Colin, one of the co-owners of Kitchen Table, is a long time friend so I was super excited to hear that he was coming home to Omaha to work on an amazing sounding food project. Colin and his wife, Jessica, have an amazing and inspiring story that involves food, travel, and a never-ending passion for their craft. Kitchen Table has quickly become one of my favorite lunch spots. The space is unique and overflows with history and the food is so amazing (I get the Whole Bird almost every time). The second I walked through the door, I knew that I wanted to tell the story visually- to explore the space a little bit more intimately. Daniel and I hung out with Colin and shot some footage while he worked on something that he is very passionate about: making bread. We asked Colin a few simple questions about his passion, inspiration, and methods.
Who: Colin & Jessica Duggan
What: Owners of a dream come true: Kitchen Table
Where: From Omaha to Boston to Melbourne to Branson to San Francisco to BACK HOME
When: Moved back to Omaha in February 2013 to open Kitchen Table on June 4, 2013.
Why: Food plays such a key role in life- it nourishes the body and delights the soul. Colin has been cooking as far back as he can remember- in Omaha: The Brass Grille, Bomba Dia, Wheelers, Liberty Tavern, and most recently in SF at the Urban Tavern. The chance to work together, the opportunity to be a part of this awesome community as well as a place for people to gather, and to be able to make people happy by serving them good food prepared with love.
How: With love, hard work, dedication, family, laughter, and coming home each night to Hank, the best Jack Russell Chihuahua ever.
AD How do you describe your food to your friends and family?
CD Simple, real food. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, we're just building it by hand.
AD Where do you find inspiration?
CD Everywhere...Memories, Farmers Markets, ingredients, books, restaurants, conversations with friends and family and colleagues. But mostly from my wife and the space and environment that we have created.
AD What is your favorite food memory from your childhood?
CD Mostly my mother cooked, but every now and again my dad would make stew. He'd always start with a can of Dinty Moore and a can of golden mushrooms, but then anything goes. It was like a science experiment that could have very easily gone terribly wrong, but always seemed to work out just right. I think that is where I learned to season and taste as I cook.
AD How did you learn your craft?
CD Repetition. Just like any craft the more you do it the more natural it becomes. I'm learning as I go every day. With bread, I decided one day that I wanted to master it and I'll keep at it until I do.
AD What brought you back to Omaha?
CD It's Home.
AD What do you love most about your new space?
CD It's an open book. I love that the lines between the front and back of house and even the dining room are blurred to non existent. I love the warmth of the space and the casual atmosphere that creates. I find that people can't help but be pleasant when they come in.