Sometimes Las Vegas surprises me. I’ve lived here all my life and I’ve always had a love / hate relationship with it. Of course when I was of the legal and maybe not so legal drinking age I loved it but now that I’ve turned in a granny and all I want to do is make jam and cook and read and go to dinner parties I’ve somewhat lost touch with the city of sin that I live. I’ll often complain that there is no culture here, people aren’t friendly and no one has a desire to cultivate art or the community but slowly and surely Las Vegas is proving me wrong!
Case in point – Project Dinner Table. I fell in love with it the first time I saw their ad in BVLDS magazine. It is similar in style to Outstanding in the Field but with a Vegas twist. Here is an excerpt from their website:
The idea is simple enough…re-connect with the dinner table, bring back meaningful conversation and feed ourselves with local goodness. This is what the small collaborative group called the “Kitchen Cabinet” has set out to share with others.
Project Dinner Table is a series of seven dinners where we gather in unique locations. We dine at one long table with a white tablecloth setting that seats at least one hundred people. We will feast family style, over six courses that are inspired by local and regional purveyors. Our purpose is about local artisans, building community and giving back.
Sounds pretty awesome doesn’t it? For the most part it is. Steve and I were lucky to attend the dinner in August. We weren’t exceptionally blown away by dinner – except the homemade Twix Bars (!!!) Steve ate three and had a stomach ache the rest of the night – but the event was wonderful. We experienced a part of the city where we never venture (downtown), I bought a pair of fantastic vintage sunglasses, we made new friends, had great conversation all while contributing to a local charity. All in all it was a B+ and I would recommend it to anyone.
Have any of you been? Do you have something like this in your town? I would love to hear about it!
*** photos were taken with my new Diana…the Holga and I split up. It was a one-sided relationship that was more work than fun so I ditched him! The Diana uses film and you never know what to expect.