This months selection will be Killing It: An Education by Camas Davis

Camas Davis was at an unhappy crossroads. A longtime magazine editor, she had left New York City to pursue a simpler life in her home state of Oregon, with the man she wanted to marry, and taken an appealing job at a Portland magazine. But neither job nor man delivered on her dreams, and in the span of a year, Camas was unemployed, on her own, with nothing to fall back on. Disillusioned by the decade she had spent as a lifestyle journalist, advising other people how to live their best lives, she had little idea how best to live her own life. She did know one thing: She no longer wanted to write about the genuine article, she wanted to be it.

So when a friend told her about Kate Hill, an American woman living in Gascony, France who ran a cooking school and took in strays in exchange for painting fences and making beds, it sounded like just what she needed. She discovered a forgotten credit card that had just enough credit on it to buy a plane ticket and took it as kismet. Upon her arrival, Kate introduced her to the Chapolard brothers, a family of Gascon pig farmers and butchers, who were willing to take Camas under their wing, inviting her to work alongside them in their slaughterhouse and cutting room. In the process, the Chapolards inducted her into their way of life, which prizes pleasure, compassion, community, and authenticity above all else, forcing Camas to question everything she’d believed about life, death, and dinner.

So begins Camas Davis’s funny, heartfelt, searching memoir of her unexpected journey from knowing magazine editor to humble butcher. It’s a story that takes her from an eye-opening stint in rural France where deep artisanal craft and whole-animal gastronomy thrive despite the rise of mass-scale agribusiness, back to a Portland in the throes of a food revolution, where Camas attempts–sometimes successfully, sometimes not–to translate much of this old-world craft and way of life into a new world setting. Along the way, Camas learns what it really means to pursue the real thing and dedicate your life to it.

Purchase of the book from the shop is not required, but we do have copies available.

This months selection will be Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li.

The Beijing Duck House in Rockville, Maryland, is not only a beloved go-to setting for hunger pangs and celebrations; it is its own world, inhabited by waiters and kitchen staff who have been fighting, loving, and aging within its walls for decades. When disaster strikes, this working family’s controlled chaos is set loose, forcing each character to confront the conflicts that fast-paced restaurant life has kept at bay.

Owner Jimmy Han hopes to leave his late father’s homespun establishment for a fancier one. Jimmy’s older brother, Johnny, and Johnny’s daughter, Annie, ache to return to a time before a father’s absence and a teenager’s silence pushed them apart. Nan and Ah-Jack, longtime Duck House employees, are tempted to turn their thirty-year friendship into something else, even as Nan’s son, Pat, struggles to stay out of trouble. And when Pat and Annie, caught in a mix of youthful lust and boredom, find themselves in a dangerous game that implicates them in the Duck House tragedy, their families must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice to help their children.

Generous in spirit, unaffected in its intelligence, multi-voiced, poignant, and darkly funny, Number One Chinese Restaurant looks beyond red tablecloths and silkscreen murals to share an unforgettable story about youth and aging, parents and children, and all the ways that our families destroy us while also keeping us grounded and alive.

While this is a free event, please be sure to RSVP so we prepare with enough refreshments for all!

We love stories about food, so our Story Thyme will be all about the fun stuff that happens with food and in the kitchen. Perfect for all ages.

This event will be held every Wednesday at 10:30am and every Saturday at 3pm.

Free.

Our monthly book selection will be centered around a cooking or food theme, but in most cases will be a novel or a short story collection. We’ll have two meetings at the end of each month, please pick the one that is most convenient for you!

October’s book selection is The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle. At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends within her utterly captivating novel, The Dinner List, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You. 

We are so excited to dig into this book! Join us in October to chat about this newly published novel. Copies are available at Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop, but purchase from the shop is not required.

Cost – Free, but please register so we know how many to expect for refreshment purposes.

We love stories about food, so our Story Thyme will be all about the fun stuff that happens with food and in the kitchen. Perfect for all ages.

This event will be held every Wednesday at 10:30am and every Saturday at 3pm.

Free.

HE GREAT DXRD HALLOWEEN PARTY
Bring the kids out to some of your favorite Dayton-Xenia Road Merchants for the fun and free Halloween Party!

KIDS IN COSTUME EAT FREE!
– at Beavercreek Pizza Dive
Children 10 and younger in costume get FREE Pepperoni & Cheese Pizza, Pretzel Bites & a Drink from our All-You-Want-To-Eat Halloween Buffet from 4:00 to 8:00 on Thursday, October 25.

FREE ART ACTIVITIES
– at Decoy Art Center
Decoy Art Studio is joining the Halloween Party fun with FREE kids art activities during the event from 4:00 to 8:00. Beavercreek’s home. Dayton’s home to all things creative is now located at 3491 Dayton-Xenia Road (just down the street, past the post office, in the former Antiques Marketplace building).

MAKE A FREE BIRD FEEDER
– at Decoy Art Center with Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop
Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop will be visiting at Decoy Art Center and making free bird feeders with children 10 and younger.

FREE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS
– at Decoy Art Center
Our friends at Carlson Photography will be taking professional photos of the kids in costume on their autumn scene inside Decoy Art Center.

FREE BEST COSTUME TROPHY
– at TJ Awards
Get a best costume award during the party when you stop by TJ Awards Co.. Children in costume get to watch as their name is laser engraved on the plaque for their FREE trophy. How cool and generous is that? TJ Awards is just down the street from us, next to Knollwood Garden Center, in the strip with Capitol Cleaners.

FREE FACE PAINTING & TEMPORARY TATTOOS
– at Bombshell Culture Salon
Bombshell Culture Salon is next to Knickerbocker in Decoy Art Center’s former home. They’re opening just in time for the Halloween Party with free face painting, air brush spray tattoos and colorful sprays for hair.

FREE GOODIE BAGS
– at Beavercreek Pizza Dive
The first 350 children at Beavercreek Pizza Dive get a goodie bag packed with lots of FREEBIES from your favorite Beavercreek merchants–like a certificate for a free pizza from us and goodies from Sanderson Insurance Agency, 24-7 Gym and Fitness, Central Carpet & Interiors, Primrose School of Beavercreek, Greene County Public Library, and McAfee Heating and Air Conditioning. The goodie bag project is thanks to Sanderson Insurance Agency who generously donates and fills the bags.

Our monthly book selection will be centered around a cooking or food theme, but in most cases will be a novel or a short story collection. We’ll have two meetings at the end of each month, please pick the one that is most convenient for you!

October’s book selection is The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle. At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends within her utterly captivating novel, The Dinner List, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You. 

We are so excited to dig into this book! Join us in October to chat about this newly published novel. Copies are available at Once Upon a Thyme Bookshop, but purchase from the shop is not required.

Cost – Free, but please register so we know how many to expect for refreshment purposes.

We love stories about food, so our Story Thyme will be all about the fun stuff that happens with food and in the kitchen. Perfect for all ages.

This event will be held every Wednesday at 10:30am and every Saturday at 3pm.

Free.

We love stories about food, so our Story Thyme will be all about the fun stuff that happens with food and in the kitchen. Perfect for all ages.

This event will be held every Wednesday at 10:30am and every Saturday at 3pm.

Free.

We love stories about food, so our Story Thyme will be all about the fun stuff that happens with food and in the kitchen. Perfect for all ages.

This event will be held every Wednesday at 10:30am and every Saturday at 3pm.

Free.