If you’ve read Our Story on the website, some of this will be familiar to you, but since this is the first blog, I want to start at the beginning!
The Love of Artisan Food
Growing up on a farm in Virginia, where we grew everything we ate, deeply influenced my appreciation for what is known today as artisan food. With a southern heritage that stretches from Virginia to the north Georgia mountains, food has always been at the center of everything we did.
The best in fruit, vegetables, pecans and honey comb was always local grown. Meat came from the finest in husbandry – my father and grandfathers. The best in food preservation and learning to cook came from my mother and grandmothers. Whatever the work was on the farm or event at the end of the day, one thing was sure, there would be no lack of beautifully prepared foods. The explosion of flavors was always amazing.
The Road to Grazing Tables … and Home
Life’s road took me a long way from the farm. But the love and appreciation for local food was never far away. When the time came to change up careers, I thought it would be in floral design, growing my own product. I knew something wasn’t in the right order for me. The very core, the very center, the very foundation was missing. When I came full circle, back to food as the center point and floral as the backup singer, then my business righted itself.
From there came the grazing table, a tribute to the abundant table spreads that I remembered. Glorious, abundant, artisan foods produced by small local growers filling the tables. Food became my artwork, designing, staging & creating. All the while knowing that it would draw people into conversation, lingering over food, telling stories, sharing and making memories. Food became the healing power. Food that trapped the power of sunlight & natural energy.
Feeding the heart with food grown and produced by someone with a love and respect for what they do. Their attention to detail and love for what they grow and produce makes my design work an absolute joy.
I have finally returned home – working, designing and feeding the hungry heart!