We’ve mentioned Tonio Creaza and his famous olive oil in the past, and couldn’t help but share another installment of his pop-up tastings, this time situated in a heritage apartment in Vancouver. The collaborators (of the series, Chef in Residence) took advantage of the roomy, light-filled suite for an afternoon of small bites, good conversation, and of course, bottles of olive oil in abundance.
We set up our picnic spot on the bank of the Seine across from the Eiffel Tower. We had a few blankets, paper plates (it was a picnic after all), wooden utensils and small glass tumblers for our drinks. A few candles strung up on a branch we found earlier that week and our bikes propped up next to us completed the low-key evening. We mostly dined in candle light with the exception of the three times the Eiffel Tower sparkled to mark a new hour passing. It was really lovely - we wish you could have joined us!
- Rubi and Tiffany
There's a treasure tucked away in the tiny town of Fennville, Michigan. It's called Salt of the Earth, and it's a regional destination restaurant. I got a chance to hit the road and check it out, as there's only so much enthusiastic talk of how wonderful the food is that I can stand without having to try it myself. The drive to the restaurant is a dreamy, rolling landscape of farm after farm. You know the food you're about to enjoy started with these farms, quite literally, and you can't help but feel good about your place in the cycle of things. —Emily
This past June's Grand Aïoli event at Alexandraplatz in Montreal, Quebec, was a labour of love that brought together the energies, talents, and vision of Natasha Pickowicz and Popcorn Youth with chef Michelle Marek, Theo Diamantis and the Oenopole crew. They were joined by a number of other local and regional producers and creators...
- AJ Kinik
Chelsea Petaja lives in Music City USA in a little Victorian with her photographer husband. She specializes in watercolor lettering and illustrations while dabbling in just about anything else creative that she can wiggle her way into.
The sixth installment of the dinner series was held in Toronto, Canada and was a bit different than its predecessors, as it took place over two days, with familiar and unfamiliar faces joining to soak up the sun, swim, cook and enjoy meals together. Sarah, from My New Roots, contributed a tasty side of minty black bean salad to the main dinner, perfectly refreshing in the summer heat.
Our Toronto gathering was truly the perfect kind of retreat— a small group united away from the city with the common purpose of sharing food, conversation, swimming, and sunbathing on the porch together. The idyllic setting afforded us a day of rest, in which even the work of making and enjoying a meal gave us time to linger over the stove, the table, and the sink with new and old friends. We're so grateful to all our Toronto partners for helping make the day so special!
La Nay Ferme was started in April 2012 by Clinton Felsted. Previously working in software, Felsted’s love for fresh food led him to learn more about farming, gather a talented team and started his own farm. Just a few months later the farm now offers CSA shares and hosts dinner events with the talented chefs who use the farm's fresh food for their guests.
We've partnered with one of our collaborators, Rubi Jones, and Tifamade for a dinner in Paris, France next Thursday, August 23rd, at 8pm. While the gathering isn't hosted exclusively by the Kinfolk Dinner Series, it will be an intimate, memorable evening spent with new friends on the banks of the Seine. Dinner will include everything you'd expect at a French picnic by the water: from baguettes, to cheese (from the best cheese shop in Paris), to a fruit tart and peach lavender spritzer. Seats are limited, but please leave a comment below before Monday, August 20 if you and a guest would like to attend the meal. If selected, you will receive notice with more details before Tuesday!
Nicole Franzen is a Brooklyn-based food, lifestyle and travel photographer. In her free time, she can often be found at her at her local farmer's market, in her kitchen, tending her small garden or spending time in many of Brooklyn’s noteworthy restaurants. She features seasonally inspired dishes on her blog "La Buena Vida,” which showcases her passion for cooking that stems from an eleven year background working in restaurants. She also, as a bit of a travel bug, has lived in places all over the map, including Buenos Aires, Argentina, St. John in the Virgin Islands & Taos, New Mexico. She now happily resides in Brooklyn with her British boyfriend where they dream of one day having space for few dogs and a big garden.
An Albertan restaurant so busy that they often have to change their menu mid-service, Three Boars dolls out dishes for the more adventurous eater, though a great part of their success lies in the pride and effort they put into using fresh ingredients from the local market and butchers. The team takes a weekly Saturday morning trip to Old Strathcona Farmers market to pick up local meat and vegetables to be incorporated into a three-part menu: bar snacks, rabbit food, and sharesies.
We’re kicking off a new feature here on the journal, highlighting the talented creatives who have lent a hand to the current issue. For our first installment, the spotlight is on musician, photographer, and all-around talent, Michael Muller.
Michael A. Muller is a musician and photographer living in Austin, TX. He has been creating music with the band Balmorhea since 2006. In his photography —personal and professional—he is drawn toward individuals and their relationship with places; natural light; and quiet moments often left uncaptured.
Last month, we shared a Saturday morning with some of our favorite ladies, along with handfuls of bright white flour. We gathered for our second Lost Skills Workshop: Pasta Making. I'm no expert in the art, but I pulled from the advice given to me by an Italian grandmother herself. "A handful of flour and some eggs...olive oil sometimes, dear. You'll never purchase that store bought stuff again." And really it is that simple. The learning curve is in the feel of the dough. It’s something that you only truly understand after kneading, dusting and touching again. That's just what we did.
On a visit to Parlour Coffee late last year, photographer Pauline Boldt captured the essence of the bustling café in a beautifully documented photo series. Despite its location in the heart of Canada, there is a very palpable European feel to the space, filled with locals popping in to get their caffeine fix, take in the elegantly sparse surroundings and, without much lingering, go about their days.