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August 29, 2012

Charleston’s Grand Dame

Working on a promotional postcard for my client, the Wentworth Mansion in Charleston, and thought I would share some of the beautiful photos taken by various photographers this year–namely, Brennan Wesley and Leigh Webber.

Wentworth was named #1 Small City Hotel in the Continental U.S. in the Travel + Leisure 2012 World’s Best Awards, which came out a few months ago. So proud to call them a ByrdHouse client!

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    August 24, 2012

    Lowcountry Field Feast

    My favorite event of the year, Lowcountry Field Feast, is just around the corner. I started this event 4 years ago after attending an Outstanding in the Field dinner at Pawley’s Island. The dinner was cool but was missing something I felt was critical–a local link. The money raised at that dinner didn’t go to a local cause, and although the food was local, it wasn’t highlighted as well as I thought it could be. So, I decided to create a similar event in Charleston, highlighting our culinary talents, beautiful farms, fresh, local produce, and a local charity, which for the past 4 years has been Lowcountry Local First.

    This year’s dinner will be held on the beautiful Rosebank Plantation (home of Celeste Albers’ Green Grocer Farm–where she raises chickens and cows) on Sunday, October 7. Excited to report that we are already sold out! I met with Mike Lata this week, who will be doing all the food, and started to get excited about what he’s crafting for his menu. The FIG team is so integral to this event and I am so thankful for all they do–the staff donates their time and does it with a smile. They really help make the event special.

    Check out the web site (another creation from Stitch): www.lowcountryfieldfeast.com and if you weren’t able to come this year, I hope you will put it on your calendar for 2013!

    Here are some of my fav photos from years past. Enjoy.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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      August 21, 2012

      Farm Fresh

      Uploading some photos for my client, Limehouse Produce, and wishing I was down on the farm and not sitting at my desk. Beautiful work from Peter Frank Edwards shot at Rosebank Farm on Johns Island.

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        August 20, 2012

        Thank you Stitch!

        A shout out to my friends and design masterminds over at Stitch Design Co.–Courtney, Amy, Kathryn and Joanne. I enlisted them to help me on a much-needed facelift for my ByrdHouse PR web site, and they have once again exceeded my expectations. Thanks for creating a simple, fresh and (hopefully) captivating web site and blog.

        Enjoy!

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          August 20, 2012

          San Fran Eats

          I took a trip this summer with my husband to San Francisco. We lived there for a few years after college and absolutely loved it. We had no money, dead end jobs, and a very small friend group, but it was an experience I will never forget. To be young, carefree and in one of the coolest cities in America…it doesn’t get much better.

          But the real reason we went was to EAT. San Fran is hands-down my favorite place in the country to eat–there are so many interesting restaurants and so many different cultures and cuisines to explore. I actually couldn’t believe how many menus needed further explanation from a server. I thought I knew food pretty extensively, but there were full menus where I literally recognized like 3 ingredients. We had so much fun trying new things and didn’t have one bad meal.

          Here are some of our favorites spots from the trip. I literally didn’t take one picture, so forgive me–it was actually really nice to just walk around, eat and have fun without worrying about documenting it all. I will savor the memories in my mind forever!

          State Bird Provisions: I was so excited to see that Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appetit named it the 2012 Best Restaurant in America this month. We didn’t know what we were getting into here, and it certainly took a little getting used to, but it’s fun, creative and so delicious. Check out Andrew’s review, which can do it more justice than I can. So glad we went when we did, because I bet reservations are hard to come by right now!

          Boulette’s Larder: Friend/client Mike Lata suggested we skip the Farmer’s Market on Saturday and instead hit up the Ferry Building on a weekday and go to Boulette’s Larder for breakfast. Never disregard the suggestions of a top chef. We went on a Friday, totally missed the crazy weekend crowds, and walked right in to Boulette’s with no wait. We had hot many-grain cereal, freshly baked croissants with homemade niciolatta (basically Nutella), and poached eggs with some wild African spice that was amazing. Yum.

          El Farolito Taqueria:  Tiny little Mexican joint in the Mission. Go for lunch and order the quesadilla suiza and agua fresca. Don’t look too closely at the floors and don’t go to the bathroom…just take it for what it is!

          Bar Tartine: Good brunch spot. This was one of the menus that needed explanation, but as weird as it all sounded, it turned out to be delicious. Added bonus: fun furniture/home goods shopping on Valencia.

          Bar Agricole: Cool bar. Matt partook in several of the handcrafted cocktails (damn you, pregnancy) and said they were all awesome (and potent).

          Nick’s Cove: We have a tradition of driving up the coast and walking through the little seaside towns along Hwy 1–Mill Valley, Stinson Beach, Point Reyes, etc. We usually hit up this sleepy little seafood shack called Tony’s, but we branched out this time and tried Nick’s Cove. So glad we did–it’s really nicely done and has a beautiful seaside view. Fresh oysters and sweet Dungeness crab.

          Flour + Water: Best pizza/fresh pasta I can remember in a long time. Be prepared for a long wait, but don’t complain. It’s worth it.

          SPQR: We saved the best for last. This was my favorite dinner of the trip. My burrata app and mezzaluna pasta were to die for. I love the atmosphere too–casual but special. A place I could eat weekly, if only it were closer.

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            August 20, 2012

            Hello, hello.

            Hello friends + colleagues! I have to say, the idea that I am starting a blog right now is slightly freaking me out. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at this, but actually putting pen to paper (or finger to key) is turning out to be more daunting that I planned. Luckily, I have quite a bit of exciting news to share for my first post, so I hope you won’t feel that your precious time has been wasted by reading what I have to say! Here goes nothing…

            2012 has already been a monumental year, and there are still many months to go. I found out I was pregnant with #2 in March (due with a baby girl this December), bought a lot in Mt. Pleasant, started building a house in April, and started a new business venture with Leapfrog PR in August. I’ve long admired the work that Jackie Thomson and Libba Osbourne do at Leapfrog, so when we started a conversation about a more formal collaboration earlier this year, I was really excited and honored to be a part of it. As for now, we are just sharing office space (I’m shacking up with them in their space on Upper King) and starting to collaborate where we can on new client work. We hope to formalize the arrangement sometime next year, merging our companies and taking the Charleston PR world by storm. 😉 For now, it’s just fun to be in the office with these savvy ladies, who always seem to have great insight and industry know-how. I’m learning a lot and am super grateful to have this opportunity to grow Byrdhouse and continue doing what I love!

            Check out a few pictures I took before I dismantled my old office on Rutledge. I shared the space with some other extremely talented ladies, Jenny Keenan Interior Design, Julia F. Martin Architect, Peacock Events, and Blue Planet Green Events. I miss this office dearly–and my adopted Cannonborough-Elliottborough neighborhood, where I worked for the first 6 1/2 years of ByrdHouse. Hoping to one day get back to that hood–the closer to Wild Flour and Dellz Deli, the better!

            I continue to be inspired daily by the bevy of talented female entrepreneurs in my circle of friends and colleagues. Kudos to all of you!

             

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