The Winds Blog
A Sort Of Change, A Sort Of Homecoming
As many of you know, Kim and I celebrated 30 years of the Winds Café, last February. Now that time has passed it seems more monumental than it did that chilly February night. We had a lovely dinner in the bar area with our kids and partners. There were flowers and a few special bottles of wine, but mostly there was a feeling of gratitude…gratitude that we had survived restaurant life. Our partners and families still loved and supported us in our endeavors, through missed holidays and Saturday soccer games (sorry Samuel), to the endless tweaking of recipes, agonising over employees health insurance, or praying a marginal piece of equipment would last a few more months until there was money for a replacement.
All this remeniscening/romanticising is really just a segue into my main topic. This newsletter was started in 1994, the year the winestore opened and the year my first born, Emma came along. I took over writing the newsletter in 2002. As I read through the archived copies, it’s been a history of my life as much as an expose of food and wine. You’ve been witness to my sorrow when my mother passed away, the breakup of a long term relationship and unexpected surprise of finding love again. There have been endless antecdotes about my two older kids and now baby Henry. At one time my children couldn’t wait to see what I’d written about them in the newsletter. Nowdays, the mere mention of their name in Winds print is cause for a weeks worth of sullen looks. I have appreciated the tremendous feedback about my writing and my family. What I’m trying to say is…I will not be writing a newsletter anymore. I need a change and quite frankly, I just feel I don’t have as much to say . So starting in January I’m changing things up. I’m feeling the need to get back to my Winds roots…the stuff that keeps me energized and excited. I learned a long time ago to welcome change rather than fight it at every junction. So there. I’ve said it. Don’t be afraid. I’m not. Happy Holidays to you all. Much love and thanks to my family, Melissa, Emma, Samuel and Henry for supporting me in whatever I choose and, of course to Kim, who inspires my Winds life every single day.