Last month, I attended my first Kinfolk event in Milk Gallery, which was very exciting for me. I discovered Kinfolk magazine this summer, and I subscribed to it immediately simply because, it was THE most beautiful print I have ever seen. It is ad-free (yay!), and it collects ideas from a growing international community of artists, designers, photographers, cooks and others who are interested in small gatherings and finding new things to cook, make and do. Printed in Canada on uncoated paper, each issue is filled with lush photography, lyrical essays, recipes, interviews, profiles, personal stories and practical tips along with a keen attention to design and details. They organize workshops / events almost every month, all over the world. You can check the next one closest to you here. This particular event that I attended to was a celebration dinner for their first cookbook, The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings. I had a chance to look at it, and I love a good cookbook, so I strongly recommend you to buy it. I ordered mine from here.

So onto the event. I didn’t know anyone there, so for me, it was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. They also asked me to come with a recipe, and if possible with tastings, to share with others. Of course I had to choose a raw food recipe, it needed to be easy to make, not much equipment needed (because not everyone has a Vita-mix, or dehydrator), and easy to transport (I had to make it in Bodrum and take it with me on a flight to Istanbul!). So I didn’t have much choice actually, I decided to make chocolate truffles(see the recipe below). It was a good choice because who wouldn’t love chocolate? Right?

I really enjoyed the dinner, the attendees were amazing. I met so many beautiful people there, I am really grateful for it. It was also very interesting that everyone whom I spoke to was particularly interested in raw food and detox, which is a big surprise for me.

We have been served yummy, delicious food made by The Food Project and Geraldine Cooks. They did an amazing job. I was actually surprised to see that vegetarian food was very dominant.

the kinfolk table istanbul by dugmefilmbaby spinach salad with roasted pear and goat’s cheese, props by Acme Props

photo credits by Düğme Film.

the kinfolk table istanbul by dugmefilm 2Carrot, beet and radish salad

photo credits by Düğme Film

the kinfolk table- foodthe pumpkin soup and chocolate tomatoes with mozzarella salad

The toothpicks by Urban Bake. The head of the toothpick is concrete, such a nice idea. Şebnem is a jewelry designer, I really love her work (I have already ordered a necklace from her, and likely to order more things!) I really recommend you to check her beautiful designs…

sobramesaBaked cauliflower with herbs -my favorite dish in the table!

The beautiful textiles and aprons by Sobremesa. Their products are to die for; simple, neutral, good quality. I was actually very surprised to see them here because I was their first customer! I had met one of the owners in our hotel couple months ago and she mentioned she will be launching a new textiles brand with her friend and I jumped into it saying ‘send me the pictures and I will be the first to order!’ and I did. I met her friend here, she was also surprised to know that I am their first customer and she wrote the hand written tags and wrap the package herself!  We are living in such a small world…

the recipe sharingThe Kinfolk Table Cookbook, my recipe for the event: Raw Chocolate truffles,

flower arrangements by vesaire.

the food we ate

chocolate truffles with kronotrop coffeeThe raw chocolate truffles and other desserts were enjoyed by people after dinner accompanying organic coffee by Kronotrop. It was simply the perfect ending to our night.

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Here is the recipe;

Raw Chocolate Truffles

(makes 10 truffles)

  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup agave or honey
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cashews, soaked 4 hours
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp cacao butter
  • a pinch Himalayan salt

Melt the coconut oil and cacao butter using bain-marie. (You can use a dehydrator if you have.)

Combine everything in a high-speed blender except oils.

Add the oils, slowly blend and chill for 1- 1.3o hours.

Start rolling! You can use different flavorings for rolling, I used almonds, hemp seeds, goji berries, raw cacao, matcha, poppy seeds, fresh rosemary, dried lavender… Use your imagination!

the gifts

We have been given beautiful gifts; Müz Marimo by Zeynep  and Gülriz, and apple & tomato chutney by Eda, aka Geraldine Cooks. Thank you girls! Müz is a very exciting, new brand by Zeynep and Gülriz, I strongly recommend checking their website out, they have the most beautiful terrariums… and I am obsessed with them, so proud that a Turkish brand came up with beautiful designs.

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the kinfolk table setting

the kinfolk table istanbul by dugmefilm 3photo credits by Düğme Film

I simply enjoyed every little detail in this event, it really appealed to me as a design/food enthusiast. I am looking forward for the next event… Thank you Kinfolk, for bringing all of us together.

Peace & Love