Salad queen Hetty McKin­non and friends throw a New York City lunch.

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“WHEN I MOVED to New York a few years ago, I brought a bunch of Utopia Goods cush­ion cov­ers,” says Hetty McKin­non, the Aus­tralian ex­pat, salad spe­cial­ist and cook­book au­thor. “In a world of aus­tere grey, they are a ray of sun­shine.” So it was al­to­gether fit­ting that McKin­non would cel­e­brate the ar­rival of her Brook­lyn stu­dio with the brand’s lu­mi­nous tex­tiles.

As its name sug­gests, Neigh­bor­hood is a com­mu­nal cook­ing space de­voted to craft work­shops, culi­nary events and pop-up repasts, like the one de­li­cious. was in­vited to on a balmy af­ter­noon. Along with McKin­non, the other hosts in­cluded her col­lab­o­ra­tor, Jodi Moreno, and Utopia Goods’ So­phie Tat­low, who was vis­it­ing New York from Syd­ney on a busi­ness trip.

The veg­etable-fo­cused menu was in­spired and in­formed by the fab­ric brand’s un­flag­ging reliance on na­tive flora and fauna. “Hetty’s beau­ti­ful food and our beau­ti­ful table­ware make a po­etic match,” says Tat­low, whose part­ner, Bruce Slo­rach, con­ceives the com­pany’s ex­u­ber­ant de­signs fes­tooned with banksias, flow­er­ing gums and hon­eyeaters. “Their work is bold, cheeky and com­pletely cheer­ful, which cap­tures the Aussie spirit,” says McKin­non.

“I’ve known Hetty since the days she de­liv­ered sal­ads on her bike in Surry Hills,” con­tin­ues Tat­low. Trad­ing Crown Street for At­lantic Av­enue, a dizzy­ingly di­verse thor­ough­fare ar­rayed with eth­nic delis, vin­tage stores and stately brown­stones, has im­parted McKin­non’s food with eclec­tic verve. “Be­ing here has ex­posed me to so many new in­flu­ences,” she says.

“This is a re­fresh­ing soup to be en­joyed chilled. It’s per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing – make in ad­vance and serve it straight from the fridge. But you can also eat this soup hot!”


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