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Recap: Heirloom Summer Soiree

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I love a great cocktail party—all the better when I don’t have to throw it. There’s one pair of ladies who I can count on to throw the most delightful, delicious, and detailed events, it’s Heirloom Catering & Event Styling. The local, women-led events and caterign company handles everything from weddings to corporate events to smaller family functions and special events.

Earlier this month, the ladies invites bloggers, media, and social media savvy ladies to come together for A Summer Soiree, highlighting Heirloom’s delicious cuisine and aptitude for beautiful settings.

The delightful evening took place at the appropriately titled Event Space, on the second floor of the Wonderbread Factory in Shaw. And, Heirloom called on an array of local and national vendors to pull together the amazing evening.

Photo credit: Analiese Trimber of the Bacon Princess Blog

I arrived tardy, to find more than a dozen well-dressed ladies seated and chatting festively around a long, wooden, farm table. The table was decorated with vines, leaves, vintage mismatched china, and burlap table runners and napkins. The stunning table was curated by Heirloom and came together with the help of Something Vintage, which I have used before to throw a beautiful Valentine’s Day party. The blooms were deconstructed bouquets from UrbanStems.

Perpendicular to the table, was a long countertop covered in food—a literal feast for the eyes. There were probably 45 different dishes, dishes, fruits, and desserts.

Photo credit: Analiese of the Bacon Princess
Photo credit: Analiese Trimber of the Bacon Princess Blog

I took in the beautiful spread—with seemingly all of my favorite foods and treats all in one place. The fruit and cheese assortment caught my eye, as it often does. But this layout was particularly impressive. Heirloom’s resident chef is a self-proclaimed cheese addict, and this was quite the spread.The fruit included a salad of white and yellow peaches, watermelon with lemon olive oil bars with Aleppo pepper; and beautiful baskets of assorted berries, plums, apricots, black currants, champagne grapes, and raspberries from local farms.

Photo credit: Analiese Trimber of the Bacon Princess Blog
Photo credit: Analiese Trimber of the Bacon Princess Blog

The adorable make-your-own cocktail bar had all the fixin’s to make a vodka cocktail from Deep Eddy Vodka, with a cute and charming bartender at the helm.  You poured your choice of Thai Basil limeaid or a pink grapefruit mojito, then could opt to add frozen melon balls or berry lemon ice cubes. Once the vodka was added, you could garnish with lemon, lime, or edible flower petals. The cocktail station was such fun—and the cocktails tasted as good as they looked.

Photo credit: Analiese Trimber of the Bacon Princess Blog

The delicious, hearty protein dishes were some of the most memorable. The mini Colombian beef Empanadas were out of this world. The grass fed Hanger steak with mushroom confit and Chimichurri was just as good, if not better, than you’d find in steakhouse. But, the favorite of the evening was definitely the scallops with minted pea puree and pancetta. Because does a summer dish get any better than that? 

Photo credit: Joy of Mornings Like These
Photo credit: Joy of Mornings Like These

The darling dessert station featured s’mores macarons and blueberry ice box pies from Buttercream Bake Shop. Beneath the beautiful spread, the table was laid with brown parchment paper with the menu items written in playful white script. And, there were caramelized grapefruits, too, my favorite. As this was a blogger event, there was a step stool with a message to “step up and instagram” to allow for those much-desired overhead shots.

As if that wasn’t enough, the ladies passed around Pineapple Mint popsicles to the table.

It was a spectacular evening—and we’re gearing up for an event with Heirloom on Sunday, September 20. Mark your calendars, as we will be co-hosting a fall harvest brunch with bottomless mimosas and beermosas, apple cider cocktails, delicious fall treats, a photo booth, fashion pop-up shop, and live music.


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