Last Friday we had our final Dinner & Discussion gathering. Over the past ten weeks we experienced a myriad of conversations and emotions as we worked our way through Restless. It was challenging, confronting, and enlightening. We didn’t know what the end result of this journey would be either. But I am thankful for those who stuck around with willing hearts to see just what God would do through this gathering. While some were hoping for a big flashing neon sign from God that said, “this is your purpose!”, God had other ways of speaking to each one of us individually.
For me the end is bittersweet. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn how to serve people with food and my home. My heart is filled with joy with the way people opened up with each other. Both in how and what they shared and also in opening their hearts to new friendships. Now this group of six has an understanding of each other in a way they never would have gained had they not committed to this time. The other side of this though is that I am tired. This endeavor took so much time, planning, and energy to do week after week. While I am incredibly thankful for the numerous blessings, lessons, and the ability to serve, I am glad this gathering has come to an end.
For everything there is a season.
So instead of going out with a “bang” I decided our last meal together would be simple and comfortable.
Margarita Pizza: Since our group went down to six, homemade pizza was now a possibility. So I chose to make my absolute favorite Neapolitan style pizza. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, lots of olive oil, salt, and garlic.
Caesar Salad: I don’t make caesar salad often and I know this isn’t authentic but it works for me. Nixed the croutons (which are great by the way) because I figured we were chowing down on enough carbs already.
Harvest Grape & Olive Oil Cake:: While last weeks dessert was all about familiarity, this week I had to go with something that really piqued my interest. Olive oil and grapes. This was a great olive oil loaf studded with big firm seedless grapes from the farmers market. It perfectly highlights the wonderful fall harvest we currently have going on.
Dinner and Discussion is a weekly gathering over a meal and discussion. Read more about this series.