Verb : to set apart, to resist being affected by, to cast off or let fall off by natural process to promote new growth.
/ : indicates a new idea, something that is an offshoot of what has come before.
/ Shed is an ongoing mediation on where we live in Northern New Mexico, a celebration of it’s nature and the fleeting of time.
An exploration of the land we inhabit and the roots of growing up in northern New Mexico, carrying on the tradition of bringing people together through food. An expression of our place through endemic plants and natural materials all brought together to a table where strangers eat the fruiting body of the processes, together, in our studio.
We are trying to do is exemplify a way of life that has been lost in our own way. An extension of the thought that one can live simply in unison with their environment, rather than being separate, blurring the lines between my work and life.
/ Shed is a means of self-sustaining and self-generated action. We set out to practice this with full integrity while sharing our constant excitements and the subtle beauties of doing so. A sort of quiet revolution.
We are constantly learning and being inspired. We are honored to be able to share all of this as we continue to learn and grow, thank you for following along.
Our dinners are private parties, we are not a restaurant. To join a dinner you can save a seat with us. Dates become posted every 15th of the month for the following month opening up at 8am MTN time.
Each ticket is all inclusive and non-refundable, reserved on a first come first serve bases. If unable to make it after obtaining a ticket, the ticket can be gifted to a friend.
Physical tickets are sent out shortly after the 15th of each month.
If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please send us an email with your name, number, and desired date. Each month we will be refreshing the list.
Each dinner is built and destroyed for eight/ten people a night, lasting upwards of three/four hours, all spontaneous even to us.
Because of this if you have any allergies or restrictions please include such requests while obtaining a ticket and we will do all we can to accomidate.
Dinner is served in various small courses paired with beverages. We serve wild ingredients from the surrounding area and encourage everyone to try everything possible. We mostly serve things only in small quantities and always of very high quality that are sourced ethically and humanely.
There is this magic of doing things the way our ancestors did them. A way of connecting to these people and times that are slipping from our lives. The ceramics are made of clay that is dug, processed, built, and fired using minimal modern technology by Johnny. Primarily made of micaceous clay dug from the same place Johnny's past relatives dug from in Taos, some from La Madera and the surrounding area. All pieces are pit fired using red cedar from the woods near by.
We do things inline with the way they used to be done in Northern New Mexico, following the seasons and being inspired be the fleeting nature of mother earth.
We use endemic ingredients that tell a story about where we live, and the people that came before us, mostly picked or grown by us. Keeping a diversity of plants and animals, primarily landrace, grown with the intention of continuing the inherent knowledge held in food over years of growing, picked with the intention of preserving the life energy. If it wasn't grown or harvested by us, it is found near us by us, from friends or others who also provide food with integrity.
/ Shed is put on by Johnny Ortiz and Afton Love with the amazing help of a rotating team of friends and family.
We reside at about 7,500 elevation up in Vallecitios NM where we raise our animals and grow food. We run the dinners down the road at the old dance hall in La Madera.
Each ticket purchase is a donation to supporting / Shed in allowing us to do what we do on a regular basis, to explore, grow, learn and to share.
If you are interested in being part of our larger support community contact us at Sheddinnerprojects@gmail.com
We are purely word of mouth. If you revel in what we do please feel free to share it with other rad folk.