The Guest Chef for the evening, Holly Smith from Café 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.