Inside Jenni Kayne's Rustic Alfresco Fall Dinner Party
Designer Jenni Kayne has stellar taste when it comes to style, interiors, and food, so there’s no dinner party of hers that we’d turn down an invitation to. Her latest, a gorgeous alfresco gathering, was thrown for an extra-special cause: the fight against hunger. Teaming up with Lauren Bush, who founded FEED, an organization dedicated to feeding the world, Kayne and her team at Rip + Tan hosted “a FEED Supper,” a two-year-old initiative calling on the community to host their own dinner parties for the cause. The evening was made complete with a mouthwatering menu, elegant table settings, and a host of stylish friends.
Scroll on to find out how this beautiful dinner party came together.
For a guest list of more than 50 stylish friends—including Rachel Zoe and Roger Berman; Clare Vivier; Nathan Turner; Shiva Rose; and our very own CEO, Katherine Power, and her husband, Justin Coit—Kayne and her team created a beautiful outdoor setting with a pair of picnic tables arranged lengthwise and a wooden bar, both from Found Rentals.
Table settings with pieces from the FEED for West Elm collection gave the gathering a rustic, modern vibe. “The pieces are beautiful and timeless, and it is an exclusive Americana collection that helps fund meals for U.S. families in need,” Kayne says. Meanwhile, menus and FEED fact cards from Paperchase Press and designer Natalie Kalinowski on natural cardstock lent an organic look.
Completing the scene was an array of gorgeous floral arrangements by Kristen Caissie of Moon Canyon. Inspired by “the oncoming autumn season and all the florals and fruits that are available,” Caissie tells us she chose “chocolate and white dahlias, kale, wheat, and geraniums, composed in low dough bowls accented with crab apple, seckle pear, and persimmon.” The unusual botanicals added intrigue while feeling relevant for fall.
Chef Barrett Prendergast of Valleybrink Road dreamed up a rustic, classic menu of toasted country bread with burrata, heirloom tomatoes, and basil; little gem lettuce with apple, avocado, hazelnuts, and apple cider vinaigrette; oven-roasted lemon herb chicken breasts; fingerling potatoes with vinegar, sea salt, and chives; caramelized fennel with pomegranate, quinoa, and mint; and crispy Brussels sprouts with rosemary thyme vinaigrette. For dessert, guests dined on pistachio rose cake from Heather Wong-Ward of Scootabaker. Pharmacie LA’s fresh cocktails, including a Sunday Paloma and a Margarita Sambol, helped it all go down.
If this doesn’t inspire you to throw your own dinner party—or a FEED Supper!—we don’t know what will.
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