Guys. If you like food (WHO DOESN’T LIKE FOOD), you need to know about this awesome new Chattanooga catering and event design biz. Gather is helmed by two of my dearest friends, Catie Morris and Charity Everett, who are absolute geniuses with food. I’ve been honored (and so, so, sososososo happy) to photograph and sample (yes, I won’t lie – the sampling is the best part for me) several of their incredible dinners and events. And I would be wildly remiss if I didn’t share the awesomeness with you so you can hire them for your own celebrations and events.
A little about Gather, from their website:
“Gather offers a unique hybrid of personal chef and catering services. It is our goal to create a personalized space for our clients to celebrate the beautiful moments in life. All of our menus are custom designed using the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. We are passionate about bringing together the best of what Chattanooga’s farmers and artisans have to offer to create a unique experience for each client that is reflective of their individual story and celebration.“
From a small lunch for a few girlfriends: Pork buns – a southern riff on bao – with a massaged kale salad with local blue cheese.
From a quiet candlelit dinner for a group of good friends: luscious peonies, lavender gin fizz cocktails, an appetizer of vichyssoise with fennel oil, and a shaved radish, snap pea and fennel salad, with fresh local vegetables courtesy of Fall Creek Farms and Signal Mountain Farm. The main course was handmade ravioli with braised lamb shanks (from Sequatchie Cove), broccoli rabe and broccoli flowers in an olive oil and herb sauce (I’m dying of cravings just typing that out).
Table design is a vital part of an evening with Gather.
Sea salt tastes better from a sea-inspired shell salt cellar.
Decanted wine and vichyssoise with shaved radish salad.
Lavender gin fizzes…mmmmm refreshing!
Handmade raviolis stuffed with homemade ricotta.The finished product.
This event was a front porch dinner celebrating summer with a larger group of old friends. Dinner consisted of a wide selection of tapas-inspired “small bites,” served family style. A dinner like this breeds good conversations and meaningful interactions; it’s more than food – it’s a celebration of connections and life.
Fresh watermelon salad with mint and feta.
Fresh artisan sourdough bread made by Gather with heirloom sourdough starter.
Front porch dinner.
Gather is throwing a community table dinner on June 28th, and you can still request tickets. Dinner will feature flowers from Dancing Farmer, photography by ELP, table linens by Rangemark, and a host of other local farms and artisans. Email Charity and Catie at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an invitation or to book your own private event.