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Summertime Alfresco Retreat

Ecco Domani - Summertime Alfresco Retreat | Sacramento Street


Summer is the perfect time of year to invite friends over for an outdoor soiree. In the Summer you don’t always have to make it a formal affair. It’s the little things you do that make a world of difference when it comes to a last minute get together. Honestly, the table came together effortlessly. The bottles of the Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio were stunning. Acclaimed designer Zac Posen created the labels on the bottles and I based the entire design of the tablescape around the simple beauty of the stunning color scheme. I chose a black and white table linen from St. Frank and paired it with green and white flowers.

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Ecco Domani - Summertime Alfresco Retreat | Sacramento Street


The lunch was a combination of fresh roasted artichoke hearts and a salad with watermelon, heirloom tomatoes, and feta cheese. I try to make the majority of my summertime meals from produce I buy at the farmers market. Each Sunday we walk to our neighborhood farmers market and what happens to be in season is what we eat. When it comes to recipes I’m constantly turning to our food editor, Amanda – she always knows how to combine the perfect combination of ingredients to make incredible dishes. For this particular alfresco retreat I wanted a few stand out dishes that would pair perfectly with a light and refreshing drink – in this case with Ecco Domani’s Pinot Grigio for the lunch and their Prosecco with dessert.

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After the delicious lunch in Natalie Bowen’s gorgeous studio backyard, we lingered a little longer and sipped the Ecco Domani Prosecco – which worked perfectly with our dessert of fresh fruit and chocolates. This was the perfect mid-day break to a busy weekday. I honestly need to do this more often!


Check back later today for the recipes that Amanda created so that you can prepare the same summertime retreat for your friends!

This post is a partnership with Ecco Domani. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Photos by Emily Scott, Food by Amanda Frederickson  for Sacramento Street | Table Linen and Pillows from St. Frank Textiles

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Outdoor Living: Small Space Summer Entertaining

Backyard Picnic | Sacramento Street


One of the great things about summer is being able to spend the majority of our waking hours outdoors. After a winter when so many parts of the country have been extra cold and severe, finding a space to spend more time outdoors is what everyone needs. I can tell you one thing, I’m ready for a summer of outdoor entertaining! I’ve always been a big fan of bringing nature indoors to create a home that incorporates the outdoors.  Now that it’s summer, why not bring the indoors outside into your garden?


Backyard Picnic | Sacramento Street


There is nothing better than having friends over and being able to eat a meal or share a glass of wine outside in the garden. You don’t need to have a huge backyard or a perfectly manicured space to enjoy the outdoors.

 

I teamed up with World Market to create an outdoor room that you can replicate in any garden. Here in San Francisco, we don’t have much outdoor space – it’s limited – so we took a small space (less than 200 square feet) that is usually where the tenants walk through, and transformed it into a outdoor eating oasis they can enjoy. I can’t take credit for the beautiful garden.


Backyard Picnic | Sacramento Street
Backyard Picnic | Sacramento StreetBackyard Picnic | Sacramento Street


It was so fun to put together the items that would make this space work. As most of you know, I adore blue, so that was the color I based the outdoor space on. World Market had everything we needed to makeover the space – beautiful vases, dishes, furniture – even a rug that is specifically made for outdoor living.


So this weekend, get out there and enjoy creating an outdoor space to enjoy this summer! Pop over to World Market to see more details about this look and how you can re-create this in your own backyard.

 

This post is a partnership with World Market. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

 

Photos by Heather Day for Sacramento Street

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High Tea: Celebrating Moms with Williams Sonoma

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Teatime has long been a tradition in my family. When Williams Sonoma told me about the launch of their new custom blended tea collection created by Five Mountains, which is based right here in San Francisco – I jumped at the chance to spread the news.


Now to the purpose of our afternoon – spending an afternoon celebrating our motherhood and enjoying some of the best tea I have ever had. I had the opportunity to host tea for an incredible group of Bay Area moms – a reprieve from the busy lives all of us are living today. While many are coffee drinkers these days, I have always been a tea drinker. I love the delicate flavor of tea and the soothing relaxation that pours over me when I sip a good tea. I have great memories of being offered tea in both Istanbul as well as in Marrakech by the owners of stores and markets I was visiting. Let me tell you, the new line of teas that Williams Sonoma has produced is like none other. The Peppermint tea is strong and smooth and the Earl Grey is one of my morning favorites. I think it’s time for us to bring back teatime to our homes. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up that rejuvenates us to finish our day productively.


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The setting of our tea was in the lovely and historic Palace Hotel. I felt as though I were stepping back in time. And the tea service they provide in the Garden Court since the early 1900’s is beautiful. The old school elegance and charm in the heart of San Francisco just can’t be beat. Between the delicate tea sandwiches, homemade scones and Williams Sonoma’s Organic Tea – it was one of those afternoons that was truly magical.


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Gathering this group of moms together that have both inspired me and provided support while being a new mom was icing on the cake. The day didn’t go off without a hitch – as I was getting all the last-minute details taken care of, including making small bouquets of spring flowers for each guest to take home, my nanny had to rush to pick up a sick daughter. As a new mother, I was momentarily panicked, but it quickly became apparent that I would need to bring Jackson with me.

 

It was a reminder for me that motherhood isn’t always smooth and there will always be times we need to place our child above our work. Jackson was a sweet boy the entire afternoon – it goes to show you that when you’re a mom you have to roll with the punches.


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After an incredible afternoon of feeling like we were transported back in time, I’m already wanting to plan another high tea. I’ve gathered all of the essentials you’d need to create and plan your very own high tea at home.


HIgh Tea Essentials with Williams Sonoma

The essentials you need for hosting a High Tea:

 

Peppermint Tea Sachets | Williams-Sonoma Open Kitchen Glass Teapot

Apilco Gold Rimmed Cups & Saucers | Apilco Gold Rimmed Salad Plates

Tonal Edge NapkinsMeyer Lemon Poppyseed Scone Mix

 Meyer Lemon Curd | Honey Pot with Wooden Dipper

 Orange Blossom Honey


Remember to celebrate being a mom everyday. Pour a cup of tea and enjoy the joys of motherhood!


This post is a partnership with Williams Sonoma. A huge thank you to both Williams Sonoma & Palace Hotel for having us. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.

Images by Emily Scott 

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On The Hunt: Jams and Spreads

On The Hunt : Jams and Spreads | Sacramento Street

 

This past summer and fall I went through a serious nesting phase while pregnant. I made dozens of canned pickles and jam. Well, I just used the last spoon full of my homemade jam and my heart sank a little bit. Since it’s not berry season I went on a quest to find an alternative because my mornings and snacks would not be completely with either a jar of preserves, jam or honey. There is nothing I love more than a warm biscuit and tea in the morning.

 

On The Hunt : Jams and Spreads | Sacramento Street

1.) Dalmatia Fig Spread, Set of 2


2.) Duerr’s Blackcurrant Preserves, Set of 6


3.) El Brezal Spanish Honey


While it’s hard to top homemade these World Market jams and spreads definitely hit the spot. Pop over to their blog to find out which were my favorite, I can tell you one thing my pantry has been elevated to a whole new level.




This post is a partnership with World Market. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting sponsored posts that keep Sacramento Street doors open.


Image by Caitlin Flemming for Sacramento Street

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On the Menu: Holiday Party Appetizers

Holiday Crostini's | Sacramento Street

Can you believe that it is already December? Even though this year is flying by, December is one of my most favorite months; a month filled with holiday lights, cooler weather and of course holiday parties. A lot of holiday parties. What better way to spend an evening than celebrating the season with friends and family?

 

I love throwing holiday parties and have discovered the trick to a stress-free holiday party is finding the right food to serve. I like to do heavy appetizers and cocktails at my holiday parties. That way it is less formal than a dinner, but guests still get enough to eat and drink. Plus,during the holiday season who has time for a sit down dinner? Appetizers make it easy to have guests come and go casually so they can make all of their holiday parties.

 

Here are two of my go-to recipes for appetizers –a butternut squash and ricotta crostini and a pear and goat cheese crostini. Both crostini’sare delicious and easy to prepare and the best part is that a lot of prep can be done in advance and they assembled on the day of your party. Also, you don’t have to worry about keeping the crostini warm, they are delicious either way, warm or at room temperature. Just set them out when guests arrive and watch them disappear. ~ Amanda


Holiday Crostini's | Sacramento Street

Butternut Squash and Ricotta Crostini


Ingredients| Sacramento Street


1 cup butternut squash, ½” dice

2 Tbs. olive oil

¾ cup ricotta

1 onion thinly sliced

2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

2 Tbs. maple syrup

½ sweet baguette, thinly sliced and lightly toasted

chiffonade of mint

sea salt


Directions | Sacramento Street

 

1.) In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the butternut squash and a pinch of salt. Cook the butternut squash, stirring occasionally until brown and soft, about 5 – 7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

 

2.) While the butternut squash is cooking, add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to a small sauté pan over medium heat. Once the olive oil is warm, add the onion slices, reduce heat to medium low and cook until the onions are soft and caramelized, about 10 – 12 minutes. Add vinegar and maple syrup and continue to cook until mixture is a jam like consistency, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

 

3.) When butternut squash is cooked, assemble the crostini by spreading 1-2 tablespoons of ricotta on the toasted baguette. Top with onion jam then butternut squash. Finish with mint and sea salt.

 

NOTE: The baguette can be toasted the day before and stored in a plastic bag. The onion jam as well as the butternut squash can be made the day before. Store in the refrigerator and bring all components to room temperature before serving.


Makes about 1 dozen crostini


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Pear and Goat Cheese Crostini


Ingredients| Sacramento Street


4 – 5 oz. goat cheese, softened

½ sweet baguette, thinly sliced and lightly toasted

1 firm but ripe pear, thinly sliced

¼ cup candied walnuts, chopped

½ tsp. thyme, chopped

sea salt

drizzle of honey

Directions | Sacramento Street


1.) Assemble the crostini by spreading 1-2 tablespoons goat cheese on each piece of toasted baguette.


2.) Top with sliced pear and candied walnuts.


3.) Sprinkle with thyme, salt and a drizzle of honey.


NOTE: The baguette can be toasted the day before and stored in a plastic bag.


Makes about 1 dozen crostini


Recipe by Amanda Frederickson | Photos by Emma Fineman for Sacramento Street 

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