One night in the middle of August 2014 I got home from a ten day retreat and was wondering what’s next in life and an hour later during dinner my roommate Eva said, “You should put on a restaurant in our backyard.” The idea scared me enough that I knew she was onto something and here we are.
I didn’t know what Eva’s vision was but I put up an Eventbrite page and people signed up and I started cooking, and just like she saw possibility in me, she saw possibility in other places. We visited thrift stores and I would hold up a plate and say “This one?” and she would make a face. “How about this one?” holding up something that seemed exactly the same but different. “Yes!” she would say. It all seemed sort of arbitrary to me. If you’ve been to any of our dinners, you know that it clearly wasn’t arbitrary to Eva.
The intention with Blank Plate Boulder is to create a space for people with at least one thing in common: a love of real food. I’m sure that from that kernel some exceptional things will grow.
As of this writing in September 2015 Eva and I have been putting on pop-ups for a year. After our October fermented foods pop-up there will be a short break, then a New Year’s Eve event, and after that…who knows?