November 6, a night of fellowship brought together by local Louisiana artisans, farmers, and culinary artists. Gathered around a 100 ft table built by Makers Workshop and myself from wood salvaged from Hurricane Katrina, we savored a locally sourced meal of spiced pumpkin and shrimp bisque, couchon de lait grillades over southern stone ground grits, and salted caramel creme brûlée. In collaboration with Country Table Delivery and Red Onion, we worked together to create a communal dinning experience with a multitude of artists and an evening focused on local craft.
String Remedy, a gypsy jazz band, provided the soundtrack for the evening as the guests sipped beverages from local distilleries- Cathead Vodka, Bayou Rum, and Tin Roof Beer. Hayes Kahoe worked feverishly in preparation for the main courses, as the local pig donated by Iverstine Farms roasted in the background. A dinner bell was rung and guests found their seats at the table; some beside familiar faces and some who would become new friends. The night brought together the guests in a new way, setting a table with the business man and the artist, the young and the old- all who found a common ground and appreciation for the night's celebration of our community.