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December 2012

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[1886] New Year’s Table, Leavenworth Kansas

“When refreshments are provided for callers on this day, the tastes of gentlemen only are to be consulted, and it is understood that they prefer rather substantial dishes. Handsome decorations for the table are desirable. Hot coffee is a prime requisite. Sandwiches, salads, pickles, jellies, and three or four kinds of cold meats may be provided. Escaloped oysters are relishable. Two or three ornamented cakes for decoration, and one or two baskets of mixed cake, will be needed, and such fresh fruits as can be obtained, including bananas, oranges, and white grapes. Wine is no longer found upon the New Year’s table in this latitude.”


-Kansas Home Cook-Book consisting of recipes contributed by ladies of Leavenworth and other cities and towns, compiled by Mrs. C.H. Cushing and Mrs. B. Gray, 1886 edition


“Care will produce a perfect cup every time.”

And now see these beauties, a bit more updated, equally entertaining. Filmed and produced by the brilliant Trevor Fife. Brew methods have clearly been given a polish over the years, too. Check out some of our favorites here.

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We first noticed Lilith Rockett’s pristine porcelain cups when she began asking us to make cappuccinos in them to take to her studio, housed directly across the street from the Belmont Cafe. These snow white cups, like all of her current work, are minimal and pristine, unglazed and  polished, both delicate and dense, and looking to be touched. She invited us over for a studio visit on a rainy morning to drink coffee and talk shop.

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lilith_15Lilith grew up in Chicago and lived in Paris, receiving a degree in French Literature at the Sorbonne. She moved to San Francisco and learned how to live well working at health food stores, bookshops and a bath house. Her creative enthusiasms steered the ship for later moves–she studied ceramics in Oakland, moved to New Mexico to take up photography, which then led to documentary film, and she worked as a camera assistant in L.A. for 7 years. Her belief in the importance of handmade objects eventually led to opening a gallery and studio in L.A.’s Chinatown. “I think interacting intimately with handmade objects enhances our feeling of connectedness and enriches our daily life,” she says. (more…)

Thanks to everyone involved who helped to make our 2012 Holiday Parties so smashing!

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In Portland, we’d like to give a special shout out to the fabulous Connie Wohn, the unparalleled artists at Atlas Tattoo, Podnah’s Pit Barbeque and Whitey Morgan and the 78′s, who really made our little honkey tonk special.

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And our sincere gratitude to the wonderful Corson Building in Seattle for hosting our lovely soiree there.
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In New York, thank you thank you to Brisket Town and Delaney BBQ, the Meat Hook, Ovenly, Empire Cakes, Six Point brewery, and Pok Pok.

Happy Holidays!