Visit Froggsong Gardens during the Vashon Island Weddings & Events Tour

May 6, 2015

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We invite you to visit our newest venue, Froggsong Gardens, during the Vashon Island Weddings and Events Tour. The tour, hosted by the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, is May 17th from noon until 5 pm. Reservations are not needed and the tour is free of charge.

A self-guided tour and open house, the event showcases ten of Vashon Island’s event venues plus Vashon-based wedding planners, photographers, DJ’s and more! Visit the Vashon Chamber of Commerce for more information and to pick up a tour map. While you’re out on Vashon Island make sure to stop by our new Herban Bloom store for creative floral ideas and seasonal gifts.

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A little bit about Froggsong Gardens: Described as enchanting, lush and elegant, Froggsong Gardens is the region’s most distinct outdoor garden estate venue. Featuring 16-acres of English inspired gardens it is a peaceful location for any event. Froggsong’s nature-filled property includes a recirculating stream, open lawn space, indoor/outdoor fireplaces and covered pavilions.

We hope to see you there!

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Xo,

Herban Feast

Our Own Fresh Bistro is Cooking for a Cause

May 1, 2015

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We are so excited that our restaurant, Fresh Bistro, is participating in the American Heart Association’s event to kick off Stroke Awareness Month. Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a fiesta lunch that is both tasty and good for your heart! Fresh Bistro’s own Chef Shun Vigor will be at Pike Place Market’s Atrium Kitchen for a Heart Healthy Cinco de Mayo Cooking Demo, showcasing a few delicious and healthy Mexican-style lunch options and sharing them for you to try!

The event is hosted by the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association and one of their sponsors, Union Bank – and you’re all invited! The lunch is free and does not require a RSVP, so please join us! See you there!

When: Tuesday, May 5th from 12-1 pm

Where: Pike Place Market’s Atrium Kitchen (enter at 1433 First Avenue)

Why: Hosted by Brooke Fox of MOViN 92.5, the event will be a fun break from your day to enjoy a tasty meal and learn a little something about healthy living

Check out more of Fresh Bistro on our blog here and here, and follow along with them on Facebook and Twitter!

Xo,

Herban Feast

Featured Vendor: Valley & Co.

April 27, 2015

An Interview with “Featured Vendor” Nick + Aleah Valley, Owners + Purveyors of Fun, Valley & Co.

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What do you see as the top trends for 2015 whenever we are asked about our trend forecasts for the upcoming year, we close our eyes and envision what we’re sketching and chatting with our couples about. For our team, setting trends means using a classic canvas and peppering that with newer, trendier ideas to set each event apart in a modern fashion. It’s important to us to work with a timeless base for each special event so that our couples will look back 50 years from now and not ask “what were we thinking?”

The biggest trends we foresee in 2015 are:

Living installations – expect to see walls covered in moss, table runners woven with flowers, and overhead florals practically floating in air.

Pairings and tasting menus – food and drink are always big with our clients, and we are excited to see wine and beer flights, tequila and vodka pairings, and tasting menus at several of our receptions. Think: a dinner where you’re served a bounty of smaller plates with paired duos and local fare.

Fused entertainment – there’s nothing cooler than listening to music at an event that’s a fusion of old and new, live and recorded. We expect couples to pair a DJ with a live Spanish guitarist or other musicians, a DJ with a reception band that plays off of the other for an incredible dancing experience, or large entertainment like marching bands or choirs for ceremonies. Entertainment will be big!

What do you love about working with Herban Feast: we enjoy the creativity that occurs during each collaboration with Herban Feast. Whether it’s creating incredible Vietnamese crepes and an inventive market-style dinner reception, bringing to life a NW tasting-style menu or dreaming up fresh cocktails, there are no borders when it comes to brainstorming. Leading up to our events and on the day itself, we know that we will work seamlessly as a cohesive team when Herban Feast is on board.

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Photo credit: Jenny Jimenez

What three things are a must for planning every event: oh, this is a very good question with so many possible answers! Excellent music sets the tone for a fun fête. Beautiful decor, whether simple or ornate, creates that ambiance and something special that every event needs to be a true reflection of the host or hostess. Delicious food and drink keep guests merry and full! When planned out well, these three ingredients should yield a memorable and amazing celebration.

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Photo Credit: Chantal Anderson

A special thanks to Nick and Aleah! See more featured vendor partner profiles here and here.

xoHerban Feast

HAVE A GREEN THUMB? HERBAN BLOOM ANNOUNCES SPRING CLASSES/WORKSHOPS

April 21, 2015

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Ready to learn how to create the perfect bouquet arrangement, wow dinner guests with a gorgeous centerpiece and learn the secrets of growing and cooking herbs?

Then we have news for you! Our flower shop and floral décor store on Vashon Island is offering spring classes and workshops starting this April. Classes will take place at Herban Bloom’s beautiful shop on Vashon Island. This is the perfect way to inspire your inner-gardener (and would also make a great Mother’s Day gift!).

Here are the classes/workshops to choose from:

Art of the Seasonal Centerpiece:

Herban Bloom’s own Floral Designers will guide you to create the perfect seasonal centerpiece for your table. This hands-on class includes instruction, flowers and vases to bring your floral vision to life. Sunday, April 26th, noon-2pm. Taught by Melody Williams and Mark Grant of Herban Bloom.

Gardening & Cooking with Herbs:

Bring your garden and kitchen together in this hands-on workshop. We’ll discuss all kinds of herbs, and how to grow, harvest, cook, and preserve them. An herb-inspired lunch will be provided with recipes including: Rosemary Lemonade, Sweet Potato-Dungeness Crab Cakes, Lemony Spring Sorrel Soup Shooter, Herb and Goat Cheese Timbales, Salad of Organic Greens, Fresh Herbs and Edible Flowers with Raspberry Thyme Vinaigrette, Herb Buttermilk Knots with Chive Butter, and Rosemary Caramel Sandwich Cookies. Wednesday, May 20th, 6-8 pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

Make a Hypertufa Planter:

Hypertufa is a combination of mixed peat moss, cement, and perlite used to create rustic pots that are perfect for growing herbs, succulents, and other plants. This workshop will require you to tap into your imagination in order to create a hypertufa planter of your own design! Sunday, May 24th, noon-2pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

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All About Lavender:

Did you know that there are over 150 varieties of lavender? Learn about what varieties to grow in the Pacific Northwest, what varieties to cook with, what varieties to use for aromatherapy and much more. A light lunch will be provided with lavender-inspired recipes such as Strawberry-Lavender Lemonade, Tapenade, Chicken Pressada, Grilled Asparagus W/ Vegetable Citronette, Herbs de Provence Quinoa Pilaf, and Lavender-Lemon Shortbread Cookies. You will also get to take home an aromatic lavender sleep pillow. Sunday, May 31st, noon-2 pm. Taught by BJ Duft, owner of Herban Bloom and Herban Feast.

Don’t have time for a class this spring? We are planning additional classes for the summer and fall, so stay tuned!

All classes will enjoy light snacks and refreshments. Class fee is $50 per class. Handouts and materials will be provided. Garden gloves advised for potting and hypertufa class.

For more information and designs from Herban Bloom connect with them on Facebook  and Pinterest or contact Herban Bloom at 206-607-8885.

Happy Spring!

Herban Feast

 

Inside Westland Distillery: A Featured Herban Feast Off-Site Venue

March 27, 2015

We’re thrilled to be partnered with the region’s most beautiful, fun and lively venues, bringing our delicious, innovative catering to guests’ events and celebrations.  Today, we’re showcasing a neighboring venue in SoDo Park that shares our love for preserving the area’s historical buildings and savoring of complex, hand-crafted Whiskey, Westland Distillery.

Built in 1919, Westland Distillery originally housed the Ederer Crane Manufacturing Company and today continues the heritage of large-scale, high-quality manufacturing, trading in cranes for whiskey. The distillery’s mix of rustic, old-world architecture and impressive industrial design is a reflection of a timeless sensibility that honors the endeavors of the past.

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Emerson Lamb, Co-Founder and President of Westland Distillery, grew up in the Pacific Northwest and comes from five generations of success and legacy in the timber, paper and pulp industries. Together with his business partner and Master Distiller, Matt Hofmann, Lamb built the Westland Distillery in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle, where it stands as a monument to all he’s inherited.

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Constructed in 2012, Westland is the nation’s largest single malt whiskey distillery, and since opening has become one of the premier event venues in the Seattle area.

While open and expansive, the distillery still offers an intimate and detailed experience to events of all sizes. In its short time on the scene, the crew at Westland has already showcased the venue’s versatility, developing a reputation for executing a variety of events with a distinctive style; from weddings and corporate events to private parties and public receptions.

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Thank you Westland Distillery sharing the history, background and photos of your beautiful space! A complete list of our off-site venues can be found here. Also check out Herban Feast’s own venues on display here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Cheers,

Herban Feast

Get inspired by these bridal trends for 2015

March 12, 2015

As we get closer to the peak of wedding season, we’ve been noting our favorite trends, styles, décor and themes. Here are a few that we think you’ll love as much as we do.

  1. Off-the-shoulder dresses

This romantic look was all the rage during spring runway shows and offers a fresh style for the romantic bride who’s looking beyond the ball gown.

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Photo via Harpers Bazaar, courtesy of Marchesa

  1. Marsala

Pantone’s 2015 Color Of The Year is showing up in wedding details big and small – from flowers to groom attire to cakes and décor.

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Photos via Pinterest

  1. Lace invitations

Lace has always been a trend for wedding dresses, but now it’s making the leap to other wedding details, like these invitations.

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Photo via Elegant Wedding Invites

  1. Metallic bridesmaid dresses

Just because it’s the bride’s day to shine doesn’t mean that the bridesmaids can’t stand out too! Glitz and glamour are sneaking into bridal parties, putting a spotlight on the bride’s leading ladies.

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Photo via Style Me Pretty

  1. Communal dining

Many brides this season are embracing inclusivity and togetherness with big family-style tables.

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Photo Brandon Pato Photography

  1. Flower crowns for the bride

All hail the floral queen! Brides are taking spring flowers to a new level, using them to top off their wedding ‘do. It’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to add some bohemian glam to your look.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Chalkboards

Chalkboards are the new black. From invitations to menus to seating charts, they’ve become a new wedding staple.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Greenery

While we all know flowers and weddings go hand-in-hand, brides this season are opting for a “greener” floral arrangement. Greenery is showing up on all the trendy wedding tables and in many bride bouquets this spring. Perfect for an enchanting summer wedding.

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  1. Fishtail braids

This laid back look is all the rage on the runways and red carpet this year. Now, brides are making it their own. With this messy yet stylish look you won’t have to fret about your hair during your big day.

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         10. Local and sustainable food

Weddings are going green as brides and grooms are becoming more thoughtful about what they’re serving friends and family. Couples are requesting local food that is sustainably sourced, like our new spring/summer menus featuring ingredients from Northwest farms and producers.

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Photo via Herban Feast galleries

For more wedding favorites take a look at the real weddings we featured here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Xo,

Herban Feast

Herban Feast Real Wedding: Jaron and Justine

February 20, 2015

This unusually warm February has us thinking about outdoor weddings! So we are pretty excited to share these beautiful photos from Jaron and Justine’s big day at DeLille Cellars, courtesy of Clane Gessel Photography.

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Cheers to Jaron and Justine! We wish you a long, happy life filled with lots of love and joy.

RSVP! Westland Distillery Open House + Save the Date for Our Bi-Annual Open Houses

February 6, 2015

We’re excited to share three upcoming open house events, including one offsite open house at Westland Distillery and our bi-annual open house events at Sodo Park and The Foundry. Get out your calendar and get ready to RSVP.

Westland Distillery Open House Event on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 5-8pm

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Please join us at Westland Distillery for an Open House featuring our innovative menus, stylish presentations and customized service paired with Westland Distillery’s Thoughtfully Made event space. We’re thrilled that Azzura Photography, GreenLight Events, Kaleb Norman James Design and The Sweet Side will be part of this special evening.

RSVP (up to 4 guests) by Friday, February 6th, 2015 by calling 206-932-4717 or emailing marketfresh@herbanfeast.com

 Our Spring/Summer Sodo Park Open House Event on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015, 5-8pm

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Brides magazine just named Sodo Park one of the Best Venues in the nation! We invite you to join us at the acclaimed Sodo Park for our spring/summer open house tasting.  Be among the first to see the results of our revitalization of the floors, get inspired by seasonal décor and event design from our Herban Design Studio and enjoy a sampling from our innovative, delicious spring and summer menus.

RSVP (up to 4 guests) by Monday, March 23th, 2015 by calling 206-932-4717 or emailing marketfresh@herbanfeast.com

 Attend Our Spring/Summer Open House Event at The Foundry on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015, 5-8pm

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We will be showcasing The Foundry during our spring/summer open house event on Wednesday, April 22nd.  Guests will experience inspiring seasonal décor and event design from our Herban Design Studio and also enjoy sampling our innovative, delicious spring/summer menus alongside the gracious service we’ve become known for.

RSVP (up to 4 guests) by Monday, April 13th, 2015 by calling 206-932-4717 or emailing marketfresh@herbanfeast.com

We can’t wait to see you!

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Love,

Herban Feast

We’re Moving! Please Note Our New Address

January 22, 2015

Friends, we are excited to share the news that we are moving our offices to a new location – right next door to The Foundry.  This will be the first time we’ll have everyone, including our kitchen under one roof.  We’re excited to watch the kitchen in action and see their new creations!

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As of February 1, 2015, our new address will be:

4136 1st Ave S
Seattle, WA 98134

Right next door to The Foundry

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Come visit us!

An Interview with “Featured Vendor” Niki McKay, owner of Blue Danube Productions

January 7, 2015

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What inspired you to start Blue Danube Productions?

Blue Danube Productions was established in 2007 because there was a disconnect between event planners and audio visual suppliers.  The Danube River separates two cities in Hungary: Buda and Pest.  With just a simple bridge, the two cities are combined to make one magical destination.  Blue Danube Productions is the bridge that connects creative event professionals with a flawless technical production to create an immersive experience.

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What can your clients count on when working with you?

Communication.  Whether it is quickly returning a quote for an upcoming event, talking through event goals to determine the appropriate event technology or explaining what is being provided and how it works, Blue Danube Productions takes pride in communicating clearly and efficiently.

 Where do you find inspiration for new ideas or elements you can bring into an event?

Inspiration for events can be found everywhere.  In the Blue Danube Productions office we have an active Idea Board where members of the team bring photos, sketches, magazine clippings, etc. and post them to the board.   As a team, we discuss why that particular element inspired us and how we could translate that into the world of live events.

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What is the must-have A/V item for any and every event?

Every event needs to have audio support.  The main goal of any event is to communicate with attendees – and it is impossible to do that if they can’t hear the presenter or entertainment clearly.  From small audio systems with a couple speakers and a microphone to large concert-level systems – audio is always budget well spent. 

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Thanks to Niki for sharing her insight and the Blue Danube team for enlivening our events!