Convivial Table Dinner goes “Potluck”

In early November, Slow Food San Francisco hosted a new kind of “Convivial Table” – we gathered in a private home and guests brought a dish to contribute to the “Season’s Harvest”-themed meal. With a sold-out event, we had 25 people enjoying a lively evening in the beautiful home of Dr. Raymond Isola and his wife, Susan Lyon, who generously provided additional wine and food. The intimate and casual setting allowed for lots of mingling and the range of dishes made for a most enjoyable meal. Short presentations by Stephanie Houston from Nomad Gardens and Ana Keller from Keller Estate Winery inspired and rounded out the evening.

Guests loved this more personal format, the sharing of home-cooked food and the experience of a dinner party meeting new and interesting people. With a small donation and the contribution of a dish, it’s also a much more affordable dinner format. Which makes us want to repeat this kind of event again soon – and we need hosts! You don’t have to be able to seat 25 people, and certainly not all at one table. Minimum number of guests should be 6 (plus 2 hosts), and a working kitchen where guests can prep their dishes if needed. We help with all coordination, menu planning, selling of (donation-only) tickets and handling of questions from hosts and guests. If you would like to host a Slow Food Dinner in the future, please contact Rena B Meyer at (415.970.1004) with your preferred month, number of guests you can accommodate and any ideas or questions.

Convivial Table dinners have traditionally been set in a restaurant that adheres to our principles of “good, clean and fair” food, and has supported Slow Food in the past. We continue to host restaurant-based dinners, with the next one coming up January 21st at Salumeria! Details will be posted soon.

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