The Naylors have brought a piece of dining paradise to the small, enchanting town of Stillwater, PA in the form of Old Tioga Farm-Elegant Farmhouse Dinners. The evenings begin with the perfected hosting of Dillon, wife of head chef and co-owner, Justin. She is your guide through an extraordinary culinary experience.
Name: Dillon Naylor
Job, position, title: Co-owner of old Tioga Farm. She is also homeschooling her three boys!
In what city were you born?
What is your birth month and why?
“October. I’ve always felt it made sense to me that my birth month is October even though I was due to be born in September.”
What is something interesting/fun about your family history?
“My parents ran a toy business and made wooden toys. They supported our family by making wooden toys. So, I was raised by toy makers.”
What is something you’ve learned and had fun learning it?
“Once I took a tango class and had so much fun learning to tango. It’s something I would definitely like to get back to one day.”
What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
“Have a cup of tea, read, listen to music. Having kids means reading aloud to them. I love to read out loud to them…I mean, I really love it.”
What keeps you up at night?
“I hate so say it but the ‘what if’s?’.”
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “beautiful”?
“Actually, being with other women and just that energy that comes from that experience. Learning new things from them and each other, it’s really something special.”
What is your special gift?
“One special gift that I feel that I have, and I don’t use it all the time, is that I really enjoy listening to people. I enjoy hearing their stories and I feel they know that I like listening to them. Especially with the elderly. I’ve always enjoyed spending time with them, working with them.”
If there were one thing you could tell the entire world, what would it be?
“That sometimes there are things that are more important than taking sides. Sometimes being in the middle of a debate and hearing and trying to understand both sides is so important. If there were more people passionate about that, things might be a little different.”
What is your passion in life?
My passion in life has more to do with people. Working to facilitate that connection with community and other people. It’s important to do that in the restaurant business but just as important in everyday life.”
What do you do to facilitate that passion every day?
“Being home with the kids, I’ve worked on my parenting and with connecting with them as people. And I’ve found parenting to not be the easiest thing in the world. I love it but it is not easy and I’ve found it to be a very humbling experience.
This is a question from the previous interview, Renato Luongo-what did they find is the hardest thing in life to do?
“It’s a toss up between raising children and letting go of the past. Now that I think of it, my answer would be letting go of the past
One question you would ask the next person with whom I speak?
“What was a decision you’ve made as an adult that you never thought you’d be making?”
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