When a community is built, it’s built with purpose. Of course chance meetings happen, but the follow-through of building a lasting connection from that meeting takes effort; it requires you to make the choice to pursue inclusion.
As long as I’ve known Jon and James, I’ve known what it is to be a part of their community.
Moving west on a whim seemed like a great idea. I was your typical 20 year old; get out of town, go on great adventures and explore – find yourself in the mountains. Lucky for me, I found myself in the intolerably hot kitchen of a Fairmont hotel that had seen better days, and right there with me was a French guy with a smile that could light up a room. Not nearly as funny as he likes to think he is – though he can manage to crack a good one every now and then – he exuded pure passion. He loved people and people loved him and his desire to make moments memorable was absolutely genuine. Jon Cote, quite literally was like a magnet, his energy drawing individuals in as the catalyst behind a group of friends who still to this day can pick up right where we left off last decade.
Now lucky for me I haven’t have to tolerate James for as long. Jon and James knew each other and it wasn’t until I found myself living in Jon’s unheated lean-to porch in the dead of winter that I ever encountered this gruff, bearded friend who apparently knew a thing or two about putting together a good plate of grub. Now when I say “good”, I actually mean fantastic, incredible, out of this world, best-thing-you’ve-ever-eaten-delicious. You wouldn’t think it when you first see Holmie, with his stylin’ hats and hipster plaid, but this dude is a walking culinary playbook full of game plans you’ve never even seen before. Trust me, a poker player with pocket aces ain’t got sh*! on this guy. His other signature move? A dramatic eye roll that puts Kim Kardashian to shame. Want to see it? Ask him about the winter he spent slinging beers and running plates on the server side of the line...
For every long night we’ve spent in a kitchen, there’s been an equally great night we’ve spent Wii bowling on someone’s front lawn. For every rude guest we encountered there was always an interesting newcomer to welcome into the tribe, and for every time one of us felt like saying “to hell with it I’m going to work in retail” there was another great moment that made you realize you’d never find friends like the ones you drink beer with in an empty kitchen at 2 a.m.
Though years may have separated some of us, a deep connection brought two great guys back together and allowed them to put their money where their mouth is and put a plan into action.
When you find yourself at their Craft Corner, you’re going to find yourself stepping into a little piece of our circle, and I know you’ll love it. The handcrafted cocktails you’ll drink and the outstanding food you’ll eat will without questions have you coming back for more. But what’s really going to seal the deal? Superior quality, unbridled passion, and a sincere dedication to showcasing the bounty of the beautiful land that leads right to their front door –you will NEVER eat more local than this. This project is so much more than a restaurant. When you support the Craft Corner you’ll be supporting an entire network of local vendors. Your choice shows that you want to set the standard higher, you will help prove that one small team can make a big impact and that two friends can become be the cornerstone of a small city and the game changers in a much larger campaign of awareness.
I encourage you to make the choice to join this community and feel that foodie fellowship. Let the Craft Corner be your new watering hole, your go-to date night, or your fondest vacation memory. Whether you’re the new guy in town or you’ve been around for eons, swing by and pull up a chair; stay for one, or stay for a while.
Community sourced, community driven.
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