It’s been well documented in the past that I have a bit of a weak spot for pretty places. And this Admiral House is no exception. Pair it with good food a la Lisa Dupar Catering and black and white touches a la Sinclair And Moore and you’ve more or less discovered my kryptonite. On top of it all, toss Matthew Land Studios behind the lens and what you get is a picture perfect event, and an overflowing gallery. 

From Sinclair & Moore… Lisa Dupar is Seattle’s premier caterer, and I have long admired her company… not just for their food and impeccable presentation, but the warmth and hospitality that accompanies every event that they are a part of.  When Lisa called me and asked if I wanted to collaborate with her on their annual open house, I jumped at the opportunity.  I was even more excited when I learned they wanted to have a French- market inspired event.  I used that inspiration to design the ambience of the evening and used touches of black and white stripes, table coverings made from European linen and a truck full of lush flowers. We sketched and lettered menus on chalkboards to give an authentic Parisian feel, turned wine barrels into tables and even set up a flower stand to send each guest home with a bouquet of tulips.  It was such a fun collaboration to be a part of, and I am already looking forward to what we are going to dream up together for next year.

From Matthew… Lisa Dupar and Company’s open house was a special evening for friends and clients, showcasing and sharing delicious food and drinks that they are known for. Beautifully designed by my friends, the Talented Sinclair and Moore. The event was held at The Admirals house, an exciting new Seattle venue sure to attract intimate events and weddings.

“The Admiral’s House on Pier 91 was once the home of the Navy’s commanding admiral and his family while stationed at Sandpoint Naval Air Station in Seattle. In 2013, the historic landmark was purchased by a partner in Batch 206 Distillery {who shared their delicious gin for our Winchester signature cocktail}. Wonderfully preserved since its original construction in 1945, the home sits on the Southern point of Magnolia and provided an unobstructed view of Seattle’s skyline and Elliot’s Bay. Hallie Desautel and her husband have opened this gorgeous facility for select weddings and events.”

From Bo Dupar… The French phrase Mais Oui! or “Why, yes, we can”, is a common refrain from our culinary and event planning teams. This served as inspiration for our open house theme. The annual event has become our favorite excuse to spoil clients, vendors and friends; coming together and raising a glass to our partnerships while presenting  our new spring menu for all to enjoy. The classic French theme inspired a savory and sweet Croissant bar, morel mushroom pan perdue with spring veggies, and a crème de la crème dessert bar with gaufrette cookies being pressed to order!  Hard ciders have become a personal obsession of Lisa’s, which tied in perfectly with a classic French menu. We are very lucky in the Pacific Northwest to be surrounded by some of the best and oldest cider houses in the country. While staying true to our values of using local products, we had a wonderful selection of local ciders with local artisan cheese pairings.

Photography: Matthew Land Studios | Event Design: Sinclair And Moore Events | Catering: Lisa Dupar Catering | Stationery & Design: Spruce Stationery & Design