The other night some friends and I were invited to Oakland for dinner at my friend Kristies house. Kristie had been talking about her blooming eatable garden ever since the weathers been getting warm and was planning on making us meal using ingredients from it!
I didn’t bring a real camera because I wasn’t expecting anything like what was presented. I knew that Kristie was cooking alongside her friend Madeleine but I didn’t know that Madeleine was also a chef of Sons & Daughters in San Francisco, when she wasn’t helping my friend Mother Nature make meals. They were calling the dinner event DIG. (dinner in the garden!)
It was a little cold and rainy outside, so Skinner started up a fire while we waited for dinner to be served. Then we were called back into the garden for dinner. We sat at the dinner table underneath an umbrella of grape vines. The 4 foot tall branches of kale gated off from any sort of reminder you that you’re in Oakland and not a vineyard France. And the unique flavors of food that we were served, could be compared to nothing but the feeling you get when you realize that you’re in the middle of creating new fond memories.
Kristie and Madeleine created a perfect 5 corse meal that blended Madeleines fine dinning background and Kristies healthy vegetarian home cooking, beautifully. The pasta was made from scratch, the ricotta cheese was made in the house, the vegetables were all plucked from where we got to sit and talk to each other for one of those rare, no-work environments that everyone practically lives in for being self employed.
I ate a meal but created a memory of a new moment in a new environment with a group of really inspiring friends.