On this week’s show, I have Lisa Donovan and Julie Belcher of Rêverie Retreats. These retreats are the kind of trips that I want to take. Travel to the Loire Valley… Take a French pastry lesson with an acclaimed baker…Have a natural wine tasting. Plenty of time to eat and relax. Maybe make some new friends. Come explore the world of immersive culinary retreats on this week’s podcast.
On This Week’s Podcast
You’ll learn how and why Lisa and Julie started this, and how you can join them on one of these excursions. We talk about how they select the partners and purveyors they work with, natural wine, and not wanting to work in professional restaurant kitchens. I also wanted to discuss their dynamic and what their working relationship looks like. How they balance the tasks and workflow. And I also had to talk to Lisa about pie crust
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On this week’s show, I speak with Lisa Donovan. She’s a pastry chef and James Beard award winning writer. She’s helmed the pastry kitchens of some of the most important restaurants in the country, including Husk in Nashville, and has kept her whole life afloat by making, writing on and thinking about food – including consulting, recipe development, selling pies out of the trunk of her car and creating the now retired Buttermilk Road Sunday Suppers
While Lisa is a pastry chef, this isn’t really a discussion about kitchens, though we do touch on that. She writes full time now, and her first book, Our Lady of Perpetual Hunger was released in August, 2020. Most of our discussion revolves around the process of, and decision to write her memoir, and everything that came along with it. We discuss the current state of the restaurant industry, getting comfortable with your audience even when it’s not who you expected it to be, and I get to talk to her about chess pie.
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