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A DOWN-TO-EARTH EDIT OF THE NEWS YOU LOVE

IN ORANGE COUNTY AND BEYOND

A thoughtfully curated collection of food, services, products, giving, and people in Orange County

 

GET TO KNOW TABLEAU

Thank you for visiting our website — we’re so happy you’re here! Whether you prefer to browse the site for stories or want to flip through the virtual pages of our digital magazine, we know you’ll love Tableau. Each issue is full of inspiring people, interesting places, delicious dining, fun shopping, captivating art, and opportunities to give back. 

Happy reading,

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

The theme of this edition is What’s Next and, while we don’t have a crystal ball, we’ve done our best to capture what we think is next in Orange County and beyond. Think new restaurants and shops, fresh cocktails and mock-tails for sipping, the latest home design trends and products, timely ways to give back to local nonprofits and — since things are about to heat up for summer — DIY ice baths!

One thing I do know is definitely next — as in a huge next step for this start-up magazine — is our brand-new website at tableauofficial.com! It’s beautiful, bold, so easy to navigate and full of wonderful stories and ideas for you to enjoy and share. Please check it out and let us know what you think — and be sure to sign up for a free subscription so you’ll be the first to get our new issues and other updates. Many thanks to our web designer Lee Vujnovich of coopdesignhouse.com for making our digital dreams come true!

 

Another exciting thing about this issue is the fact that — from cover to cover — it represents a labor of love by a team of talented women, including our 18-year-old photographer, Isabelle Tobin, whose work is seen on our cover and at her Instagram @isabelleemilytobin.

 

In addition to our multigenerational team of contributors and editors, we have had the honor and privilege of getting to know — and feature in this edition — incredible women who are making a difference in our region and beyond:

• Noted author, podcaster, therapist and parenting expert Kristen Howerton speaks on family and race

• Accomplished appellate lawyer, publisher and author M.C. Sungaila weighs in on a mother’s wisdom

• Successful entrepreneur Crystal Schachter of Studio C Florals talks about how her business not only

survived the pandemic, but bloomed beyond her wildest imagination

 

When say this issue is a true celebration of inspiration from cover to cover, I do mean that. We’re thrilled to feature the work of America Martin on our back cover. I’ve been a huge fan of America’s for years and it’s a dream come true to feature an image of her painting, Two Women Walk and One Gathers Flowers in this issue. Be sure to check out America’s work at JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach and online at joanneartmangallery.com.

Here’s to what’s next,

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Carrie Freitas

 

TEAM TABLEAU

Meet the passionate and talented team that brings Tableau to life

Introducing the

TABLEAU STAFF

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Miki Akil

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After working as a publicist in Hollywood, Miki found her calling in consumer/lifestyle PR. She is a Houston native (who you’ll always find watching the Astros or Texans) with a proven track record of developing powerful marketing communications campaigns. After moving to the West Coast more than 10 years ago, she now calls Oceanside home and lives with her husband, two kitties and pups.

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Carrie Freitas

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Carrie hails from a newspaper/journalism family on her mother’s side, and a marketing/ printing family on her father’s — which explains why she is both a published writer and founder of Kitchen Table Marketing. She lives in Newport Beach with her husband and is a proud mom of two, and stepmom of three. Carrie is passionate about giving back to her community and supporting LGBTQ+ rights.

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Jordan Kruk

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Jordan has had a love of writing from a young age, leading her to pursue a career in PR. She started off in B2B marketing in the commercial real estate industry before joining the Kitchen Table team where she quickly discovered her passion for the restaurant and nonprofit industries. Jordan is an OC native and currently resides in Huntington Beach with her boyfriend and their pug, Franklin.

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Madi Sutherland

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Madi found her love for public relations and social media while studying Communications at California State University, Fullerton. After pursuing her degree, she worked for a digital marketing agency overseeing clients in the tech space before finding herself at the Kitchen Table. Born and raised in Orange County, Madi supports a range of locally (and a few national) based food, design, nonprofit and real estate clients for KTM.

Thank You to the May-June issue's
CONTRIBUTORS

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Elisabeth Abrahamson

OC native Elisabeth Abrahamson enjoys writing about her beloved hometown. When she’s

not creating content, she spends her time traveling (Palm Springs is a local fave!), discovering

the best new brunch spots with friends, and watching The Office with her fiancé, Doug.

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Amy Senk

Amy is a CDM resident and a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. She has worked at the Kansas City Times, Kansas City Star, Contra Costa Times, Coast Kids and Coast Magazines, and is a regular contributor to StuNews Newport. A recent empty nester, she spends her free time with her husband and planning elaborate imaginary vacations.

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Sara Hall

Sara has nearly 14 years of experience at several daily and weekly newspapers, including The Record Searchlight in Redding, The Daily Advocate in Greenville, Ohio, the Newport Beach Independent, and most recently at Stu News Newport and Stu News Laguna. Her work has included photography, writing, design and layout. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and pets.

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Isabelle Tobin

Isabelle is a lifestyle photographer and student based in Southern California. She spent her childhood in Australia and upon moving to California in her early teens, she enjoyed spending time on the California coast. She developed a passion for photographing the outdoors. For the last five years, she has been a competitive rower for the Newport Aquatic Center women’s crew and will continue rowing for Southern Methodist University in the fall. See her work on Instagram at @ISABELLEEMILYTOBIN

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Alyssa Swanson Hamilton

Alyssa is a lifelong Southern California resident. She has been writing professionally for over 20 years, primarily for health websites and magazines. She is an MFA candidate at Sierra

Nevada University and is currently working on a novel. She enjoys permaculture, tending

her meadow garden, basking in freezing water wherever she can find it, and spending time

in the desert under the stars. She lives in Newport Beach with her two teenage sons and a

black Lab named Bear.

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Michelle Pulfrey

For more than two decades, Michelle Pulfrey has shaped SoCal’s TV news landscape

as a senior producer for Fox 11’s “Good Day L.A.” Always on the pulse of what’s new and

noteworthy, Michelle also produced the station’s popular “Style File” segment and has

written on fashion, beauty and lifestyle for Modern Luxury OC/Riviera. Now, this OC resident

brings her talents to Tableau.

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Sarah Mosqueda

Sarah Mosqueda has worked as a freelance journalist in OC and LA for a decade. Her work

has appeared in Orange Coast Magazine, Coast Magazine, Hispanic Network Magazine and

Bon Appetit Magazine. She is an avid podcast listener, amateur yogi and skilled bartender

who enjoys trying new restaurants and cooking at home with her fiancé.

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Robin Hoik
Phillips

A born and bred East Coaster, Robin moved with her husband, two teenagers, and two

dachshunds to Newport Beach last summer and is really enjoying the weather and the laidback

SoCal lifestyle. Robin was most recently the editor of Fairfield Magazine, a popular luxury lifestyle magazine in Connecticut. Prior to that she worked at New York publisher

Conde Nast on such titles as House & Garden Magazine and Bon Appetit. In addition to

contributing to Tableau, Robin is also a writer for Venu Magazine, and a copywriter/editor for

several small business websites. Check out robinedits.com to learn more about her and her

work.

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Jenn Tanaka

Jenn Tanaka is a SoCal native. She studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Barry Siegel at UC Irvine and was one of the school’s first Literary Journalism graduates. After moving to New York, Jenn worked at Food & Wine magazine and went on to develop the epicurean category at The New Yorker. In 2010, Jenn graduated from the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan and went on to cook at Dovetail, which earned a Michelin star during her tenure. After leaving the kitchen, Jenn helped Ruth Reichl curate the food-centric website, GiltTaste by Gilt Groupe. Currently, Jenn lives in Orange County with her family. She writes about food, fashion, cocktails, and travel. Follow her adventures on INSTAGRAM.

TABLEAU FEATURES

Stories that will inspire, educate and entertain you — hot off the (virtual) presses!

The latest in home furnishings and vibrant home décor, providing design inspiration in every issue.

By Design

Learn more about some of your favorite entrepreneurs.

At Work

Recommending the best meals and drinks in Orange County for your next brunch or night out.

To Order

Showcasing ways for you to give back to our local communities.

 

 

Give Back

Promote your own physical, mental, and emotional health with the latest products and practices.

Self-Care

A section with newsworthy + resourceful content for moms, dads, and parents.

Mom & Pop

Profiling everyone that we find exciting and interesting, like our favorite local entrepreneurs. 

Of Interest

Enjoy essays from established and emerging writers

FIRST PERSON