If you remember me talking about Back to the Table in my last post you can probably remember how excited I was to put this all together (with the help of some other Tampa business super stars). I am happy to report that it turned out better than I could have ever imagined. Not because the table looked great or the food was ridiculously tasty (I mean guys, it was life changing). Within minutes guests were meeting new people, mingling, laughing, shaking hands, sharing a meal together and seeing that unfold was beautiful and actually had me a little emotional. We wanted to create an event for our amazing community that fostered just that, friendship, laughter and a great memory.
The chairs by Wish Vintage Rentals were a perfect touch to our elegant, rustic, spring-inspired design.
The Set Event Rentals farm table all in one grouping allowed for an intimate dinner that encouraged conversation. The wood looked incredible against the exposed brick of the future space of Foundation Coffee Co. Add in Set driftwood chargers, gold flatware, goblets and gold salt & pepper shakers and they all worked together to create a beautiful tablescape. The powder blue linens from Kate Ryan Linens were the perfect subtle touch of color with the bright florals.
Guests started in Foundation Coffee's courtyard, an awesome space behind their shop. Our signature drink, a gin cucumber mint mojito was the perfect refreshing drink for an outdoor cocktail hour. Saltblock Catering Co. passed charcuterie and cheese, swordfish belly sashimi and my personal fav, the deviled crab stuffed lollipop. The atmosphere was made complete with hung bistro lights above and amazing music by the talented Colt Clark. Before dinner a roll away door was opened up for the room reveal.
Chef Rocco Taliani explained each dish to the guests and it was so fun to hear what inspired his creations. He started with a smoked carrot ravioli, followed by his amazing curry poached cobia and ended with a perfect hangar steak. Dessert was my personal fav, strawberry shortcake but not just any shortcake (see torch above)!
Our amazing hosts and sponsor Foundation Coffee Co. treated us to coffee with dessert and guests loved it! I am personally a big fan of their present coffee spot in Riverview and can not wait for this new coffee shop to open in Tampa Heights this Summer. Their location is beautiful and we are so thankful that they allowed us to use it before they redesigned the space.
We would absolutely love to have you at our next dinner party which will be on May 12th in Ybor City. Tickets are available here. If you can't make it this time we have so many exciting locations in the works too so keep an eye out for future Back to the Table events.
Thank you again to the amazing team that made this happen:
Photo and Video: Caroline & Evan Photography
Location and Coffee: Foundation Coffee Co.
Co-Founder and Catering: Saltblock Catering Co.
Co-Founder, Design, Florals, Styling: Amber Veatch Designs
Farm table, driftwood chargers, goblets, gold flatware, salt & pepper shakers: Set Event Rentals, Tampa
Elodie Chairs and Stools: Wish Vintage Rentals
Linens: Kate Ryan Linens