April 29, 2012

KINFOLK BRUNCH SF



For those of you who aren't familiar with Kinfolk - it's a brilliant, beautifully serene magazine  dedicated to celebrating the joy of "small gatherings." The mag is packed with stunning photos and earnest prose (and there's not a distracting ad in sight). When I first stumbled upon Kinfolk a few months back, I was stunned by the beauty and calm of each issue and I knew I wanted to get involved. Go get a copy of their latest edition, you won't be disappointed. (You can find a list of their stockist here.)

Kinfolk hosts one meal each month in a different city around the US. Yesterday, the Kinfolk gang came to SF...


Matt from Heirloom Cafe cooked a springy family-style meal for us all as we sat, chatted, and met new people. I thought I would share some links with you today that are inspired by the talented people I had a chance to connect with at brunch. Check out their work - I think you'll enjoy...
  • Laura, a sweet photographer whose gorgeous images are often found in Kinfolk
  • Kasey, a new friend of mine whose writing on food and music is fresh and always delicious
  • Jill, who does sumptuous natural work with flowers
  • Heidi, who is as kind and charming in person as she is on her blog and books
  • June, a master jam-maker and teacher from Berkeley
  • Samin, a fellow Berkeley dweller, talented chef, and my table mate
  • Rachel and her lifestyle blog, packed with design goodies

And of course, thank you Nathan and Julie at Kinfolk!


I promise that a recipe is coming your way next post - I have a duck egg frittata just waiting for you!



68 comments:

  1. I have never heard of Kinfolk. I will go try to find it. Your pictures are beautiful.

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    1. Hey Jane, Thanks:)
      I hope you check out Kinfolk. I think they are doing such incredible work.

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  2. So jealous! I would LOVE to go to a Kinfolk dinner. The magazine is insanely beautiful.

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    1. Emma, you would have LOVED it! Maybe they'll go to England one day. They seem to have contributors from all over the planet.
      So looking forward to seeing you soon.
      xo
      E

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  3. Erin, this is absolutely fabulous!! Your photos are amazing. I think you captured the lunch so beautifully. How was it organized since probably everyone loves photography? I imagine everyone wanted to shoot photos but do they stagger people so you aren't shooting people shooting other people?

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    1. Hey Sarah, Thank you!
      I don't usually take photos at events, but I brought my camera along guessing that I would regret it, if I didn't. And I would have... The flowers alone were staggeringly beautiful.
      In terms of organization, it was really relaxed and informal. There were a handful of photographers shooting, but no one seemed to get in each others way. It was such fun!
      xo
      E

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  4. It was so nice to meet you- the photos are stunning!
    Jill

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    1. Jill, It was great meeting you too and your work is so amazing. I came home with one of your bouquets and I can't get over how beautiful it is! See you again soon I hope:)

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  5. Erin,

    Love all these gorgeous pics. Had to write because Kasey (Turntable Kitchen) is actually a great friend of mine and old coworker. Small worlds...Bali, blogs, San Francisco, it all runs together.

    Hope you and your lovely family are well!

    Missing T House Klod xxx

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    1. Leonora, So good to hear from you!I met Kasey in person for the first time at brunch and she mentioned that you two are close friends. I LOVE that small world connection. She also mentioned that are getting married - congrats!
      The fam is all well here, though we really miss our Bali days.The T Houses are calling to us:)
      xxxxoooo
      E

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  6. What a great gathering and place!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Rosa, It really was a great gathering!

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  7. What a pretty event, those flowers are gorgeous!

    Kinfolk looks like a nice clean publication - are you contributing?

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    1. Emma,
      Aren't the flowers incredible! You should check out Jill's site at Studio Choo - she was one of the many flower geniuses there. Totally inspiring!
      I just finished up a piece for Kinfolk's fall issue, Vol 5. I'm psyched to partake.
      xo
      E

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    2. Huge congrats Erin! That's such exciting news xx

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    3. Thanks Emma. It's just a little piece, but I'm psyched to be involved. xxoo

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  8. That magazine is so beautiful and your photos 100% do it justice - everything looks so gorgeous. Very jealous of your amazing brunch.

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    1. thelittleloaf, Thanks so much! I felt really lucky to be there.
      Have a great week:)
      xo
      E

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  9. What a beautiful brunch and your photos are just perfect! What a cool event and would love to attend one of these in the future. Look forward to your recipe! Have a brilliant week ahead!!!!

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    1. Lisa, I think you would have really enjoyed it. Next time.
      I wish you a great week too - this weather is making me so happy!
      xo
      e

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  10. What a gorgeous and inspiring photo collage! It's making me wish my house were filled with flowers and cafe chairs. Thanks for sharing.

    What was the menu like?

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    1. Hey Allison, it was such a beautiful event. Matt's restaurant was really charming and all those flowers - wow!
      The menu was really simple - we had gravlax to start; then an quiche with asparagus; herby garlic bread; and a huge platter of whipped cream topped with strawberries for dipping. Very seasonal and yummy!
      How are your studies? Hope all is well.
      xo
      E

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    2. Sounds amazing. (I attempted to whip cream with an immersion blender for strawberries last night and accidentally made butter...oops.)

      School is great right now. Lots of fun projects in the works. Looking forward to another cocktail series, though! :)

      Allison

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    3. Allison, I've made butter far too many times by accident myself:)
      I'm so glad school is good and that you are busy with projects. I'm looking forward to more cocktails - it's that time of year!

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  11. This is my first intro to Kinfolk- thank you so much for this post. I love the interview, your words are as delicious as your recipes. xoxoxoooRochelle

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    1. Rochelle, I think you would really like Kinfolk. I like to buy it for myself and as gifts for friends - good food for the soul.
      I hope to see you soon,
      xxxoo
      E

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  12. Erin- Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your photography is absolutely stunning, you're on my RSS feed for sure now!

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    1. Unsightly, I'm so glad to have found you and I'll be back to visit again soon:)

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  13. What a wonderful magazine. This is what I have been talking about for years....So happy someone had the (you know what's) gumption to finally do it. wonderful pictures and I love love love the flowers. So lush. The food looks terrific. I am finally feeling a slight turn in humanity to the positive.

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    1. Olinda, I'm so glad you are feeling better. Yeah!
      And so true, I think we are all desperate for a little calm beauty in our lives and Kinfolk is doing just that.
      Wishing you continued healing,
      E

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  14. wow! gorgeous photography!!!

    I love Kinfolk so much, there is immense beauty on every single page of this magazine...
    as you can imagine, I'm green with envy right know, what a wonderful event to attend :)

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    1. M, you should do something for them. I think they'd love you! Maybe we should scheme up a collaboration:) I'd love that.
      xo
      E

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    2. I would love that!!!

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  15. It was so fun to meet you in person, Erin. What a small world it is! Your photos are beautiful; you captured the afternoon perfectly. I'm really looking forward to a coffee date. Thanks again for sharing a link to our site! So much inspiration around these parts :)

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    1. Kasey, I loved meeting you too and then to get a note from Leonora today was awesome. The smallness of the world feels great (especially when the web makes it feel so big).
      Yes, coffee soon!
      xo
      E

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  16. I also (like the first Jane) had never heard of Kinfolk! Looks incredible!

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    1. Hi Jane, Ohhh Kinfolk really is a treat I think you'll enjoy.
      -E

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  17. This brunch looked beautiful. Annnnnd can't wait for the duck egg frittata. WHAAA?! Want.

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    1. Adriana :)
      Do you ever use duck eggs? They are so rich and delish - you would LOVE 'em!
      xo
      E

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  18. I am so amazed at how you take your gorgeous photos and turn them into small stories. Each one of your segments shows what I imagine is a different energy and palette at this delightful party. You are such a multifaceted artist.

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    1. Atmoseats, you are too kind to me. Wow. Thank you.

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  19. Wow beautiful photography! This place looks super cute :)

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    1. Thanks Kristi. Heirloom was super charming. Since you are an SF local, check it out.

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  20. What a glorious gathering! I can't say that I'd ever heard of that magazine. But I'm going to have to make a point to look for it now. ;)

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    1. Carolyn, definitely get your hands on an issue. Especially as a journalist, you will dig what they are doing. The paradigm seems really fresh.

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  21. Thanks for introducing me to kinfolk! So inspiring!

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    1. Anh, I think you'd really like Kinfolk - it's such a beautiful publication.

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  22. Oh wow, I have been admiring Kinfolk from afar since their first issue. How lucky are you to get to be part of one of their little gatherings! It looked perfect :-)

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    1. Emma, Wish you'd been there with me! I wonder if they'll ever go abroad to have dinners - they have fans like you all over the globe.
      Have a great week!

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  23. Erin, congrats on your involvement with a new project! Looks like a lovely gathering!

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    1. Hey Paige thanks so much!

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  24. I'm semi-embarrassed to admit that this is the first time I've stumbled upon your blog. It's absolutely gorgeous - I feel like I have so much catching up to do. You've captured this gathering so beautifully and I love the kind words and public affection for such wonderful people on the web and in life. Glad to "meet" you, Erin!

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    1. Kelsey, Back at you. I just checked out your blog and have no idea why I haven't found you sooner. So much great stuff!
      Thanks for stopping by:)

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  25. I got to check out this place. It's so pretty and you have captured some beautiful shots!

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    1. Heirloom was super charming - old wood floor and lots of great light. And Matt the chef was a really nice guy. All good!

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  26. I found out about Kinfolk a few weeks ago and I fell in love right away. I'm sure it must have been great to get together with them! Looking forward to the duck egg frittata :)

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    1. That's just how I felt when I found Kinfolk - an instant love affair:)

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  27. This is the most beautiful collection of photos! What a great place!

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  28. AnonymousMay 02, 2012

    Thanks Erin for turning me on to Kinfolk.

    After I finished reading the Winter addition I was inspired to have a "family dinner" with my pregnancy group of friends. Every year for the last twelve years we have met at least once a year with all the kids. We started as five couples and have multiplied to over 20 people. Kinfolk reminded me that sustaining relationships over time takes commitment, some sacrifice, and time. I feel so lucky to be reminded of that.
    Thank you Kinfolk!

    Also, Erin, the pictures of your brunch are so rich. The colors remind me of chocolate, and ice, blueberries and green tea ice cream.

    Thank you again for the art and love in which you inspire.

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    1. Ames, is that you leaving me such a sweet note? Thank you:)

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  29. Kinfolk....KINFOLK....LOVE IT! And was chatting with the lovely Heidi about it at the Beards---Loving what they do, and what YOU do.

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  30. Elissa, Thank you! It's so fun to see you here.
    I wish you could have been with us at the Kinfolk event - they instill beauty in everything they do. Hope the Beards were good.
    -Erin

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  31. Elissa, I just saw that your blog won for best individual food blog. CONGRATS!!!!!

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  32. That event sounds so lovely!! and (of course) your photos look amazing. I have to say that I'm really looking forward to your duck egg post, I've been eyeing up duck eggs at the farmers market and could use an excuse to buy them ;)

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    1. Stephanie :) Oooh duck eggs, buy em. They could be a fun new thing to try in all of your baking. They are just so rich and eggy!

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  33. The setting is beautiful. It must have been a fantastic brunch! Now, I'm looking forward to checking out the magazine--and your duck egg frittata.

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    1. Hey Lisa, check out Kinfolk. I'd love to hear what you think!

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So good to hear from you... I appreciate each and every note you leave for me!

Thanks,
E

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