Hospitality

Getting Started

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At the beginning of  this year, Stephen and I decided that we would open up my apartment once a week and that we would cook a delicious meals for our friends, family, leaders in the city, people we wanted to connect with, bless, or simply get to know better.

There were a few weeks where we hosted on two nights. That was a bit much.

This was something we had talked about for the past two years. We wanted to have people over. We wanted to share what we had been given, but life ALWAYS got in the way.

We came up with a plan…we would craft an email, send it to a few of our friends with some open dates on the calendar and we would start scheduling our dinners.

Here is the email:

Rachel and I have decided to begin a new weekly tradition of having people we love over for dinner. We are excited to open up Rachel’s new place and her new table and be able to bless you with some good food and a fun evening. 

Here are the logistics.

  1. Pick a date you are available to come over.
  2. Let us know about any dietary restrictions.
  3. Let us know what your favorite types of food are. Seriously, we want to bless you!
  4. You bring drinks, and your favorite board game if you feel so inclined, and leave the rest to us.
  5.  You are free to bring your little one or leave him/her at home, you decide.

DATES: ———————-

ADDRESS:—————– (there is a front gate so call when you arrive)

We love doing life with you and are looking forward to some intentional time set aside to be together! Thanks for being in our lives and blessing us in the many ways that you do.

We look forward to hearing back from you. 

Love, 

Stephen and Rachel

 

It really was that simple. But it took actually sending the email for the dinners to start happening. We then set a budget for the meals (usually around $30 for 3-4 people) and I began exploring food blogs, finding recipes, and discovering new ingredients I had never heard of before.

Next step…creating the full meal.

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My Dining Room Table

Three years ago if you would tell me that I would be hosting people around my table AND cooking for them, I may have laughed in your face.

Three years ago I was the queen of take-out and “I’m too busy to cook” excuses.

I was too busy for a lot of things. Important things.

And so…a change.

This is my experiment in hospitality and caring for people around my table. My experiment in slowing down and by doing so, communicating to people that I have time for them. It is my experiment in making good food and leaving my guests, my friends, my family satisfied in their bellies as well as in their hearts.

It is an experiment in learning to do life around the table. To invite people into my home and to share not only my space but also my life with them.
This blog will include the recipes I use for the meals I make, stories about those that sit around my table, ideas and tips on being more hospitable with ourselves and with others, and my learnings along the way.

I looking forward to sharing my table with you.