Wednesday, August 22, 2012

From The Studio: Days Of Wine And Rosemary (And Lavender)

So besides building sandcastles, the other creative project that kept me busy over the past few weeks was designing and painting table and seating cards for an Auction of Washington Wines Winemaker Dinner, supporting Seattle Children's Hospital.

This is the fourth year my friend Laurie has hosted one of the Winemaker Dinners at her home. These events match some of Washington's best winemakers with top chefs from the area to raise money for Seattle Children's. Helping one of my favorite hostesses support such a worthy cause made for a fun project and a labor of love.

The Guest Chef for the evening, Holly Smith from CafĂ© Juanita,  has won acclaim for celebrating Italian cuisine and is committed to sustainability and local sourcing, so Laurie imagined a rustic garden of fresh herbs when she created her table settings. Simple and elegant bouquets of lavender and rosemary crowned each table, and to pair with them I painted corresponding table cards with numerals inspired by Italian house numbers.

Each seating card for the 51 guests was hand painted with sprigs of rosemary or lavender.

As always, Laurie orchestrated a gorgeous event. Chef Holly cooked up a to-die-for dinner and wines from Betz Family Winery, Chris Gorman Winery and Mark Ryan Winery paired perfectly. The weather also lent it's support, giving guests an excuse to linger well into an unusually warm Seattle summer evening.

If you live in the area, the Auction of Washington Wine Winemaker Dinner series is a terrific way to experience the talents of local chefs and winemakers in a private home setting while supporting uncompensated care at Seattle Children's. The dinners take place during the Auction of Washington Wines weekend, which is held each August. You can find more information here.



  1. So pretty!! What a beautiful setting and your special placecards are the icing on the cake, they tie in beautifully to a beautiful event! And more than anything for such a wonderful cause...well done!!

  2. Bravo Jeanne! Let's hear it for doing something lovely for such a wonderful cause!

  3. Jeanne-
    The cards are gorgeous! You are so talented, You have a bright future with your painting.
    Have a great day!

  4. How absolutely charming, Jeanne. Love the idea of hand painted cards and would have never thought of it. Gorgeous party and a worthy cause!

  5. Wine, food, flowers and art - what a lovely evening it must have been! Love seeing your pretty paintings...
    C + C

  6. You did such a beautiful job Jeanne, and for such a great cause! I'm off to find out more. And yes, we definitely need to catch up - the Summer got away from me with our non-stop visitors! We are gone this weekend, but are you guys around Labor Day or the weekend following? I'll email you soon to set a date! :)

  7. just the title of your post instantly soothed me. really. days of wine and rosemary makes very good copy, my friend.

    your work looks lovely and what joy it must bring you to enhance such an event.

    bravo, talented friend.


  8. What a lovely worthwhile event and I love the rosemary and lavender centre pieces and beautiful hand-painted placecards.

  9. what beautiful table've been busy

  10. Jeanne ~ what beauty your watercolors brought to that setting. So perfectly wonderful!



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