the funny thing is, it was never planned...
After a five-week backpacking trip, we left Europe on this certain type of high. At the time, we were convinced that kind of joy, excitement, passion for life - it was temporary. It was associated with long train rides, waking up in a new country every other day, meeting new faces, immersing yourself into new cultures, with no worries and no responsibilities. While yes, that was some kind of unparalleled joy, it didn’t have to end there. At least not on our clock.
How? We weren’t sure - we just knew in our bones there was something more. We got back to Georgia feeling uninspired, feeling stuck in a lot of ways. You know, the way you typically feel when you’re 23. So, on a whim, we booked a flight to Austin, Texas. We had no plan, no agenda and no expectations. We just had this travel bug, this desire to keep exploring, to continue to seek after that feeling we simply couldn’t shake.
It was on the plane ride over when the idea of Foster sparked. What was it that we loved so much about our experience in Europe? What was it that we’re passionate about? And with that, what is it that we can do to bring meaning and fulfillment into people’s lives? We walked up and down East 6th street, popped into Springdale farms, sat alongside the river, indulged in our first breakfast taco, and heard the music playing from just about every street corner. We soaked it all in. This must be the place. The music is here. And the food scene, well, its overflowing with untapped talent. We can showcase this. We can bring people together in an intentional and authentic way. We can make people feel something.
we sat there thinking, we have to make this work.
Our website launched in May of 2016. Since then, we have curated 50 gatherings. We have collaborated with some of the most talented humans, brought magic back to house shows, and shared rich stories around the dinner table. We’ve watched as musicians have laid their hearts on the line, exposing the depth behind their lyrics and their aspiration for whats to come. We’ve stood beside our chefs as they light up, explaining their menu and the journey that brought them to this very moment. We’ve seen conversations transition into creative collaborations, and deep, genuine friendships form. And we’ve seen guests walk through the door alone, completely vulnerable, and leave as a part of something bigger.