August 28, 2014 - Lombardi House Launch Party

The Lombardi House is open for business and for anyone planning an event in LA it is a must see! This historic property is set just off Hollywood Blvd and was designed with the help of Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. We were on hand for their launch party a few weeks ago (designed by our friends at Bash, Please) and are so excited to share the stunning photos of this unique property and amazing event.

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Photos by Luke and Katherine of Max & Friends.

August 26, 2014 - How to Compose the Perfect Summer Salad

Salads may seem simple, but so often they underwhelm. What does it take to create a perfect salad at home? It’s all about seasoning and plating. Follow these simple tips and one of our favorite summer recipes to compose the perfect salad! You can also check out this recipe on The Chalkboard!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Summer Salad
Serves 8

1lb of organic baby greens
Rhubarb stalk – thinly sliced
3 baskets of organic farmers market strawberries – strawberries cut in half tops removed
1/2 lb smoked goat manchego – thinly shaved with potato peeler
1 large handful Pignon (Pine nuts) – toasted quickly in a pan
Fig balsamic (add 1 cup of fig balsamic to a sauté pan and heat it until it becomes a syrup, keep an eye on it as it burns easily)
1/3 cup of quick balsamic dressing (1 part balsamic to 2 parts evoo, salt and pepper)

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Composing your perfect salad:

* Chop your ingredients and place each element in a separate bowl so that you can coat every item with a bit of dressing and seasoning
* Salt and Pepper each element – this is very important
* Toss a little bit of dressing with each ingredient – except for cheese and pine nuts as these will get soggy
* Have your large salad bowl or your individual salad plates ready for final plating
* Once each element is dressed and seasoned you can compose the salad in the following order:
1. salad mix
2. berries
3. cheese
4. pine nuts
5. A few pieces of rhubarb – use sparingly as it can be overpowering but adds a nice tart crunch
6. drizzle of fig balsamic

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By handling each ingredient separately you can control the amount of dressing and make sure each element is seasoned perfectly. Your greens will stay bright and crisp since you’re not over mixing them.

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Try your salad with any of these combos:

- Grilled peaches or nectarines
- Persimmons when seasonal
- Sharp Aged Cheddar
- Mahón
- Truffle Tremor

Photos By: Marble Rye Photography

August 04, 2014 - Domaine Picnic

Summer is in full swing and we can’t think of a better time to pack it up and head outside. We’ve teamed up with Domaine to bring you some inspired dishes that are sure to amp up any get together. Head over to Domaine for all the delicious details and don’t forget their picture perfect accessories for the ultimate summer picnic!

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July 31, 2014 - Designlovefest Floral Workshop

If you’re in need of a summer pick me, look no further! We loved being a part of the incredibly colorful Designlovefest floral workshop with Moon Canyon. Kristen supplied the beautiful blooms in jewel tones, and we created a spread to match. Summer tartines, crisp refreshing salads and delicious berry crostatas were the perfect accompaniment to a gorgeous afternoon in the DLF studio.

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June 26, 2014 - Lulu & Georgia Pop-Up

One of our favorite online home goods stores, Lulu & Georgia, created their first ever pop-up and Urban Palate was there to help celebrate. Erika Brechtel, Anne Sage of City Sage and Mara Ferreira of M Loves M hosted the launch event and we served up some tasty passed bites while guests shopped their incredible array of colorful pillows, rugs and accents. Bon Puf was on hand with her adorable and delicious cotton candy and Bon Affair stocked the bar. Photos by Monica Wang.

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June 17, 2014 - An Elegant Bash

We love a wedding at home, especially when it’s a stunning backyard affair designed by the ladies of Bash, Please. Check out all the details of this gorgeous event shot by Lehua Noëlle.

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May 30, 2014 - Spring Tastings

We love bringing friends and clients in to sample our dishes. Whether it’s a tasting for a wedding or meeting with new people in the industry it’s our favorite way to let people experience Urban Palate. Here are a few recent favorites from the UP tasting room to brighten up your day!

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May 28, 2014 - LA Rooftop Brunch

We can’t imagine a better way to spend a sunny LA day than hanging in Atwater Village with Karen Kimmel and Crafting Community! We recently had the pleasure of working at their incredible east side headquarters where we served up a bright and bountiful breakfast for guests to munch on while crafting in the studio. In the afternoon we moved it up to the rooftop for a relaxing barbecue complete with a custom teepee. All the colorful and creative details were captured by Marble Rye Photography.

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April 08, 2014 - Catalina View Gardens Wedding

Set on a hilltop in Palos Verdes and overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, this venue has one of our favorite views in SoCal! We were honored to have been a part of an incredible wedding at Catalina View Gardens coordinated by Constance Curtis. The couple wanted a simple dinner that included Mexican flavors with an upscale California twist. The bride is gluten free so that was a must as well! The Urban Palate menu included mini tequila chicken tacos, a beautiful romaine and grilled poblano salad and a lime mezcal grilled chicken for dinner. Bold flavors and beautiful colors proved gluten free doesn’t have to be boring. Gorgeous images below shot by Sera Lindsey.

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March 31, 2014 - The Hunt Is On – Hunters Alley Launch

If you are a lover of unique vintage pieces this event will be right up your alley… Hunters Alley that is! The just launched site created a pop up brick and mortar location for one night only in downtown LA. Hosted at the Unique Space and produced by Crafting Community, guests were invited to “hunt” for 1 item from a group of carefully curated vignettes. Urban Palate provided a beautiful display of charcuterie, cheese, heirloom veggies and a few passed nibbles. Desserts by The Scootabaker, handcrafted cocktails from Pharmacie LA, and vintage glassware from The Hostess Haven rounded out a truly beautiful evening.

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