We believe deeply in the sacred nature of a shared table and the powerful medicine that food can be–for the body and the soul. We may not be able to go out right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t dine together!
A Shared Table and En Conjunto have joined together to create an online dining experience.
A Digital Dine-In is a group of 8-10 people who gather virtually to eat a meal and share meaningful conversation. Guests are invited to prepare a meal in their own home and then join a video call where they will have the opportunity to eat their meal in virtual community with people from across the globe.
Each Digital Dine-In has a unique theme and will be led by two hosts. Dinner themes are chosen by the evening’s hosts so each experience will be unique and a reflection of the hosts' imagination and experience. Add to the mix each unique guest and you can expect conversations that are fun, educational, creative, thoughtful and more. Dinner conversation themes could range from "art for justice," "Indigenous food sovereignty," "the global community," "strengthening the local economy," "Black and Latinx relationships," and so on.
Anyone! A Shared Table is Canada-based and En Conjunto is U.S.-based, as such we hold a commitment to creating an online dining experience that can be enjoyed by folks from around the world. If a dinner topic is going to be specific to a region, or the dinner is held in a language other than English, that will be noted on the registration page.
That’s up to you! For individual participants, the Digital Dine-In is a pay what you are able experience. All funds will be used towards the sustainability of this project: honouring the skills and labour of the Digital Dine-In dinner hosts and admin team.
If you want to schedule a private Digital Dine-In for your group or organization please contact us. We will work with you to curate a meaningful team building experience, including finding a topic and dinner hosts (experienced facilitators).
All of our dinner hosts are skilled facilitators and experienced in the art of hospitality. We support and resource our dinner hosts before and after their Digital Dine-In experience. We've also created Digital Dine-In Table Manners, which we invite everyone to review and practice during the dinners. Read a PDF copy our of our Digital Dine-In Table Manners here.
RSVP for a Digital Dine-In through the Dinner Schedule. If you see a Digital Dine-In you're interested in RSVP today, as all dinners are capped at 10 guests.
That’s great! We are looking for Digital Dine-In hosts who have interesting topics to host and are skilled in the art of hospitality, facilitation, and creating an overall experience that allows people to feel seen and cared for. If that's you, contact us today.
Don’t hesitate to reach out. You can contact us with questions or concerns via email.
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AnaYelsi is the Founder of
En Conjunto—a collective providing support, community, resources, and collaborative opportunities to People of Color working independently at the intersection of justice and spirituality. She offers education, consulting, writing, and art that's based on an interlocking framework for justice and equity.
Bernadette is the Founder and Chief Experience Officer of A Shared Table—a transformational event company that uses FOOD + STORIES + ART to design cross-cultural experiences that inspire authentic and inclusive community. She's also an experienced, trainer, facilitator and consultant in the areas of asset based community development, justice and equity.
These are intimate, economically priced family-style dinners open to anyone and everyone who wants to practice the art of making meaningful human connections. They happen every other month and feature the cultural arts of different minority ethnic communities living in Hamilton, ON.
How it works?
We invite Hamilton's traditional and non-traditional, "amateur" and professional cooks, storytellers, and artists to co-curate an evening of human connection with us. These are beautiful humans, who hold and practice their indigenous communities' cultural arts and are willing to share those gifts with others.
We then convene a table that is open for all. Our "guests" participate in co-curating the evening by engaging and connecting what they see, hear and feel, with their own cultural narratives. We emphasize the practices of mutuality and reciprocity as a means of holding vulnerable space that promotes authentic connection and belonging.
To find out about our next Sunday Dinner Pop-Up check out our events page.