I had that moment yesterday, and I am so grateful for the wonderful vendors that I work with. Their talent, generosity and passion are inspiring. We are in the planning stages for a Farm to Table dinner series and the vendor search is in full force. There are seemingly infinite choices for vendors in today’s marketplace and sifting through them can be difficult, but I have learned through the years to “trust my gut.” Each event has special meaning and criteria, and each customer is looking for a unique feel to their event. We have the modern luxury of checking out websites, reading reviews, and doing some cyber-sleuthing on social media. All of these are great tools, and I highly recommend all of them, but my very best advice: meet with your potential vendors in a good, old-fashioned face to face sit-down. Sometimes it is the random comment that triggers an insightful conversation, and in that moment, you just know this is the right person for the job.
In the case of this dinner series, we want artisans, and people not only good at their craft, but committed to education and purpose as well. I feel so lucky to live in this intersection of the North Shore of Massachusetts and Seacoast New Hampshire! We are so fortunate to be close to major hubs but still remain pastoral and surrounded by farmland. So a huge THANK YOU to the amazing vendors and experts in their trade that took the time to meet yesterday:
- The Butcher: Chef Paul Callahan from No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits
- The Baker: Chef Angela from Market Square Bakehouse
- The Cheese-Maker: Christina from Wolf Meadow Farms
- And we cannot forget the tub: Lynsie and Ashley from Exeter Events & Tents