San Dieguito County Park Potluck: A Southern California Take on the New Tradition of Friendsgiving

Photos By Ashley Williams

Friendsgiving—a laidback get-together with friends before or after the typical Thanksgiving feast with family—is fastly moving from trend to tradition. Last week, photographer Ashley Williams rounded up some of her favorite people to show how it’s done in SoCal style. “We recently got our first glimpse of chilly weather in San Diego, so we decided to kick-start the season with a glamped-up Thanksgiving potluck picnic in a local wooded park,” Ashley says. Garlanded with winter wheat, corn husks, and pampas grasses that mirrored the neutral colors of the surroundings, a rustic table was set with candles in tarnished gold goblets and a casual gourmet spread of rosemary harm, spiced yams, pomegranate salad, blackberry pie, branded bread, and honey-drizzled brie topped with candied pecans and blood orange slices. The food was eaten family style atop plaid blankets and pillows fashioned into a cozy alfresco lounge space on the grass of a sunwashed clearing...

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