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 already committed to teaching college students at Grand Valley–hungry, broke & kind young people who want to learn how to cook plant-based with limited ingredients and tools. And I have private classes as well as ones in town, which I will keep posting on my Facebook page. 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. I’m learning Spanish–slowly!–tuck-pointing our ancient stone walls & being Roger’s 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.