Fortique Styled Shoot with Michelle VanTine and The Casa Pino

We teamed up with our fabulous Fortistes Michelle, from Michelle VanTine Photography, and Lea, from The Casa Pino, to create a photo shoot with a little Spanish flare. The theme for the shoot was a Calçotada, a Catalan festival that welcomes spring. We decided to make it to a mixer for Fortique members so everyone could get in on all the fun!

The festival is centered around the calçot, or green onion, which is charred on the grill then served with a side of fabulous Romesco sauce. (Lea was kind enough to share the recipe she used. It is definitely a MUST.) To eat, you pull the charred layer off the onions, dip into the Romesco sauce, then enjoy!  We also enjoyed a selection of Spanish wines graciously provided by Arrowine, and wonderful meats and cheeses from Trader Joe's. 

To follow the Spanish tradition we had a porrón. In the photos it's that container that everyone is trying to drink wine from. The goal is to pull it away from your mouth to get a long stream of wine going before you bring it back towards your face to finish drinking. It's not as hard as it looks, but definitely takes some practice. It was a great way to bring everyone together at the party. We highly recommend it for your next bash!

Accompanying the fabulous food, friends, and decor was a photo booth (so fun!) courtesy of Michelle. This is something that anyone could (and should) set up at their next party. All you need is a cute backdrop to tack up on a wall or fence, a few props, and a Polaroid. 

Don't be afraid to have your own Spanish party this Spring or Summer. You and your guests are guaranteed to love it. I know we did!

Special thanks to Lea for opening up her fabulous home to us, Michelle for taking these beautiful photos, and all the Fortistes who stopped by to join in on the fun!