Kinfolk Dinner Posted in Art, Bars, Cocktails, Design, Food, Inspiration Leave a comment

We recently participated in a quite an incredible evening with a variety of Charleston artists and artisans to host a Kinfolk Dinner at the beautiful Deux Puces Farm.



There is much to be said about the evening. First and foremost, the dinner was hosted by two very talented ladies: Olivia Rae James and Tara Webb. The setting, on Tara’s farm, exceeded expectations in every way. Olivia had prepared a long table for the 30 guests, and Tara had worked throughout the day in the kitchen preparing a stunning meal utilizing a variety of local purveyors.

We were fortunate enough to have been featured side-by-side with goods from Sweeteeth Chocolate, Black Tap Coffee, Sugar Bakeshop and Butcher & Bee.




When guests arrived, we greeted them with “Jack Rudy G&T’s” (from a keg, natch) – as well as our “Kentucky 75,” a riff on a “French 75″ with Gin, Jack Rudy Tonic and Champagne. The bar that Tara had built for the occasion was pretty special, and provided a damn fine base from which to sling some drinks. As a parting gift, I had prepared some pre-bottled G&T’s, and labeled them just for the occasion. I’d like to think they’ve provided some fun in the days following the dinner.



If you’re not familiar with Kinfolk, I’d recommend seeking it out. In their own words:

Kinfolk is a growing community of artists with a shared interest in small gatherings. We recognize that there is something about a table shared by friends, not just a wedding or once-a-year holiday extravaganza, that anchors our relationships and energizes us. We have come together to create Kinfolk as our collaborative way of advocating the natural approach to entertaining that we love.

Every element of Kinfolk—the features, photography, and general aesthetics—are consistent with the way we feel entertaining should be: simple, uncomplicated, and less contrived. Kinfolk is the marriage of our appreciation for art and design and our love for spending time with family and friends.

A good time was had by all.

Jack Rudy on the Road Posted in Bars, Cocktails, On the Road Leave a comment

Garden & Gun is one of my favorite magazines. It’s published in Charleston, SC, which is also the home base of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. We feel aligned with them in many ways, and as avid supporters of all things Southern, they too have become fans of Jack Rudy. They’ve written about us once before: Tonic for the Southern Soul.

When they asked me to head with them to Keeneland in Lexington, KY, I couldn’t resist. I went to college in Lexington, and would routinely skip class to head to the races with friends. It was a pretty grown-up affair: we would don the best gear we could possibly afford, pack coolers of shitty beer, and head to the track for an hour or two of tailgating, and then a day of racing and gambling. Keeneland is, in my opinion, the most beautiful racetrack in the States – and was the backdrop for the film ‘Secretariat.’ The young ladies of Keeneland, all Southern belles of the highest order, are always done up in their favorite sundresses and prove to be, consistently, the main attraction.

Last weekend Taylor and I hosted a morning cocktail brunch with Garden & Gun at the Keene House, a private club located next door to Keeneland. I got so excited when they extended the invite that I bought a new jacket from Billy Reid.

Then, on Sunday, I flew back to Kentucky to participate in their annual Field Feast that they host in conjunction with Lowcountry Local First and FIG. It was a great experience, as I served my first Gin & Tonic on tap. Look for a video in the coming months about how to keg your own G&T – and trust me when I say, it’s a game changer.


Stay tuned for more.