Tables, chairs and California cuisine

Rustic farm table & chairs

I spent last week in California for work and couldn’t help myself when it came to this furniture! The tables are gorgeous and rustic — I made sure to capture them from all angles, hoping I can persuade my hubby/handyman to build one.  He happened to be on this work trip, too, so we looked them over together.

The man who makes the tables arrived after dinner to load them back on the truck. He shared his story — a venture that began when his daughter was getting married. He built farm tables for the reception and  people loved them so much he made a few more. Eventually, it evolved into a rental business. It seems everyone loves these farm tables!

Flower pot appetizers

The setting was beautiful — tables topped with burlap runners, wooden napkin rings, sparkling glasses and appetizers in terra cotta pots! The pots contained “soil” — a mixture of goat cheese and pumpernickel bread, “planted” with baby carrots, turnips and onions. A perfect accompaniment to the rustic, farm-to-table spread.

Table Setting

Here’s a more complete look at the table top, complete with wildflowers in Mason jars.

The food was spectacular as well, and had a colorful California vibe. Clockwise from left: mole-rubbed short rib with fried plantain cake and chayote, guava and mango slaw; carpaccio watermelon salad; Tuscan-style ribeye with petit green squash and roasted baby vegetables with grilled polenta; and for dessert, passion fruit, banana and milk chocolate terrine. Whew … make sure you wear your stretchy pants for a spread like this!

California dining

It was a beautiful meal, made even more spectacular by the rustic elegance of the place settings and furniture. And now, to get the hubby busy on one of those tables! Hmmm. Perhaps I could make a trip to the lumber yard for him …

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