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.