Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Vision comes to fruition in El Dorado

By
From page B2 | April 28, 2014 |

DSC_4409 w

KIM MEDICI AND ANDY TANNEHILL, owners of Table Nectar Catering & Manzanita Kitchen & Events, are the winners of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce's Start-up Business of the Year award. The husband and wife team plan to build the business and serve the community. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

“If you start me up, if you start me up I’ll never stop …”

The Rolling Stones might as well have been singing about Table Nectar Catering & Manzanita Kitchen & Events in Diamond Springs. Not only was the year-old business named the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce’s Start-up Business of the Year, it appears that there’s no stopping co-owners Kim Medici and Andy Tannehill as they bring to reality their dream of uniting and serving the community through their ambitious enterprise.

The business was also recognized by California State Senator Ted Gaines, 1st Senate District; California Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, 6th Assembly District; and California Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, 5th Assembly District.

The couple, married in 2007, opened up their business in the Diamond Center just behind the Post Office last June, and their enthusiasm hasn’t waned, judging by the energy exhibited as they animatedly spoke of their plans.

Kim, 33, who grew up in El Dorado County, said she and Andy, 39, were running a catering business in Oakland when they decided returning to her home turf would be wonderful.

They spoke with Diamond Center developer Bruce Wirtanen, with whom Kim had gone to school, and the couple cast their eyes on what would become the event center that they hope will provide the cement for bringing the community together.

 

Quality is important

“We want to offer a great resource and make it affordable and accessible,” said Andy. “We want to offer organic, sustainable products that are good for people, for families. We wish everyone felt as passionately as we do about providing healthy, wholesome food and produce from local farms and ranches.”

The Manzanita is a rental banquet facility, with a spotless, gleaming kitchen that pours forth nutritional, delicious foods and wines, said Kim. The food that finds its way from that sterling kitchen must be only the best, she stressed.

“We live on leftovers from the events,” she smiled, “so we’re not going to make what we wouldn’t feed our own family.” Kim and Andy have a 15-month-old daughter, Mylah, who Kim said “has practically been raised here.”

“She runs around like she owns the place,” said Kim, earning a knowing nod from the company’s event manager, Jenny Lundine, who was busy organizing paperwork.

“Jenny saved the day for us,” added Kim. “Andy and I were totally overwhelmed at the beginning, building a house, opening a business and having a child.”

 

Future plans

Husband Andy smiled at his wife and said, “Now that we’re out of the insanity of the year start-up, we have all kinds of ideas that we will begin in the next year or two.”

The family makes its home on property on Hanks Exchange between Diamond Springs and Pleasant Valley, and that country way of living infuses the couple’s undertaking, with Kim explaining that eventually the event center should be open for restaurant business, maybe three days a week for specialty dining.

“We’d like to have more focus on a specialized restaurant, featuring farm-to-table dinners,” she said. “We’d like to start with a once-a-month dinner and show, with counter service and a limited menu, then expand to two or three times a week.”

Until that vision takes full shape, Manzanita Kitchen & Events stands ready to serve the public with a great venue for weddings, business meetings, mixers, workshops, art shows and so much more.

If the special occasion calls for food, Table Nectar catering is ready to provide quality, innovative dishes — and if you use Table Nectar, then all the flatware, tables, chairs and so on are free with the building rental.

The warm wood, iron and stone decor of the event space includes a handcrafted bar and lounge, central air and a gas fireplace, a surround sound system and custom-built reclaimed wood banquet tables.

By choosing the couple’s Table Nectar catering, clients can count on their guests enjoying healthy, appetizing eating, with dietary restrictions and special requests not a problem.

The caterers promise new twists on old classics along with modern California farm cuisine.

Kim and Andy decided on the “Manzanita” moniker because that plant is indigenous to the foothills they call home and its hard wood burns bright and strong — just like their dream.

 

Food brought them together

The couple met in 2007 when Andy was pulling chef duty for an event in San Francisco connected to the Burning Man celebration. Kim noticed that the chef and his crew were a tad busy with the more than 400 people they were trying to please, so she volunteered to help.

“You said you were impressed with my ability to stay calm in the middle of a stressful situation,” said Andy, kissing his wife on the cheek.

Kim recalled that after Andy gave her a ride home on a rainy night (she had ridden her bike) they discovered they lived two blocks apart, and it seemed like fate had brought them together in the teeming city.

“When I first met Andy I saw that he had something that a lot of chefs don’t,” said Kim. “I worked in the service end of the food industry for a few years and I saw that a lot of chefs were not listening to the customers, that they were offended by any criticism.

“I really liked Andy’s attitude.”

Andy said Kim impressed him as well.

“Let me talk about Kim’s ability to pair wine and food,” he said. “She has a nuanced knowledge, almost intuitive, of what dishes will go with what wines.”

Clients may put that instinctive flair to work for their gathering, as Manzanita Kitchen & Events is licensed for beer and wine sales, and in fact wine events are one of their specialities.

Currently the venue features live music once a month, on a Friday, with America, bluegrass, folk, classic rock and blues on the playlist. Information regarding upcoming performances is available at manzanitadiamondsprings.com.

Kim and Andy’s mission statement explains that they are available to share their years of expertise with others interested in starting up a food business, with free consultation to start.

Assistance in dealing with government codes will help untangle the red tape and great access to local suppliers, farmers and producers is also offered. The rental kitchen comes with a 10-by-12 foot refrigerated walk-in, three prep stations, two convection ovens, two conventional ovens, grill, flat top, broiler, deep fryer … peek inside and be amazed.

Those interested in taking advantage of a quality event venue will enjoy the professional lighting, audio-visual and sound system at Manzanita in a setting conducive to restful reflection and comfortable contemplation. You might even get some work done.

Call Table Nectar Catering & Manzanita Kitchen & Events at 530-344-7613 or go to tablenectar.com for more information.

Comments

comments

.

News

 
District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Tails wagging over dog park approval

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3

Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A3

 
Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

By News Release | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

My Turn: Privatization of public services

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

 
Policy book

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

GDPUD management report

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
District 2 supervisorial special election

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 3 Comments

Piano replaced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
Comments sign-in policy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Save the Guinea Worm

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Large bangs

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

Private property gets no respect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
.

Sports

Taz pull through for SSL trophy

By Patty Pope | From Page: A8

 
Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

By Steven Shaff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

 
Roundup: July 29, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

.

Prospecting

Nuns discover a pleasant place

By Lexi Boeger | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Bargains can be found everywhere

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Game time

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

By Mount Aukum Winery | From Page: B2

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B3

 
Help needed to make cool ties

By Sew 4 | From Page: B3

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

 
Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center | From Page: B4

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

By Monique Wilber | From Page: B4

 
Build an author platform at the Library

By El Dorado | From Page: B5

 
Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B5

.

Essentials

Weather stats 7-29-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Building permits 6/2-6/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Crime Log: July 17

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Merlyn Wilbur Adams

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics

.

Women’s Health

Love the skin you’re in

By Noel Stack | From Page: WH4

Dump stress and improve your health, productivity

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: WH7Comments are off for this post

Women’s Health Expo

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH8

Find the confidence you need to fight back

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH12

Our choices directly affect our health

By Special to the Democrat | From Page: WH14

They’re NOT your mother’s hearing devices!

By Marshall Medical | From Page: WH17