Over the past year, while we've been trucking along with this idea we've hatched, a lot has come more into focus about who we are and who we are not. We welcome your questions, always, but here I will answer a few of my own, which I've been asking myself repeatedly.
What ARE we? As our path has turned this way and that, from Private Table to Community Table, the one thing that has remained our mainstay, well, it's the five of us. Our family. What we offer each time we create an evening of togetherness and beauty, it's an extension of our family's brand of hospitality and is marked by our natural warmth and affection for one another. It's a family supper with friends and strangers.
What are we not? There are several unconventional dining options that have launched in Nashville recently, and it's lovely and exciting to witness the creativity of like-minded folks and to support what they're building. But one thing we've come to understand about ourselves is that we are not a pop-up restaurant. We are not a supper club. We are not caterers. We are not your usual event planners. Those might be the easiest things to which you -- and we, really -- might be able to compare Twelve at the Table, but it's about so much more than the food or any solitary piece of the full picture. It's a comprehensive experience, an evening full of festivity and connection, beginning with an earnest cocktail gathering and taking up a total of about four hours of your life, where you enjoy a dreamy atmosphere and a full feast with 11 other diners. It's about a slow pace, an honestly delicious meal and a spirit of intimacy.
When is our next public event, so that all of these fine souls on our mailing list can actually have a chance to experience all that we're describing to them? There will not be a dependable monthly dinner. Scheduling is erratic, you can count on it. The way we've figured that works best for we five is that if we are not hired for a private event in any given month, we will offer that date up as a Community Table. As soon as we have determined that, we will send an invitation to our audience. We also have a policy that, unless all five of us are fully available on a given weekend, we will not attempt to produce something that we know full well requires all of the five's particular giftings.
Where on earth are these next evenings going to take place? And will we serve a number that is not twelve? You may not know the locale of a given Community Table until two days prior. (Exciting, isn't it?...we are wide open to your suggestions, by the way.) You may or may not get to even read the menu before you sign up. So much of what we do is built on whim and intuition -- our creativity flows more freely with a good dose of license, so you'll want to come in a spirit of happy abandon. Nor will there ever be more than twelve diners at a given evening. We value and protect that very perfect number for many reasons, which you'll come to understand once you've tasted the goodness.
When am I going to write our next email? Until we have something noteworthy to share, we most likely won't send you an email. We like you too much to fill up your already full inboxes. But when you do receive a note or an invitation, please know that it is carefully wrought and crafted with a desire to inspire and please.
What do people think of this? Well, we hope you're intrigued, interested and all-in. We hope you'll come join us one of these nights, and we hope you'll experience beauty and friendship, and that you'll be a little bit changed by it.