Monday, April 30, 2012

more than brunch ... Kinfolk San Francisco













I am still feeling giddy after the SF Kinfolk dinner. Actually, it was a brunch that was beautiful in every single way. Goods from local San Francisco vendors were set up so each guest could take something home. Fresh flowers were wrapped so each person could take home a bouquet and the Heirloom Cafe was transformed into a small farmers' market. The people I had the chance to talk to, eat brunch with, and toast with completely inspired me. Heirloom Cafe was bustling with creative energy and positivity. I am honored that I was apart of such an intimate and heartfelt event. All week I worked on jam for the event and I was so touched that Nathan and Julie asked me to bring some of my preserves for everyone. I wrapped each of my jams in a burlap like fabric that I found at my favorite fabric store and tied each one with twine. Underneath the fabric, I created a label with one of my favorite John Muir quotes ... that hopefully inspired each person in some way.

It is quite rare that I get the chance to sit down at a table with people I know little about ... and enjoy a meal together ... a meal that encourages conversation and laughter. But, by the end, I grew attached to my table as everyone was truly unique, friendly, and I cherished each and every conversation. Emma shared stories about her trip to France, Bubba made us all laugh with his story about his first set of glasses, Annie was the sweetest and had such a sincere personality, Rose made me laugh, laugh, and laugh. Rose and her brother even gave me one of their vintage stouts that had been aged in bourbon barrels to take home ... a gift that I can't wait to crack open. Then there was Maggie and Hannah who I know I will meet again as they asked me to teach them all about jamming .. I am holding them to it. I am amazed that after several hours the people at my table  were no longer strangers but people who touched me with their stories and enthusiasm for life. Thank you to everyone who made the Kinfolk SF brunch so special ... it was a day I will try to emulate for future gatherings and meals.

Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly.
-M. F. K. Fisher