Hosting pop-ups has been a soul-filling experience. I love proving to myself that I can pull something off and gather people around food. It takes a bit of planning ahead, the will to make it happen, and the time to cook. Last Saturday I hosted my fourth pop-up but the first without tickets; this time everyone was welcome. It was my second time collaborating with my friend Kai Blatt on the cooking and menu planning. We wanted the menu and event to reflect the simplicity and vibrancy of summer. In the spirit of collaboration, our friend Liam Montano built us a communal table and benches for the event and our friends Livia Reiner, her sister Rose Reiner, Serena Caffrey, and Toni Fajt played music. The day was a dream come true - at least sixty people came throughout the day and in the late afternoon we had around forty people hanging in the garden, eating and listening to the live music. Hannah Ray Taylor (@instrumentofthecurious) captured the vibe of the day in these amazing photographs.