Sobremesa: Fall Dinner

Friends, it’s that time again!

Sobremesa (n) — the time after a meal when the food is gone, but the conversation around the table continues

We had such a lovely dinner gathering earlier this summer, and we are excited to announce our next global dinner for the fall:

Join Us for a Night Under the Stars

Thursday, October 25, 2018


Joined by my lovely friend and co-host, Sarah, we invite you to a wonderful fall dinner to celebrate the season, cook together & enjoy incredible food and relish in wonderful conversation around the table with friends, new and old.

Sobremesa is a global dinner series launched earlier this year by the amazingly creative minds behind Sunday Suppers in New York. Hosts from around the world are chosen to entertain guests with seasonal dinners in an effort to gather around the table and share the simplicity and love of food.

About the Meal 

from Sunday Suppers


This meal is inspired by the earth and the processes of fermentation and natural aging.

Fall is one of our favorite seasons and connects us back to the earth. As the season shifts, the color palette mutes and darkens to deep, warm hues. We turn inward, move at a slower pace and look for comfort. Spending more times indoors, we gather around the table with the ones we love. We prepare foods you want to share.

Pungent Cheese, Meat + Fruit
Bread & Black Garlic Butter
Pear, Endive, Fennel, Coriander, Smoked Ricotta
Short Rib w/Chili Oil, Garlic Chips
Braised Olives, Pickled Carrots
Saffron Risotto
Plum Torte + Espresso

I am THRILLED about this menu, and I’m even more excited about the venue. This time, we are hosting the dinner at one of the few remaining historic mid-century modern homes in Charlotte. Formally the Blumenthal home built by New York architect Saul Edelbaum in the 1950’s, Sarah and her husband, Charlotte architect Ken Pursley, have lovingly restored and revitalized this home, while keeping the historic beauty in tact.

We cannot wait to gather together, to cook together and to share an incredible meal & amazing conversation. Tickets will go VERY fast, so grab yours today.

Tickets* can be purchased here.

*A portion of the proceeds goes to The Global Hunger Project, a global program based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty. 


Making Plans, Taking Names

Next week. It’s on.

It just so happens that the same week Jay will be out of town for Appalachia Service Project with his youth group, Lady Amelia Rose will be livin’ it up with her Grandma…which means, Mama gets a week to herself. A whole entire week.

I truly love my people — our little tribe of 3 — but it’s in my DNA (and all of ours, really) to relish in a little dose of “me time” every so often. Jay’s all about it. He, too, knows the power of “off time” where we can catch up on dreaming, scheming and all the things we tend to push aside in lieu of the daily routine. We don’t get to do it often, but when we do, it’s magical. It’s my official #SelfCare week. Lots of cleaning, lots of organizing, lots of meditating and exercising, lots of facial masks and even treating myself to a deep tissue massage.

Last year’s #SelfCare week with my girl, MK <3

I’m starting to plan my week, and so far, it includes a little bit of work, a little bit of cleaning, a little bit of catching up with friends and a LOT a bit of eating delicious food around the QC.

Amelia’s heading out of town on Friday, so Jay and I will have some much needed US time before he leaves on Sunday. I’m catering a Spanish Tapas-themed graduation party on Saturday (woot, woot! pictures to come!), celebrating some dear friends’ retirements on Monday and then it’s ON.

So far on the agenda, I think I might go on a quest to find the BEST DANG cappuccino in Charlotte. I plan to try a different coffee shop each morning (Looking at you: UndercurrentHexNot Just CoffeeQueen City GroundsTrade & LoreCoco & The Director…anyone else I should add to the list??)

I’m also planning to visit some of the the newer restaurants in the QC that are on my bucket list…The Stanley, Fin & Fino, and more. And maybe even venture to dinner by myself.

But first, a story. A few years ago when I traveled to San Francisco for my National Geographic Photography Workshop, I had one of the most transformative experiences of my life. I arrived in San Fran, checked into my AirBnB and then walked around the Mission District to find dinner. Being alone, I shyly planned to grab something quick to bring back to the apartment. Fate had other plans, instead I found myself in an adorably quaint pizza shop around the corner. As I was about to inform the hostess of my takeout plans, when I was overcome with this need to stay for dinner. To sit, by myself.

I had never done that before. I was turning 30yrs. old later that year, and in this particular journey of self-discovery at the time, I was led me to take a seat at the bar, alone. I made a conscious decision NOT to pull out my phone to aimlessly scroll the interwebs while I sat in isolation, and it was the BEST decision. Instead of shutting out the world with my phone,  I watched the chefs handcraft every pie, meticulously and intentionally arranging each ingredient. We chatted as they cooked. The waitress and I talked for the longest time about traveling and how this was my first trip traveling alone. Next thing I know, the owner of the restaurant was pouring a glass of the most incredible red wine from their neighbors in Sonoma. I stayed for what seemed like hours. We talked and laughed, drank wine and shared stories of food, traveling and life. The chefs started experimenting and creating random dishes, insisting I taste-test each of them. As the night wound down and I asked for the check, the only thing listed was my salad….everything else was “covered.”

You guys, it was incredible. It was an experience I would have missed out on had I A.) gotten take-out or B.) taken the introverted route with my phone in my face.

So, here I am in my own City, and I am looking for THAT kind of experience again. Sure, I’ll spend some of the week catching up on practical matters like work, cleaning, etc., but more than that, I want to take advantage of this gift of time.

Yes, I could eat this entire platter by myself. <3

Time to slow down.
To slow down and notice.

I don’t want to just “eat food”, but experience the richness of an incredible meal shared with friends or even shared with just myself.

I’m on the lookout, I’m making plans. Send any and all suggestions my way!! Any places that you’ve been wondering about? I’ll try them and report back…OR you can even join me.

Shoot me a message or leave a comment. I can’t wait. I’ll report back next week:)

<3 Jess


It’s been almost 10 years since I first heard of Sunday Suppers. Karen Mordechai began hosting these gorgeous dinner parties in her Brooklyn apartment, and the idea of a simple, beautiful dinner party where guests would gather to collectively cook a multi-course meal and then share stories around the table was one that I SO longed to be a part of.

Despite the dates never lining up for me to attend one of the New York gatherings, I’ve always wanted to host something similar in Charlotte. Cooking and breaking bread with people you know (or don’t know) have grown to be a passion of mine over the years. So when Sunday Suppers announced in January that they were launching a global dinner series and were looking for hosts in cities around the world, I applied without hesitation!

What is Sobremesa??

— It’s that time after a meal when the food is gone, but the conversation around the table continues.

Last week, I received the wonderful news that I was chosen to host for Charlotte:

*NEW DATE* Thursday, June 21, 2018
7pm, Historic Oakhurst Neighborhood

If you’re in the Charlotte area, I invite you to join me for what will be an incredible communal cooking & dinner experience. Please click here to purchase tickets. Space is limited, so get your ticket before they sell out.


Even if we don’t know each other that well (or even at all), my hope is that we can all gather, cook together and break bread (squid ink tortillas to be exact!) over lively conversation around the table. Surely there will be no strangers after the meal is finished! These dinners will be held four times a year around the globe and anyone can participate.


The menu has just been released and it sounds amazingly bright and festive — celebrating summer and all its glory:

  • Frutas, Sumac and Lime
  • Sopa de Lima
  • Communal Tacos squid ink tortillas, curried cauliflower, green crema, cilantro, pickles
  • Chocolate Avocado Pudding cream, cinnamon and hazelnuts

On the table

  • Coconut + cacao black beans
  • Charred jalapeno guacamole
  • Lime pickled vegetables / Cilantro + onion / Cojita

But wait, there’s more…

A portion of the proceeds from each dinner will go to The Hunger Project, a global program based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.

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If you have any questions or want to attend, please shoot me an email or click here for ticket information.

Cheers <3