i was on a farm ...

by gina gutierrez in ,

Hello Friends.

Life has once again tumbled into a beautiful whirlwind of events. While I love taking in every bit of these moments, I find myself asking for more hours in the day so I can blog. But here I am this evening, back at it.  

I want to share with you one very unique experience I had in the last month ... the day I spent at Everett Family Farm. In March, my friends and I hustled to get tickets to this fantastic social called Outstanding in the Field. We heard about this event a few years back from friends that are chefs. There was nothing but positive feedback regarding this gathering that reconnects dinner to the land. So, we wanted in!

On Father's Day, we drove down to Santa Cruz and basked in the sun! I was in heaven -- beautiful weather, connected to the earth, fantastic wine and the best of friends. Upon arrival, we were greeted with delicious organic white wine from Alfaro Family Vineyards and Winery. And then ... the journey with our food began. We took in a few appetizers (duck liver mousse profiteroles with radishes, scallion potato croquette, pulled pork with pickled onions) and then started our way on a tour of the farm.  

It's not very often you get an inside look of a local farm and really learn where your fruits, vegetables and eggs are coming from. The numerous acres were stunning. I felt so appreciative of all the hard work that goes into producing such healthy, organic food. 

The escape from the city -- which most of you know, I never leave because I love it so much! -- was such a peaceful and needed trip.  

Following our tour, we walked into an open field with a stunning long table set to the nines. It was breathtaking. To top it off,  we were blown away with such amazing flavor in every course we were served.

Check out our menu by the wonderful Chef Santos Majano of Soif in Santa Cruz. 

Everett Farm Mixed Lettuce, Beets, Carrots, Herbs, Garden Feta and Cabernet Vinaigrette. Wine Pairing 2012 Alfaro "Rosé of Pinot Noir"
Rock Cod, Quick Pickle Cucumber, Wilted Greens, Summer Squash, Farro. Wine Pairing 2011 Alfaro "Lester Vineyard" Pinot Noir
Duck, Sautéed Vegetables, Roasted Potatoes. Wine Pairing 2009 Alfaro "Lindsay Paige Vineyard" Pinot Noir
Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries, Honey

Guys. I don't know to explain this. This was one of the most memorable meals I have ever had and I truly encourage you to participate in an Outstanding in the Field event as they tour the US stopping at phenomenal farms and pairing up with the best chefs. 

The weather, wine and food was so spectacular but I will always remember how I laughed so hard this day and had the best time with those closest to me. Count me in for next year!

Photos taken by Gina Gutierrez and my wonderful friends: Billy Polson, Mario Estrada, Ryan Allen and Kelly Redanz .

gratitude in full bloom

by gina gutierrez in

We're practically half way through May? What the what?!

As I sit here writing, I am in awe with what 2013 has given to me.


I am full of it.

I will admit that there are plenty of days that I feel like I am running out of time. While I love what I do (training my clients to planning for DIAKADI to designing), I find myself just seeing the days pass by way too fast. Too fast in sense that I forget to reflect. I forget to be present. I forget to be in the moment ... and I am a girl that shouts with excitement, "live life in every moment!" 

I love doing it all. I mean, come on, my life is devoted to a business with the tag line, "Do It All, Kick Ass Doing It." (Hey universe, did you plan that??) Buuuuuut, I often find myself whispering that it's okay to slow down. Today was one of those days. 

With spring in full effect, I thought it was a good time to "spring clean" and edit my day to day. So how am I going to go about that? Well, I have a plan. But, I want to remind myself that if I don't stick to that plan, it's okay. Just being aware of what I am doing and feeling is enough. The sense of awareness is what makes you feel fulfilled rather than the act of checking off all of your to dos at the end of the day.

So today, I got my haircut, I walked the beautiful street of Fillmore and while I was "supposed" to head to a coffee shop to catch up on work I chose to head to my best friend's home and spend some quality time in the sun, drinking champs and laughing with people that mean more to me than any type of work.

Do I feel guilty about not working? Just a little. I'm still coping with that feeling. But I am so crazy grateful to have such loving, passionate, fun and true friends in my life. I'll carry that love with me forever. So, spring ... I look forward to more moments like today.