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Snacking on an arugula salad with the woman who farmed it sitting across from me. Lavender sprawling the table with the woman who grew it to my left. And wine, so much wine. #Womanpower #PureMichigan #thegatherseries

Thank you to the lovely Kalin @stemsandsprigs for inviting me to be a part of the inaugural #theGatherSeries series at her beautiful event space & farm @sweetwaterlavenderfarm💜

The planning for the second #thegatherseries has begun and I'm excited! Pictures turned out awesome and can't wait to share more. Here's me "in action" in case anyone thinks I'm making this all up. Happy Saturday! ☀️

The best. @kalinelizabeth puts on a mean dinner party.

Honored to be a little part of Kalin & Matt's amazing Gather Series at their beautiful property, @sweetwaterlavenderfarm.
So many amazing entrepreneurs.
How cute are our little charcuterie boards with amazing @petoskeycheese !?
#thegatherseries #entrepreneurlife

Tonight we were invited to @thegatherseries in the barn @sweetwaterlavenderfarm and I want to do it over and Over and OVER AGAIN!! We had the most wonderful meal, fantastic conversation and a comfort that only happens when the hosts are truly the type of people that you want to be best friends with!! #thegatherseries

What a beautiful spread and a wonderful meal at #thegatherseries @sweetwaterlavenderfarm this week! It's so exciting and energizing to talk to other creative people who are creating so many wonderful things in northern Michigan! Thank you to @s2s.sugar2salt @that_french_place and @briansicecreamexperience for the wonderful food! Thank you Kalin @stemsandsprigs for planning and hosting! @fieldguidefarmhouse @foxandfernevents @307events

Friends and feast! It's the people who make a house a home and we were so honored to welcome #thegatherseries hosted by boss lady @stemsandsprigs a few weeks back. Connecting people over food and wine for thoughtful conversation just for the pleasure of it all is beyond. #dinnerparty #friends
Food prepared by @sunshinequeen8 and @that_french_place. Photos by the talented @thecompasspointshere

I feel like I have opened a door to a whole new world… Savory maccarons- Brie raspberry. Love it when the culinary world surprises me and this tasted genius! @that_french_place #savory #maccarons #cheflife #thegatherseries

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It's hard to know what to do with a salad this pretty! But I can confidently say that it tasted as amazing as it looks. ⠀

Today on the blog are some shots from this fabulous dinner!⠀

Pic: @bearcreekorganicfarm microgreens at #thegatherseries @sweetwaterlavenderfarm in #petoskey


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I'm still beaming about the event @sweetwaterlavenderfarm put on this week...Everything was perfect right down to every single detail from the creative minds of the hosts Kalin & Matt.

I mentioned yesterday that I would be headed up to #thegatherseries and as usual it was wonderful. Hearing farmers, chefs, and small business owners share their stories, their hopes, their doubts, and their successes is absolutely my favorite part.⠀

Ok, trying the food doesn't suck either. But there is something truly special about the stories.⠀

Here is @tracywthomson telling us about his latest venture, The Bow Tie Baker. Behind him is the fantastic dessert he shared with us - I'm still dreaming about the rosewater and raspberries ❤️

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Per usual yesterday before #thegatherseries started I was overwhelmed. I felt like it was never going to come together and sometimes I'm human and I just get sad. ⠀

Ive written before about something I call 'little black cloud' and hormones tending to allow a tiny little black cloud to get me on random days. Yesterday was one of them. Until our friends started arriving. And then I forgot about my lack of decor, or unwashed hair, or mosquito bitten legs being showed off in a mini dress, or the gazillion unread texts, or the messy studio. And mostly I forgot about little black cloud. Because sometimes delicious food, wine & the best company is just what you need. ⠀

Thank you thank you to our friends who joined us last night. A vendor team that was amazing. They are tagged. Support them and the work they do. ⠀

Happy Wednesday. ⠀
xo ⠀

Honored to be a little part of Kalin & Matt's amazing Gather Series at their beautiful property, @sweetwaterlavenderfarm.
So many amazing entrepreneurs.
How cute are our little charcuterie boards with amazing @petoskeycheese !?
#thegatherseries #entrepreneurlife

From our co-owner Stephanie's experience at the most recent The Gather Series:⠀

Do you know what gets me excited? Meeting and getting to know people who truly and authentically love what they do. My soul recognizes them immediately as kindred spirits. It doesn't necessarily mean that we do a similar type of job or have that many things in common even, really. What we have in common is that we are highly passionate people and pour our hearts truly into what we make a priority.⠀

This is what #thegatherseries is defined to me. A truly exquisite evening to share dreams and friendship, and be recognized in a way that is encouraging and inspiring.⠀

Kalin and Matt Sheik, you have created an event at your farm that has incubated a brand-new series of entrepreneurs who are in search of that "nudge". That last little push to take the leap and dive in fully to what they believe will be a special and wonderful experience for their future clients . ⠀

By testimonial I'm here to say that one year ago I exclaimed at the very first Gather Series dinner that I wanted to have my own restaurant, and one year later on Summer Solstice we opened our doors to our breakfast restaurant @s2s.sugar2salt

Sweetwater Lavender Farm has a permanent marker on the map of this journey. I also know I'm not the only one who has experienced this wonderful growth from attending this dinner as a vendor.⠀

I'm a citizen of a particular group and place that isn't technically recognized on a proper map. From the moment I was born until now reaching almost 39 years -I can honestly say that I know the place around me and more importantly that I'm here because of choices I made, and they are choices that I love. ⠀

I'm proud to say that an amazing friend of mine invited me to be a part of her dream to have a special dinner series at her farm, and in the process it helped my own dream become a reality too.⠀#entrepreneurlife


Last year after the deer ate ALL the hostas we planted in front of our house, I learned that lavender likes lots of sun, sandy soil, doesn't need to be watered all the time, and the deer don't like them.⠀

A year later, this is the harvest I've gathered from only 6 plants! This is also a timely post, because tonight I get to head up to Petoskey to see thousands of lavender plants @sweetwaterlavenderfarm

I can't wait to see how much Kalin & Matt's plants have grown since last year when we were there to watch them all go in the ground! ⠀

#thegatherseries that will be held tonight is one of my favorite Summer events, so stay tuned for pics of a beautiful dinner at the farm. Cheers!⠀

#thecompasspointshere #michiganphotographer #traversecity #northernmichigan #petoskey #upnorth #lavender #harvest #stock #stockphotography #selfemployed #ladyboss #tcmi #nomi #traversecityphotographer #freelance #foodie #foodfinds #eatdrinktc #foodphotography #summer #summervibes

Early American stain on pine....always a win. Our first
#thegatherseries tonight. So excited to be a part of it all 🌿

We toured someone at the farm yesterday. I sometimes feel ridiculous explaining how this idea developed, or why the hell we bought a tiny house, or how its gonna help us, or why we took out that tree or what it'll be like when people buy their Christmas decor here, or how flowers is my full time job, or how I need the 'flow' to be just right, or how the flowers and the lavender all go together.⠀

It's a lot. A big big mouthful. And it overwhelms people. Heck, somedays it overwhelms me. And I see the doubt sometimes from people. The 'those kids are crazy' look. The 'ah it'll get old someday' look. The 'that's never what I expected for Matt & Kalin' look. ⠀

Those looks don't bother me. They never have and they never will. The only look I'm searching for is the one in my husband's eye when he winks at me when we are outside each doing our own thing. I'm hustling flowers and styling tables and he's out here moving hoses and watering and mowing and weeding and keeping this place running. ⠀

And every so often, someone gets it. A lot of times they get it. But I mean like reallllyyy gets it. Gets it so much that they say something like "you two really have it happening here, its a big creative unique entrepreneurial journey this is gonna be crazy to watch unfold" and I'll smile and be like 'yes- yes you get it.'⠀

Happy Tuesday⠀
xo⠀
K⠀


PS- #thegatherseries tonight! stokkkedddd⠀

image: @rusticrefresh

Individual mini charcuterie boards being made for @stemsandsprigs #thegatherseries

About 90 minutes up the road from Traverse City you'll find Resort Pike Road ascends up and off to the right of US 31. In seconds this road exits you from the coastal and breezy scenic lake views to the whimsical and simple scenes that indicate farm land and cultivation. It's also the passage that delivers you to a little piece of heaven on earth called Sweetwater Lavender Farm - and their special event named #thegatherseries
One year ago the owners Matt and Kalin invited Jonathan and I to be a part of this special dinner as one of the featured chefs for the evening. As we introduced our dish that night one year ago we exclaimed "it's our dream to have a restaurant of our own someday as we are super passionate about everything we are able to create in the kitchen and to serve the guests who trust us to deliver it". One year later we were invited to this table again, and this time to report that our restaurant had just opened successfully five days ago.
Here is a great big shout out and cheers to Matt and Kalin (pictured here at there own dream come true farm) our friends who believed in us and gave us opportunities to do what we love in preparation for even larger opportunities that we now possess every single day in our new place at S2S Sugar 2 Salt!! #entrepreneurlife #breakfastrestaurant #dowhatyoulove #newrestaurant #tcdining #entrepreneur #cheflife #cheftalk #traversecityrestaurant

What a beautiful spread and a wonderful meal at #thegatherseries @sweetwaterlavenderfarm this week! It's so exciting and energizing to talk to other creative people who are creating so many wonderful things in northern Michigan! Thank you to @s2s.sugar2salt @that_french_place and @briansicecreamexperience for the wonderful food! Thank you Kalin @stemsandsprigs for planning and hosting! @fieldguidefarmhouse @foxandfernevents @307events

Barn + Flowers + Gourmet Dinner + New & Old Friends + Great Conversation = #thegatherseries Thank you for hosting @stemsandsprigs y'all contact Kalin for the opportunity to gather around this table. It's ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
Photo by @sweetwaterlavenderfarm

You know those friends who connect you with good people? Keep them. Hold them close and tell them how appreciated they are.⠀

Our girl Kalin over at @stemsandsprigs is the bosslady of connecting good people with good people. We braved the rain to trek over to @sweetwaterlavenderfarm for The Gather Series last night and it was well worth it.⠀

So many new friends. An amazing meal compliments of @s2s.sugar2salt and @that_french_place. It was one of those nights where you just leave feeling full of all the warm feelings.⠀

So, when you see that friend who goes out of their way to introduce you to people who enhance your life in some way, thank them (or at least put them at a table near the bar at your wedding).⠀

Thank you Kalin. You da best.

Real Talk: I was stressed about #TheGatherSeries this month. I felt like I had no plan and I was coming off of two big weddings and it was all a lot. And then the weather turned bad. Like raining buckets and 55° bad. And we thought about canceling. ⠀

But we rallied. And after a lot of debate, we decided the barn would work. But we had to get it ready. And I struggled a lot with the fact that its dirty and dusty and has hay and it isn't perfect and this and that and this. ⠀

And you know what? No one cared. Because as per usual, #thegatherseries is not about how perfect the tablescape is or how amazing the view, its about the people gathered around the table sharing conversation & connection over food and drink. ⠀

I talk a lot about it, but #thegatherseries was born from a deep rooted love we have for bringing people together. And last night, was just about as perfect as it gets. ⠀

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and thanks to the amazing vendors who continue to make this a magical evening each summer month, @thatfrenchplace @s2s.sugar2salt @serradellaweddings @silverfoxcalligraphy @krorerdecor

Coffee clinks⠀
xo⠀
K⠀

The best. @kalinelizabeth puts on a mean dinner party.

Tonight we were invited to @thegatherseries in the barn @sweetwaterlavenderfarm and I want to do it over and Over and OVER AGAIN!! We had the most wonderful meal, fantastic conversation and a comfort that only happens when the hosts are truly the type of people that you want to be best friends with!! #thegatherseries

Every time we host #thegatherseries we love showing people around our tiny farm. Can't believe this was one year ago! Little baby plants being admired by our friends @fieldguidefarmhouse @spiritofwalloon and shot by our friend @holdenphotographs ---crazy to see how far they've come 💜💜💜

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