Downtown Welcome Table

It rests on the assumption that food is a primary means of grace, a way to love and connect.

It is a homemade meal served on an abundant plate by an attentive wait staff. Folks are invited to linger over the meal as in a nice restaurant or dinner at home.

Cloth napkins, flowers on the table, and East Fork pottery 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.

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.

Haywood Street Congregation and Downtown Welcome Table

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

The Details

Lunch is served family style on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. 

With the family style format, meals begin at designated seating times every half hour. When you arrive on campus, stop by the reservation booth to choose which meal time works best for you.

Please contact us in advance so we can be sure to make proper arrangements: or 828-575-2477, ext. 301

Become a Partner


Chefs @ Downtown Welcome Table is a creative partnership between local chefs and restaurateurs and the Downtown Welcome Table, based on the belief that one of the best ways to love people is through food.

We are extremely grateful to the more than 40 local restaurants that participate with this program.


Get Involved


To volunteer with the Downtown Welcome Table, the first step is to attend a companion orientation.

Companions are those who offer their time, energy, or simply their presence to our community. Because we are not a ministry where “the haves” help “the have-nots,” the invitation to be a companion is not relegated to those with homes, wealth, or mental health.

Liz Button Full Plate Fund


The Liz Button Full Plate Fund will help ensure that there is always enough at the Downtown Welcome Table, and a seat at the table for everyone.

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