Bringing The South To The Front Range
After 25 plus years in the hospitality industry, I came to the place where returning to my roots made a great deal of sense. Growing up in the South, it was possibly the greatest childhood out there. The memories of Southern life still speak to me today. They became guidelines on how I treat and view my guests. I view it as they have walked into my home. I can remember my grandparents and parents entertaining weekly. It never mattered who was coming over or would pop in for conversation.
You seldom went beyond the kitchen table before a piece of pie fell onto a plate with a cup of coffee sliding across the table. My Grandfather Smithers loved to BBQ. Now Reese never knew what the word moderation looked like. We called it a "two chicken dinner" when he began cooking because he planned on feeding all of Saline County! My strongest memory of my Grandmother Smithers was her cooking in the kitchen for Sunday meal after church in a blue silk dress, high heels and diamonds! She was at home serving the ones she loved. She did it with grace and ease.
Love What You Do
It was from my grandparents that my mother's love for people came. Now Mother Anne only knows one way to do anything, full steam ahead! She has a flair for the dramatic. The simple invitation over would become a full blown pizza party for 25 with the conversion of the ovens lined with bricks. She still enjoys cooking from scratch and loves all things done well. This is the heritage that I came from and what has driven me to pursue total satisfaction for my guests. It is a gift of love and elbow grease to say the least!
The move to Colorado was really for me to slow down and enjoy life more. The industry has a way of consuming you if you're good at what you do. It is easier to justify it when you still love what you do though. Our life has changed for the better after moving here. The surroundings, the community, and family life have been a blessing to us. As our business has flourished, we have had more free time to relax and enjoy the mountain life.