Photos: Kinfolk Brunch / San Francisco

Photos: Kinfolk Brunch / San Francisco

I couldn't resist doing a quick post of photos I shot at the Kinfolk brunch this weekend. It was a family-style gathering at Heirloom Cafe in San Francisco, and it was just right. The sun was out, the food beautifully prepared, the company and conversation top-notch. The front door of the cafe was flung wide open and a fascinating mix of people walked through to sit down to a meal together. I left with a sense that I'd finally met a whole host of people I probably should have met years ago - people doing all sorts of interesting things, many/most of whom live walking distance from me. It was a good feeling.

Kinfolk Brunch San Francisco
Kinfolk Brunch San Francisco

I believe San Francisco was the third gathering in a twelve month series - Portland and Brooklyn were prior. Philadelphia and Toronto up next. Here's the page where you can watch for upcoming cities. You can also get information about the local people and businesses who came together to pull this off. I was thinking I would link to some of them here, but it might just be easier for you to click through the list on the Kinfolk site. For example, if you're interested in who did the lovely flowers, or the the letterpress menus, or, or, or...The little details were part of what made it so special. A big thank you to the Nathan and Julie for pulling together a wonderful room full of people. Also, I can't wait to see this photos this lovely lady was shooting. I'll link to them here when I see them. Here they are :)...

Kinfolk Brunch San Francisco
Kinfolk Brunch San Francisco

I'm in the process of writing up one of my favorite spring rhubarb recipes for you. It's pretty in the way so many rhubarb creations are, and the flavor profile is just off-beat enough that people light up when they have a taste. I'll try to get that up in the next couple of days. xo -h


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Love this kind of gathering - looks like a big family. Lovely photos, Heidi.


What a great dinner and meeting people who live within walking distance that you may not have met otherwise (but would have loved to meet sooner)...that's always such a gift!

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Heirloom Cafe looks incredibly charming. I'm sure it was a cozy good time. Looking forward to your rhubarb recipe.

Denise | Chez Danisse

That looks like such a lovely meal. I am eagerly awaiting your rhubarb recipes!


Oh this looks like such a fun time!

Simply Life

I have been a longtime follower of this blog, but can't help being kind of creeped out that everyone in the photos is white... does that really represent your community? Is that the "fascinating mix of people" in San Francisco?

HS: Hey Mej - sorry if these five shots gave that impression (I was shooting with an old Polaroid Land camera so getting the light right was tricky). Correspondingly, your impression might just be based on the angle I was shooting from. I'm sure other people will post pictures that will show a wider range of the people in attendance.


I love the faded warm charming familiar aura of the photos.

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best

Your images are so beautiful, Heidi!
Im hoping they do one in Vancouver. Thanks for sharing with us. :)


yes! can't wait for the rhubarb recipe! i've got a bunch in my kitchen now! and i need new ideas:)

Jordan Kay

beautiful, dreamy pictures


Your photos capture that morning perfectly - it was so lovely to finally meet you!


Pretty pictures - looks like a fun brunch! Looking forward to seeing your rhubarb recipe!

Julia {The Roasted Root}

Great post! Looks like a beautiful place.

Miss K

Your pictures are - as always - unbelievable! Looks like a really great gathering and can't wait for your rhubarb recipe!

Mike @TheIronYou

Your photos from this event are beautiful! Looks like it was a sweet morning.


nice sweet coiourful


What a beautiful gathering! Your photos communicate such a beautiful mood...very soft and slow. I picked up a bunch of rhubarb at the farmers market this weekend and used half of it in a strawberry-rhubarb crisp. Looking forward to your recipe!

la domestique

Mej, I was thinking the same thing when I saw the photos (and I LOVE this blog btw). I checked out the Kinfolk site, and it's a lovely idea, but ithere were 95% photos of caucasian folk throughout the photo gallery. But I have to wonder if it's just the nature of this type of event and who the organizers are and what their reach is with the community - mostly hipsters/yuppies? On that note, as usual, lovely photos!


beautiful pics! looks like you had a great time together...
looking forward to the rhubarb recipe! :-))


That is such a fantastic restaurant. Hope you had a great time!


What kind of food were you served??:)


Everything's so beautiful!


Would you mind sharing what kind of camera you use in your pictures? I love this washed out color...

HS: Hi Stacie - I used a Polaroid Land 180 that morning with Fuji pack film.


What a lovely restaurant. Love the photos. You have a great way of capturing such a unique look.

Sarah @ Fresh Living

you take the prettiest pictures (:
what program do you use to edit them?

HS: Hi Lidia - Those are scans of instant photos I took with an old Polaroid Land Camera. Using Peel-apart film.


Gorgeous shots, love the feel they're giving. What a great concept this brunch series is!
Heidi xo

Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

Can't wait to see what you did with your rhubarb. I recently blogged and made rhubarb iced tea. It was my first time making it, but it was a hit with the family!

Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings

Lovely photos, as always. (Also, that's a beautiful shot of you and Wayne over at the Kinfolk post about the brunch ... )

HS: Thanks Lynn - I love that shot too.

Lynn Russell

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