“When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.” -Maya Angelou
Thank you to all who have joined us at the table at Centreville Café and welcomed us to the neighborhood! We acquired the cafe and started serving November 1st, and with the holidays right around the corner, we hit the ground running into Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day celebrations. We are so grateful to have been a part of your holiday feasts! With the gentler schedule of January, I finally have time to write to all of you and share our hopes for becoming a community space.
The most common questions I get are how I came to this decision and where I learned to cook. Throughout my life, what I have always loved is the splendor of bringing people together at the table. When I was younger, the dinner table was the most important place in the house. There were 12 kids in my family, so someone was always hungry! But, aside from being a space where we gathered to eat, our long dinner table was where conversations happened and manners were learned. I still remember having great fun seeing how extraordinary I could set the table–understanding the placement of the utensils and gathering some flowers for a centerpiece. It was all so simple, but it taught me about life’s essentials. The dialogue and debate around the table were as filling as the food. You would be quickly summoned if absent because there was no excuse for missing this daily ritual. Creatively coming up with something exciting for everyone to eat was part of the deal!
As much as things have changed, this is one part of my day that continues…whether the gathering is for two or two hundred, there is magic when people come together at the table over good food and conversation. In the changing ways of our world, I believe it could be an answer to bringing us closer together. So I would like to invite you to join us whenever it fits your schedule. My mom always joked, “We’ll just add more water to the soup.” The spirit of hospitality and generosity is essential to our way of life, and I believe these acts of bringing people together for a meal can transform our world…one table at a time.
Our hours remain the same currently: Open Tuesday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.-3 p.m., and Monday we are closed to get ready for the next week (which we may open once we get through the winter). We have made changes to the spaces–there is even an upper room available for private gatherings and meetings. We continue to cook most of your favorites while adding a few new items every week. We are taking all precautions to make sure your visit is safe, but if right now you prefer to be at home, let us know how we can provide things for you to enjoy at a distance. We can prepare meals for you or gather items from our growing gourmet marketplace and can figure out something for pretty much every appetite. Whatever your celebration, whether large or a party of one, let us know how we may be of service.
Photo credit of the table: Edwin Williams Photography, LLC.