I will be the first to admit, I am not always the best at keeping up with the people I care about. I easily lose myself in the daily grind and the demands of the moment, so when a good friend of mine suggested I photograph my nosh boards in action, it seemed the perfect reason to throw a party. The evening turned out to be more than just an Autumn nosh. It filled me with some much needed sustenance and reminded me how important friendships can be.
To "nosh" simply means "to eat food" or "to snack" and that is definitely what we did! Sometimes there is the need, or at least what feels like the need, to focus on perfection. Many people will argue that an arduous, "chef inspired" menu can make or break a gathering and they could be right but for a shindig such as this, we went with easily prepared foods like savory meats, olives, fruits, cheeses and sliced baguettes for hummus and bruschetta. Laid out on the nosh boards, the food became a welcome sign as people arrived. My wife and I joke that her motto has to be "food is love" and she is absolutely right (along with being one hell of an amazing baker)! Food does not have to be complicated. It just has to be prepared and served with love. The table is a place to gather, to replenish. The table is life and the last thing I want are people afraid to approach the table, to feel the love if you will. Some simple pieces on your table can really invite people in and welcome them to your home. This is one of the reasons I love the colors and textures of natural wood. They add a warmth to a space like nothing else can.
.You do not have to go all out to create an inviting atmosphere. I am partial to a relaxed and rustic vibe so a few strings of outdoor lights, some pumpkins from our patch (formerly know as "the front yard"), a good fire and a playlist of modern folk tunes let everyone know that they could be at ease and that is what it is all about. It's creating a space where the ones you care about are free to be themselves. Its about making the most of the unmistakable smell of Autumn and the sweet sound of laughter and good conversation in your ear. The thing to remember, the thing that I often forget, is that kicking back with friends--old ones, new ones and lost ones--is so necessary. It's about connecting and re-connecting. It's about nurturing and nourishment. It's about that visceral sense of belonging that you feel when you are with your people-your village and I tell you this, my wife and I, we've got a damn good village.