Creating Experiences, Making Memories
May 1st, 2013
Peggy Fiandaca

When I reflect on my life the memories that make me smile most are based on experiences and not things that I have owned.

Sometimes these memories are simple like sitting on the roof of a friend’s house watching fireworks or big like my dad walking me down the aisle at my wedding to the song he named me after “Peg of My Heart.”
   Proud Papa

If you have known us long you have heard our story about our wine tasting trip to Walla Walla with our good friends. We found this beautiful park where we drank several magnums, danced, and enjoyed steaks cooked on a grill we bought at Wal-Mart that we hid in the bushes each night. Ah, and that incredible once in a lifetime lunch Curt and I had in Reims, France. We can tell you in detail about each course and how the scallops were layered with black truffles, wrapped in bacon, and floated in this delicate, fragrant broth. Every one of these experiences has made an indelible impression on my heart.

Every day we have an opportunity to create a memory; even from the worst of times a beautiful memory can be created. Our style of entertaining is focused on creating enjoyable experiences for people that then turn into long-lasting fantastic memories. This is not hard to do.

Here are three simple tips to keep in mind when creating memories. The first and most important step is putting the other person(s) first. Think about their needs or desires when planning an event. When inviting someone to dinner I always ask about their food limitations. I love salmon and lamb but not everyone does so I don’t want to serve that just because I am in the mood.

Second tip, keep it simple. Some of the most incredible memories seemed to happen by accident; though it is my experience that some forethought occurred to set the stage to allow experiences to unfold. Try being open and allowing the moments to evolve without creating too much structure. For example, think about how you seat people around the table at your next dinner party and see how the conversation develops. Sometimes planning every detail, leads to a predictable outcome that is not always memorable.

 Peggy & Curt
  Third tip is to enjoy the unexpected. If you are anything like us, nothing goes according to plan (and we are professional urban planners when we are not winemaking). As I mentioned in the past, owning a winery was never on our life bucket list.

Having grapes to carry on the family tradition was unexpected and has led us places we could never have planned.

So enjoy each day. Let your life and those you touch be a “connect the dots” game of incredible experiences and memories.