The Hospitality House invites the public and the community at large to attend its next Summer Food Series Open House, which will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. on Friday, July 29. This free monthly meal celebrates local food and showcases area farms by preparing a meal with all locally sourced ingredients.
This month’s meal will feature beef from Rose Mountain Farm and Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe in Ashe County. Other highlighted farms will be Against the Grain, Octopus Gardens, Lively Up, Tumbling Shoals, Springhouse Farms, Moretz Mountain Orchard, Owen Farm, Waxwing and the Gardens at Hospitality House.
For additional information, please contact Todd Carter at email@example.com or 828.264.1237 ext. 107.
While you’re at the open house, take time to meet Rachel Davis, who was recently appointed the Volunteer and Food Service Coordinator at Hospitality House.
About Rachel Davis
Hospitality House has a new face in the kitchen, albeit not necessarily a new face to residents, clients and staff. Rachel Davis was promoted from shelter associate, a job she has held since November 2015, to the newly created position of Volunteer and Food Service Coordinator. Rachel will assume the duties of Allison Jennings, who resigned to pursue other opportunities, as well as coordinate all volunteer activities for the agency.
“We created this new position to better streamline our programs and connect them in a way that we believe will bring more consistency,” says Hospitality House Executive Director Tina B. Krause. “This move will strengthen what we currently have in place and take us to a new level as we continue to grow our programs to best serve our clients.”
Originally from southern Minnesota, Rachel moved to Boone 2015 with her fiancé Calvin so that they could live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. In college, Rachel studied International Studies, Spanish, and Anthropology, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.
Before coming to the High Country, Rachel served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Habitat for Humanity in Wisconsin with her primary focus being capacity building and volunteer coordination.
A self-described “foodie” Rachel’s food philosophy was shaped from an early age. “My parents always cooked from scratch, she states. “I would bug my mom about wanting pop-tarts and colored cereal and she would tell me that one day I would thank her for saying no, and she was right.”
Since February, in addition to her duties as shelter associate, Rachel has been working to coordinate individual volunteer inquiries for Hospitality House. This new position will allow her to be more hands-on and work closely with the garden program and its coordinator Lauri Wilson.
“I am very passionate about connecting gardens to food,” states Rachel. “I think of food as medicine. It should enhance your health, not detract from it. I am excited for the opportunity to work with Lauri to bring creative, fresh food to the people that rely on Hospitality House for healthy, nutritious meals.”
Krause adds, “Rachel’s previous experience in volunteer management combined with her passion for food and nutrition will equip her to succeed in this new position; helping to build our capacity with both organizations and individuals.”