whew. well, we did it. today at noon, we invited 30 lucky, select guests to marigold/spice of life HQ for a sample renegade lunch. the meal consisted of roasted red pepper soup and potato soup ladeled yin-yang style and a cleveland-tastic entree plate of our handmade gnocchi with sauteed cabbage, brined and smoked chicken, pickled fennel, and a paprika-cream sauce. the tasty lunch began with a cider spritzer and ended with coffee and some homemade mille feuille triangles glazed with turbinado sugar. hopefully, the guests will help us both get the word out about the project and open some doors for us to actually host these things around town. we're still looking to do this in public sometime in january, so stay tuned. for the record, neither ben nor greg did anything to injure or embarrass themselves, so the lunch must have been a success! a very special and heart-felt thanks to brian, beverly, cheryl, dana, jess, and mable who all worked so hard to make the warehouse into a giant communal dining table with two fools like us for the centerpiece.