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 political thought in America.

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


Is this Normal? – Political Tribalism and The Electoral Process

A conversation on rural-urban divisions, institutional partisanship and the economics of voting.
October 25th – Nopalito


American Reason, Intuition and Irrationality

A conversation on American thought patterns –  examining how we create, relate and defend our personal politics. We will discuss the pathology of the changing public opinion of the trustworthiness of information.
November 15th – Nopalito


Politics of Origin

A conversation on political differences and power structures within the family unit.  Smack in the middle of the holiday season, we’ll bravely discuss why studying intergenerational and familial political differences might be the most illuminating pathway to discuss radical civility in the public sphere.
December 6th – Nopalito

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 $15,000 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!