Reserve your seat today at the Longest Table

Appetizing conversations continue on June 11


By Eddie Kring
Special to the Outlook

Over the past two years, thousands of community members, just like you, have come together at the Longest Table to share a meal and meaningful conversation about moving Tallahassee forward. On Sunday, June 11, those appetizing conversations will continue with the Longest Table In-Home edition. The latest version of this local, home-grown initiative will pair small groups of six to eight people together to share stories over small plates in homes, restaurants and public spaces throughout our community.

If you’re interested in hosting or attending a dinner, reserve your seat today by visiting or calling 891-8533. The last day to RSVP is Wednesday, May 31. Churches, civic groups, businesses and other organizations may also register as host locations.

“Since we launched The Longest Table in 2015, we have seen it spread across the state and the nation – allowing people to connect with each other on a personal level,” Mayor Andrew Gillum said. “We are excited to bring it home once again as friends and neighbors across Tallahassee set the table to continue these important conversations.”

In 2015, the first Longest Table event drew more than 400 people to one uninterrupted table in downtown Tallahassee on Park Avenue. The following spring, the Longest Table expanded to include smaller, more intimate dinners in more than 100 homes around the community. Most recently, the Longest Table took place in October 2016 on FAMU Way where more than 1,000 neighbors and friends came together to join the conversation.

The Longest Table aims to provide a safe, welcoming setting for a diverse group of residents to discuss community issues and foster stronger connections. Because of participants like you, these events continue to inspire residents from communities throughout our nation to host similar opportunities to improve racial, cultural, economic and other social differences that impact citizens’ quality of life.

“What I see in Tallahassee is political will and unification around the idea that we need civic engagement to make progress on issues that we care about – issues that impact our community deeply,” Claudia Blackburn, previous Longest Table host, said. “It’s not like that everywhere.”

Reserve your seat at the Longest Table today. The Longest Table is hosted by the City of Tallahassee and Leon County Government in partnership with The Village Square and Leadership Tallahassee – a program of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.