Dinner 27: A Welcome Party

A couple of weekends ago, we hosted our 27th dinner in the front parking lot of the new Austin Architects office right next to Local Root. A dinner in a parking lot, you ask? Well, yes! And what a beautiful dinner it was. No details were spared when Jonathan Austin and his team renovated a house-turned-office for his new business address, right down to the lovely stone pavers that grace his front parking space. It was there that we set-up beautifully dressed tables, and had an incredible meal courtesy of Rene and Hi-Rise Bread Co, to the tune of Sunday evening traffic on Concord Avenue. This was the first dinner for Didriks' new visual merchandiser Alex, who did a superb job of dressing the table for the evening. The meal started, as it often does, with a cocktail hour of sorts, before guests were seated and treated to a divine four-course meal.

In this post, we'll recap the cocktail hour and table setting for you, and then next week I'll share the wonderful menu. Settle in and prepare to be blown away!

Champagne in a Simon Pearce Glass Bucket

For the cocktail hour to kick off the evening, we enjoyed a few bottles of delicious champagne, and several trays of Rene's  gougères - how very French of us! We served the champagne in Schott Zwiesel Classico Flutes, and kept the extra cold in a Simon Pearce Norwich Ice Bucket.

Rene with a bottle of champagne

Rene opening a bottle of champagne, and pouring a glass

Rene pouring a glass of champagne

Champagne in Schott Zwiesel glasses

For some elegant lighting, we used a few Simon Pearce Woodbury Hurricanes, which you can see in the background above.

Gougeres on a Jars Ceramics tray

The gougères were served plated and passed on a series of Jars Ceramics Tourron Rectangular Trays in the Samoa color, which is a lovely deep green.

Hallie and Alex

Hallie of Hallie's Flower Garden, who arranged the beautiful flowers, chatted with our Didriks team member Alex

Guests having fun

And other guests chatted and got to know each other

Dinner 27: Full table setting

Place settings

The table itself was a sight to behold. The table was dressed with Libeco Home Napoli Vintage Table Cloths in Cafenoir, and each setting was built upon a Chilewich Kono Rectangular Placemat in Iron.

Place settings

For the dinnerware, we used a Heath Ceramics Coupe Dinner Plate in Onyx, and a Jars Ceramics Tourron Dessert Plate in Samoa. The dark colors added a dramatic flair to the tabletop, and contrasted wonderfully with the gold Libeco Home Vence Linen Napkins and the saturated red and pink hues of the flowers.

Individual place setting

For the flatware, we used this contemporary David Mellor London Stainless Steel 5-Piece Setting.

David Mellor flatware

Glassware hailed from the Simon Pearce Woodbury collection, which has a really unique look to it, with a rustic chic vibe. Here is the classic wine pour photo, with a lovely rose that we enjoyed with the first course.

Wine pour into Simon Pearce Woodbury glass

Simon Pearce Woodbury glassware

A Woodbury Red Wine Glass with Rose, and a Woodbury Tumbler with water

Flowers by Hallie's Garden

Hallie's gorgeous flower arrangements really set the tone for the table

Full table setting

Table setting at nightfall

As the sun set around us, and the daylight hours dwindled, the evening just got better and better! Check in next week to see what the menu was all about.