When Modern Dame asked us to whip up a fun summer spread for her 4th of July Style Me Pretty photo shoot, we said, "heck, yeah!" Summer brings some of my favorite flavors to the markets, and you know I’m always down for a party.
The shoot took place at Hudson Loft in DTLA and was inspired by Modern Dame’s memories of this festive summer holiday. “When planning this July 4th-inspired day for friends, I knew I wanted to pay homage to all the things that make Independence Day so great – simplicity of celebration, time with loved ones, and lots of tasty food and drinks.”
Modern Dame was inspired to “create a fresh, unexpected twist through the use of a bold but muted palette that recalled the stars and stripes, while also remaining chic and stylish.”
“My goal was to achieve a timeless look for a time-honored tradition, and I think I, along with my vendors, did just that with this grown-up July 4th themed luncheon.”
Anyone getting hungry? Let’s bring on the spread, starting with these little beauty made with grilled cheese, cherry tomato confit, olive bread, and basil.
And here’s our popular chilled tomato melon gazpacho soup shooter with herb pistou and shrimp. Bottoms up!
Take a look at this squash blossom tart with tomato, eggplant, and housemade ricotta. Hello, beautiful!
These BLAT sandwiches are always a hit. (That’s bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato on brioche, kids.)
How about some shrimp and grits? (Yes, please.) How much do you love these mini skillets?
You can’t have a summer spread without a salad, and this TOP classic fit the bill. It’s made with tomato, torn bread crouton, cucumber, burrata, basil, and red wine vinaigrette. So light and lovely!
You can see the full Style Me Pretty post here. Wishing you a happy and safe 4th from all of us at TOP!