Project Dinner Table (PDT) is simply about people, food and purpose in unique settings, connecting the threads of humanity to the greater good. Very talented and awesome Chefs create a one-night-only menu utilizing ingredients from local growers and sustainable sources. Guests break bread with these once-in-a-lifetime menus; white tablecloth-draped dinners hosted on location in adventurous settings outside the four walls of a restaurant. It’s a deeply rooted experience that is about personal and social journeys reminding us we’re always growing; individually and collectively. Through a commitment to create positive ripples – PDT shares a social mission of contributing back into the community through philanthropy. Charitable gifts are presented at each community dinner to various nonprofit organizations throughout the year.
Each dinner accommodates up to 100+ guests seated at one long dinner table. Events take place in the most unexpected places. A few past locations have included the baseball field at Cashman, Molasky Corporate Center, Jackie Gaughan Plaza, Town Square, Lake Las Vegas, Gilcrease Orchard, Cooperative Extension Research Center and Demonstration Orchard, Symphony Park and Three Square’s warehouse.
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Project Dinner Table manifested in the spring of 2009, after months of listening to people’s stories and heartache about Las Vegas. The stories people were telling didn’t quite paint the same picture of Las Vegas that I had experienced, so I decided to do something about it. I was ready to share my perspective, out-loud and in a big way and it seemed the community was ready for a reinvention. So, through my passion for connecting people, community, causes and brands, the movement of Project Dinner Table became a mission. The entrepreneurial fire to fill a gap coupled with social minded acts of grace, the idea became a reality. The experiential dinners filled with people, food and purpose began gathering around one long dinner table in April of 2010.
Have you ever balanced a spoon on your nose? When I was a kid my mom’s boyfriend taught my brother and I how to do this and what made it particularly fun was we were at a restaurant when he first taught us this trick, so of course it looked like some kind of circus act. The guests around us thought we were weird, but we were having so much fun, they started to cheer us on. It became a competition of who could balance the spoon the longest, which meant more cheering, laughing and all around disruption, and as a kid, it was awesome. Why share this with you?
Well, I often get asked…What is a Spoonbender? My definition - it’s about learning to be flexible, adaptable, open, creative and humble, in a world that can be rigid at times. Being able to balance the real and the invisible. The rigid and the fluid. The laughter and the tears. The disappointment and joy. This is life, it’s filled with paradox’s’ and it’s exactly what being a Spoonbender means to me.
Embrace your inner child…sit around the dinner table with people you love and give it a try. Take pictures, tell your story and share them with me, let’s embrace the journey of life with more laughter, humility and adventure together.
“When you share an authentic way for humans to gather and create experiences that inspire and open the heart center; the idea, the energy and the positive ripples, reinforce that we are bigger than one and greater than the sum.”
~Founder & Spoonbender, Gina Gavan