Collectively, we are all going through a difficult time right now. When things get difficult, regardless of what is at the root of it, I think the only salve is to create opportunities for more joy, more laughter and more love. Connections are a basic human need. We need each other. For me, connections at the table with an amazing meal, simple or complex with friends and family all around, is grounding and lifts my spirits.
Think of your most memorable meals throughout your life. Chances are there was delicious food, coupled with emotions and connections. Perhaps there were tears, or belly aching laughter, mixed with love, friendship and contentment. To be sure, stories were told. Memories were created.
Since I am a trained artist, I approach entertaining, setting the table, menu creation and cooking all with an artist’s sensibility. I love layers, whether I am painting or setting the table. Layers of colors, textures, flavors and sensations. In fact, I created the term “Luxe Farmhouse” for August Table specifically to mean layers of rustic charm and simplicity mixed with elements of surprise, whether it’s a glint of shining metal and something sparkly and luxe, or a burst of intense flavor paired with a simple staple.
This weekend, try to connect with others. Meet outside and bring your masks, practice social distancing for sure. Studies are showing that it’s far less likely that you will get COVID-19 if you are outside, where there is a breeze. If meal prep is not something you want to do right now, you can buy simple ingredients and assemble them in a beautiful way, or simply just buy a loaf of bread, cheese and grapes. Break bread with others. It’s been too long cooped up in our homes without connections.
Wishing you love, laughter and joy this weekend,
Carrie Allen created this site as a way for people to share stories about things they love. She loves chasing quiet, authentic moments and sharing them with her family and friends. Read more about her inspiration here.