Hearth & Table gathers our experience in event planning, love of ingredients, and a desire to create an experience for others. Planning an event means creating an experience. It means listening to and reading the needs of clients, and then building their vision and taking it to heights that they could never have imagined. It’s about making sure a client feels taken care of during every step of the process. That is what we love to do. That is what we’re good at.
Jessica Hayden Mattheus is the owner and head chef of Hearth & Table. Jess’ passion toward food, and the act of breaking bread comes from growing up in a bi-cultural and bilingual family where life revolved around the kitchen table. As a Peruvian, Irish Catholic, New Jerseyian, she spent most of her younger years in the rural town of Cranbury, NJ, as well as the coastal city of Lima, Peru. Seeing such different worlds gave her a real sense of belonging to a global community, and it made her want to go explore more. Her travels began as an infant, first to Peru and Venezuela, visiting her Mom’s family, and then to Europe where she lived in Spain and studied in Italy.
The inspiration for Hearth & Table is to bring us, as a culture and a society, back to the table. To Jess a table is a landmark for family and friends to gather, to share food and experiences. The symbol of the table is a place where we create dialogue, discussion, and most importantly, a place where we can create memories and laughter. Everyone understands the concept of breaking bread. Her hope is that Hearth & Table will help everyone experience it.