Come to our last 2 supper clubs, and then it’s time for a sabbatical

In the academic world, professors take a break every six years to commit themselves to study and renewal.  After six years, it is that time for us, too.  We have loved the many supper clubs we’ve hosted and we’re not bored or tired.  We enjoy them every month.  However, a little stagnation has set in at the Gilles-Stauffacher household.  With no kids at home, we have left all the tables up–we have three dining room tables!–month after month.

I always wonder when I say yes to something what it is I might be saying no to.  In 2018, I will have a chance to find out.  So we are suspending our beloved supper club for 2018.  I have no idea if we’ll come back to it in 2019.  We’re just letting that be a question that will remain unanswered for awhile. If we do decide to re-instate it, you will be the first to know!  What’s heartening is the many many new opportunities for eating and learning about plant-based food that have arisen since we began in January of 2012.  I always look to Rebecca Bochenek’s VegLakeshore Page for general announcements, and there’s the plant powered for health potluck, on the first Wednesday of every month.

What might those new things be for me?  Well, I am working on my first adult novel and my main character is–you guessed it!–a plant-based chef.  So of course there will be recipes! Over the past year, I have trained as a hospice volunteer and I continue to mentor young people who are at-risk for dropping out of school. My Wireman project is calling to me. Tillie was trained as a therapy dog and we’re going to listen to kids read to us. I’m learning Spanish–slowly!–tuck-pointing our ancient stone walls, curating our ‘stuff’ & was appointed by my husband, Roger, to be his personal chef as he enters his first year as the Director of the Honors program at GVSU.

Whenever I do things that might involve volunteers or a crowd, I will find a way to let you know.  Our email newsletter might become that, but it will be very sporadic, I promise you.  If this isn’t of interest to you, feel free to unsubscribe.  Many of you have become good friends of ours and we don’t want to lose touch, so who knows?  Maybe we will have some pop-up potlucks.  Or you will? Regardless, we’re very excited to see how our plant-based community in West Michigan grows and prospers and we look forward to sharing many plant-based meals with you around town in the months and years to come.

July 25, 2015

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13 Responses to “Come to our last 2 supper clubs, and then it’s time for a sabbatical”

  1. Linda TroutSeptember 17, 2017 at 3:44 pm #

    Thanks for all you have done! I have learned so much! You have earned a sabbatical!

  2. MelissaSeptember 18, 2017 at 1:00 am #

    Wonderful and exciting times are in your future. Much love to you!

  3. Rebecca BochenekSeptember 18, 2017 at 12:09 pm #

    Looking forward to finally attending a stirthepot potluck in October. Thanks for the shoutout for Veg Lakeshore. We do our best to be the voice for compassion and tasty plant-based recipes, potlucks and dining. Check out our Grapevine to keep up with monthly events. Email to be put on our monthly email list.
    Our Vegan friendly directory covers the lakeshore from Holland up to Muskegon, down to Saugatuck and Grand Rapids metro area.

  4. Alana England (Centers)October 13, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    I just heard about you from Cathy Albro and am starting a local club in Hastings called Hastings Area Vegan Association (HAVA❤). Our first meeting is Wednesday October 25th and I hope to have them on the last Wednesday of each month at different homes hopefully since mine is very small and can only accommodate about a half a dozen people. I’m hoping that we grow into meeting a hall or church of some sort. I would love to experience your last three dinner’s if I could possibly fit them in my schedule. It would be nice to learn what works and what doesn’t when beginning a project like this. I will be checking you out on Facebook immediately.

  5. Kayne FerrierOctober 15, 2017 at 11:06 pm #

    I will see you there! I wouldn’t miss the penultimate dinner for the world.

  6. Susan QuirkOctober 16, 2017 at 12:23 am #

    I will miss you but you have oh so much earned this year

    It will be grand , I know for you


    Suzie Q

  7. Theresa HogerheideOctober 29, 2017 at 11:32 pm #

    Thanks for the great fun and memories! I met such nice people there. Is Nov 15th the last one? Or did I miss it?

    • SueNovember 9, 2017 at 1:02 am #

      No Theresa, there is still Plantsgiving!

  8. LynnNovember 12, 2017 at 4:31 pm #

    The dinners I’ve been able to attend have been great! Thank you so much for hosting them – what a great idea and how wonderful that you’ve opened your home in such a way <3 Best of luck to you on your new book project and big congrats to Roger on his new position!

  9. Emma GasinskiNovember 14, 2017 at 3:39 am #

    If there is anything I miss most about GR, it is these beautiful tasty supper clubs. That, and you two (Sue and Roger). You two are such inspirational, loving humans and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating such a divine plant-based community in Grand Rapids. You were there for me throughout my Undergrad career and helped me stay motivated to eat healthy and be creative with my recipes. I have the deepest appreciation for your kindness and welcoming me in to your home time and time again. I hope one day to see you again soon <3 Also, congratulations Roger on the new position! I just know you will succeed! And Sue, your book will be on the top of my Christmas List, whenever it is finished. I am sending you all the love and happiness you deserve.

    • SueNovember 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

      Emma, we miss you! Please visit when you are in town and thank you for your lovely comments. xo

  10. Molly Alicki CorriveauNovember 14, 2017 at 3:08 pm #

    John and I will be there on Wednesday. We miss you too!

    • SueNovember 26, 2017 at 2:26 pm #

      It was so good to see you again, Molly. Am so excited for you in this new phase of your lives!

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