Over the weekend we attended the kinfolk dinner at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, in Austin, part of the kinfolk dinner series that is currently on a 12 city tour. It was cool to drive down a long country road to find a wooden table in an open field and hardly anything else. Austin isn’t your typical city. We met the kind faces behind the magazine and shared in their simple vision for the dinner: to inspire a sense of community and collaboration with artisans and local businesses. The meal was perfect for a picnic in a field, served by Any Style Catering: a garden platter of radish, fennel, carrot and romaine with smoked aioli; curried deviled eggs with mint, cilantro and almond (my favorite) and muffaletta with Salt & Time cured meats. We drank sparkling hard cider from Argus Cidery and when the sun fell behind the trees, we had ice cream cones in our hands– homemade strawberry marscapone with balsamic, a dream.
The tabletops were sparse and minimal; the company was new and interesting! Folk Fibers made her hand-dyed napkins for each place setting. Cool wood burned salt cellars sat on the table. We left bearing treats from Houndstooth Coffee, Blackbird Bakery and Tiny Pies, all enjoyed on Sunday morning!
all images by myself, Shaunna Nygren; Polaroids of Jason and I by Kristopher Orr Photography