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Butchery 101 + Elegant Dinner Party

My family and I take food very seriously. It’s the main component of each of our gatherings, it’s our mission to unveil the best of the best when travelling, and we do our best to stay on the forefront of any food related event. So it’s no shock that butchery lessons, paired with a fabulous feast, from Make Tribe is totally and completely up my alley. With photos from Lindsay Hite, there’s more right here!

Knife to Table marked MAKE TRIBE’s first Skill Supper — the inaugural event in a new dinner series based on hands-on learning. Butchery brought our guests around the table and into George Marsh’s kitchen at the soon-to-be-opened Parts & Labor in Remington.

Guests were greeted with a “Field Trip” cocktail created by Stephanie Griber of Shoo-Fly Diner, a refreshing and zingy concoction of Millstone Cellars’ Gingerroot cider, organic vodka and blueberry preserves. After some mingling and introductions, attendees were ushered into the kitchen as George began his butchery demo. Guests gathered around the large butcher-block table as half a hog was brought out for examination.

George explained the technique of seam butchery and taught guests the ins and outs of carving, breaking down the hog while he spoke. After a 45-minute lesson, guests moved around the bar for Stephanie’s cocktail demonstration before taking their seats at the 50-foot table.

Petal and Print designed the greenery-filled garland that swept above the table top, and Esther & Harper made our tablescape visions come true by providing the vintage butcher scales and assorted iron weights. An array of white pillars, tapers and tealights, in addition to Petal and Print’s spring-centric floral arrangements, made for a lush, romantic setting.

MAKE TRIBE produced, printed and hand-sewed booklets outlining the butchery process and featuring an exclusive interview with George. Along with a screen-printed menu at each place, each guest also received a personal jar of Pork Rib Rub spices in a Weck jar to take home, and a conversation starter card was sneakily tucked under each place setting. Guests enjoyed a three-course meal complete with beer pairings for each plate.


In seam butchery, the butcher follows the seams of the muscles and bones of the animal for a more natural, organic cut. Below, a few pro tips on breaking down a hog from George Marsh himself, head butcher at Parts & Labor in Baltimore.

1. Use a boning knife with a curved blade, and handle it like you would a sculpting tool. The curved blade allows for more control while cutting.

2. Focus on using just the tip of the knife. The less blade you use, the smaller the mistakes you’ll make. And, not to mention, the slower you’ll dull your blade.

3. Use a butchery saw as little as possible—only when you really need it, as in when cutting the belly from the loins.

4. Don’t make the mistake of throwing away good stuff. You can use the skin to make pork rinds, grind up the skin, meat and fat to make an emulsified sausage and even use the heads for head cheese or scrapple.

5. It’s key to have a working knowledge of the cuts you can glean from a hog, which has three primal cuts: Shoulder Primal, Belly & Loin Primal and the Leg Primal. The cuts of meat derived from the shoulder primal: shoulder, lardo, copa, bottom blade, butcher’s cut, hock and trotter. The cuts of meat derived from the belly primal: boneless pork chops, pork loin, belly & ribs. The cuts of meat derived from the leg primal: various hams.

Photography: Lindsay Hite | Floral Design: Petal And Print | Custom Cocktails: Stephanie Griber : Shoo-Fly Diner | Event Design And Production: MAKE TRIBE | Graphic Design: Russell Hite | Location, Catering And Beer Pairings: Parts & Labor | Vintage Styling: Esther & Harper | Workshop Partner: George Marsh : Parts & Labor

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Evergreen Museum And Library Wedding

My all-time favorite weddings always land in the “classic” category. The formality and tradition, candlelight and romance get me every time, and thanks to Elle Ellinghaus Designs, I’m adding this beauty to the list. Captured in gorgeous fashion by MPA Productions and Love By Serena, the full gallery and film are two things you pretty-lovers can’t afford to miss!


From the Bride… From the moment we got engaged, and truth be told even before, I was obsessed with wedding blogs (especially SMP) I would scour them and ooogle at the beautiful weddings. My pinterest boards were so full of wedding ideas that I had people asking me if I gotten had engaged. When it came time to finally plan my real wedding I was sure that it would be a breeze, no sweat!

Well, after looking at more than 30+ venues and not feeling like I had found the right one, my fiance and mother gently suggested that it was time to get some professional help. In the form of a wedding planner. Thankfully, I found Elle Ellinghaus, wedding planner extraordinaire! She saved me from my confusion and helped me make my wedding dreams and pinterest boards a reality! It was priceless to wake up and be totally stress free on our wedding day knowing that it was all in capable hands.

Pat and I knew from the beginning that we wanted a wedding that was as easy as possible for our guests. My family is from the Washington, DC area and Pat’s family is all in the New England area. Making the wedding accessible for those traveling was important to us. We finally settled on an amazing venue in Baltimore, The Evergreen Museum and Library. The large house, the beautiful garden and the cozy carriage house was everything I wanted in a venue. Growing up riding horses I loved that I got to have a little bit of horsie-ness in my wedding. The carriage house had the old beautiful stalls and our escort cards were tied to horse shoes that my mom and I had spray painted gold.

I also searched long and hard for the right photographer. Serena and Chad are so sweet, wonderful to work with, and as you can see, talented! I was so happy we decided to go with a first look before the ceremony. When I first I told my Mom that we were doing a first look, she was horrified and could not believe that we were going to see each other before the ceremony. It was with out a doubt one of the best decisions we made, just ask my mom, she is now the number one advocate for first looks! I love the photos that we got from it, and it was so special to have a moment just for the two of us. Seeing each other was such a relief and I was so excited to finally show him my dress! Being able to attend our cocktail hour was important to us, we wanted to squeeze out every possible ounce of time and fun with our guests!

We danced the night away at the reception to our amazing band Black Tie. There are no words to describe how amazing it is to have your closest family and friends all in the same place to celebrate your love! It made all the difficult decisions, planning and stressing before worth every second of it. We would do it all over again a million times.

Photography: Love By Serena | Videography: MPA Productions | Event Design: Elle Ellinghaus Designs | Event Planning: Elle Ellinghaus Designs | Floral Design: My Flower Box Events | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Rouge Fine Catering | Beauty: Baltimore Bridal Beauty | Hotel: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace | Music (Ceremony): Canterbury Strings | Music (Live Band - Reception): Black Tie: Washington Talent | Rentals (Chairs, Tables, Flatware): Select Event Rentals | Rentals (Linens): Cloth Connection | Rentals (Pipe & Drape): Loane Bros | Rentals (Sequin Linens): La Tavola | Rentals (Vintage Lounge): Rusty Love Vintage Rentals | Transportation: American Limo | Wedding Venue: Evergreen Museum And Library

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Baltimore Wedding from Renee Michele + Elizabeth Bailey Weddings & Events

A few weeks ago, I got the sweetest email from a groom turned fantastic husband requesting that I take a look at his wedding pictures. And if I liked them, could they pretty please go up on the blog December 5th for his beautiful wife’s birthday? Well, that just about won my heart, but then I laid eyes on the stunning day, planned by the bride + Elizabeth Bailey Weddings & Events. Renee Michele’s images stole my heart and then some. Happy birthday Lauren!

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From the groom… My beautiful, sweet and kind hearted wife Lauren’s birthday is on December 5th, and I thought it would be a great way to show her how much our wedding day meant to me, and also surprise her on December 5th with a Real Wedding submitted by me. I know Style Me Pretty well because this was Lauren’s go to for ideas.

Here’s some information about our wedding that was July 6, 2013. Lauren is from Baltimore, Maryland and I am from Vicksburg, Mississippi. We met through mutual friends while both living in Washington, D.C. after college, and then moved to Denver, Colorado together. It was important to Lauren and her family that we get married where she’s from. I was the typical groom, and sat back and let Lauren and her mom do their thing. I knew I was marrying the woman of my dreams, but Lauren went above and beyond incorporating southern touches in our wedding to make me and my family feel not so far from home. On July 4th we greeted my friends and family with a crab feast, our rehearsal dinner the next night had Ole Miss (where I went to school) decorations, and we had a raw oyster bar. At the wedding, the groomsmen and I had cotton boutonnieres, there was cotton and spanish moss in our centerpieces, the cocktail hour had mint juleps as our signature drink in pewter mint julep cups, miniature tomato sandwiches- a staple in the south, shrimp and grits, guest gift bags with an equal number Maryland snacks to Mississippi ones, and at the end of the night our late night snacks were skewers with chicken and waffles and syrup.

We love the outdoors, so it was important to us that we were married outside. We had a sunny day, but it was about 100 degrees at 5pm. The ceremony location had trees all around and was perfect despite the heat. Lauren had a creative idea to incorporate something else that is important to us, music. Our fan programs had a schedule of the evening and Lauren asked me to help her pick song lyrics from songs we love as titles for each part of the evening (example: “My Sweet one, I’ll call you my sweet one – Half past five, wedding vows in the garden” ; “How Sweet it Is to be love by you- Half past nine: cutting of the cake”). We had a string quartet that played modern music, during the ceremony examples: “In my life,” by The Beatles, and a few others and Lauren walked down the aisle to “Stand by Me,”by Ben E King and then after we were married we walked down the aisle to “Happy Together,” by The Turtles.

We decided to move our cocktail hour inside though since it was so hot. After the cocktail hour, we had a seated dinner. Our wedding planner and florist had the idea to flip the two rooms at the Baltimore Country Club. One is usually used for dining, and it has a much more formal look. The other room across the way is usually for dancing. Because our taste is a little more laid back and rustic, the mostly wood room was used for dinner. We were told by many guests that the whole evening felt just like Lauren and Michael, and the decorations looked like us. Lauren surprised me with a record player grooms cake and a lyric from one of my favorite bands the Beatles.

After dinner, the dance floor was hoppin! We had a 10 piece band with a few horns and they played a lot of songs that are special to us.

I love Lauren for so many reasons, but her selflessness won me over! It was obviously a special day for her, but she made sure the day wasn’t just about her. I cried during our first look because I felt so lucky that moment. Later during our wedding night as I watched Lauren speak with guests and laugh, I was blown away by her grace. Lauren was so laid back throughout the whole process, and I know she was really thankful for her mom’s amount of work and the awesome people that worked with us. Every detail was great, and our night was perfect. It was great receiving so many compliments about the night, but the greatest thing we were told was that everyone could feel the love– that will stay with us forever. 

Photographer: Renee Michele | Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Bailey Weddings & Events | Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham | Cakes: Sweets by E | Bridesmaids/Bride makeup: studio of makeup | Ceremony & Reception: Baltimore Country Club | Florist : Victoria Clausen Florals | Painter: Laura Swytak | Save the dates & Programs: Natalie Kilgore

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