The Suppers Programs offer a possible solution to a range of seemingly disparate health problems which may relate to processed food. The solution -- of forming a community around a mutual desire to live according to one's intentions instead of one's impulses -- is common to all of our programs.
Types of Programs
Signature Suppers Meetings
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.
Suppers Workshops focus on a food and/or health-related topic and often involve food demonstrations with presenters who have expertise in their fields. Here are a few of our Workshop topics:
- Fermentation – Kraut Making
- Low Carb Baking with Nut Flours
- Tasty Greens – Salads, Slaws & Dressings
- Teas and Tinctures for Immune Support
- Flavor Balancing
- Cook Ahead Meals
- Breakfast Challenge
Conferences and events are organized around a health-related theme with several speakers and subject matter experts presenting their perspective on a given health topic. Collaborations with our community partners are often featured.
Sourcing Health Locally – An event where farmers, eaters, cooks, health advocates and medical practitioners come together to discuss how food sourcing can affect the course of one’s life.
A Taste of Suppers – Learn about The Suppers Programs, listen to a lecture and enjoy tastes of Suppers’ favorite recipes that are so delicious they might help motivate healthy change.
Some people need an intensive program for their particular health concern. The Suppers Labs are led by a trained Peer Facilitator with additional content provided by a medical practitioner.
‘Suppers Labs’ take place over an 8-week period, delivering an immersive experience. Up to 10 participants attend weekly meetings, focused on a particular health topic such as blood sugar regulation or brain health. Participants follow a program guide and homework is assigned relating to the lab topic and, most important, participants experiment, gather and record their individual personal data relating to different styles of eating.
Programs for In-Need Communities
Everyone can benefit from learning how to better feed their body and brain with whole, unprocessed food. And, reaching people who may not be able to get to the Princeton-based meetings is important to Suppers. We’ve recently piloted programs within Trenton/Lawrence communities with programs at the Trenton Farmers' Market and with Capital City Farms. We also have a Signature Suppers Meeting held once a month at the Bethany House in Trenton. These programs are supported and planned by Suppers staff in collaboration with community partners. Whenever possible, funding is provided so that participation is on a suggested donation basis. The ultimate goal is to fund programs so that no person is turned away due to the inability to pay.