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France. "I realized I can give people a similar experience in an authentic Texas way," she says. "Come to Round Top and have that feeling of being in the Texas countryside." Smart tapped Houston designer Marie Flanigan to design the interiors and recently hosted the Marie Flanigan Interiors team for Kitchenette Farm's first retreat, which was a smashing success. "Round Top is this buzzword catching on outside of Texas," Smart says. "Our friends in California say, 'Are you near Round Top?' It's the perfect vortex of being an easy drive from Austin, Houston, and San Antonio." She's outfitted the kitchen with products by some of her favorite Texas makers and vendors: plates by Rigby, glassware from Courtney Barton, cocktail napkins by Mirth, towels and mitts by KD Weave, and Old Country Olive Oil. Staub outfitted the kitchen with pots and skillets for classes, and Zwilling-Henckles provided knives, and each student station has a Boos blocks board. Kitchenette Farm will host bespoke culinary workshops and seasonal gatherings. Fridays at the Farm classes are short daytime workshops from 11 am – 1:30 pm, including seasonal lunch for private groups ($175 per person; $1,750 minimum). Private farm cooking demos Julie and Jason Alkire and dinners include a signature cocktail, wine pairing, appetizer, dinner, and dessert ($200 a person; $2,000 minimum). Seasonal retreats and full-day immersive experiences — including cooking classes, farm tours, sustainable-livestock-ranch visits, and expert-led natural-wine tastings — are coming soon. A vegetable garden with Rooted Garden is also in the works, with a stone garden table and solar café lights. And Kitchenette Honey is also on the horizon, once a harvest is available from the bees newly on site. Kitchenette Farm Cooking School, smartinthekitchen. com/kitchenette-farm. Clockwise from top left: Kitchen designed by Marie Flanigan Interiors. A hutch in the dining area. Staub outfitted the kitchen with pots and skillets. Marcia Smart INTERIORS MARIE FLANIGAN INTERIORS 14

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