Let’s Go On A Lark!

We love to create curated communal dinner parties in Southern California for curious people who love food, wine & design. All larks are unique gatherings – as the elements are constantly changing and we can easily move toward whatever is inspiring us at the time: location, menu, vibe, etc…the possibilities are endless!

Next up!

9/13/19 at Urban Americana in East Long Beach >>> See below!

9/20/19 Costa Cabana in East Side Costa Mesa >>> TBA!

{Because} The dream is real. Come celebrate our 50th lark with us!

Hello Gorgeous! 

We are excited for this one of a kind opportunity to peruse Urban Americana’s well curated and inspirational offerings, share an amazing chef crafted meal & wine pairing– and partake {rediscovered} art of conversation. 


Friday, September 13, 2019 6:30pm-9:30pm
1345 Coronado Ave, Long Beach, CA 90804
(Zafaria District at Anaheim & Redondo) 

$125. per person, all-inclusive four course meal & wine pairing
by the talented Chef Kyle Powers 
Purchase Tickets*: 
Let’s Go On A Lark! 
*Non-refundable/absolutely transferable

Modern. Organic. Inspirational. Social Dining. Come on a lark with us! 

———–Previous larks:

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Image captured by @jonkillz on a super fun lark at The SOUL Project in Laguna Beach


On (what seemed like) the hottest day of summer we embraced the good energy + star patterns that led us to set our communal table in the cool and beautiful garden of The SOUL Project in Laguna Beach.

Here we enjoyed welcome boochtails + mingling leading up to a delicious chef curated meal…all while partaking in the {rediscovered} art of conversation.

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The SOUL Project
1516 S Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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Chef Kyle Powers rocks the vibe on a super fun lark at The SOUL Project – image by @kaileeinthekitchen

M-E-N-U by Chef Kyle Powers

Upon Arrival: Welcome drinks w/cheese + small bites

All things miso creamed corn w/crawfish, jalepeno, dried rose petals captured by @jonkillz

On the table:

1/miso creamed corn w/crawfish, jalapeno, dried rose petals

2/tomato + plum salad w/mint pistachio pesto, smoked lemon yogurt, fresnos

3/brussels salad w/salt cured yolks, pecan bread croutons, poppyseed dressing

4/Korean sweet potato garlic noodles

5/barbecue + chocolate

6/lemon fig fudge cake w/chocolate mousse by pâtissière@kaileeinthekitchen

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We are grateful for all the people who came together to make this a fun + memorable adventure: @thesoulproject @forkintheroadcatering @richelixirs @frenchbuckets @prettynvintage @lunareececeramics @kaileeinthekitchen @jonkillz @dperlof

And we can’t wait to do it again!

Modern. Organic. Inspirational. Social Dining. Come on a lark with us! 

xo~lark

Friday June 21, 2019

The first day of summer found us setting our communal table amongst the hip + minimalistic vibes of TReSs Apothecary  in Newport Beach. Here we enjoyed sparkling cocktails + mingling leading up to a delicious chef crafted four course meal & wine pairing…all while partaking in the {rediscovered} art of conversation.

Menu designed by the talented @WesleyBird

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TReSs Apothecary 
3404 Via Oporto Suite #103
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Modern. Organic. Inspirational. Social Dining. Come on a lark with us!

xo~lark

Friday May 30, 2019

Super thrilled set our communal table the gorgeous design haven of McGee & Co in East Side Costa Mesa where we set our designs on welcome cocktails + mingling leading up to a delicious chef crafted four course meal & wine pairing…all while partaking in the {rediscovered} art of conversation.

Menu by Chef Kyle Powers

1/Peach + apricot salad, papaya romesco, mache rotche, pear balsamic / rosemary caper oil. macadamia nuts.

2/Asparagus curry, naan croutons with yogurt

3/Salmon w/cumin cream, preserved lemon wild rice OR {veg option} beyond meat skewers

4/Warm broccolini pickled golden raisins + burrata

5/Strawberries + cream + cake

Organic. Modern. Inspirational. Social Dining. Come on a lark with us!

Friday May 3, 2019

Lark #46 w/Chef Kyle Powers at the swanky brick walled interior of Poetry of Hair in San Clemente


We had gathered at the gorgeous boho Kindred Boutique  and took a short stroll to the swanky brick walled interior of  Poetry of Hair on El Camino Real in San Clemente to enjoy  a prepped + plated chef crafted meal and wine pairing…all the while partaking in the {rediscovered} art of conversation.

Kindred Boutique 
201 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

Poetry of Hair 
219 N El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672

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Menu crafted by the talented + passionate Chef Kyle Powers

Welcome Drinks + Cinco de Mayo inspired board: chips, crispy beans, dips + snacks

On the Table + Paired with Wine:

1/smoked golden and red beet “tartare”: crispy beet chip, spicy cactus jelly + lime salt

2/blue corn tamale w/creamy grilled artichoke sauce, frisee slaw, freeze dried corn, preserved lemon

3/trio of beef: short rib. tenderloin. skirt steak. w/purple sweet potato, fennel, tomato rice

4/baked pineapple w/brioche toast dusted in grains of paradise + rosemary sugar

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Organic. Modern. Inspirational. Social Dining. Come on a lark with us!
xo~larkl


wilson organic cold brew coffee w/pecan pie, mascarpone + goat cheese affogato 
Thankful to all the beautiful people who gathered to make this a night to remember!

Friday, February 22, 2019

The cool mid-century modern vibe at Coast Modern is intimate, well curated, and with its smart use-of -space, warmly reminds us of our favorite meals enjoyed in the super small restaurants of Japan.

Thankful to all the beautiful people who gathered around our communal table to share drinks and chef crafted menu + wine pairing all while enjoying {the rediscovered art} of conversation.

Friday, February 22, 2019, 6:30-9:30pm
219 Main Street Seal Beach, California 90740
(cross streets: PCH & Main)

Mac + cheese brûlée thoroughly enjoyed on a lark at Coast Modern

Menu By Chef Kyle Powers

welcome drinks + roasted veggie board w/Israeli inspired dips + cheese

1/mac + cheese brûlée 
2/smoked heirloom tomato in clear tomato broth, micro greens, rosemary bread grilled cheese, truffle salt
3/smoked brisket w/braised collard greens, pickled black eyed peas, charred lemon grass + pistachio romesco {veggie: sub brisket for smoked purple sweet potato boat}
4/pecan pie, mascarpone + goat cheese affogato 

Modern. Organic. Inspirational. Social Dining. Come on a lark with us!

———-Friday, January 25, 2019

Our first lark of the year found us at a circa 1930 migrant farm house which now serves as a local fashion haven known as Costa Cabana in East Side Costa Mesa.

We welcomed gin pom cocktail + mingled and then enjoyed an amazing chef crafted Kamayan dining experience….all while enjoying the {rediscovered} art of conversation.

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1686 Tustin Avenue
Costa Mesa, California 92627
(cross streets: 17th & Tustin)

Super fun times on a lark w/RCTNGL at Costa Cabana!

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On a super fun (& delicious) lark w/RCTNGL at Costa Cabana

Menu crafted by two passionate dudes, Chef’s Andrew Marco & Ralph Hsiao, of rctngl in Los Angeles who create + share meals expressive of their food culture:

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BINATOG/corn, calamansi butter, palapa, red onion, cilantro

BROKOLI/broccolini, pinakurat aioli, fermented fresno, palapa

INIHAW NA BABOY/pork jowl, banana ketchup marinade, garlic

PINRITONG MAYA MAYA/red snapper, soy, lemongrass, garlic, ginger

INIHAW NA HIPON/shrimp, crab fat, lemongrass

ADOBONG PAKPAK/chicken wings, sorry, vin, garlic

LUMPIA SHANGHAI/eggroll, pork, carrot, onion, peas

LECHE FLAN/creme caramel, raspberry, Japanese shiso, caramel shards

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Organic. Modern. Inspirational. Social Dining.

Come on a lark with us!

xo~lark

————-Friday 10/19/18 

Super fun times on a lark at the artist loft of Lawrence Fodor

We loved our return to the Lawrence Fodor’s Artist Loft in the vibrant Arts District of DTLA! So much good energy on this lark with the creative collaborations on every level. We always knew the curious and adventurous people would find their way to our communal table.

Super fun times on a lark at the artist loft of Lawrence Fodor

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Menu curated by the talented Chef Kyle Powers of
Fork In the Road Catering

1/buzz button tea 2/split pea soup w/langostino mouse, smoked ham + korean pancake 3/Beef carpaccio salad w/avocado-cauliflower puree + caper berries 4/Braised black cod, crispy black rice, kimchi tomato sauce, pickled fennel chutney 5/coffee flour pancake, whipped chocolate maple butter, salted pumpkin seed brittle

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Super fun times on a lark at the artist loft of Lawrence Fodor

Organic. Modern. Inspirational. Social Dining.

Lawrence Fodor rocking the vibe on a lark at his artist loft in DTLA

Come on a lark with us!

xo~lark

limited seating, open invitation until all seats are full.
due to nature of this event, menu is subject to slight changes.
produce sourced local & organic when available.

——–Friday, October 5, 2018

We kicked up our style profile on the west side at the crisp + modern atelier of locally loved designer Mindy GayerHati Home.We enjoyed an amazing chef crafted meal & wine pairing, all while enjoying the lost art of conversation.

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1653 Superior Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(Cross Streets: Superior Avenue & 17th Street)

Hanging out here with a heart & soul on a super fun lark at Mindy Gayer Design & Hati Hati Home in Costa Mesa

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Menu curated by the talented Chef Kyle Powers of Fork In The Road Catering
*veggie / vegan option upon request*

STARTERS

Chefs Whim Welcome Drinks. 
Cheese + Charcuterie.
Pickled Pears.

ON THE TABLE + PAIRED W/WINE

1/Ramen soup dumpling on ramen noodles with egg yolk + green onion oil:: GF/veg option: veggie noodle w/broth + lemongrass aioli.

2/Jicama salad w/Thai orange chili vinaigrette heirloom carrot ribbons on crab cake:: GF/ veg option: sub hearts of palm cake.

3/Maple + lemongrass braised short rib w/mustard greens + purple sweet potato: GF/veg option: sub braised jack fruit for short rib. 

Maple + lemongrass braised short rib w/mustard greens + purple sweet potato compliments of Chef Kyle Powers

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Organic. Modern. Inspirational. Social Dining ~ Come on a lark with us!

Super fun times on a lark at Mindy Gayer Design + Hati Hati Home

——–Friday, August 31, 2018

On a lark at Urban Americana!

Hello Beautiful!

We loved setting our communal table at the coolest vintage and mid century modern source for  “design lovers” known as Urban Americana  in East Long Beach.

Kicking off the holiday off weekend, we perused their well curated and inspirational offerings, shared an amazing chef crafted meal & wine pairing — and practiced the {rediscovered} art of conversation.

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Menu crafted by the talented Chef Kyle Powers of Fork In the Road Catering and pair with wine from California based Waylan Wine Co.

1. pistachio +  cashew apple butter toast
2. heirloom tomato salad basil oil tomato water basil flowers burrata grey salt.
3. brussel sprout tortelli, black garlic dust, crispy mortadella * sub king mushroom for vegan *
4. smoked then fried duck, sage waffle, luxardo cherry sauce, green onion tahini puree.  *vegan option: sesame and macadamia crusted tempah, fried rainbow cauliflower, green onion tahini*
5. peach tea whiskey (by stillhouse) infused strawberries, smoked cream, sable cookie, brulee figs.

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Organic. Modern. Inspirational.

Come on a lark with us!

xo~lark

——–Friday, August 17, 2018, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Lark #39 at the gorgeous Cleobella in Sunset Beach!

The dog days of summer found us keeping cool at the cutest beach bungalow around, a sweet haven for fashion and fashionistas, known as Cleobella. Thanks to all the beautiful people who gathered under the stars for cocktails & mingling leading up to an amazing chef crafted meal & wine pairing — and the {redicovered} art of conversation.


16792 14th Street
Sunset Beach, CA 92651
(Cross streets: PCH & 14th Street)

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Menu crafted by the talented Chef Daniel Perlof of Rhyme and Reason Catering

to mingle

 chefs whim charcuterie & cucumber, mint, electric lemonade cocktail

Chilled spring pea soup, bacon, parmesan. Skewer of grilled mushroom, blistered grape tomato, smoked gouda.

on the table + paired with wine 

To start: Chilled spring pea soup, bacon, parmesan. Skewer of grilled mushroom, blistered grape tomato, smoked gouda. Hold the bacon for veggie option.

Straight to the main event:  Slow roasted herbed lamb, sprouted quinoa with sliced almond and dried cranberries, crunchy green beans. Mushroom zucchini egg-white crustless quiche for veggie option.

What’s next: Semi-pickled garden salad. Cucumber, shallots, heirloom tomatoes, fennel, black olives, feta, partially pickled in lemon herb vinaigrette atop fresh baby spinach.

Get up, it’s time for… brunch?: French toast sticks, buttery bacon date syrup, whipped cream, fresh fruit, mint sprig. Champagne.

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Lark #39 at the gorgeous Cleobella in Sunset Beach!

Simple. Modern. Inspirational.

Come on a lark with us!

xo~lark

——–THURSDAY, June 28, 2018

The first adventure of summer led us to our favorite culinary playground, a haven for those who aspire and inspire, known as The Hood Kitchen SpaceHere we gathered around the communal table to share an amazing chef crafted meal & wine pairing — and enjoyed the {rediscovered} art of conversation.

Lark #38 at The Hood Kitchen Space in Costa Mesa

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Menu by the talented Chef Kyle Powers of Fork In the Road Catering

to mingle

cheese & charcuterie & welcome drinks

on the table + paired with wine from waylay wine co.

1/grilled plum & calamari salad w/burrata spicy avocado & arugula vinaigrette 2/charcoal spiced scallop w/white carrot in a mushroom broth topped w/tangerine vanilla compote 3/game hen, grilled onions, charred tomato butter 4/butter cake toast, butter ice cream with cinnamon crumble + valenza chocolatier bon bons in Limoncello, Blackberry Rosemary & Spumoni

**Veggie Option**

1/smoked tomato w/burrata & golden lentil romesco 2/yellow squash ribbons w/pumpernickel croutons, fried greens & pickled raisins tangerine aioli 3/tofus sausage cassoulet with black eyed peas, kumato tomato & mushroom 4/butter cake toast, butter ice cream with cinnamon crumble + valenza chocolatier bonbons in Limoncello, Blackberry Rosemary & Spumoni

Chef Kyle Powers rocks the menu on lark #38 at The Hood Kitchen Space
Super fun and delicious times on a lark at The Hood Kitchen Space in Costa Mesa
We like to keep a little sunshine in our back pocket – thanks to @frenchbuckets

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{Relatively} Simple. {Definitely} Refreshing. {Very} Inspirational.

Butter cake! Enjoyed on lark #38 at The Hood Kitchen Space

Come on a lark with us!

xo~lark

Thursday, May 24, 2018

We fully embraced our adventure at the well curated  AREO in Laguna Beach and enjoyed the best conversations over an amazing menu crafted by the master of makeshift Chef Kyle Powers.

Video captured by our talented friends at the Neighborhood Creative.

AREO
207 Ocean Ave
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Menu by Chef Kyle Powers of Fork In the Road Catering

1/Compressed watermelon w/lime marinated prawns, shaved fennel. 2/Falafel garden, spring veggies, purple potato chips, surround golden beet falafel crusted in quinoa puffs & red kraut aioli. 3/Beef tenderloin w/Vietnamese curry spice, long bean chutney. *Veggie option: Layered Mushroom Tart 4/Chocolate pappardelle w/creamy apricot sorbetto OR Pistachio lime pudding dip w/purple sweet potato donut, chicharron salt cotton candy.

{Relatively} Simple. {Definitely} Refreshing. {Very} Inspirational.

Come on a lark with us!

xo~lark

Saturday, April 14, 2018:

LARK@HUIT(13of19)
lark #36 @huitlaguna // photo credit to @kathryncolbyphotography

We loved setting our communal table at Tania Cassill’s inviting atelier known as huit – the circa 1938 cottage had the best vibes – and the courtyard provided a great place to greet out guests. We took some time to mingle and watch the talented Kyle Powers prep for what became the most amazing meal.  We ventured inside, took our seats and the rest – the rest – remains in small world connections, laughter and non-stop conversation.

We are so thankful to create and collaborate with huit and appreciate her cool, easy going and tasteful style. Thanks for all who came together to make this an evening to remember: Shelby Coffman, Kim Johnson, Monique Schulfer, Jacquelyn Wallace, Robin & Alexis of @bluethistlebd, @theurbanspring, @saltysoulcrew , @lunareececeramics, @westleybird — and Chef Kyle Powers.

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Four course menu + wine pairing crafted by the talented Chef Kyle Powers of Fork In the Road Catering  

Welcome Cocktails: Gin + Charred Blood Orange

1/English Pea Soup w/Dungeness Crab Fritter + Mussel Poke 2/Chile Citrus Grilled Octopus Salad w/Cabbage & Pistachio Vinaigrette, Grilled Avocado 3/Kurobuta Pork Chop  w/Mustard Greens, Eggplant Caponata & Pickled Braised Mushrooms 4/Dark Chocolate Balsamic + Red Wine Chocolate Cake w/Macerated Berries & Cream

>>Veggie Option Grilled Polenta (in place of Pork Chop)<<

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{Relatively} Simple. {Definitely} Refreshing. {Very} Inspirational.

Friday, February 9, 2018: 

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On a super fun lark at Isles Interiors

This winter we were fortunate to dine with friends – old and new – soaking up the hip vibes at the beautifully understated and modern aesthetic of Isles Interiors in Newport Beach while enjoying conversation between spoonfuls of piping hot Mortadella Lobster Chowder crafted by the talented Chef Kyle Powers.

The timely cold weather transported us home to simpler times. Thanks to all who gathered at the communal table to make this an evening to remember including @lunareececeramics + @theurbanspring.  Special thanks to Maria & Max Isles.

Photo credit to MB.Maher.com
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Four Course Menu crafted by the talented Chef Kyle Powers of Fork In the Road Catering and Wine Pairing by  wine aficionado Tyler Rodriguez

Starters:  Spicy mango shrimp on avocado toast
Welcome drink: Corn Whiskey Old Fashion

On the table + Paired with Wine 

1/Shaved mushroom salad w/pecorino fennel cilantro and onion vinaigrette 2/Mortadella & lobster chowder 3/Advieh spiced lamb chop, braised lamb, with melting Yukon potato & fried greens 4/Pistachio ice cream in cinnamon tart, saffron apricot culi & spicy pear

>>>Veggie Option <<<

1/Shaved mushroom salad w/pecorino fennel cilantro & onion vinaigrette
2/Chili broth w/Farro & Beans
3/Roasted cabbage wedge w/melting potato and fried greens

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Piping hot lobster bisque served up by Chef Kyle Powers on a seriously cold California evening at Isles Interiors

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{Relatively} Simple. {Definitely} Refreshing. {Very} Inspirational.

Come on a lark with us! xo~lark

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Lark #34 with Chefs x3 at 320 Main in Seal Beach.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Our first time popping up in a restaurant (thank you 320 Main in Seal Beach!) brought us a progressive and innovative menu by a trio of passionate chefs inspired by the plethora of local ingredients that can be found in Southern California.

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CRAFT COCKTAILS + WINE pairing by
Mixologist Brad Fry

MENU curated by
Chef Jared VenturaChef Karlo Evaristo  Chef Benjamin Martinek

First course/ kombu cured scallop, radish, chimichuri / Second course
hand rolled cavatelli, egg yolk, parmesan / Third course
black cod, celery, black garlic, charred eggplant / Fourth course
beef striploin, turnip, horseradish, sunflower seed

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(Relatively) Simple. (Definitely) Refreshing. (Very) Inspirational.

Come on a lark with us!

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Friday, October 20, 2017
Hello Gorgeous!

Our first fall adventure found us enjoying the natural, well edited, minimalist aesthetic of Maia’s Cottage in Laguna Beach.

A heartfelt thanks to all who gathered around the communal table to inspire and be inspired, share amazing food  & enjoy the (rediscovered) art of conversation.

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Wine Pairing and Four Course Menu crafted by the talented Chef Kyle Powers of Fork In the Road Catering

Upon Arrival w/Chef’s Whim Welcome Drinks

Squash Arancini with a Pumpkin & Preserved Lemon Cream

Toast & Dips

On The Table w/Wine Pairing

1/ Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Broth w/Smoked Pork Tortelli Carrot Puree, Braised Celery & Crispy Chicken Skin 2/Thin Ribbon Fall Veggie Salad w/Tomatoes 3 ways 3/Lamb Wellington w/Lobster & Mortadella Mousse, Sage and Dried Fig Reduction 4/Chocolate Souffle w/Berry Marscarpone Ice Cream

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(Relatively) Simple. (Definitely) Refreshing. (Very) Inspirational.

xo~lark