You’re feeling isolated and in need of a community who understands the particular ups and downs of being an entrepreneur, leader or creative artist. You want to find kindred creatives to learn from, collaborate with and be inspired by. Since the most fruitful and sincere connections are often built around the dinner table, we have cooked up a space for you to show up and be fed both in spirit and in body. Each month, Nurture offers a collaborative intimate dining experience that is part community incubator, part supper club, part creative discourse on the subject of self care – all delicious, organic, and served family-style. Includes: Welcome cocktail Three course dinner designed and cooked by Sonja Seiler, founder of Nurture, inspired by the spirit and creative aesthetic of SOUVENIR. Creative presentation by SOUVENIR founder, Danielle Suppa. Community and connection with people up to amazing creative things. **Allergies and food sensitivities wholeheartedly embraced with advance notice.** ABOUT SOUVENIR SOUVENIR is a home for emerging designers, makers and artists; showcasing their talents in a collective, gallery-inspired setting. The focus of SOUVENIR is to create a collaborative and dynamic space, offering a new and evolving vision of contemporary design. Beyond simply selling goods, our true purpose is to foster meaningful connections between our designers, our customers, our space and our products. We curate and believe in a range of design that is modern, innovative, accessible, beautifully executed, and above all – purposefully and lovingly made. Besides highlighting individual talents, the shop promotes collaboration, encouraging artists and makers to push their own boundaries to create exclusive, limited run products for our shop. SOUVENIR is also a space for the community to gather, engage and discover. We hope to blur the lines between art and design, to bridge the gap between gallery and retail and to create memorable, evolving and engaging experiences for designers and customers alike.
This showcase will be a collaborative and creative interpretation of the spirit and aesthetic of SOUVENIR, through food and creative discussion. I got really intentional when designing what I want the Nurture Harvest Table Dinners to be (creatives up to cool things around beautiful tables laden with delicious food and inspiring real talk). I also love an idea I read recently (attributed to Steve Jobs) that creating something tasteful and resonant is actually about 'saying no to 1000 things.' So, for these dinners, here's a few things I am saying no to, to make room for what truly connects: - No to guests practicing elevator pitches. Yes to practicing eye contact. - No to networking. Yes to connecting and getting inspired to collaborate. - No to passing out business cards. Yes to passing the butter. - No to pretending everything looks as good as it does on this night (and it looks stunning). Yes to being honest about the work, personal development and bravery in the face of the uncomfortable that goes into our creative projects. If these NOs make you say "heck, YES. Finally. An evening where I don't have to hide behind a veneer of having it all together, but get to show up as myself and gather with others who are also invested in the same.", these dinners are for you.
A lot of creative people and entrepreneurs tend to work in isolation - I love the magic; the solidarity; the collaborative cross-pollination that happens when we join together in community over a shared family-style meal. The connections remain and often blossom into collaborations or supportive community outside of the event. Providing a safe and inspiring space to have the kinds of conversations about what it's REALLY like to be a leader/entrepreneur/creative, underneath the masks, is so important. Photo by Sara Monika Photography.