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October 21st, 2010

10/10/10: A Transformation

from Kate

Transformation is such a powerful word… and this process — from our personal journey to that of the gallery space — has truly been just that. Here are some of the highlights.

The dining room was set with three long tables and two smaller ones. Because the food was to be the art of the evening, we kept the setting simple: bistro chairs, white napkins and tablecloths, hammered silverware, white china, burlap table runners, a few tall arrangements of seasonal branches and hundreds of votive candles.

Tables — with candles lit — are reflected in a Blackman Cruz mirror.

The dining room as seen from the balcony above waiting for the party to begin.

One more view before the party begins.

A letterpress menu with “10/10/10″ configured as forks and plates was placed at each setting. The menus doubled as place cards with each guest’s name written at the top in calligraphy.

Vintage schoolhouse chalkboards were placed throughout the space with notes on the menu food and sources.

We hung two 6′ chandeliers made of dozens of manzanita branches above the dining room. Each was lit with beeswax candles. They were specially created for the event by Lika Moore, senior designer at Blackman Cruz. Thanks, Lika!

We had two bars. One upstairs and one down. There was a selection of California wines to taste as well as a special alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktail.

Two napkin designs were passed with the appetizers and drinks — all designed around the 10 theme. Of course.

We draped simple cheese cloth throughout to differentiate dining from cocktail space — and to add a bit of drama.

Be seated.

The party underway… An evening we’ll not soon forget.

photos by Leslie Barton

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