How can we create a tablescape when eating out? The answer is simple. With food.
I know. It looks like a mess. But, our favorite tablescapes are a mess (especially about five minutes after the food arrives).
This Father’s Day table last year looked very messy – even before food arrived! In actuality, it was a table filled with love and special memories – our most favorite ever, by far.
It’s all about love, family togetherness – or friends, sharing around the table, and enjoying one another. And, enjoying the food is important, of course.
To decorate our table at the Loveless Cafe near Nashville last month, we each ordered a plate of our favorite foods. They serve any meal of the day you like. I hurriedly snapped a picture of our table following the blessing. They were digging in!
After a plate of home-made biscuits arrived, Spunky Daughter received her breakfast plate of chocolate chip pancakes and fruit – a reversion to childhood.
HH ordered chicken fried steak and veggies – starches mostly, his favorite. Fun Son ate country ham and, like his father, starchy veggies.
Am I the only one who eats greens? Yep.
The biscuits are delicious.
Sorghum molasses brings back memories of childhood every time.
After eating, I walked out onto the front parking area for a couple of pictures. HH pointed out the fact that there are always motorcycles parked at the best restaurants.
And, then I walked through the front entrance again. I was hit with a sudden familiarity, and a long, long-ago memory flashed in front of my eyes. Could it really be?
I’d been in the entry once before as a child, with my grandparents. I’d heard of the Loveless Cafe many times in adult life, but I’d never connected it to that memory until standing there that night.
PAM (Painter Artist Mom) informed me later that her father was very good friends with the original owner. He supported his friend’s business by eating at the cafe often. Of course!
That was in the 60’s, and the restaurant oddly stood alone in the middle of nowhere. Now it’s surrounded by other buildings they’ve added, like a barn for special events, a gift shop, and several other buildings just off the Natches Trace.
You know we had to visit the gift shop! Spunky Daughter and I have a real thing lately for vintage campers.
Do you see a Vintage Camper Christmas ahead similar to trees on cars? Ha!
The strangest thing is that I remember most of all disliking the salty ham…still don’t like it. Do you like country ham? Is it too salty for you, too?