A Tucson designer built the perfect space for garden-to-table entertaining
Party food goes from garden to grill
“Casual but swank” is how landscape designer Jason Isenberg describes his outdoor gatherings. And the sunken “party pit” that he designed for his backyard suits his easy living style.
Everything he needs to prepare meals outdoors is here in his countertop kitchen, and a few steps away is a stylish veggie garden that yields many of the ingredients he likes to use.
Jason mans the grill, but he invites his guests to pick the vegetables, then clean and slice them—with a cool mojito in hand, of course.
Design: Jason Isenberg (520/791-9131)
The side-by-side “living pantry” and dining patio keep gatherings casual and easy on the host.
Several varieties of basil grow together in one well-organized plot.
The beds are raised but only slightly, to keep the soil cool.
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A built-in sofa with lime green cushions gets cozy beside the gas firepit. It also keeps guests close to the long concrete counter with the wok, a deep sink that doubles as a beverage cooler, and the buffet area.
Water spills from a copper pipe into a shallow basin atop a powder-coated steel obelisk, then recirculates from a second basin below.