Getting Knotty on a Saturday

Earlier this month we had the wonderful privilege to be the venue for Gathering House's summer workshop. If you haven't heard of these lovely ladies, go follow them on instagram and get ready to swoon. They are two strong women raising families and hustling... all while finding time to create the most thoughtful and gorgeous pop up workshops. They keep things fresh and on point, but sign up for one of their classes quick! They only host a few every season. 

We got to be a home for them one Saturday in June as they walked a class through the addictive art of macrame. For those of you readers who may have created an owl or plant hanger in your hey-day, I am here to tell you it is back with a vengeance! Cat + Casey had all the fixings for their students and as a humble observer I can tell you it was crazy to see what a few knots could do to a bunch of string. Each one was unique and intricate -- and I for one can't wait to see some of the completed products.

 

They made worksheets too?! Do these girls leave anything undone?!

They made worksheets too?! Do these girls leave anything undone?!

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Got that Tom Tom Fever

One of the things we knew we wanted from the get go at The Guild was a community table for people to sit and share a meal together. I am a firm believer that the world can change when people break bread and share their stories with one another. When we met Chef Chris (and more importantly, had his food) we knew we had to bring him into the fold. For the last several years he created dining sensations at the Barry Farm near Needville and so I knew this would be old hat for him. If, by chance he is reading this, thanks bud for saying yes!

 

Our May farm to table dinner featured the tomato, showcasing this summer gem in a different preparation over five courses. Each tastier than the last. Our gathering was intimate and lively, strangers finding common ground and conversations flowing (I love when a dream comes together). 

Enjoy our food photos... and stick around. Chef Chris has generously shared his gazpacho recipe at the end! We hope to see you at our Diner en Blanc on June 28. 

Best, 

Emily

FIRST COURSE: CAPRESE WITH TOMATO SORBET AND HOMEMADE BURRATA

FIRST COURSE: CAPRESE WITH TOMATO SORBET AND HOMEMADE BURRATA

SECOND COURSE: BLT WITH PORK BELLY FROM LONG LEAF ACRES

SECOND COURSE: BLT WITH PORK BELLY FROM LONG LEAF ACRES

THIRD COURSE: GAZPACHO WITH LUMP CRAB

THIRD COURSE: GAZPACHO WITH LUMP CRAB

FOURTH COURSE: LAMB BOLOGNESE SAUCE WITH FRESH PASTA

FOURTH COURSE: LAMB BOLOGNESE SAUCE WITH FRESH PASTA

FIFTH COURSE: TOMATO EMPANADA WITH RICOTTA GELATO

FIFTH COURSE: TOMATO EMPANADA WITH RICOTTA GELATO


GAZPACHO

CHEF CHRIS ZETTLEMOYER

 

2 lbs fresh tomatoes

2 each large seedless cucumbers

1/2 shallot

1 red bell pepper

1 clove garlic

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

 

16 cherry tomatoes 

1 cucumber 

1/4 cup sliced chives

8oz fresh lump crab 

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taster

 

Blend first 5 ingredients in blender in small batches until blended well. Stir in oil, vinegar, and s&p. Store in a non reactive container and let sit overnight for flavors to develop.

 

Before serving slice cherry tomatoes in half and finely dice the cucumber. Toss the cucumber and tomato with the remaining ingredients. 

 

For service, ladle into bowl, top with the crab salad and drizzle with olive oil. 

 

Makes 8 servings.

And so it begins

Welcome to The Guild inaugural blog post! Let me start off by telling you a little about The Guild and how we got here. 

My name is Emily, and I, along with my husband are the founders of this little boutique event venue in Historic downtown Richmond. We have an artist in residence, Phaedra Taylor, who teaches workshops every month as well as curates our gallery wall. We also partner with Chef Chris Zettlemoyer to provide a monthly farm to table dinner.

Full disclosure: this started out as a ridiculously large scale area. I'm talking 80 acres, alpacas, hundreds of ducks, citrus orchards, tiny cabins.... like I said, crazy big. It was one of those dreams you talk to your better half about after 3 glasses of wine and he says, "Yes! Honey! Even though you have never operated a tractor in your life and have an irrational fear of birds, I think you could nail this!" ...but then over coffee says..."oh, you were serious?!" I had picked out the perfect plot of land (one I had never set foot on- but inherently knew it was perfect) and then Harvey happened. Now stick with me on this winding story...

We were beyond lucky during Harvey. We evacuated per orders and only had minimal damage to our home. We took our family to Austin to stay with my sister and regroup. Immediately we knew things had to be done. We were two Richmond natives, but mommas of small children. Mucking houses and staging boat rescues were out of the question. But playing supermarket sweeps at every available big box store in the Austin area to load a uHaul to bring back? Yes. We'd been training our whole lives for this. Daughters of the most practical and logistical man we knew everything to grab. Aimee of Blockhouse Coffee was able to help out and give us a place to bring all our haul and even managed to find space for Attack Poverty and All Hands. We were a triage of donations and distributions, working with every local nonprofit to get the appropriate supplies in the appropriate hands. My cohorts, Aimee and Zach, were and are amazing visionaries. I had a sounding board during this time for my crazy dream! While we handed out bleach and bottled water I told them about the citrus orchard. The canning studio. The fig trees! We pulled up the property on line....OPTION PENDING! Gut punch. Aimee heard my sad pitiful cries, ripping out imaginary blood orange trees and finding homes for my dream ducks. Y'all. It was pathetic. 

And you know that thing about closing doors and opening windows? Aimee did just that. 

A: Do you think you could make this dream in a smaller space?

E: How small?

A: 1000 square feet? 

E: Where will I put the ducks?

A: No animals. Can you do it?

E: ......I could put it to bare bones I guess?

And so a new dream was born. A platform for artists to teach and share their skills, a place for people to create memories, and somewhere for me to share all the things I want to share. 

So that is how The Guild began. It is an ever changing space fueled by so many wonderful visionaries. We hope you visit us for one of our farm to table dinners or an art workshop...or plan an event of your own soon! 

 

Best, 

Emily