Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's times like these that I reflect on my beautiful life and thank God for my blessings and gifts. Last week I catered for the Jane Goodall Institute during their annual Crane viewing experience. I cooked for this group over the course of three days including breakfast, lunches and dinners. With each and every catering I learn something new. In this case I learned many new things. I thought you might like to hear about a few... 1. I learned that one should never take their surroundings for granted. Yes, I live in Nebraska and though so many people think this place offers little in the way of culture, I have to disagree. Though I only live an hour from Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon, NE, I had never been there before this past week. I was asked to come serve breakfast as the sun was coming up. All I can say is that it was a life-changing experience, a spiritual, beautiful, moving experience. These crane only stop a few places along their migration and we are fortunate to have them stop here in Nebraska. If you have never experienced the crane viewing I HIGHLY recommend it. 2. I learned what I am made of, and it's some pretty tough stuff. I had the loveliest group of people imaginable this past week and was happy to do whatever they needed me to do. Having said that, I was tested in every way imaginable and PASSED with flying colors. Just when I wasn't sure if they truly liked my food and were just being kind, they rushed me with hugs (very rare for a group of diners) and told me what a gift I am, that I should continue doing what I am doing because it shows in every dish I make. This group was the answer to any doubt I may have had. 3. I learned that there is a great big world out there and yes, we can all make a difference, even in the small things we do. I listened to Dr. Jane Goodall speak about her wonderful mother nurturing her curiosity as a child to form her into who she has become and that little things such as this can create an impact deep and wide and this world and make it a better place. I also listened to cinematographer Bill Wallauer speak about his amazing life filming all kinds of wildlife and how we can learn so much from animals in their behavior. I plan to look into and participate in their Roots & Shoots program with my children. In doing what I love I am able to take care of those I love. For that, I am incredibly blessed and grateful. Life doesn't get much better than this.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Wedded Bliss

Well, I did it. I can now say that I have checked just one more thing off my culinary bucket list. I catered one of the neatest (if not the neatest) weddings I have ever attended. We served over 200 people at three different food stations. The bride was incredible to work with. We collaborated to come up with a Mexican food station, a Pasta Station and a Coney Station. What fun mixed with elegance and class. They set up a photo booth for their guest book and had pictures taken of each and every person that attended. The song that introduced them as Mr. and Mrs. was 'Thunder' by ACDC (I thought that was clever). Because they are so different, the theme of the wedding was fire and ice. I so enjoyed serving everyone and I have to say I am so proud of myself and my staff; we pulled it off.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Four Course Gourmet is Back!

Much has changed since my last post. I catered up until the 18th of March and had my second son Henry on the 30th of that month. I took about four weeks off (not nearly long enough) and am slowly working my way back up. I am starting my four course gourmet dinners back up this month at both Full Circle Venue in Grand Island and Moonlight Ridge Vineyard just five minutes north of GI. In June, I will also be serving at the Hargis Mansion (aka Grand Island Women's Club) on a couple Thursday nights. I am just so grateful for the following I've had. My clients are some of the most loyal, thoughtful and hungry eaters I know. I appreciate each and every one of them because they are the reason I get to do what I love and still have time to be with my family. Here's wishing you all a full belly and a peaceful soul.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Another Abrupt Ending

I am certain that God puts situations into our lives to teach us something. However, I often wonder why it happens so frequently with me. Perhaps because I'm not a huge fan of change. The Stolley House was doing INCREDIBLY well, with nearly full reservation lists with each dinner that I put on. It was, in fact, doing too well. I was told that I had too many people in the house, even though I thought the point of my being there was to get people in the house. The Historical Society Board was contacted by the city (who actually owns the house) and they found a clause in their contract with the city that states "no one can be in the house for profit". So, I'm out.
It's been so much fun and I just love what I do but this too, is coming to an end. As I am eight months pregnant, it's a good time for me to take a hiatus. So, in the meantime, I am looking for a new venue to share my meals. I will be at Full Circle Venue two Thursdays a month, starting in May, but I am also looking for a smaller venue with a quiet atmosphere. So, if any of you out there know of anywhere like that, perhaps a business owner who might like to sublet their space at night, let me know.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Stolley House Going Well

Well, things are really starting to take off with Stolley House. I started serving gourmet, four course meals two Thursday nights a month and now I'm up to every Thursday of the month. And, I actually had to turn people away last month! It's really such a special evening, which is something folks around here have been waiting for. The history of the house lends itself to some very interesting conversations, i.e. memories people have of the house. September is starting to fill up so if you would like to make a reservation give me a call (308) 390-3888 or to see the menu, check out my website

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

First Month at Stolley House Great Success

About three weeks ago I started serving dinners at historic Stolley House in Stolley State Park, Grand Island, NE. The house was built by the Stolley family in 1859 and has a pretty fascinating history, aside from just being a beautiful structure. The board who oversees the house wanted to make the public aware of it's history. So, I contacted Barb Ernst, curator, and presented some dinner ideas to her. A month later we were actually serving dinner in the house. It's been so much fun thus far and the demand for more events is much higher than I anticipated. This has really been a great experience for me and has prompted me to sort of spread my wings a bit.

If you're wondering about the experience itself, we seat a minimum of four people at each table, so if you're a group of two, we will seat you with another group of two. So far, people are really enjoying getting to know one another. The atmosphere of the house is elegant, simple and quaint. We generally seat people in the parlor and dining room, but we are also able to seat folks outside on the patio (if they wish) and atop the house on a private balcony (if they wish). Before or after dinner I always suggest a walk through the gardens across from the house. They're absolutely breathtaking. To make reservations or if you have questions visit my website: It's a very unique experience.

Stolley House dinner in August