Our Preparations

We believe in from scratch only; in sugar and butter over artificial sweeteners and chemicals; in using meat that’s free of antibiotics; in creating less waste, and using recyclable materials like plant-based plastic; in passing down family recipes from generation to generation; in the strength of our grandmothers and of women; in supporting Texas farmers using local ingredients when possible; that fussy food isn’t fun; in the power of community in Fredericksburg.

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Our Suppliers

44 Farms
Grass-fed beef from Cameron, TX

Agarita Creek Farms
Lamb from Fredericksberg, TX

CKC Farms
Goat cheese from Blanco, TX

Grit Girl Grits
Stone-ground grits from Oxford, MS

Katz Coffee
Fair trade organic coffee and cold brew from Houston, TX

Pop’s Honey Pot
Stonewall, TX

Richard’s Rainwater
100% pure rainwater bottled in Dripping Springs, TX

River Bottom Farms
Beef + seasonal produce from San Marcos, TX

Vital Farms
Organic pasture-raised eggs from Austin, TX

Zanzenberg Farms
Pork from Centerpoint, TX


Rebecca Rather, Chef

Known in the culinary world as “The Pastry Queen,” Rebecca is an American pastry chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. She is best known for her bakery café, The Rather Sweet Bakery, which was located in the Texas Hill Country. Rather started as the head pastry chef at Tony’s, La Griglia and Grotto in Houston. She then moved to upstate New York to study artisanal bread with Dan Leader, returning to Texas to oversee the pastry side of Bread Alone Bakery. Rather is the author of three best-selling and award-winning cookbooks, including a winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award.


Paula Kaiser, General Manager

Paula's cool and kind spirit keep things running smoothly at Emma + Ollie. She is the glue that keeps everyone working together by always making those around her feel seen. Paula co-runs the highly successful building contract business, Kaiser and Company, and has had varied management and work experience as a journalist which is the basis for her strong communication skills.


Leigh Lacy, Front of The House Manager

Leigh moved to Fredericksburg 17 years ago and brings her years of service and hospitality experience to Emma + Ollie. She is thrilled to be part of the team creating something that the community is excited to have again ... a place with a cozy atmosphere, friendly people, and outstanding + delicious food that nourishes the soul.


Kathryn Harrison, Owner

Kathy's whimsical and creative personality is deeply embedded in the Emma + Ollie brand. The restaurant is partly after her grandmother, Ollie (and Kathy's beloved canine companion), who shared a similar zest for life! Her family has been a part of Fredericksburg for many years and she is over the moon to provide the community with a place to gather and eat well. Kathy is an amateur astronomer, animal lover, and philanthropist.