Marcia Smart, Kelley Sullivan Low, Courtney Paddock
Sissy Lappin, Cristi Harvey
Danielle & Brad Ryan
Georgia Stewart, Courtney Paddock, Traci Young
Cheerful florals by Maxit Flower Design
Trudi Smith, Anne Olson
Menu calligraphy by Meg Grant
Brig & Marcia Smart
Nikki Ross, April Tracton, Linda Wright
Goodie Rentals provided the handmade bar.
Party time in Valentino Garavani rockstud heels
Heather Kalife, Lynn Clarke, Karyn Enriquez
Hillary Zapata, Tina Kirby, Natalie Grindle, Kaylan Caballero
Jen McDonald, Elle Guerrini
Jenn & David Kandolha
Amy Margolin, Natalie Ariz
Little Coterie created the whimsical decor reminiscent of a European Christmas market.
Lisa Hupp, Marcia Smart
Catherine Crain, Anissa Paddock, Courtney Paddock
Lori Knop, Jamie Burnes
Todd & Jennifer Colter, Rita & Nabil Joubran
Sarah Weekly, Kimberly Davis, Selina Stanford, Angie Kinsel
The mood of a European Christmas market in pastel.
Shannon Werme, Brooke Marquart, Terri Gordon
Terri Gordon, Lori Knop, Jamie Burnes, Shannon Werme
Three talented women, one great idea and a love of Houston’s verdant outdoors — that’s all it took to create one of the more delightful forms of entertaining in the nonprofit sector. Hello, Marcia Smart, Courtney Paddock and Kelley Sullivan Low, aka The Farm Girls, founders of The Farm Girls Supper Club.
The trio organized their continuing pop-up dinner series “to encourage Houstonians to celebrate the city’s sprawling green spaces and rich culinary offerings by gathering individuals around a table for a seated outdoor dinner.”
With that mission, they recently joined forces with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership for cocktails beneath an oak tree overlooking the bayou and a holiday supper in the Sunset Coffee Building, home to the partnership.
Professionally-trained chefs Smart (Smart in the Kitchen) and Sullivan Low (The Spread) provided the lavish menu while Paddock (owner of the boutique events company Little Coterie) was in charge of creating the richly-textured yet casual decor that recalled Christmas markets in Europe.
The wintry inspired menu included corn soufflé, salmon en croute with wild rice and leeks, lamb shank stew with polenta and more, paired with European wines. The meal concluded with a cheese course with roasted figs and flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.
The inaugural pop-up supper was held at Recipe for Success‘ Hope Farms.
Of the Buffalo Bayou event, Smart noted, “It was magical to see our vision of a European harvest come to life and to observe the rich conversations and new connections made among the guests through the experience of sharing a family style meal.”
Diners: Buffalo Bayou Partnership president Anne Olson, Sissy Lappin, Tracie and Joel Ephross, Jennifer and Todd Colter, Traci Young, Wendy and James Johnston, Karyn Enriquez, Jen McDonald, Cindy and Paul Cannatella, Tricia and Richard Hoffman, Sarah Weekly, Amy Margolin, and Danielle and David Magdol.