Sunday, Oct 1 – Iroquois Park (behind the amphitheater)
Imagine 2000 people simultaneously sharing an intimate dinner with a few neighbors. Imagine tantalizing food and even more intriguing stories. Imagine the happy excitement you feel when you connect with a new friend.
Magical things happen when people get together for a meal. They eat. They talk. They connect. In a time with many opposing points of view, we need real dialogue and respectful spaces to come together as neighbors. This is what we’re hoping to create with The Big Table.
At the event, people will be organized into tables of 8, some of whom will be unfamiliar. Volunteers will help facilitate conversation among the group. We’ll share stories about the food we bring, about meaningful tables, about our lives, about ourselves. There will be no central stage or entertainment schedule. The only goal will be to engage with each other, and leave as friends rather than strangers.
And maybe we’ll break a record!
We are hoping for at least 2000 attendees, which would put Louisville on the map for the World’s Largest Potluck.
The magic of this event is in the interaction at the table and Table Hosts are the key to that magic! Everything you need to know to Host a Table.
As a Table Host, you will fill the essential role of welcoming participants to the event, directing them to a table, and guiding the conversation that occurs. Do not be intimidated! We have designed fun and simple processes for helping strangers connect and tell stories. We also need 25 volunteers to help with set-up and clean-up. We are asking all Table Hosts to participate in one of four online training options, so everyone is comfortable in their role.
We will also need people to champion areas of the event (Area Hosts) to ensure everything is running smoothly, and overall help with set-up/clean-up.
Individual and organizational sponsorships help make The Big Table and other “We Are Louisville” community building events a happen. The funds raised from sponsorships will help offset the expenses of this year’s Big Table event and provide funds for future community conversations.
Who should come?
Everyone! We hope to engage the broad spectrum of the Louisville community.
What should I bring?
- Each adult should bring a dish to share to feed at least 8 people. Use a recipe with a family connection or something you just really like!
- We will not be supplying power or ice, so please use coolers or insulating dishes to keep your food safe.
- Serving utensils – We will provide plates, napkins and utensils.
- Drinks for yourselves
- Bring blankets and/or a chair – We are providing seating for 2000 people. In case of an extra large turnout, please bring a blanket along. If you are unable to sit on a blanket, please bring a chair.
- Please bring a recipe card so that we know ingredients (if the recipe is a secret, a simple list will do!).
- Please note: We will be marking vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and nut-containing dishes, but we cannot promise those with allergies will not come into contact with these things. These dishes are made in home kitchens and no responsibility will be taken by the cook or the organizing committee. Please use your best judgement.
What to leave at home
- Alcohol or glass bottles
- Unleashed dogs – Please use your best judgement on whether or not this activity would be fun for your four-legged family members. If you think yes, please keep your dog leashed during the event.
- Free parking is available at Iroquois Ampitheater, and also at DeSales High School. ADA parking is available and attendants will be on hand to direct traffic.
Food Safety Tips
- The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has provided the following food safety tips. Please consider these as you choose your dish, and transport it.