What’s On the Table?

Bring together your friends, colleagues or strangers over some good food and talk about what matters most to you. This is a BC wide event, where you’re in charge. Whether it’s a meal, snack or coffee break, On the Table encourages individuals or organizations to take the time and connect with one-another face-to-face.

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Public Events

Ann Woods

1630 Croation Road, Campbell River
Thursday, Sept 26, 4pm

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AS Dhaliwal

Bolivar Heights Park 13445 115 Ave, Surrey
Thursday, Sept 26, 5pm

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Caroline Horne

1428 Kootenay, Prince Rupert
Thursday, Sept 26, Noon

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Cedardale Neighbourhood

Cedardale Park 3rd St and Macbeth, West Vancouver
Friday, Sept 27, 5:30

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Chamber Restaurant

568 Beatty St, Vancouver
Thursday, Sept 26, 3pm

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Check Your Head & Broadway Youth Resource Centre

Broadway Youth Resource Centre, Vancouver
Wednesday, Oct 2, 5 pm

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Cheryl Thomas

68 Cameron Road, Clearwater
Thursday, Sept 26, 9am

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Chris Rafuse

Let's Connect at Clements Sundrop Centre, Duncan
Thursday, Sept 26, 10:30

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City Centre Community Association

City Centre Community Centre, Richmond
Thursday, Sept 26, 9:30am

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Cridge Centre & Geoff Sing

3916 Lianne Pl, Victoria
Thursday Sept 26 at 5pm

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Farm to School BC

Skeena Valley Famers Market, Terrace
Saturday, Sept 28, 10:30am

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Great Lakes Networking Society of BC

1788 Kent Avenue South, Vancouver
Saturday Sept 28, 3:30pm

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Hive & House

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Vancouver
Thursday, Sept 26, 7pm

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Easy Italian Food Cooking

488 SW Marine, Vancouver
Thursday, Oct 3, 6pm

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Jonathan Chan, Company of Disciples

146 W Cordova, Vancouver
Thursday, Sept 26, 12pm

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Klynt Domsky

2611 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Saturday, Sept 28, 7pm

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Langley Meadows Community Association

Langley Meadows Elementary School, Langley
Wednesday, Oct 2, 6pm

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Lisa Brown

4566 W 10th Ave Vancouver
Sunday, Sept 29, 5pm

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MABRRI & The Master of Community Planning Program at VIU

900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo
Friday Sept 27, Noon

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Maria Mak

1005-88 W Pender, Vancouver
Saturday, Sept 28, 4pm

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Matchstick Coffee

213 E Georgia St Vancouver
Thursday, Sept 26, 5pm

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Maylen Crespo & Asmita Lawrence

716 6th Ave, New Westminster
Thursday, Sept 26, 5pm

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Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

800 E Broadway, Vancouver
Wednesday, Oct 2, 6pm

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Mountain Hub

Mountain Hub, Invermere
Thursday, Sept 26, 12pm

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New Westminster Literacy

Century House, New Westminster
Thursday, Sept 26, 1pm

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OUTspoken

Creston Public Library, Creston
Monday, Sept 28, 4pm

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Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation

Local Coffee Shop, Qualicum Beach
Thursday, Sept 26, 9am

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RayCam Renew

868 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Sunday, Sept 29, 6:30

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Robert Lee YMCA

955 Burrard St, Vancouver
Thursday, Sept 26, 5:30pm

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Salmo Valley Public Library

104 4th Street, Salmo
Wednesday, Oct 2, 5pm

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South Vancouver Neighbourhood House

6470 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Friday, Sept 27, 1pm

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Squamish Food Policy Council

Cleveland Ave x Main St, Squamish
Thursday, Sept 26, 5:30pm

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The Elkford Community Fund

Kootenay Market Mall, Elkford
Thursday, Sept 26, 10am

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The Green Moustache and Richer Health

The Green Moustache Organic Café, Whistler
Thursday, Sept 26, 5:30

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The Victoria Foundation

703 Broughton Street, Victoria
Thursday, Sept 26

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Transition Nanaimo

321 Wesley St, Nanaimo
Tuesday, Oct 1, 5pm

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West Kootenay Regional Arts Council

91 Baker St, Nelson
Thursday, Sept 26, 1pm

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Adler University

520 Seymour St, Vancouver
Thursday Sept 26, 8am

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Creative Pulse

16 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
Thursday Sept 26, 6:00pm

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Chris Mathieson/Old Grist Mill

2691 Upper Bench Rd., Keremeos
Thursday Sept 26, 3pm

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The Green Moustache and Richer Health

2-1209 Alpha Lake Road, Whistler
Thursday Sept 26, 5:30pm

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Hoovie

238 E 1st Ave, Vancouver
Weds Oct 9, 6:30pm

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Kits House Community Potluck

2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
Wednesday Oct 2, 6pm

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Kudoz

4924 Imperial Street, Burnaby
Thursday Sept 26, 2pm

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Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

50 East 30th Ave, Vancouver
Thursday Sept 26, 6:30pm

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North Vancouver City Library

120 W 14th St, North Vancouver
Saturday Sept 28, 10am

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Oaklands Community Association

2736 Fernwood Road, Victoria
Saturday Sept 21, 10am/noon/2pm

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JQT Vancouver & Or Shalom Synagogue

710 E.10th Ave, Vancouver
Saturday Oct 19, 7pm

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Persephone Brewing Company

1053 Stewart Rd, Gibsons
Thursday Sept 26, 7pm

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Reconciliation Canada

2986 Nanaimo Street, Vancouver
Monday Sept 30, 6pm

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UCHE/Angela

109 East 40th Ave, Vancouver
Sunday, Sept 29, 1:15pm

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Vancity HUB

89 W 2nd Ave, Vancouver
Tuesday Oct 1, 6pm

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Vancouver Foundation

1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Thursday Sept 26 at 12:00 noon

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Randy Soon & ZLC Financial

800 Smithe St, Vancouver
Thursday Sept 26, 8am

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FAQs

  • What is On the Table?

    On the Table is an invitation from Vancouver Foundation for people, organizations, and communities across BC to come together, share some food, and have conversations about what matters most to them. All the topics that are discussed will be collected and shared—giving us an exciting snapshot of what’s on people’s minds across the province right now. It’s a fun, meaningful opportunity for people everywhere to meet, gather, and share!

  • Do all events have to take place on September 26th?

    Most On the Table events will take place on September 26th so we can focus our collective energy toward one launch day—but registration is open for the full week so if you’re too busy on that day, host your event anytime within the week up until October 3rd.

  • Where should On the Table events take place?

    You can host On the Table in any place that inspires people to talk. It could be your local library or office breakroom, a neighbourhood restaurant or a nearby park, church, or recreation centre. Many people will host at home, around their own kitchen table. What matters most is that people come together, share some food, and have a conversation.

  • How many people should I invite?

    As many or as few as you like. We recommend about 8 to 12 people per table. This way, everyone has a chance to listen and contribute to the conversation.

  • Does it have to be a meal?

    Not at all! People should have something to eat, but it doesn’t matter what. You can serve something simple like coffee and cake or chips and dip. Put together a four-course meal if you want to—or even ask your guests to bring something and make it a potluck.

  • What is the theme of the conversations?

    As a host, you choose a topic you’re interested in sharing with others. This will help you decide who to invite to your event.  If you’re interested meeting new people outside your network that share a passion about your topic, you can create a public event. Alternatively, choose a very general topic and allow the conversation to flow organically from the group around the table.

  • Who provides the food?

    Each On the Table host provides the food—or asks their guests to bring something to share. It’s entirely flexible, and up to each host how big or small they want their event to be.

  • Can I serve alcohol at an On the Table event?

    You can. As the host of your event, you choose how to set the table and the tone of your gathering. As a host, the law is clear that you have responsibility when serving alcohol to guests, and that is no different for an On the Table event, so serve wisely.

  • What kind of information is required to register?

    Registration will take place through the On the Table website, and will require the host’s name, email address, and postal code. Registration is now open at onthetablebc.com.

  • How can I let my guests know about my event?

    Ensure your guests know about your event early by downloading and emailing them our “Save the Date” card. There’s a colourful card for every day of On The Table. You can find a card for your event date in the Resources section.

  • Why is Vancouver Foundation doing this?

    One thing we’ve learned through our work is that people are longing for a deeper connection to their neighbours and community. On the Table gives us all a chance to do something about it. Great things happen when we come together, share food, and have a conversation.

  • How can I spread the word?

    We encourage you and your guests to share your thoughts and experiences with us before, during and after your event using the hashtag #onthetablebc.

  • I'm hosting another event on September 26th, can I combine On the Table with it?

    Yes, of course! If you already have an event planned for September 26th feel free to include On the Table as part of it! Just ensure that the On the Table portion of your event is not used in anyway to generate a profit (eg. fundraising).

  • Can I host more than one On the Table event?

    You can! However, our web registration system only supports one event per account. To host more than one On the Table event this year, you will need to register a separate account, using a different email address, for each additional event that you are hosting.

  • Can my On the Table event be open to the public?

    Definitely! On the Table is the perfect platform for interacting with a public audience. Set a venue, topic and open your doors to everyone. If ticketing is required to cover the cost of food provided at your event that’s ok. Just ensure that a profit is not made from your On the Table event (eg. fundraising).

  • Can I have some help with the On the Table invitation system?

    If you need some help with getting a handle on creating and sending invitations or with managing your guest list, please contact us at host@onthetablebc.com.

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