I'm bidding a reluctant adieu to summer on this first day of fall and looking back with fond memories on one of the season's highlights — our Summer Salt Fest at the Gordy's Pickle Jar headquarters.
Ever since opening Salt & Sundry three years ago, I've been dreaming of a down-home party that celebrates all things salty. With the perfect partners in crime, Sarah and Sheila of Gordy's, and my phenomenal team at Salt & Sundry, we hosted a gathering of good friends and toasted our shared love of salt.
The feast included fried chicken, boiled peanuts (made by my husband!), Rappahannock's Olde Salt oysters, deviled eggs topped with Gordy's Sweet Pepper Relish, and probably the best fried pickles I've ever eaten (yes, I've eaten a lot) ... Gordy's Sweet Chips and Cajun Okra dipped in roasted garlic aioli. There was crisp Virginia rosé from Early Mountain Vineyards, local brews from 3 Stars and DC Brau, and a watermelon cooler that Sheila whipped up with Green Hat Gin.
As DJ Cassidy Karakorn spun tunes late into the night, out came the salted caramel gelato push-pops from our friends at Dolcezza. The push-pop, by the way, is the perfect mode to eat ice cream while dancing like a maniac. Guests went home with jars of sweet and spicy pickled watermelon rind the Gordy's team cooked up just for the party. Thinking we'll have to do it again next summer ...
photos 4, 6-11 by the fabulous Morgan Hungerford West