It has been a busy, bountiful summer at Nino’s and The Laurel Garden. We published our second seasonal bulletin, grew zucchini, fried zucchini blossoms, hosted parties on our garden terrace, and sliced tomatoes (so many tomatoes!) We’re sourcing more local produce than ever before. Corn, melons, and green tomatoes from Leighty’s. Peppers and eggplants from Jim at the Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market. Cucumbers, green and yellow zucchini, and ripe red tomatoes from Johnny Czerniak. Beautiful heirloom tomatoes, varieties of basil and mint, and edible flowers from Pribanic Farms. Fried green tomatoes, sweet corn, summer panzanella, and our fresh sauces will remain on the menu for a few more weeks as we celebrate Indian Summer!
We spent the summer converting the garage at Nino’s into The Laurel Garden–our new seasonal caffe and gallery. On October 9th, we celebrated the opening of The Laurel Garden with a grand bazaar!
The pictures below chronicle the transformation of the space (not to mention our party). Thank you to everyone who has supported our new venture thus far!
Happy one month anniversary to Rachel and Ian Bonnet! The couple celebrated their marriage on May 14th, 2011 at Nino’s. The bride’s bouquet and centerpieces featured ferns, lilies of the valley, freesia, and yellow irises. Vintage china, furniture, and decorative wares were generously provided by Maggpie Vintage Rentals. Hand blown glass pickle dishes by Beyvan Schantz were placed on each table and filled with i.think.i.can’s pickled squash, red onion, and asparagus.
Hors d’oeuvres included peppered salmon, fresh spring rolls, and stuffed clams. For dinner, roast chicken and pork loin from Town’s Edge Farm in Ligonier. The former was served with local asparagus and new potatoes, the latter with rhubarb-cherry chutney and wild rice. A salad of arugula and strawberries, fresh artichokes, and pasta with lemon zest and porcini mushrooms rounded out the spring menu.
In lieu of a wedding cake, the bride and groom asked their guests to bake a favorite pie for the occasion. Of course, we snuck in a birthday cake for the groom, who turned 30 on his wedding day. Congratulations again to the happy couple! It was an honor to host their wedding.
Invitation, bridal bouquet, flowers, and decor by The Laurel Garden.
Wedding photography by Mark Rawlings.
Congratulations to Kelli and Rob, who were wed on Saturday, October 23rd in Irwin, and Miriam and Jeffrey, who were wed on Sunday, October 24th in Pittsburgh. We were happy to be a part of both beautiful celebrations!
Invitation and centerpieces by The Laurel Garden.