Happy Hemp is an Austin-based super food from founder Tara Miko Grayless. The seeds can elevate any meal to super-food status by adding a healthy dose of protein, fiber and essential amino acids.
On Tuesday, a private dinner party at the home of investors Lorraine Thirion and Sami Cassis celebrated the seeds with local chefs presenting an array of bites for guests to enjoy.
Dishes included a jicama, cucumber, carrot and black radish plate with a valentino sauce, topped with toasted chipotle Happy Hemp seeds from Barley Swine; seared duck breast with Happy Hemp raw seed, and soba noodles topped with a sweet miso dressing from Kenichi; and turkey meatballs stuffed with Happy Hemp raw seeds, served over a bed of goat cheese from Jack Allen's Kitchen.
As the kitchen hummed with creativity, Austin-based Shakey Graves and The Wind + The Wave performed on the patio.
Jessica Peel,left, Kayla Adams, Kathryn Bergmann, Tara Miko, Cile Cook, Tracy Hawk and Marina Thomas.
Shakey Graves performs.
Jack Gilmore, of Jack Allen's Kitchen, demonstrates how to prepare a proper munchie snack.
Dylan Gilmore, left, with Tara Miko, Bryce Gilmore and Chris Teneyck.
Kathryn Bergmann, left, with Patty and Mike DeBonville.
John Knox and Jennie Chen.
Don Kermath, left, with Kim Love and Lyn Graft.
Peter Tsai and Nicolai McCrary.
Alexis Alexander, left, Veronica Meewes, Tara Miko and homeowner Lorraine Thirion.
Emily Pellerin and Colby Goetschius.
Happy Hemp photo booth.
Kyle McKinney and Jack Gilmore.
Kyle McKinney holds up a hemp brownie.
Veronica Meewes and Jack Gilmore.
From left: Dan and Maja Kermath, Bryce Gilmore, Tara Miko, Jack Gilmore, Lorraine Thirion and Sami Cassis.
Cile Cook, left, with Ben and Kathryn Bergmann.
Shakey Graves, Josh Verduczco and Jessica Peel.