Inspiring Creative Exchange
RAVENWOOD is celebration of seasonality through visual art and design.
Dana McClure (artist/designer) and Chris Lanier (chef/grower) have been cultivating a community and creative space since 2010 when the couple first moved from Brooklyn to NY’s Hudson Valley. An 1850s dairy barn transformed into an inspirational gathering hub, serves as the backdrop for ongoing iterations of ways in which art + food intersect.
For the 2023 season, Ravenwood will open its barn doors for gatherings in celebration of creativity and the heightened seasonality of our region. A rotating exhibition of art and design will be showcased alongside a menu that honors time and place. ALL are welcome as the environment within this ever-evolving space aims to be one of warmth and hospitality – like visiting an old friend while making new ones. With each showcase, you can expect a mix of collage, painting, fiber art, and ceramic sculpture. The experience at Ravenwood Barn has been likened to stepping into someone’s home where the sights and smells all capture the spirit of the season and the day ends with new friends around the bonfire.
This year we will host a handful of large gatherings that center art + design, alongside a menu that honors time and place. Bring your blankets, tell a friend and sign up for our mailing list for invitations and to reserve your spot.
Our 19th century barn has served as the backdrop for intimate farm dinners, art showcases, creative workshops, and brand collaborations. This year it is available for photo shoots when we're not hosting art + design showcases.
In 2018, we opened our barn bi-monthly as a farm shop with a robust table of seasonal produce, small cafe + local makers showcase. At the request of our guests, we launched a web component to extend this space online.
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“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
An Ongoing Collaboration
For the past six years, Ravenwood has been an ongoing collaboration between Chris Lanier and Dana McClure as they seek creative ways to integrate their work, life and community between Brooklyn and Upstate New York. In 2010, the two bought an old 4-acre cow pasture in Olivebridge, NY down a windy road called Ravenwood. With hopes of one day turning the place into a small vegetable farm, they got started on the long slow challenge of transforming the property while balancing careers based in Manhattan. Meeting others who are also finding ways to strike their own balance between these two distinct worlds has inspired creative ways to integrate the two lifestyles. From this desire, Ravenwood was born – which began as a series of intimate dinners hosted in Brooklyn showcasing produce and small-batch products made on the farm. With the birth of their first baby in early 2014, Chris and Dana now find themselves more settled upstate and Ravenwood has become a physical space in which to push these ideas further.
CHRIS LANIER / chrislanierny.com
From his time spent in the acclaimed kitchens of Café Boulud, WD-50, The Little Nell and Spruce, to his years as a private chef in NYC, to his work as a food stylist on commercial photo shoots – and most recently as the proud owner of a small farm in upstate NY, Chris Lanier has been involved in producing amazing food literally from the ground up. Since the couple’s first dinner party in a Brooklyn loft space in 2010, Ravenwood has been an opportunity for Chris to enjoy first-hand, the immediate response of guests to his work as a grower and chef – something that can be difficult to achieve in a restaurant setting. It’s also been a chance to pull together the finest offerings of The Hudson Valley and surrounding NY area around a communal table that celebrates each season’s provisions.
“My cooking has always been focused on the seasons, and I go out of my way to find the very best products. The natural progression for me was to see what it takes to foster beautiful produce first hand. I wanted to go beyond the chef who shops at all the markets, to the chef who works on the farm. After two seasons spent working on a farm in eastern Long Island, I was hooked and started to entertain the idea of getting a place of our own in the Catskills. The soil alone takes years to develop – and that is just the beginning. So far, it’s been rewarding to have a careful hand in the process of farm to table, and I hope that mindfulness is reflected in the dishes I prepare.”
~ Photo by Tara Sgroi for Hudson Woods
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 opinion, there’s no better way to do that than around the table breaking bread.”
~ Photo by Tara Sgroi for Hudson Woods
“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