The Old Chaser Farm is a small farm on Vashon Island, located southwest of Seattle, Washington. They raise vegetables and meat including sheep, goats, pigs and chickens, as well as honeybees to supply local restaurants with the freshest and most responsibly raised products as possible. They also host small to large events on the farm catered by these local restaurants, and have a community supported agriculture and kitchen program that provides recipes, cooking and gardening classes to its local residents.
Hope and Union is the kind of coffee shop all coffee shops wish they were. Like most restaurants and businesses in Charleston S.C., Hope and Union occupies a pre turn-of-the-century house that has been modernized in only the best and most subtle ways.
Brooklyn Kinfolk Dinner in motion. This short video does a great job of capturing the magic of that evening - setting up, meeting each other, eating together around the giant table, then mingling for hours after dinner.
Opened just last September by Garrett Colton, Standard Goods is a small shop on L.A.’s Beverly Boulevard that houses a highly curated selection of furniture, books, artwork, clothing, accessories and artisan food. From its inception, he aimed for the shop to have something for everyone, whether that be the price point or the subject matter. Colton, like his shop, doesn’t take himself too seriously, and brings vendors on board that align with his manifesto.
Our second dinner of the series was last weekend in Brooklyn, NY. Everything from the location to the food and conversation felt great. We're only on our second round, but it has blown me away to see the time, goods, and energy that have been offered to help make these dinners possible and purposeful. At the end of the day, the reason for these dinners is to bring a small community together in a shared space to connect and share both a meal and inspiration. Brooklyn is a great example of this and we are excited to be with the group in Austin this month!
Coava, located on SE Grand Avenue in Portland, Oregon, is Turkish for “green coffee” which speaks to the establishment’s viewpoint on sustainability. Not only are all of their tables refurbished workmen’s tables, but the co-owner, Keith Gehrke, is the inventor of The Kone, a stainless-steel filter that fits over a Chemex brewer.
Jane, Amanda Michael’s modern coffee-café in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, is ideal for lunch or long conversation over a siphon of Four Barrel coffee. The bakery serves up a selection of items, all made from scratch in small batches using local and organic ingredients.
It's easy for us to be late and lazy on winter weekend mornings. Unlike the warm season, it is a time for contemplation and privacy. We like doing every single gesture slowly, and with care. We wake up, set the table, and share a meal we prepare together. Pancakes and a Moka pot of coffee have become part of a ritual that we created only for ourselves and represents us as an Italian-American couple.
Amidst the mecca of the South Congress Ave. thoroughfare in Austin sits Hotel San Jose. As an antithesis of the standard corporate hotel, San Jose is a longtime earmark for design-minded travelers to the state's capitol city, embracing a holistic attitude of clean and minimal aesthetics that meet with distinct flourishes such as fresh-cut flowers and turntables in the rooms, rentable Polaroid cameras, typewriters and bicycles, as well as extensive music and video libraries.
Tucked away off a narrow road in Tulum, a low-key beach town on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, lies Hartwood, a restaurant known for its elemental beauty and open fire cooked dishes. Started by Mya Henry and Eric Werner, the restaurant is unique in that it lacks walls and stoves, but provides a sanctuary for locals and visitors to enjoy impeccably fresh meals under the open sky.
Bolsa Mercado is a place that lets you to bring the farm-to-table experience to your home. The market’s hours are from sun up to sun down, during which they offer everything from local, fresh roasted coffee to from-scratch breakfast, salads, and sandwiches, as well as house made pastas and pizzas all served in eco-friendly take home packaging. Bolsa Mercado also stocks a tasteful selection of wines, craftbeers, and a few bubbly selections.
From sweet limes to Meyer lemons, Heidi explores the simple techniques for making a spectrum of homemade citrus salts. Mostly used as finishing salts, they can be sprinkled atop curries, over spring rolls, or even sea salt caramels. See the full recipe here.
Located right off the historical King St in Old Town Alexandria, Fifteen Eleven is another shop carrying Kinfolk. The shop’s owner, Suann Song, has a background in design and letterpress, which is obvious in the exquisite taste she uses as she curates her shop. Filled to the brim with well designed paper goods and other products, you’re sure to leave inspired, and most likely with something lovely in hand.
After two years in New York, the talented 30-year-old chef, David Toutain returned to Paris, France and quietly opened L’Agape Substance in the summer of 2011. The unique 26-seat, open kitchen restaurant with a communal dining table and mirrors on the ceiling is as original as Toutain’s cooking.