The minute I sat down with these gorgeous images from Lisa Zeising, I was immediately searching for a way to join Chef Jakubiec’s Garden Harvest Supper Club. Infused with local talent from the likes of Wit Weddings, Meant To Be Calligraphy, and Silk And Willow - this garden-to-table styled dinner party is basically my dream come true. Devour it all here.
From Laura Long, of Wit Weddings…Chef Chris Jakubiec’s growing garden inspired a Garden Harvest Supper Club event, in which local vendors and guests joined together to experience his garden-to-table concept. The event focused on capturing the essence of Jakubiec’s culinary philosophies: sustainability, consciousness, responsibility, balance, focus, discipline, patience, courage, imagination, and fun.
We wanted the event to be a direct representation of Chef Jackubiec’s philosophies, so that guests would feel completely immersed in the experience. It was important to Jakubiec that his ingredients for the five-course menu were either sourced directly from his garden, or sourced through local vendors – including the wine! We used his “source local” mindset as a guide for sourcing local vendors for the event. For example, Virginia-based florist, Wild Green Yonder, created arrangements for the event that included greens, flowers, and vegetables sourced directly from Jakubiec’s garden.
In addition, we worked with Silk and Willow, a sustainability-focused company that produces plant-dyed products, to create custom table runners, favor bags, and ribbon for the event. We had these custom products created in a dark plum color, to imitate the colors of the seasonal foods – purple cabbage, beets, and the like – being served to guests that evening.
From the ears of the kitchen, the atmosphere at the dining table was lively and energetic, with nonstop laughter. Immediately following the dinner, guests lit sparklers to celebrate the conclusion of the first of many Garden Harvest Supper Clubs, as well as the beginning of Chef Jakubiec’s inspiring new venture. Guests were given two farewell favors. The first farewell favor, pumpkin spice caramel popcorn, was the perfect balance, hitting on one of his philosophies, between sweet and salty. The second farewell favor, was a bag of assorted seeded herbs, such as thyme and rosemary, for guests to start their own garden.
Photography: Lisa Zeising For Abby Jiu Photography | Event Design: Wit Weddings | Calligraphy: Meant To Be Calligraphy | Chef: Chris Jakubiec | Flatware: 12th Table | Rentals: DC Rental | Table Runners, Favor Bags, And Ribbon: Silk And Willow