The Downtown Welcome Table

The Downtown Welcome Table rests on the assumption that food is a primary means of grace, a way to love and connect.

Lunch is served every Wednesday to hundreds of downtown siblings, a homemade meal served by a wait staff on abundant plates.

Never intending to be a soup kitchen or feeding line, we want our meal to be a crossroads of diverse community, a gathering of disparate folks, a fork and spoon invitation to prince and pauper alike.

People who might not otherwise come to know each other develop a friendship over a shared meal.

Cloth napkins, flowers on the table, and china plates send the message… you deserve the very best, and are meant to counter the notion often held by those living on the streets that handouts, hand-me-downs and leftovers are all I deserve.

Lunch is served family style and folks are invited to linger over the meal as in a nice restaurant or dinner at home. There are three seatings each Wednesday — at 10:30, 11:15, and 12: 00. Reservations are not necessary!

To volunteer with the Downtown Welcome Table or other Haywood Street ministries, please contact Emily Bentley at or 828-575-2477.


Several Asheville restaurants have become sponsors of the Welcome Table, providing delicious meals from their restaurants to our friends on Wednesday, allowing everyone to be able to try their food.

Liz Button, the co-owner of Curate, has been organizing these restaurants to be a sponsor of the Welcome Table and creating partnerships with Haywood Street. If your restaurant is interested in providing a meal and sponsoring the Welcome Table, contact Liz Button at

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all our restaurant partners!

We also welcome local businesses to sponsor a meal. 

If your business is interested in sponsoring the Welcome Table, click here for the form.


Welcome Table Restaurant Sponsors 

Curate logo

Blackbird logo




Strada logo

the marketplace logo

table logo

rosetta's kitchen logo


vinnie's logo


kjph logo

bouchon logo








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