THE 52ND GATHERING– bringing together recipes, people and stories from around the world- is founded on the premise of positive thinking, holistic and natural living, and the communal table // be it a recurring potluck, or just one weekend of the 52 this calendar year spent sipping lavender tea, the act of consciously gathering- of sharing a meal, a conversation, a moment- is cause for celebration.
Since launching In My Bowl early last November, words can’t articulate how much my world has evolved, how present the prospect of helping change the world (in some small way) has become. In My Bowl slowly grew from my dinky recipe portfolio to a significant resource for healthful, natural, and holistic living, for positive thinking and a positive relationship with food, and in itself a community for making wellness, through plant based eating, accessible to the everyday eater. This past Saturday, October18th, 2014, In My Bowl held the inaugural gathering of an intended seasonal event series- The 52nd Gathering. Built around my daily mantras, the focus was on celebrating Autumn, opportunity, accomplishment, self-discovery, and this beautiful community we’ve all established together.
Gathering for the sake of celebration – with no chaos, no distractions- with a close group of similarly impassioned people, stepping away from our day-to-day and truly and consciously living in and embracing the freedom of a moment was breathtaking. Most importantly because we were able to raise over 400$ for the Washington Humane Society while doing it (!). Held in Washington, DC’s only active coffee roastery, Compass Coffee’s bright, spacious, and minimalist atmosphere, lent itself perfectly to our simultaneous cocktail reception, communal table, and private concert. Dinner was provided by Sweetgreen (featuring their new Autumn menu) with desserts provided by Bakeshop – think Oreos baked into chocolate chip cookie blankets, pumpkin cupcakes, and ginger snap cream pies (!)- all served on Susty Party’s divinely creative and enthusiastically colorful compostable, biodegradable, and plant based tableware. We sipped on the night’s signature cold brew and pumpkin spiced almond milk cocktails (courtesy of Gouter), Starr Hill Brewery’s pumpkin porter, and got lost in The Walking Sticks transcendent rhythm.
So many of you (outside of my immediate friends and family) have expressed an interest in gathering – in coming together amongst yourselves and in some capacity with me. Future events are already in the works and I can not wait to open them up to you and have you be part of what can only be described as a dream of a night. The biggest thank you and love to all who attended and made it possible- you made it perfect. biggest, biggest love xx
As the open-access shelter in the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its sheltering for homeless animals, a comprehensive adoption program and off-site adoption events to find new families for the animals in our care, investigations of each allegation of animal cruelty or neglect through the Humane Law Enforcement, lost and found services to help reunite lost pets with their families, working with breed rescue groups to find more homes for more animals, and volunteer and foster programs to allow other members of the community to help us help more animals.
The biggest thank you to our partners (!)