Imagine two thousand Louisvillians 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. Table Hosts 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 we will make history as the largest potluck in the World!

Download a Report on the 2017 Event

The Big Table: A Case Study on The World's Largest Potluck

by Jud Hendrix

As a Table Host, you will fill the essential role of welcoming participants to the event and guiding the conversation that occurs. Do not be intimidated! We have designed fun and simple processes for helping strangers connect and tell stories.  You will be sent Table Host facilitation instructions after you register. 

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.

How can we beat the World Record?

The previous World Record as set last year in India with 3,200 participants.  In order for Louisville to be in the Guinness Book of World Record's, you must be present from 5:45 PM to 6:15 PM and bring a dish to share with at least 6 other people. 

What should I bring?

  • For our event to qualify for the World's Largest Potluck each person should bring a dish to share to feed at least 6 people and be present from 5:45 to 6:15.
  • To be counted, every person must bring something, so please get creative if you have a large family! You may bring food, dessert, fruit or a non-alchololic drink to share with at least 6 people.  
  • Use a recipe with a family connection or something you just really like!
  • Bring drinks, but not alcohol or glass bottles.
  • 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 but not serving utensils
  • Bring blankets and/or a chair – We are providing seating for 3,500 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.

Parking info
Free parking is available at Iroquois Amphitheater, 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.