On Saturday, August 11, we had a potluck picnic with our makers. Over 50 of our Beekman 1802 makers and their plus-ones braved the humid, rainy afternoon to meet, greet and be merry. We asked for everyone to bring a dish to pass and they did not disappoint (They aren’t just great at making artisan pieces, they also can cook a to-die-for goat cheese and fig tart). Our makers brought plenty of homemade salads, appetizers and so, so many desserts (Shout out to the lemon-blueberry cupcakes).
Products made by our artisans were a part of the picnic as well. Wine and cocktails were served in Glass blower Bobby Sharp’s smoked-glass champagne flutes. Chocolate maker Pam wouldn’t let anyone leave without making sure they had a taste of her bourbon caramels. Java Love Coffee Roasting Co (Makers of our Mohka Java Mercantile Blend aka our lifeblood) brought cold brew on tap, using one of the smartest serving contraptions we’ve ever seen.
It was great to see these people, who are such an important part of the Beekman 1802 story, be able to take a day off from creating (Which even if you love to do it, is still work) and connect with other artisans to share ideas, tips and even discuss possible collaborations.
Not a bad way to spend a Saturday.