charleston kinfolk dinner11/12/12


A couple weeks ago we put on a Kinfolk Dinner here in Charleston. It was pulled together in two weeks and the people who rallied to make this thing so darn beautiful amazed me. The magnitude of Kinfolk-enthusiasm in Charleston surprised me and left me loving this city more than ever.


The dinner was held at Tara Derr Webb’s farm in Awendaw, and Tara (with the help of so many — Maki, Christel, Leighton, Tara’s father, Libby, Patrick) served a four-course family-style meal. I serendipitously met Tara as I was trying to find a location for the dinner and I’m so glad I did. She went above and beyond to make the night special and was (is) truly, truly, a godsend.


Christel from Greendale Farms graced us with her addictive homemade cheese. The oohing and aahing over this cheese (paired with delicious honey and fresh microgreens) was ridiculous. The “Purple Haze,” gouda-style cheese with herbs de Provence, was the resounding favorite.


Musicians from Awendaw Green came out and serenaded us with some folksy tunes as we sat down to dinner. Anne Bowen of Stems generously contributed more than a dozen arrangements of lush fall colors, herbs, and purple artichokes wrapped in birch. Johnny of Sweeteeth contributed take-home chocolate bars for everyone. Blake and Fuzzco designed menus and drew that sweet chalkboard sign. Brooks of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co served French 75s and Gin & Tonics on tap, both with a Jack Rudy twist.


Bill and David of Sugar Bakeshop baked three impressive desserts: lattice-top apple pie, pumpkin ginger cake, and caramel cake. Their desserts have long been my favorite as I lived across the street from Sugar in college (dangerous) and it was wonderful to have their desserts and presence at the dinner.


Ross and Jayme of Black Tap Coffee served a delicious dark brew with dessert as everyone sleepily gathered around the fire. It was mentioned more than once that even on a cloudy night there were so! many! stars! Charleston is no Manhattan, but still — getting out of the city and into the country every once in a while is totally necessary.


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  1. best photos, Best night, best friends

  2. I hope this event was as magical as your photos make it out to be. you are a very talanted lady.

    i am from england and currently at university studying landscape architecture, as much as i love my subject, your blog makes me excited for my future after this final year. i cannot wait!

  3. I saw photos of this on Kinfolk’s fb page and it looks amazing! Your photos are stunning, they really paint the picture well.

  4. my goodness, these kinfolk dinners never fail to disappoint, do they? stunning.

  5. stunning-looks like a great evening.

  6. what I love most about kinfolk dinners – and I think you covered this in your writing here- is that they’re always a collaboration of the community they take place in, making each one truly unique in it’s own way, and REPRESENTATIVE of the people.

    You really captured some Beautiful scenes… Thank you for being an INSPIRATION.

  7. Not sure why some of my words always end up capitalized on your comments! Oh well, hehe.

  8. this is perfect and magical!
    can you show on a next post some of the main dishes you ate? :)
    i’m so curious!

  9. What a lovely night, and a stunning location. Even the photos evoke such a sense of community and comradity.

  10. aah, this looks incredible. I’d love to come to a kinfolk dinner someday.

  11. stunning photos. this is magical.

  12. I love the strings of lights! Sounds like a lovely dinner! Will it be featured in the magazine?

  13. That cheese! My mouth waters :) I also especially love the picture looking straight down the table of people. Magical!

  14. Such a beautiful collaboration of so many wonderful things. I LOVE THE CHALKBOARD SIGN!

  15. Megan Lane

    The food! The seTup! The lights! Wow, Looks like a dream.

  16. That looks like the most beautiful gathering. I am dying, and also, kinfolk magazine is one of the best out there!

  17. What a stunning event, it looks absolutely magical!

  18. These are beautiful! Ahhh

  19. well that looks tremendous. beautiful photos – thank you for sharing.

  20. brilliant. looks beautiful. x

  21. THIS is amazing. gorgeous pictures! i love kinfolk.

  22. Looks like a beautiful day!

  23. Such a gorgeous evening! I’ve been missing your everyday musings but it seems like you’ve been busy with some incredible projects! Keep up the beautiful work.

  24. Oh my. What a beautiful & intimate setting for a dinner. The simplicity of the decorations… and the large table where everyone sits… and the food! I loved it all.

    Gorgeous photos, as always! <3

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous.

  27. nancy e christensen

    enchanting photographs. lovely meeting you at the sociale launch, looking forward to seeing you at fiddle tree!

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  32. Hey there! I love your blog so much. My husband and I are both designers and are getting ready to move to Charleston for my Husband’s job. We would love to be a part of the next Kinfolk Dinner, Oct 19th. How do we sign up?? Thanks in advance for your time.

  33. hi there! tickets won’t go on sale until september, but i will be sure to announce it on my blog immediately when they do. thanks for your interest and i hope to meet you! x

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