Trinity Gardens in Santa Barbara is a community garden with a capital "C". In addition to having individual garden plots, they have a large communal area where additional produce is grown, harvested, and donated to those in need. This outreach project is supported by volunteer hours each garden plot owner is asked to contribute. In addition, the garden hosts seasonal events for all ages in the community such as the pumpkin patch, Easter egg hunt, and provides gardening and food education through hands-on classes. We were pleased to have the opportunity to support this wonderful project by providing linens for the garden's annual fundraising event, Evening in the Garden.
The event included a family-style vegetarian dinner with appetizers, craft cocktails, and local beer and wine. It was a true garden-to-table affair, and while I couldn't contribute anything for the "garden" part of it (I have the proverbial brown thumb), I knew I could certainly help with the "table" part. The event planners gave me pretty much a carte blanche to come up with a set of linens for the 10 picnic tables and 40 guests. I chose a vintage linen table cloth (sourced specifically with this kind of an event in mind), several Belgian linen table runners and mis-matched napkins with bright floral patterns combined with the signature FOLD napkins in complimentary colors, to break up the patterned napkins.
The guests enjoyed live music by Ventucky String Band, beer provided by Pure Order Brewing, Jaffurs Wine Cellars wine, and dinner prepared by Alejandro Martinez and Linda Vogel. Produce was sourced from the garden and also contributed by Lassens, Givens Farms, Ebby's Organic, and other local farms.