Last Minute Wedding at 1508

This spring friend and colleague Anne Book contacted me on Wednesday asking if I could host a celebration following her vows on Saturday (in three days). Happily I did not have an event and was thrilled to be a part of her special day. On Friday, the day before her ceremony plans became complicated and we decided to shift and have the ceremony as well as the planned celebration at my home/studio. We cooked, made a wedding cake and flowered. Lucky for everyone Kate Headley documented.

Come join us Tuesday July 7th!


Create a flower arrangement under the guidance of floral designer Sidra Forman. Bring your phone or fancy DSLR camera for a hands on lesson with Kate Headley. Take home your work & new skills. Sip, snack and get creative under the summer stars.
includes instruction, materials & garden cocktails
July 7, 2015
7 - 9 pm
1508 6th St NW
Washington, DC

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On the List–– Martha Stewart!!

005We are psyched to be on the list of Martha Stewart Weddings, Top Floral Designers!  It will be available in a few days on i pad and in print, here is a sneak peak––  if you are looking for me I am number 63. The photo here and featured in the magazine was taken by Kate Headley.  The wedding was styled by Ritzy Bee Events and the day of paper products were done by Simplesong Design.  What tickles me is that now I have collaborated with Kate, Maria, Kelly and Suann for years on a wide variety of projects. I rely on them for things work related but they are also my friends... but this image is from the very first wedding that we worked on together and I believe the very first time that we all met in person.

Welcome 2015!

Even off duty the phone shot taken by the talented Kate Headley is outstanding! IMG_0419

We had a dreamy New Years Eve celebration at 1508 last night.  Thanks to everyone who joined us you guys made the night.

This is what we ate and drank––

PASSING: Blue Potato with Siberian Osetra Caviar and Caper, Cauliflower White Bean Puree with White Alba Truffle, Rockfish with Kohlrabi and Carrot, Long Island Duck with Cassis and Onion, Flatiron Steak and Watermelon Radish, Pork Loin with Apple and Sage

Bay Leaf Vodka Cocktail, 2013 Labbe Abymes Savoie


Georges Bank Sea Scallop with Ginger Lemongrass Broth with Cilantro, Leeks and Red Lentils–– Buckwheat Bread

2010 Garofoli "Podium" Verdicchio Dei Castelli de Jesi

Black Rice Black Trumpet Mushroom Risotto with Celery Root Pureed/Fresh, Celery, Parsley and Chestnut–– Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

2013 St. Pauls St Magdalener Klassisch Alto Adige

Wood Grilled Chicken Thigh with Frisse, Kobocha and Shallot Dressing–– Cornmeal Cracker

2012 Cru Monplaisir Bordeaux Superieur

Appalachian Cheese with Whole Grain Cracker

Chocolate Cake with Gold Leaf, Beet Frozen Coconut and Cocoa Nibs

Tissot Cremant de Jura Rose Extra Brut NV

Bites: Soft Gingerbread with Lemon and Coconut, Salty Rosemary Walnut Biscotti, Cardamom Pistachio Drops, Chocolate Hazelnut and Pumpkin Seed Brittle

To Go: Gingersnaps with Gold

Berries with Sesame, Recipe– Pescetarian Book

I recently finished developing, writing and testing recipes for a Pescetarian book (vegetarian + fish), written by Janis Jibrin R.D. and photographed by Kate Headley.  It will be released by Ballentine Books Spring 2014. Janis' meticulous research concludes that eating this way will–– help you look great, feel great, boost your mental acumen and reduce the risk of major disease...

This is a recipe I developed for the book that did not make it in but has become a staple snack for us.  Love Kate Headley's photo and the many others that will be included in the upcoming book.


Berries with Sesame Sauce/ Snack

Serves: 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

1 tablespoon tahini

1 teaspoons honey

tiny pinch of cayenne

½ teaspoon sesame seeds

1 cup berries

  1. Place tahini, honey, cayenne, sesame seeds and 2 teaspoon of water in a small bowl.  Stir until smooth.
  2. Spoon sesame mixture over the berries and serve.