Shiva Rose and friends pooled their talents to prepare a memorable backyard holiday dinner in Southern California.
The Dream Team
On the occasion that Rose decides to throw a potluck, she’s fortunate to have a tight group of female friends who would be on any party planner’s wish list.
Kristen Caissie, owner of the floral-design studio Moon Canyon Design, handles the flowers. Here, she does a last-minute touch-up on an arrangement.
Danielle Steckler, the chef behind Paper Palate, a boutique catering company that’s a favorite among L.A.’s art and design insiders, brings a lot of food. Here, she slices strawberries for free-form galettes. “It’s rare that I have a potluck, because I do love to cook,” Rose says. But once in a while, when you have a friend like Danielle, why not?”
Rachel Craven, a textile designer known for her block-printed linen tablecloths, provides the linens and sets the table.
Steckler brought much of the food for the potluck. She piqued the guests’ appetites with marinated shrimp and quail eggs pickled in beet juice. Beet juice was also used to sweeten and color lemonade, which the kids drank straight-up and the adults mixed with tequila. (To make, mix 1/4 cup of beet juice into 8 cups of lemonade.)
Dessert, set out on some of Craven’s hand-blocked linens, was a glazed olive-oil polenta cake and mini strawberry-rhubarb galettes served with whipped cream sweetened with honey.
Though the menu had its traditional nods to Easter (leg of lamb, eggs), it also allowed Steckler to indulge in some of her favorite quirks. The quail eggs, for instance, were a spin on the pickled eggs she used to get at her favorite dive bar in New York City. The table had something for everyone, including Rose, who’s a vegetarian, and the gluten-free Craven kids. Without a doubt, the menu—all sourced from the farmers’ market and Rose’s garden—satisfied the group’s passion for eating locally and seasonally. “We all love good food, and we all share the same taste for objects that are clean, thoughtfully designed, and high-quality but not too fussy,” Caissie says. “We’re all such good friends—it makes throwing a party together really easy.”