Thursday, April 21, 2016

On The Table 2016 dinner May 10 in Evanston

Updated May 6, 2016

THIS I BELIEVE: When we come together, as a community, to listen and learn, we have the power to enhance neighborhoods and lives. I also believe that all of us--I say ALL OF US--have stories and perspectives to share that others would benefit hearing about. Can I get an AMEN?!

What do you believe? I'd like to know.

Think you'd enjoy sharing a meal with a handful of friends, neighbors, strangers and family members and discussing our "ideal community”, what a “united Chicago” might look like, and how we might get closer to achieving that?

I'm hosting an On The Table dinner which will be all about that.

When: Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Peckish Pig
623 Howard St., Evanston
Cost: $33/person*

Get in touch soon.
Seating is limited.


This On The Table dinner will be one of many happening on May 10 throughout the Chicago area. Now in its third year, this Chicago Community Trust initiative includes participants from every ZIP code in the region. Last year more than 20,000 folks gathered to swap stories and perspectives over a meal one evening in May.

The Trust is again organizing this massive happening, because its leaders look forward to hearing the new ideas and feedback that will arise. For participants, it is a chance to connect with new and old friends over a good meal and hopefully gain fresh insights.

I work in media. One of the questions I'd like to get some feedback on is how you are informed about what is going on in your geographic community and what kinds of information or sharing you think we need more of.

I picked Peckish Pig for our gathering, because their food is yummy, the vibe is encouraging, Chef Deb is fun and because it's on the border of Chicago and Evanston, says a map. What does that line on a map mean?

I hope you'll come and leave feeling inspired, enlightened, maybe more connected. If next steps/action items come from the conversation, lovely. If not, that's just fine. But if we do, we could possibly get $1000 to pull off something via the Acting Up Award.

If you can't make it to one of the many dinners happening on May 10, you can follow the action via #onthetable2016 on Twitter and elsewhere online.

*Cost will cover a three-course meal which will probably include Goat Cheese & Honeycomb with Toast Points, Charcuterie, Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash Crème, Roasted Vegetables Skewers with Cilantro Lime Butter, and for dessert, Mini Brownies with Salted Carmel Drizzle and Fresh Fruit with Balsalmic Reduction and Crème Fraîche served family style. Menu will be firmed up after May 1. Tax and tip for the meal is included. Not included are drinks, so unless you are fine with water served in Peckish Pig's signature blue mason jars, you'll want to bring extra dinero with you.


Other #OnTheTable2016 dinners

My dinner will not be free, but WTTW and WFMT will be picking up the tab on the dinners they are hosting. You can sign up now for their dinners at .

The City of Evanston is organizing some dinners, too. Beth Emet's Andrea London is hosting a pot luck.

Loyola University is sponsoring two gatherings in Rogers Park.

Want to hang out with some teenagers? Teens will lead a discussion about violence, justice, peace and community at IMPACT Family Center.

Equal Pay Day Chicago will offer Girl Scout cookies at their lunch in downtown Chicago.

Center for Changing Lives is hosting a gathering at St. Augustine College in Chicago.

The Executive Service Corps of Chicago is hosting a lunch in Chicago's Loop.

The African American Legacy Initiative is hosting a breakfast in The Walnut Room at Field's, oh, I mean Macy's.

Chicago Park District's Humboldt Park Advisory Council is hosting a gathering at Humboldt Park.

Halle Levy and Healthcare Alternative Systems are hosting a discussion in Chicago's Logan Square about youth violence in school.

Operation Warm Chicago is hosting their gathering mid-day in downtown Chicago.

Amanda Neely and Overflow Coffee Bar in Chicago's South Loop is hosting a conversation, as well.

May is Mental Health month. Kennedy Forum Illinois is putting mental health and addiction on the table. If you'd like in on one of open-to-the-public dinners to discuss that, contact James Burns at or 312-479-2636 . You can follow what they are talking about online via #BreakTheSilence.

The City Club of Chicago is hosting a breakfast. Sounds nice.

South Austin Neighborhood Association is hosting a gathering with Alderman Chris Taliaferro at MacArther's Resturant starting at 6 p.m.

Compa is hosting a 4:30 p.m. and a 6 p.m. gathering at BeSpeak Studio in Chicago's Lincoln Park.

Michael Carpanzano is hosting an evening gathering in Bollingbrook.

Destiny Watson is hosting a gathering in the Homewood-Flossmoor neighborhood

On May 8, Alison Stanton is hosting a potluck at the Blue 1647 Tech Innovation Center: Building The Diversity in Tech Chicago Community Agenda.

Who wants to bowl? People's Resource Center is hosting their gathering on Wednesday, May 11 at Pinstrips in Oakbrook.