Inspiring Creative Exchange Around the Table
Where Farming, Food & Design Meet
Ravenwood explores the integration of agriculture, culinary arts and the local makers movement – all staples of NY state’s rich history, and each thriving today. With backgrounds in a range of fields in the food and design world, Chris Lanier and Dana McClure aim to create a space that celebrates New York’s distinct seasonality and to connect the urban center of NYC to its rural outposts – much like the Hudson Estuary itself that flows two ways. With renovations underway in a 19th century barn, Ravenwood will soon open its doors for monthly gatherings.
“I've traveled the world in search of great food & the experience Ravenwood created was one of the best.”
Cookbook Writer & Food Director of Real Simple Magazine
WHO WE ARE
DANA McCLURE / danamcclure.com
Dana McClure has been a part of New York’s art and design world in many capacities. Beginning her career in 2001 as a graphic designer, she has art directed print, motion and interactive projects for business, non-profit and cultural clients worldwide. In 2008, Dana won a Telly Award for a documentary film that she directed and co-produced entitled ‘Odd Ones Out’ which was distributed internationally. Recently, Dana ended a ten-year run as part-time faculty for both New York University and Parsons The New School for Design teaching classes in 2D Design and Time Based Media. Her self-initiated work ranges from limited edition prints and mixed-media collages to hand-printed textiles and objects for the home.
“I feel very fortunate to have lived in Brooklyn for the past ten years at the start of my career. With a place so full of talented makers, the cross-pollination of ideas seems to happen organically and it’s impossible not to be inspired by the abundance of creativity and diversity. Of course the Hudson Valley has its own incredibly rich history of artists and artisans and we’re really excited to become a part of that. My hope with Ravenwood is to help connect these two communities and to cultivate a space that entices people to come out of their studios, and away from their farms to connect and exchange. In our view, there’s no better way to do that than around the table breaking bread.”
“The passion, beauty & flavor that Chris & Dana distill into their work creates an experience that merges art & food in the most honest & profound way.”
Grower / Slow Roots Farm