C California Style

The Naturalists

by C California Style

Drawn together by a mutual love for their hometown of Los Angeles,

lifestyle blogger Shiva Rose and Sweet Laurel Bakery co-founders Claire Thomas and Laurel Gallucci gathered an intimate group for an alfresco summer luncheon to celebrate, in Rose’s words, “all that is native to this land.” Held under the boughs of a 200-year-old oak tree in Rose’s Pacific Palisades garden, the affair embraced Californian artisanship and locally grown ingredients and plants. Textile maven Rachel Craven bedecked the table with her handmade linens, LUX / EROS ceramicist Desanka Fasiska crafted the place settings and florist Yasmine Mei of Yasmine Floral Design arranged seasonal blooms to complement the three-course meal, from the wild fennel and sorrel salad to the hazelnut-milk ice cream finale. For recipes, visit thelocalrose.com

Written and edited by Lesley McKenzie.

Local ingredients star in a menu by Sweet Laurel Bakery, including dandelion tart with a cassava root crust. PHOTO: Kimberly Genevieve.

Local ingredients star in a menu by Sweet Laurel Bakery, including dandelion tart with a cassava root crust. PHOTO: Kimberly Genevieve.