FCS Professionals gathered at The Lynhall in Minneapolis on Monday, April 16 for the April meeting. FCS Professionals and their guests were treated to an amazing evening of great food, conversation, learning, and service!
As part of the event, members and guests brought birthday items (cake mixes, frosting, candles, gift bags, and more) to be donated to St. Davids Center for Child and Family Development. Maureen from St. David’s was on hand to collect the items and tell our group more about their organization. St. David’s was the first preschool to serve children of all ability levels in Minnesota. St. David’s also provides mental health services, therapies (occupational, physical, feeding, speech-language, and more!), and even home visits. The birthday items our organization collected will be made into birthday packs to be distributed to families served by St. David’s. Many of the families are low income and birthday celebrations are an “extra” that often is not affordable. For more information on St. David’s they are on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube
Anne Spaeth, owner of The Lynhall, was our featured speaker for the evening. Anne is not your typical restauranteur–she claims she is not a good cook and her educational background is in law. Ms. Spaeth was a lawyer working with child protective service cases and that is how she got connected with St. David’s! The inspiration for The Lynhall came from her years living in London and experiencing European style cafes. The restaurant is counter service and there are long community tables for seating. Do not fret–if you are the stereotypical Minnesotan who likes to keep to themselves there are smaller tables too! Anne mentioned that the long tables are very prevalent in London and as a young mom in a new city she loved the conversations she had with strangers. Minnesotans have been a little slow to the long table concept but she thinks it will catch on.
The Lynhall is not merely a place to get a great meal–it also has an Incubator Kitchen for aspiring small food businesses and The Linney Studio, a state-of-the art kitchen studio space that is camera ready for recording videos, commercials, and more. There is also rentable private dining space for events–like ours! Anne said what is most “Instagramable” about The Lynhall is usually their bathrooms! They are decorated in different bird wallpapers and selfies in their bathrooms are the most popular pictures taken at The Lynhall.
Members and guests attending The Lynhall event were treated to a delicious charcuterie platter including variety of meats and cheeses, delicious freshly made bread from their bakery, short rib sliders, and an amazing pea soup. The coffee and cookies were worth saving some room for! When everyone had their fill of food we were treated to a tour of the facility. We were all wowed at the incredible kitchen studio space!
At the conclusion of our event, we presented Anne with a donation to the recently established The Long Table Fund. The Long Table Fund “works in partnership with the community to connect and empower those in the restaurant industry affected by trauma, mental health issues, and chemical dependency. Proceeds of The Long Table Fund will provide mission-specific educational opportunities and increased access to crisis mental health care for members of the restaurant industry.” In May they are starting a Nourish series that will feature speakers related to the mission of The Long Table Fund. The first event is May 4th “Nutrition, Nourishment and Optimal Mental Health”.