I never could figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I did a lot of different things and went in a lot of different directions. Over the course of time I began to see there were some general themes that made their way through my wanderings. Faith, food, family, and community were always there. Somewhere in my mid 30’s I actually began to figure out I could combine my themes and do something great, something fun, something that would actually make a difference in my community. The seed of an idea began to grow.
My husband and I had often spoken of owning a restaurant, but there was a small problem. Although, I had worked as a personal chef and caterer for more than a decade I didn’t have any commercial kitchen experience. We had two daughters we were homeschooling and therefore going to culinary school or taking on a restaurant job seemed out of the question. But kids get older and moms have more free time. Stir in a best friend with a sense of adventure moving back to town and well, things got exciting.
In late 2015, Theresa and I started to dream of starting a business together that would leverage my past experience by focusing on personal chef services, cooking classes and retail. We put her engineering and my entrepreneurial brains together and we had lift off! We were going to create something beautiful and amazing to nourish and grow the community around us.
Unfortunately, our first efforts involved A LOT of stumbling and failure. The building I had dreamed of working in for years fell through. Our endeavors were costing us more money than we had originally planned and that even put a strain on our friendship. But I just kept thinking, “show me a successful business owner who doesn’t have failures.” The trials and errors were painful, but thankfully Theresa and I have super supportive husbands and families who kept encouraging us to move forward and I’m so grateful they did!
On July 9, 2016 we opened the doors to Rest Farmhouse Inspired in Montrose, California. In addition to offering chef services, cooking classes, and retail we now had space to be a small restaurant/counter service. We naively believed that Theresa, my daughters and I would run our little business on our own. Boy, were we in for a surprise! We had no idea how much the community would love the simple foods, bone broths, and butter coffees we were offering. We had no idea how much work it would take every day to keep up! Thankfully we had some great friends step in and help us, even our pastor, Father Ed came and washed dishes for us to keep us going.
As time has passed we’ve learned a lot and I finally got that commercial kitchen experience I was lacking. (wink, wink) The community very quickly demanded we grow our menu and we responded happily. Theresa’s love of baking, coupled with her engineering skills, has launched our gluten-free pastry department. (I’m seriously in awe of her skills with gluten-free! No body can match the flavors and textures she achieves! And, I’m not just saying that because she’s my best friend.) We scaled back on our retail side moving from home décor to nourishing foods and locally-sourced items that feature other small businesses.
As for cooking classes, we love them and love growing our community of amazing home cooks. As they have gotten more popular we find we’re having trouble keeping up with the demands of the restaurant and the classes. We’ve taken them off the calendar for now, but hope to figure out a way to bring them back in the future.
Some days I feel as if I’m in a dream. Rest is the culmination of all my interests and loves, wrapped up into a little bit of goodness in Montrose.