Big Table INFORMATION
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
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?
What to leave at home
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.