About Christine Schaub:
I’m a Michigan farm girl. Which, somehow, shocks people…even though I hold up my hand like a mitten and point to my hometown on a prominent freckle. I think the shock value comes from the image people have of farmers—namely, bib overalls, bare feet, dirty fingernails, and spitting watermelon seeds through missing front teeth. I won’t lie: I’ve won my share of seed-spitting contests.
But that wasn’t my farm-life experience. My mom was a town kid who happened to marry a farm kid, and she was determined her children would grow up with the finer social graces necessary in city life. Those graces were backed up by my paternal grandmother, who loved bone china, gold-tipped serving bowls, fancy silverware and linen tablecloths. These two farmwives set a standard that resonates with me today. And it’s why you’re reading this short biography.
There is an art to setting a beautiful table. It starts with a tablecloth, benefits from pretty dishes, and takes a bow with flowers and candles.
There is an art to good cooking. It starts with family recipes, benefits from a tweak to ingredients, and lures you in with an heirloom serving bowl.
And there is an art to hosting. It starts with an invitation, benefits from good planning, and explodes into joy with attention to detail.
Combining those elements into hospitality seems to be a lost art. As a child, I didn’t understand having the gift of hospitality was a blessing and honor. It was just part of our lives, and I loved it. I was surprised when friends wanted my help with it. I was delighted to walk through their homes, pulling long-forgotten plates, bowls and glassware from cabinets, cutting greenery and flowers from their yards to dress the table. And now I’m thrilled to encourage YOU to up your hospitality game.
It’s been my experience that people love to be invited for coffee, tea, lunch, dinner, game night, bonfires, and themed parties. But they are less thrilled to be hosting. I can fix that! Let’s start with one event—something simple—use what you have, cook food in your comfort level, and create a setting that oozes indulgence and beauty.
Together, we can make your guests feel special. And isn’t that the best feeling in the world? The answer is yes.
What other people are saying:
“I call her The Vortex and she calls me The Jackal. Long story. When Chris gets that vortex spinning in the kitchen, all you can do is hold on and enjoy.”
—Hank W., College Buddy & Jackal
"Christine is the quintessential hostess. She makes it look easy and keeps you coming back for more. Just like your favorite bag of chips...I betcha can't watch just one!"
— Jenny D., friend and client