Nourishing Cellar is all about farm-driven cooking.
Based on abundantly beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington, Nourishing Cellar composes meals with the freshest of produce, meat, dairy, eggs, and grains from our local farms (as much as the seasons allow). We believe that local, seasonal, thoughtfully-grown-and-raised food can have profound effects on our mental, physical, and social states.
And it tastes darn good, so we smile more, too. We want to share the nourishing abundance with you!
Our services include on and off-site catering and private chef work for intimate affairs such as dinner parties, holiday brunches, birthday celebrations, casual-gourmet weekday meals, small weddings, rehearsal dinners, and private retreats. We work with our clients to craft nourishing menus for their guests including those with gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and vegetarian needs.
How is Nourishing Cellar all about farm-driven cooking?
Well. It's a long story. But suffice it to say we are farmers and cooks, we live in a farming community, we live in a world that revolves around food. Yes, we all live in a food-driven world, but we at Nourishing Cellar spend most of our waking (and dreaming) lives thinking about food: how it is grown, how it is harvested, how to cut it up, saute it, bake it. We wonder at how the soil nourishes a seed into a thin radicle into roots and stems and leaves into a living sun-filled being that will eventually grace an heirloom dish in our kitchen or compost back into loamy earth. We wander into the woods and gently clip nettles for soup, cleavers for tea, and chickweed for salad. We dream about perfectly browned pork chops from the pig down the road and the delight of field-harvested dandelion leaves dripping with a blackberry honey vinaigrette. We aspire to watch the grass grow and tend the animals that complete the cycle of land-stewardship and nourishment. We philosophize about the magnificence of a world that would put food first for the health of our bodies, our families, our community, our land and sea and sky.
Nourishing Cellar is not just one person (although it is Jenny who does the cooking), it is an outward spiraling connection of plants, animals, artisans, stewards, and community members that make this nourishing collision of cells and energy (breakfast, lunch, dinner) possible.
And it starts with farming.
Whether we support a farmer at the market or a neighbor down the road, or plant seeds in our very own backyards. It starts with the soil, water, and intention for life otherwise known as growing food.
Thanks for reading this and dreaming along with us!