind). For...
well now we know, it’s a boy ! but back on this day in january it was chicks only. me and my two girlfriends (zoe & mariana) headed north to Ojai to throw a baby shower for our dear friend La. their house is a dream so the rest was a piece of (cup)cake. the other baby-size food was made by ty’s mom julie. we asked everyone to bring their favorite...
it's the most wonderful time of the year.
For the last few years Christmas has been spent in various cities (and climates), but the Holiday is where the heart is, so I hosted a dinner for my family-to-be (Jacob’s). Since we’re getting married in Italy soon I thought the best menu would be Italian Wedding Soup. Also on the menu… To start: My mom’s famous Spinach Balls & Crab Dip No photos...
Band of Outsiders hosted a summer movie night at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery. we played the movie Meatballs and served meatballs. first came drinks + passed apps at sunset. pork rillettes/pickled vegetable aioli, heirloom tomato/feta/beets/puslane/olive crostini, buratta crostini/new olive oil/flake salt, fried zucchini/parmesan/marinara. cocktails by Dewar’s, food by...
i first met Hilary 5 years ago at Band of Outsiders’ first Boy. shoot for Vogue. after throwing this dinner last November, Hil asked me to plan her and Emmett’s wedding. i said yes, and then on June 11th they said yes. not too bad having this guy perform a song during the ceremony. branch balls purchased here. after the ceremony (and an extended cocktail hour) it...
a prosecco party to celebrate Zoe’s 30th birthday! a table for 16. we made a kraft runner to unify the two tables. the lavender was picked from our garden + the other flowers came from the downtown flower mart. the most delicious (and fatty) menu! apps: oysters on the half shell, yellow beet dip, boursin cheese w/ blackberries. mains: Ad Hoc buttermilk fried chicken +...
it's a love story baby just say yes!
postcard invitations sent in the mail. printed at paper chase. mr. & mrs. to be arriving at the party! first stop, a ladle of Pink Tequila punch. hand-writing goddess Natalie Krinsky. pre-party set up with rented bulb lights + heat lamps. his + her piñatas from Vine American Party Store. guests emailed their favorite photos of the couple and we printed and strung them...
oscar mayer weiner
our 2nd annual academy awards viewing party. popcorn cones made of newspaper movie sections. nod to Jewels. movie candy: m+m’s, peanut butter cups, red vines. $10 in, winner takes all. filling out ballots during red carpet coverage. welcome wagon: bloody mary shots w/ bay shrimp scewers (stinky). no one is trusted with a pencil or the option to grade their own ballot...
the baby mama! miss lauren coffield malloy. the spread: empanadas, scones, muffins, croissants, quiches, apple pancake, tea sandwiches, + greens. oh, and fresh squeezed oj for mimosas of course. outdoor country table. tie dye buckets. onesies in all sizes. this baby is going to be the hipp(i)est thing around town. magnolia cupcakes from zoe. strawberry jam party favor. made...
100 ft dinner table.
Band of Outsiders dinner celebrating our new los angeles studio. I turned our raw industrial office into a warm dining room. chandeliers created with fishing wire + glass globes. Polaroid retrospective printed at Paper Chase. table wine kindly provided by my friends at Esser Vineyards. glass bottles, cotton branches, and a mix of billy bong and wheat grass. borrowed from Holly...
put a ring on it.
the couple now has these letters in their garden and this banner hanging in their bathroom (minus “the future”). a self-serve bar. bottles individually tagged with this custom stamp. tacos! less cooking, and more fun. call jamie razo 323 804 0498. bluegrass + folk jams provided by a trio from McCabes. party favor: a mix of songs by artists that the...