Tula, the East Williamsburg plant and design house, will begin hosting monthly dinners as part of their "8 Guests" series. Set within the lush and foliage-filled showroom, each dinner will feature a local chef or restaurant who will prepare a multi-course meal to be paired with drinks for 10 people (including owners Christan Summers and Ivan Martinez). The cost per person is $75.
Linda Sarris, a private chef based in Brooklyn, will host the first dinner on Saturday August 27. The second dinner, scheduled for September 17, will be hosted by Williamsburg Japanese darling Okonomi.
Summers tells us the idea for a monthly dinner series was the product of a brainstorm with Tula ceramist Jordan Colon, who was previously chef-owner at Greenpoint's EAT (the shuttered cafe experimented with its own unique dinner series). In June, Tula began hosting “Late Night” sessions every other Thursday at their showroom, where they offer beer, wine and small bites from a local chef.
"[The late night sessions] have been going really well so we thought to try a sit-down experience, which are the dinners," says Summers.
Outside of traditional planting workshops and how-tos, Summers and Martinez have been dreaming up ways to draw people into their lush showroom. With their late night sessions already a hit and now a dinner series, they seem to be on the right path.
Summers adds, "we are not the average plant shop, and we look to support a healthy lifestyle by bringing community together over good food and green life."
"8 Guests," Saturday August 27. 7:30 pm hors d'oeuvres, 8 pm dinner. $75 per person. Tickets can be purchased here.
article by BRIANA SEFTEL via BUSHWICK DAILY [Cover image: courtesy of Tula House Instagram.]