It was a lovely celebration of winter and creativity. The Cleveland FIeld Kitchen Pop Up Dinner Series, DINNER ONE took place in the Artcraft Building at the studio of Fount Leather in Cleveland just two weeks ago. Surrounded by stacks of smoky brunette rolls of Italian leather, organized barrels of scrap, tidy sewing machines, and a view that over-looked the beauty of the Cleveland landscape. The light was dreamy, the table was long. It was a chance to gather many familiar faces as well as have the pleasure to hear couple ( in life and in business) Jackie and Philip Watcher share the story of their journey with FOUNT. Wine was flowing freely and the conversation was plenty.
For DINNER ONE, our inspiration for the table and décor was centered around the white of winter (though we were a little short on the white snow that is usual for that time of year) and materials from the studio. Jen, from our design team, was able to create a hanging fern installation that draped over sections of the table. This eye catching yet simple detail was probably a favorite design component of the evening. Well the design and the food, of course. The pops of green life perfectly contrasted the shades of brown leather and white of FOUNT studio. We used Italian leather scraps, cut both geometrically and organically, which we clustered together along the table. The leather clusters served as a base for brass candleholders that gave off glimmers of light, making the table more intimate and warm.
As the evening continued, guests sat at their designated seats with leather strapped napkins and enjoyed the meal that our chef, Kelli Hanley-Potts prepared. Our pop up dinners are four course meals that have been carefully paired with wines and because the menu was inspired by the white of winter, we served all white wines for each course.
This was the menu that we served:
Spicy Ginger Parsnip Soup garnished with Chilis
Spiced Lamb Meatballs with warm yogurt, Kale Garnish and Pomegranate Arils
Mas de la Dame Rose du Mas Le Baux de Provence 2014
Watercress Salad with Pickled Grapes, Toasted Almonds Tossed in Lemon and Olive Oil
Berger Gruner Veltliner 2014
Seared Diver Sea Scallops with Cauliflower Leek Puree, Pine NUts, Slivered Dates, Crispy Prosciutto, Sherry Gastrique
La Vieille Ferme Recolte France 2014
Pear Torte with Tahini and Cardamom Whipped Cream
Hans Von Wilhelm Piesporter Michelsberg Riesling Kabinett 2014
During the main course, Jackie and Philip Wachter, the adorable married couple and founders of FOUNT Leather spoke about the story of FOUNT, how it came to be, and what life was like as makers in Cleveland. FOUNT’s space and story left us all inspired and proud to be from Cleveland, where creativity thrives. Join us for our next Pop Up Dinner, DINNER TWO at Lowe’s Greenhouse on Saturday, April 23rd at 6:30pm. For information about that dinner and future dinners can be found here.