After 19 days and 4400 miles in the car, we made it to LA last night, which marks the end of our cross-country drive! I am SO excited to be here. We're staying in Venice in a cute little AirBnB bungalow, and this morning I went on a long walk through gorgeous little alleyways filled with flowering trees and bougainvillea, all the way down to the beach. I grabbed a cappuccino and a croissant and ate breakfast by the ocean, and reflected on the incredible journey of the past 3 weeks. It's so cool not only to have the chance to drive from coast to coast, but also to be able to make the trip with a very specific mission in mind: to host a series of dinner parties to spread the word about The Yellow Table Cookbook - and hopefully inspire more and more people to gather around the table.

Though the driving portion of the trip is done, there's still another week – and two dinner parties – left! Dinner #7 is this weekend in LA with Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio, and dinner #8 will be next week in Seattle with my good friend, stylist Jenn Elliott Blake. (I'll be flying to Seattle, not driving!) BUT...I have exciting news. So many of you have reached out and asked me a) if I can come to your town and throw a dinner party with you and/or b) how you can help support the Kickstarter campaign. So I've decided to add two more parties to the campaign: Brunch on June 28, and Dinner on July 12. And guess where they are? In your home!!

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I'd LOVE your help in reaching my goal of pre-selling 1500 cookbooks by July 15 (we're more than halfway there!) by hosting your own Yellow Table gathering. All you have to do is invite 6-12 friends over for a potluck brunch or dinner in your home or backyard (or at a park, or wherever!). I'm providing several menu ideas (some of which are gluten-free) and links to Yellow Table recipes below, and you can ask everyone to bring a dish or a drink (or flowers or menu cards...the sky's the limit!). I want these gatherings to be collaborative and non-stressful and lots of fun!! It's a great excuse to get your friends together, and while they're there, you can tell them about the cookbook, its mission, and maybe show them the Kickstarter video if you want. And then, if they want to order a copy (or copies) of the book, they can do so on their own.

I already have friends in Chicago and NYC who are hosting Yellow Table gatherings in the coming weeks, and I decided I should open up the opportunity to all of you! Please let me know if you want to host a gathering and I'm happy to schedule a 10-minute Skype call with you to walk through the details. (Email me at annawatsoncarl@gmail.com to set up a Skype call.) And please, by all means, document your party with pictures and post on social media to help spread the word! I'm going to create a collage of all the gatherings to post on the blog later next month. Thank you all for your incredible support!! You guys are incredible.

xo, Anna

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BRUNCH: JUNE 28

Brunch Menu #1: Summer Brunch Buffet

-Heirloom Tomato Breakfast Casserole

-Sour Cream Banana Muffins

-Rosemary Parmesan Biscuits with Fig Jam & Prosciutto

-Fruit Salad

Brunch Menu #2: Vegetarian Brunch Buffet

-Maple Pecan Granola with Greek Yogurt + Berries

-Mini Frittatas with Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

-Orange Zest Scones with Rhubarb Strawberry Compote

-Citrus Salad with Arugula

DINNER: JULY 12

Dinner Menu #1: Light & Summery

-Watermelon Skewers with Mint + Feta

-Parchment-Roasted Snapper w Tomatoes, Basil, and Summer Veggies

-Couscous or Quinoa

-Haricots Verts with Dijon Vinaigrette

-Strawberry Shortcakes

Dinner Menu #2: Summery & Gluten-Free

-Crudites with Lemon-Tahini Dip

-Honey-Dijon Salmon

-Quinoa with Roasted Summer Veggies

-GF Key Lime Tart

Dinner Menu #3: Quick & Easy Supper

-Bacon-Wrapped Dates

-Apricot-Dijon Roasted Chicken Thighs with Couscous

-Roasted Broccoli (see link above)

-Roasted Rainbow Carrots

-Chocolate Pudding Cakes with Grand Marnier Whipped Cream

Opening photo + toasting photo by Eric Ryan Anderson; picnic photo by Mike Gilger