Across the Table Partners with Piven Theatre Workshop


Across the Table, an Evanston-based nonprofit, breaks down barriers between our diverse communities by provoking thoughtful discussion among diverse people while enjoying delicious food.

How the Dinners Work

Across the Table’s participants enjoy dinners that take place throughout Evanston at restaurants, arts organizations, community organizations and other event spaces

Dinners currently take place once or twice per month.

Each dinner group is limited to ten to twelve people and includes an experienced facilitator who guides the discussions around a chosen topic.

Examples of topics are: “What does it mean to have freedom?” or “What does it mean to be an insider or an outsider?”

Participants Have Great Things to Say About Across the Table

According to Jeanne K., “The facilitator did an excellent job guiding the discussion and creating a warm, welcoming environment. I felt comfortable very quickly with a new group of people. I think Across the Table is a great opportunity to…find out what people think about different issues. It’s difficult for me to pass on stimulating dinner conversations — I will definitely sign up for more!”

According to Cathy M., “The conversation was lively & rich. Many different perspectives were brought forth making this a thought provoking experience. Thank you to Across the Table!”

Across the Table has been honored to have been featured in The Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, NS Magazine and Jay’s Chicago on WTTW Channel 11.

Who is Behind Across the Table

Lauren Grossman started Across The Table in 2008 when she found herself frustrated by how segregated our communities were (and still are) and the lack of opportunities to form meaningful connections and relationships with people whose worlds and experiences were different from her own. She successfully ran Across The Table in Chicago for three years until her oldest son was born in 2011. However, since its re-launch in Across The Table has succeeded in reaching diverse audiences and sold out every dinner!

Upcoming Across the Table Dinners
Date & Time: Tuesday, May 22nd from 6:00 to 8:30 PM

Location: Feast and Imbibe at 1601 Payne Street in Evanston, IL
Topic: How does race and socio-economics impact what place we call a home?

Tickets: Limited to 10 per dinner, tickets are $30 per person with a $10 reduced rate option.

To Register: www.AcrossTheTable.org

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