You are a reflection of the people inside your circle—or in my case—around the table.
So self-portrait: 14 friends: activists, poets, novelists, educators, a songstress, a rapper, several magicians, a pastor and entrepreneurs—some double and triple-dipping into each category.
I call my dinner The Friendsgiving. They don’t know this yet, but it’s a way to thank my friends for just being them; to place them in the same room with folks they’ve never met and cross-pollenate greatness with even more greatness. Literally giving friends to one another.
What were we celebrating? Each other. Add in 10 bottles of wine, some popsicles, and a carefully curated playlist, and five hours will slip past you in a blink.
Thankfulness is not just at the end of the year, so enjoy some photos, this fuego ass playlist and the recipes I snatched for my table.
See you at the next one.
(Spotify and iTunes)
Click the photo above for the link to the iTunes playlist! And if you have Spotify: the link to the playlist is now available here!
Slow-Roasted Salmon w/Fennel, Citrus and Chiles | bon appétit
Soy-Glazed Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and Scallions | bon appétit
Smoky Romaine and Avocado Salad | Heather Christo
Creamy Potato Stacks with Garlic, Thyme and Parmesean | Little Broken
Garlic Mushroom Quinoa | Damn Delicious
Addictive Roasted Green Beans (my recipe):
Use haricot verts, or regular greenbeans. Season with lemon pepper, kosher salt, and Trader Joes Everyday Seasoning, toss in olive oil Roast in the oven until tender.