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 and dinner every Sunday 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.
The meal is served family style and folks are invited to linger over the meal as in a nice restaurant or dinner at home. There are four seatings each Wednesday for lunch at (roughly) 10:30, 11:15, 12:00 and 12: 45 and two seatings each Sunday for dinner at 4:30 and 5:15 PM. Reservations are not necessary!
To volunteer with the Downtown Welcome Table or other Haywood Street ministries, please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-575-2477 ext. 106.
Many of Asheville’s finest local restaurants support the Downtown Welcome Table through an initiative called Chefs@Welcome Table.
We are very grateful to our restaurant partners and especially Liz Button, co-owner of Curate, who manages this collaboration.
Find them on Facebook by searching “Chefs at Welcome Table Asheville.”