A Springtime Brunch
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P. Allen Smith’s Entertaining Tips
A garland made from greenery clipped from around the farm serves as a vessel for fresh ‘Soleil Romantica’ roses, ‘Coral Sunset’ peonies, ‘Sonnet’ snapdragons, and hypericum berries, among other blooms. Carrots, artichokes, and curly kale from the vegetable garden are incorporated as well.
1. Make Guests Feel Welcome “At Moss Mountain Farm, the first thing we do is hand visitors a drink. Without fail, that gesture sets a tour on the right track.”
2. Be Seasonally Conscious “I always create flower and foliage arrangements based on what’s in bloom in the gardens. Such efforts further connect the farm’s events with the beauty of the outdoors—particularly if the occasion is held inside.”
3. Pull from Your Own Sources Objects and mementos from Smith’s home, such as the lovely bird bud vases used for the spring brunch shown here, personalize a gathering and let others know that you spent time planning the details.
4. Prepare a Favorite Recipe or Two “I currently enjoy creating favorite dishes from my cookbook, Seasonal Recipes from the Garden, whenever I entertain.
Written by Robert C. Martin | Photography by Nancy Nolan | Styling by Ellen Scruggs | Produced by Ellen S. Padgett
P. Allen Smith’s Seasonal Recipes from the Garden (Clarkson Potter)