Gathered

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In his recent Poem on Hope, Wendell Berry says, “Hope then to belong to your place by your own knowledge of what it is that no other place is, and by your caring for it as you care for no other place”  I live and work in Albuquerque, NM~ a creative and cooperative city. Gathered is a collaboration between myself, Stephanie Cameron of Edible Magazine, and a community of growers, vintners, chefs, writers, dancers, musicians, poets, community organizers and artists who care for our city as we care for no other place.

In April 2018 Gathered celebrated its first Rose Dinner at Osuna Nursery’s annual rose event. Jen DePaolo and Stephanie Cameron partnered with Deirdre Lane, Marjory Sweet, Mayaneli Brown and Karina of Planty Sweet. Pottery was created by Jen DePaolo, Lauren Karle and Sarah Newberry. Guests gathered outdoors in the Nursery’s garden to peruse the rose collection and enjoy an 8-course tasting menu where each dish featured rose to live accompaniment. Some photos provided by Carissa and Ben Photography.

In March of 2017 Jen DePaolo and Stephanie Cameron partnered with Kate Wheeler and the Savory Spice Shop in Santa Fe, Allison Ramirez and Aimee Conlee and Ric Murphy of Sol Harvest Farm. Pottery was created by Jen DePaolo, Lauren Karle, Maggie Beyeler and Betsy Williams. Jen, Stephanie, Kate and Allison prepared two courses each for an 8 course tasting menu for our theme of Many Cultures, One Nation.

In March 2017 Gathered celebrated dinner at the newly opened Heidi’s Jam Factory. Jen DePaolo and Stephanie Cameron partnered with Heidi’s Raspberry Jam, Aimee Conlee and Ric Murhpy of Sol Harvest Farm, Cherie Montoya, Chef Carrie Eagle and the team of Farm and Table Restaurant. Pottery was created by Jen DePaolo, Lauren Karle, Maggie Beyeler and Betsy Williams. The theme for our evening was a Feast for the Senses. Guests were treated to sound meditation and live music throughout the evening.

In March 2016, Gathered celebrated Brunch at Valle Encantado Farm in the South Valley of Albuquerque. We partnered with Chef Marie Yniguez of Bocadillos, sculptor Noel Chilton, Romy Keegan of Maple Street Dance, Poet Michelle Otero, Stephanie Cameron of Edible magazine and potters Jen DePaolo, Teresa Larrabee and H.P. Bloomer. Guests were treated to a meditative nature walk prior to brunch where they enjoyed three courses and live dance performance.

In March 2016, Jen DePaolo and Stephanie Cameron partnered with Sheri Crider of Sanitary Tortilla Factory Gallery and Maker Space, Aimee Conlee and Ric Murphy of Sol Harvest Farm, Cherie Montoya and Chef Carrie Eagle and the team of Farm and Table Restaurant. Pottery was created by Jen DePaolo, Teresa Larrabee and H.P. Bloomer. The theme for our evening was “Interaction”. Soup was poured table side and guests garnished their own dishes from micro green centerpieces prepared by Aimee Conlee.