this past weekend my husband and i had the pleasure of hosting a light taqueria feast on martha's vineyard in celebration of karen mordechai's sunday suppers cookbook. i've been a fan of karen's work for years; from the charming gatherings she hosts in her brooklyn studio, to the array of stunning recipes and photos on her blog, and as of last year her sunday suppers cookbook. the compilation of gatherings and recipes in her book are not just beautifully organized but inspiring; nudging you - ever so gently - to take the plunge and host a gathering of your own. her recipes are breezy, but not in the sense that they're just thrown together, rather they're simple, refreshing, and delicious. karen's aesthetic is more than appealing, so when she asked if i wanted to host a gathering i jumped at the opportunity.
since i was up on martha's vienyard i thought that hosting the gathering there be a great opportunity to utilize some of the island's vibrant vegetables and fresh fish. the day of gathering started early as my husband and i drove to the other side of the island to purchase our fish from our favorite market, larsen's, where we picked up that morning's catch: halibut. next, it was on to beetlebung farm for my favorite herbs and greens, then a quick stop at the west tisbury farmers market for tabor house farm's red and white onions; our morning concluded at the morning glory farm in edgartown to purchase some of the most tender and sweet tomatoes, a handful of organic avocados, and a bunch of freshly plucked radishes. the rest of the afternoon was spent prepping, figuring out how to cook in the kitchen of our rental house, and setting the table for our guests.
we enjoyed an early supper as the sun started to set and the day became cool again. we talked and laughed and swapped stories about our day, and importantly shared a good meal with sun-kissed faces and happy smiles.
fish tacos w/ avocado crema
pickled red onions
pico de gallo
sea salt chelada
chocolate and tequila