A Recap of the Laity Lodge
Food Retreat

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Last weekend Michael and I had the the special treat to attend The Food Retreat  at Laity Lodge.  Laity Lodge is located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, only about an hour from my house, and it is home to one of the country’s best youth camps and adult retreat centers as well as a bunch of other resources. They have a gift for hospitality and consistently bring together some of the greatest minds in faith, academia, art and music. Check out their blog here.

 

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So you may be wondering what the heck is a food retreat?

It is a reasonable question.

Our speaker was Andy Crouch who spoke to us every morning about the intersections of food and culture and faith.

We began in the Garden of Eden when at creation God gives the whole earth to man as food. We learned about food as a gift that we are dependent on. And talked about the role that food plays in keeping us connected to our world and community.

In addition to some great talks we had plenty of time for this,

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An unheard of amount of time for quiet reading and reflection. Did I mention that this was our first trip away from our daughter? it was challenging yes, but pretty darn restful.

 

And plenty of this,

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Enjoying a peaceful view of the canyon.
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And the view Cliff Swallows that are nesting right below the porch giving a great show for everyone.
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Learning about this beautiful landscape from Master Naturalist Nancye Drukker
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Hiking through the famous Box Canyon, known for its excellent acoustics and biodiversity

Most of you already saw my post about getting to do Suminagashi with Debbie Taylor.

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We got to hear from some great minds in the food industry.

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From Left to Right: 1. Evie Coats from 12 at the Table, Nashville TN.  2. Andrew Wisehart, chef and restaurant owner at Contigo and Gardner, Austin ,Texas.  3. Sean Henry owner of Houndstooth Coffee, Dallas, TX. 4. Ben Edgerton restaurant owner at Contigo and Gardner in Austin, TX.

And then all of those great minds cooked for us.

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Andrew and Tim Blanks, Laity’s chef and director of operations cooking up an amazing meal.

 

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Did I mention they cooked an entire gourmet meal for 60 people on this fireplace?

 

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The night ended like this, three guitars, five song writers (my husband included) and a trumpet. Singing and making s’mores, doesn’t get much better than this especially when you realize you don’t have an alarm clock or a preschooler waking you up in the morning.
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The last night ended with a  concert from Kelley Mcrae and Matt Castelein, seriously y’all check them out, not only are they fabulous but they are our new friends, we can’t get enough of these two.

 

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Loved the chance to hang out with my husband! (have I mentioned we have only had two dates since our daughter was born 3 years ago?) and some great friends. For those of you doing the Liturgy of Life Reading group you have  Martina (she is the one in the center, I know you probably figured that out, but just in case) to thank for suggesting The Cloister Walk to our group.

 

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And while we were gone Zenie had lots of this.
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And by the time we left the Yiayia’s felt like this.

 

 

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