kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

L’esprit de la mer, the spirit of the sea. In a field in Tennessee. For this Kinfolk dinner myself and my co-host Rebekka Seale along with our amazing partners & crew of helpers channeled the wind, salt, and laissez faire of the sea for the May Kinfolk dinner here in Nashville, TN. I’d only just flew in from Lisbon a few days prior, and I couldn’t have even begun to pull this together without the amazing family of creatives I’ve found in Nashville. You are all amazing, and this was by far one of my favorite events I’ve ever styled & hosted. Click through to see the final product in all it’s simplicity & beauty.

After putting our heads together to come up with a menu that both invoked the fruits of the Gulf and the verdant bounty of spring in Tennessee, Evie of Twelve at the Table along with Hannah of Nothing but Delicious cooked the brilliant meal that graced the table that night. A meal of everything from fragrant bass en papillote from Boone and Sons to West Indies crab salad with homemade saltines to buttermilk chamomile panna cotta with salted Swedish dream cookies alongside craft cocktails made with the infused spirits of Art in the Age. And plenty of oysters on the half shell. Rebekka (who aside from doing a million other things, also handmade & dyed the grey linens for our table) and I wouldn’t have it any other way; we both possess that special brand of religiosity that oyster lovers have. They catered the dinner with an ease I think you could taste in the food. We served it all on beautiful ceramics that echoed the shells of the sea made by Handmade Studio TN & wood boards from Board and Bread around a low table built specially for us by Handy Dandy Productions and surrounded with sheepskins and globe lights from prop mavens The House Nashville. Everyone worked so hard.

Tara Hurst designed our menus; they were so beautiful I about lost my breath when I opened them. I saved them. The girls from Consider the Wildflowers created beautiful bouquets that dripped like seaweed from an old barn ladder and spindly silver dollar eucalyptus for our table & garlands. All of it came together in front of the barn at The Farm on Eastland (an amazing space you can rent on Air BnB), and I couldn’t ever forget the men & women who always show up and work doing anything and everything: The Solution Girl, Lisa, Ruthie, Manley, and Stephen. Thank you, you were the backbone of this dinner. A million thank you’s. And other than my profuse thanks & urging you to check out the work of each of these amazing humans, I’m going thank the reason for it all: our guests. It was so great to meet you all, and I hope our paths have reason to cross again. Now I’m going to let the photos of this event speak for me. I hope you find inspiration for your next gathering, big or small. And again, agian: Thank you Nashville family & Kinfolk family. So happy to know you all.

The next Kinfolk dinner we’ll be hosting in Nashville will be in October, and tickets will go on sale a month in advance, so keep your ear to the ground if you missed this one!

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

kinfolk l'esprit de la mer dinner / Nashville, TN

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39 Responses to kinfolk may gathering, nashville: l’esprit de la mer

  1. Celeste says:

    So stunning! What a magical evening.

  2. Hannah says:

    Absolutely stunning. Unbelievable.

  3. Sanda says:

    Amazing!! Every single detail of it!! You all did such a great job, congratulations girl!!

  4. I love these pictures .. the atmosphere that evoke , the joy, the desire to be together, to share the pleasure. I’m glad to have found your blog .. I am sure that I will continue to follow you!
    See you soon, Marzia

    • beth says:

      Honestly, every single time I do one of these I’m running around like a *lunatic* the day of vaguely wondering why the hell I do these things….then…then everyone is around the table and great plates of food are coming out of the kitchen and then I remember why I do it. And start planning the next one! It’s worth every second.

  5. Vicky says:

    Stunning! amazing! love all! congrats!
    xo

  6. Corina Nika says:

    Divine, truly such a perfection!

  7. What a beautiful event, rustic yet dreamy, congratulations!

  8. Leah says:

    These pictures are so gorgeous – it must have been a fantastic evening. I love the strung lights ~ just breath-taking!!

    • beth says:

      It really was an amazing evening. One of the best I’ve had in years. Such great workers & guests. And The House Nashville is responsible for stringing all those lights! They showed up so early in the morning. It was fantastic.

  9. Patty/NS says:

    Amazing food, table, location, and of course, your photography!

    • beth says:

      Thank you! I’m so grateful to everyone…the vision couldn’t have come together without them! And it gave me a few moments to take photos which is always a luxury at these things! Haha.

  10. These pictures are amazing; capturing the mood so incredibly well.

  11. Wow, that is pure magic right there. Everything from the food and tabletop styling to the actual setting and ambiance…perfection.

  12. Anne says:

    Beautiful photos and a wonderful post!

  13. Mindy says:

    Amazing. Stunning. Gorgeous.

  14. Meghan says:

    I can feel l’espirit de la mer in ever single one of these photos. Your photography is so intimate with the world, your kinfolk, your nourishment. Everything. Just heartbreakingly beautiful. I would give anything to come to one of these events, even if I was a mere housefly on the kitchen ceiling, watching the magic fall together from above.

  15. Ramona says:

    Gah… I have now words! I’m just sitting here in tears at how beautiful this event is! Thank you!

  16. How completely stunning!!! What an inspiration. My friends and I have started doing a monthly supper club and this makes me want to take it to the next level. Gorgeous, as always.

  17. Carolina says:

    Just Beautiful and lovely. Fresh and cool but not cold. Such harmony. Great job.

  18. Francesca says:

    Oh my.
    I am speechless…
    divine!

  19. Athena says:

    How lovely! Your pictures are stunning and have such a specific tone to them. What a beautiful life! Cheers!

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  21. Dina says:

    Wow. The only thing missing was me:).

  22. Linda says:

    Seriously, the beauty of this post!
    It’s so good that I kind of just want to lay down my camera and quit. Haha.. no, but this is really really amazing, Beth.

  23. sallette says:

    Magique et absolument superbe.Un seul regret…ne pas avoir eu la chance d’assister à ce dîner pastoral !
    Je reprends l’idée des petites serviettes de lin autour des petits pains.
    Félicitations pour votre joli blog que je découvre petit à petit.

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  26. Tre Cavil says:

    Stunning! Discovered that I was smiling the whole time I was scrolling down the page.

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