The Civic Table Project is an experiment born out of our sense of responsibility to use hospitable spaces to explore the pressing and difficult questions of civic life in our communities.

We believe that shared food and drink is, and always has been, the most powerful vehicle for these conversations.

As neighborhood restaurants, Nopa and Nopalito are uniquely situated to engage with a changing city- with our farmers and purveyors, with the guests who walk through our doors, and with our staff, all of whom bring their experiences and histories to their work and our table every day.

The goal of The Civic Table Project is to create space for diverse voices to engage in participatory conversations that spark action and deepen collective knowledge.

Ultimately, it is up to all of us to have the conversations we want to be a part of.

Upcoming Conversations:

For our Fall 2018 program, we will be hosting a three-part series taking a deeper look into the history and psychology of partisanship and public thought in America.

We will be gathering community members as we ask the less comfortable questions of ourselves : How exactly did we get here? How do we move forward?     


 Political Tribalism and The Electoral Process
October 25th – Nopalito
Sold Out! – TICKETS & INFO

 *Monday Morning Civic Chats  

     Nopa Pastry & Coffee
  October 29th – Nopa


Skepticism, Reason and The Stories We Tell Ourselves
Cancelled: November 15th – Nopalito


Now ->: January 15th – Nopalito

*Monday Morning Civic Chats  

     Nopa Pastry & Coffee
November 19th – Nopa

*Monday Morning Civic Chats  

     Nopa Pastry & Coffee
January 18th – Nopa


Politics of Origin –  Power & Division at the Family Table
December 6th – Nopalito

*Monday Morning Civic Chats  

     Nopa Pastry & Coffee
December 10th – Nopa

Talk Soon!

Be at the table.

If you’d like to be added to our mailing list, we’d love to hear from you and continue the conversation.

Upcoming and Past Topics of Conversation

Immigration; policy, labor and the small farm
The history and economics of tipping
Racial equity in the food industry
Tech and it’s relationship and effect on local food systems and dining culture
Water wars in California
Farmed fish and the end of salmon
American Food waste
Mass incarceration and supporting formerly incarcerated in food professions
Women in food, at work and power structures

Eat. Drink. Think.

The Civic Table Project donates 100% of ticket sales from each conversation to support a local organization working to create change in the arena of discussion. To date the project has raised over $21,000 to support:

Young Women’s Health and Leadership Summit
The Pacific Coast Federation of Fisherman’s Association
Insight Garden Program
Dolores Street Community Services Deportation Defense 
The Bay Institute
House Farm Workers! 
Youth & Goverment – San Francisco YMCA
Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement 

Youth Speaks