Signature Meetings

What is a Signature Suppers Meeting?

Meetings take place in community kitchens, private homes and at the Suppers Kitchen. Most start with food preparation, followed by a meal and discussion of a food and health-related topic. (Examples of health-related topics include immune support, blood sugar regulation and brain health.) Meals are carefully planned, considering the needs of the group, as well as particular dietary preferences. Whenever possible food is locally, seasonally and ethically sourced. Meetings are conducted by Trained Peer Facilitators, committed to supporting good health through cooking and eating a whole foods diet. Most meetings can accommodate about 10 guests, and the average cost to attend is $15-20.

What is a meeting like?

All meetings have a food component, most often involving the preparation and eating of a delicious meal of whole, fresh foods following the Suppers Guidelines. There is a meeting theme or focus, such as discussion around some program material, story or conducting a book review. Members enjoy a meal together and check in with each other to share their own personal experiments to see how certain foods make them feel; new strategies used to try to improve habits; and observations made as taste buds change in favor of healthier food. Participants help with clean up, and the whole experience lasts from 90 minutes to 2 hours.

How do I find a meeting or figure out which one is right for me?

Please check out Our Calendar, and you may want to explore a few meetings to find the one that feels right for you. You need to register to attend. Careful planning and preparation goes into each meeting, including buying of groceries, so solid RSVPs are required. 

How much does it cost to attend a meeting?

That depends on the menu, but you can assume $15 to $20. Prepayment is required. 

What kind of food is on the menu?

Suppers has no food biases EXCEPT that we cook with whole, fresh ingredients. There are no milled grains or sugars. Dairy and processed foods are very limited. We create a culture of tolerance around food that allows us to serve vegetarians and meat eaters harmoniously at the same table. Individual meetings may have a special focus (vegan, paleo, low carb, etc.), but at general meetings (which cater to all eating styles) there is broad tolerance of different eating styles.

What if I don't know how or don’t like to cook?

You'd be perfect for Suppers! The only requirement is the desire to lead a healthier life. If you want to learn to prepare delicious food, we'll teach you. Our recipes are simple and easy to follow.

What if I have certain food restrictions, sensitivities or allergies?

We require that you let your facilitator know ahead of time. People with special concerns must attend the meal preparation portion of the meeting to make sure that no problematical ingredients end up in your food. 

Will Suppers help me solve my health problems?

Suppers is not a substitute for treatment or therapy. Suppers provides the opportunity to experience the impact of making healthy food choices combined with a strong social connection. Many health problems require that you work towards healthier habits and Suppers is designed to help you do just that.

Who attends meetings?

People of all sorts who want to lead healthier lives. While there are no special requirements, participants are expected to be safe handling knives and equipment, observe guest rules, wash their hands, communicate respectfully, and engage in the structured social experience provided by Suppers.

Is it more effective to stay with one group/meeting/time, or can I mix and match meetings?

At the beginning you may like to try a few meetings to see which is the best fit for you. There are a few closed meetings with very specific tasks to accomplish which need committed, participants. But most of the meetings are open and welcome to anyone who is interested in the stated theme of the meeting.

What is your refund/cancellation policy?

In order to receive a refund, notice of cancellation is required more than 72 hours prior to the event start time. Please note, refunded payments will only be issued one time per calendar month. If you are unable to attend an event that you have registered for, please contact nancy@thesuppersprograms.org AND the leader/facilitator of the workshop. A full refund will be processed, provided that notification is received within the cancellation policy. For your convenience, you will receive a confirmation email upon completion of registration, as well as a reminder email four days prior to the event.

Can I keep my health issues private?

There is the opportunity, but not the obligation, to share at meetings. However, we recognize that, over time, part of the healing lies in losing the shame and the secrets. Suppers guests are obliged by the culture of the program to refrain from what is said and who is seen at meetings, so if you do reveal something personal, it will stay in the room.

Will there be attendees with issues like me?

Possibly. You can select to attend general meetings where the focus is more on food preparation and camaraderie or ones that center around a diagnosis, such as those for people with diabetes, autoimmune disease or digestive problems.

Can you explain what you mean by "refraining from the promotion of any particular diet, product or service"?

Our meetings are not a venue to turn our members into a marketplace. Sales and marketing messages are not allowed. A practical example: If you want to share a personal experience about a nutrient or mention the name of a doctor who helped you, that's fine. If you want to persuade others to buy a product or give handouts for a practitioner or service, that is not allowed.

What if I want to attend a Suppers meeting, but I don’t live in the area?

Currently, most of our meetings are in the Princeton and Trenton areas with some available outside of this region. Check out the calendar for meeting locations. But, we want to hear from you! The Suppers Programs is a local solution to a global problem and we have the desire to expand. 

Can I start a program like this where I live?

Growing, preparing and eating real, whole, fresh food is a local phenomenon. The healing takes place one mouthful, one person, one family at a time in a physical location. Please contact us for more information on our next scheduled facilitator training.