The Gathering Table Facilitates Art-Forward Festivities in Wakefield

Field of Artisan founders stretch their creativity to embrace foodie celebrations in a unique cafe concept


What do art and cheese have in common? Katrina Momenee would argue they both bring people together – an idea that serves as the premise of The Gathering Table, Wakefield’s newest destination for cozy revelry. 

Momenee and her husband Kevin are the creative masterminds behind pop-up market Field of Artisans and with their new cafe concept, Momenee says, “we aim to transform moments into occasions,” drawing from the couples’ work facilitating arts events since 2015. “Every market, we witness how soulful connection between artisans and art appreciators can elevate a person’s spirit. We hope to create similar genuine connections through The Gathering Table.”

Designed with the Art Nouveau era in mind, Momenee describes the countertop flooded with natural light from windows, a gallery wall of old photos and magazine pages depicting celebrations, and a mix of elegant and natural decor filling the space. “We’ve spent a lot of time creating a feeling here,” says Momenee. “We like to say it feels enchanted, yet familiar.”

Gathering, whether planned or impromptu, is encouraged in the space itself, though the cheese counter and specialty shop elements of the business also outfit guests with the provisions needed to bring their celebrations anywhere. “A quality cheese carries a story and that story is the next conversation starter at your gathering,” says Momenee, explaining that they carry 30 artisan cheeses, both locally and internationally sourced, with more added weekly. A special series of tasting events
is in the works.

“Our specialty shop sells party supplies that can accompany your cheese selection, decorate your space, or invite your guests,” says Momenee. With an artist’s eye for items that make an impression, she curates a selection of goods from local makers, many of whom are also art market vendors, as well as vintage party supplies like glassware, unused invitations, and books on entertaining. When it comes to snacking, find jams, cookies, crackers, ever-trendy tinned fish, spreads, olives, and meats, most of which come from New England and Rhode Island brands, including Narragansett’s Fox Smoked Fish.

And did we mention there’s crepes? The cafe serves delicate yet rich varieties made with buckwheat and flour batter, and a slew of toppings. “Each crepe is named after a type of gathering,” shares Momenee. “On the sweet side, the current favorite is The Jubilee with blueberry and lemon cream cheese. On the savory side is The Bonfire with smoked salmon, cream cheese, capers, and scallions.” There’s plenty of bites for vegan eaters, too, including fresh-made salads, soups, and Buddha bowls.

The couple’s experience taking a leap on launching Field of Artisans, during a time when such a concept didn’t yet exist in the area, uniquely positions them to identify a niche for their business that facilitates joyous soirees. “As both residents and business owners in South County, we have a true understanding of the area’s essence. We believe that we can fulfill a need while also introducing people to something new.” 237 Robinson Street, Wakefield,


Art in the Details

The Gathering Table stocks a number of handmade items from local makers. Here’s a handful you’ll find in the shop:

Artisan confections
by Allumé Chocolate, Wakefield

Wooden dining ware
by Boyd Studios, Providence

Herbal bundles
by Erba Energy Cleansing, Westerly

Natural soy candles
by Latitude Home, Providence



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