I am always trying to find new ways to display the food that these amazing chefs I get the opportunity to work with create for these affairs. Or turn the food into the decor. I found some old redwood from a falling down barn out in West Marin and asked a friend to run them through a planer to get them a little bit smooth, but not too much I still liked the roughness of them. It has been really fun adding them on top of the farm tables that I get from Zephyr Tents so that chefs can display the amazing bounty of Cowgirl Creamery and Point Reyes Farmstead cheeses. Just laying simple small maple leaves with epi bread loaves make the food the decor itself.
Recently Marin Agricultural Land Trust came to me to ask them to help create some interesting decor pieces for a couple of dinner events coming up. They wanted to bring recognition to the director who was retiring after 27 years of leading MALT. They needed some type of table piece and wanted flowers or greenery of some sort. Flowers really bog me down, I love them but they can be the biggest waste of money, resources and time for short events. I have so much respect for flower designers and will use them when I have a budget but most of the time I enjoy the challenge of finding new resources that are re-usable or as green as possible. So for this project I ended up finding a local wheat grass grower and bought flats of grass. I thought the grass really mimicked the grass in the MALT logo and thought this would be cool to cut and place in long white ceramic trays on the table. Then I embossed a circle with their logo and a quote on the back of how many acres and farmland the director had a helping hand in saving. The circle is just held by a clothespin and tucked in the grass. These grasses did so well that I was able to use them at different events in one month with a little water and some grass haircutting! Support your local farmer and juice the leftovers!