Artist Showcase, Hosted by Carolyn Wade
This event and residence was one for the books! Not only was this private home beautiful and centrally located, it was FILLED with amazing artwork, art installations, and decor from all over the world.
The crowd of roughly 100 mixed and mingled throughout the night while coming back for seconds...and thirds!
To fit the eclectic, unique feel of the house, we crafted a menu of appetizers that paired nicely with the grazing table and the style of the event.
Our signature Table and Thyme offering, a grazing table. Custom made to your liking. Topped with multiple meats, an array of artisan cheeses and breads, the best dips and spreads, fresh fruits and sweets to round out the table. A great option to cater to everyone from the carnivore to the vegan.
Lobster Toast - A zesty lobster salad instantly turns everyday toast into something elegant and cocktail party-worthy. (this is a crowd favorite!)
Hand Salad - These snag-gable, snack-able wedges are perfect for a mix and mingle. Topped with a creamy buttermilk dressing, sprinkled with half of assorted seeds, drizzled with oil, and finished with pepper and grapefruit zest.
Shredded Brussels and Ricotta Toast - A bright tangle of shredded Brussel sprouts, raisins, and pine nuts tops silky ricotta on a savory, satisfying toast.
Filet and Bacon Bites - Tender bites of filet mignon are wrapped in bacon and served with a thick and tangy horseradish sauce.
Mini Crab Cakes - Light, zesty seasoning folded in buttery cream sauce, egg washed, lightly breaded and fried.
Avocado Crap Dip - A savory mix of avocados, cream cheese, sour cream, crab meat, onion soy sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.
Baked Brie - Creamy, rich and luxurious brie cheese, topped with pesto and sun dried tomatoes and baked in the oven.
Caprese Salad - Layer alternating slices of multiple types of heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil leaves. Drizzled with a balsamic reduction, with a dash of salt, and pepper.
The guest grazed for several hours, catching up with close friends and meeting brand new faces.
This event was hosted by Carolyn Wade. We've shared a few words from an article in Idiom Magazine, featuring the Wade's house.
"Robin and Carolyn Wade’s house has been a point of local curiosity since they began collecting art in the 1980s, eventually allowing local artists free reign in various rooms. When you arrive at the house, you’re greeted by what looks like a gargantuan mechanical spider and a couch shaped like a pair of lips; the ceiling of the entrance hall is covered in upside-down chairs and painted Styrofoam snakes. The kitchen ceiling is encrusted with twisted pots and pans; above the garage a series of mannequins writhe under pink insulation paint. (That piece, called Crime Scene, originated when the garage had a leak and Robin and Carolyn liked the way the insulation looked. At night, lights illuminate the “bodies,” which look to be trying to escape from the roof..) Every possible nook of the house is stuffed with artwork, curiosities, mementos from traveling, and photographs of the Wade family.”People used to drive up and just ask to see the house,” Margot said. “I’ve had to give so many tours; I know what story goes with what piece.” Some of the artwork has attachable “penis flaps” to obscure genitalia for more conservative visitors. I had been in the house before—Margot is a high school friend of mine, and Robin and Carolyn generously hosted many art class field trips—but as Margot gave me a tour of the museum-in-progress, it was difficult to focus on any one part of the house. Here was a garage full of stuffed animals Robin had bagged over many years, here was a Kiki Smith drawing next to a series of paintings by Carolyn’s art class, here was a Rauschenberg drawing hanging along the staircase, here was a Franz West chair people actually use for sitting in, here was an enormous stuffed bear next to a coat so angular it would make Lady Gaga blush. The effect is dizzying, even before you get up to the attic crammed full of art and art materials."
The event was hosted to celebrate and feature an international artist, Nina Campbell Interiors. Nina was visited Birmingham as a featured speaker at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
"Nina Campbell is one of the world’s most respected and influential interior designers. Her list of clients and design expertise is unparalleled. Renowned for her contagious wit and brilliant sense of style, her designs appeal to both young and old and sit well in both contemporary and traditional interiors.
Her enthusiasm and interest in design and interiors was developed when, at the age of nineteen, she went to work for John Fowler at the prestigious Sybil Colefax & John Fowler. Shortly afterwards she set up her own decorating business, where one of her first commissions was to design a castle in Scotland and Annabel’s private members’ club, Berkeley Square, London, in her unmistakably elegant and rich colour palette.
Further developing her business, Nina opened her interior design offices and studio where she creates a successful fabric and wallpaper collection internationally distributed by Osborne & Little. Her famous retail shop for home accessories and gifts is at 9, Walton Street in London’s Knightsbridge, and has remained a firm favorite for the last 30 years.
The interior design side of the business continues to flourish with notable projects, both commercial and residential, throughout the world. In most cases her clients are very private individuals who require a high level of confidentiality and privacy. Nina Campbell feels very strongly that a house should be personally tailored to each client and should reflect their own particular needs and lifestyle. This is confirmed by her many returning clients, throughout the generations and for houses in different parts of the world.
Nina Campbell works with a large and trusted team of craftsmen in all the decorative fields. She is equally happy working with clients existing furniture and art or acquiring antiques and bespoke pieces to create a house ready to be lived in.
Current projects include a large residence on mainland China, a private house for a member of the Jordanian royal family in Amman, a town house in New York and a country house hotel overlooking Cheltenham race course.
Nina was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex in 2001, on top of the many other awards she has received, including the Royal Oak Timeless Design Award (2003) and the American Fashion Award for ‘the woman who has most influenced style internationally’. Nina is also a Trustee of the Prince of Wales Drawing School and on the Fundraising Committee for Kids Co. She is also the author of 5 books on interior design."
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