The Orange Feast
At the end of February I pulled off a very fun pop-up dinner inspired by the color orange. It began as idea I had in October in France while working at an inn, to do a dinner with the bounty of the fall season produce that all happens to be orange. It turned into a collaborative and inspiring feast using orange as it’s guiding principle. I partnered with my friend Kai Blatt who was the best co-creator I could’ve hoped for. She acted as my business manager, graphic designer, co-recipe tester as well as bread and pastry chef - she made all the saffron flatbread and orange blossom meringues. We hosted the meal at her grandmother’s stunning home in Carthay Circle, Los Angeles for twenty-one guests. It was also my pasta debut after having been the pasta maker at Michael’s restaurant for a year and I have to say, it was quite a debut. Thanks to my sister Jessica Chappe for the incredible photos and my sweet friend Sid Williams for all the help serving, checking guests in, and everything else! Lots of love went into this event - I think it shows in these photos.
Along with the planned menu, the evening included a non-alcoholic meyer lemon, muddled orange, and orange blossom aperitif to welcome the guests in and fresh mint tea with dessert.