A Brooklyn Parlor Dinner

Events, Flowers, Food & Drink, NY, NJ and CT
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Photos: Mel & Co.'s finest, Allan Zepeda

Executive editor Amy Elliott and I had a fun evening out in Brooklyn the other night at an intimate, vintage-inspired parlor dinner hosted by Elan Artists, katflower, Radish, Brooklyn Winery and Mel & Co. Amy sat next to Mel and wedding planner Marcy Blum, while I got to know Carlos Andres Varela, whose photography is currently featured in our Spring/Summer 2011 issue of Brides New York. Everyone looked great in their bespoke attire, which was well-suited for Williamsburg's chic, funky aesthetic (though Amy and I had to make do with our office attire, plus a few accessories scavenged from the fashion closet). The dinner took place at oenophile hotspot Brooklyn Winery, which 100LayerCake's Jillian Clark had styled for the evening by incorporating charming vintage details into our place settings and vignettes. To match the fête's fun, artisanal feel, Laura and Amy of Radish prepared a fabulous family-style menu featuring their signature, market-driven fare—my favorite courses were the roasted cherry tomatoes on the vine and thick cut pasta with English peas, pea shoots, and pistachios (both excellent choices for a rustic wedding menu). It was great to get a chance to catch up with one of our favorite florists, katflower (pictured with us, above), whose gorgeous centerpieces had us gushing the moment we walked in the door. Elan Artists showcased talent that kept in style with the retro-modern vibe perfectly, like the 1920s New-Orleans inspired jazz act Hot Sardines (pictured, middle left), the folky sound of Ambient Dulcimer and indie rockers Freak Owls.—Leigh Bond

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