Over the last two years we have definitely caught the gardening bug. Four raised beds and a few pots provide us with a bounty of produce to enjoy over the summer months with plenty leftover to process and store for winter. While we have come to love the daily ritual of picking through the garden for that day’s harvest, we know that it is not for everyone. You might not have the physical space, temperament or schedule for gardening, but that doesn’t mean you should give up on growing edible delights altogether!
If you had told me in January that Orange Door Hospitality would be actively working on a place-based venture in July, I would have told you that you were getting ahead of yourself. At that point, Chris and I were still writing our business plan for our catering and personal chef operation; working through the ins and outs of cooking delicious food and delivering warm hospitality to a small but loyal group of clients. It was in writing this plan that we envisioned building a place for our business as a 3-5 year goal.
On a trip to the Atlanta area in March, I was able to pick up two truly excellent cookbooks from two Atlanta based chefs that I have gotten to know a little bit over the past couple of years: Asha Gomez’s My Two Souths and Steven Satterfield’s Root to Leaf. (Go buy them both now…you won’t regret it!)
It’s a busy time here at Orange Door! Our next dinner is less than two weeks away and we are beginning to plan for what the next year will hold for us as we expand beyond our monthly events! We will have a lot to write about in the coming months, but for now we wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all of the support that we have received from our community of amazing friends over the past year. Here is a quick look at what we have done in our first year.