We are announcing three Home Restaurant dates in September. When we started doing these Home Restaurants we had no idea what to expect. John and I met catering so we knew we could actually cook out of a home kitchen. What has been unexpected is how we regard our home now. We have always thought this nineteenth century Victorian magical (forgiven it for lack of closets). Before we moved in eleven years ago our dear friend David Knight designed and laid out our home–we could not be happier.
The interesting thing is, and I want to preface this with the fact that since we closed the restaurant I have always worked out of my home, To turn your home into a restaurant on what ever scale is a completely different beast. One begins to view 'home' with an intense aesthetic as well as ergonomic necessity while at the same time making it 'home'. That is to say home is always a 'becoming' what it is and we enjoy sharing.
The intensity in which we ran Rupperts is a bit ridiculous when we look back. I mean to schedule the birth of your only child by inducing labor during your spring vacation may have been too much. But we loved what we did and it brought us as many challenges and joy as anything else I have ever done. To turn that same discerning energy on our home is both exhilarating and confusing on some level. To know when to turn off or to know when you have sacrificed Home for Work is not always apparent.
The best thing is we are living the life style we have always wanted. That is to say without hard boundaries. Martin Lane, John and I pick up just about anywhere and move in and out of work and play to the point where the distinction is erased…
So what IS interesting is we find our selves reorganizing everything, thinking how to make everything work better, from cleaning the basement to hanging hooks in the bathroom for wet towels, to thinking of how to start a roof garden with a bee hive. Efficiency and necessity collide with a everyday life–That includes Dinner Parties.
Many of the projects that we have only talked about are now coming to fruition, I feel in part because our home seems as much a place of potential as anything else, but also because there is access to so much information and we are coming across so many people who are making and doing things they are willing to share.
1508 6th street, NW,
Washington DC 20001
We are announcing three dates in September
Friday, September 11 at 8pm
Thursday, September 17 at 7pm
Saturday, September 26 at 8pm
The menu may include: Late tomatoes, eggplant, okra from Path Valley, Bev’s beef, chicken or rabbits, Jim’s wild fish, Kenan’s wild mushrooms, FIGS from 1508…
The wine is chosen by Tom…
The service is provided by Derrick (Who we have known for more than half his life!) and Martin Lane (Who we have known her whole life!)
I will email you back to confirm availability and with information about suggested donation-
Please share this email with any potentially interested diners.
If you would like to plan a private date of ten or more other than the scheduled open dates send an email…
Please advise if you have any food restrictions, vegetarians are more than welcome!