Tables of Contents uses food to create new and surprising shared experiences of literature, art, and ideas.
Since 2014, when we first collaborated with Food Book Fair to create a meal inspired by Ernest Hemingway's THE SUN ALSO RISES at Egg Restaurant, Tables of Contents has hosted literary feasts and edible reading series from Brooklyn to Milan, Miami to New Orleans, LA and beyond. Our literary dinners are multi-course affairs, each course inspired by the syntax, imagery, and feelings of a selection of scenes. We’ve cooked meals inspired by TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN, TENDER BUTTONS, BLACK LEOPARD RED WOLF, and more.
In 2016 we branched out into our monthly reading series, which brings compelling contemporary authors to the table to read, eat, and discuss writing, cooking, nostalgia, identity, history, and flavor. Alexander Chee, Alexandra Kleeman, Julie Buntin, Rebecca Dinerstein, Adam Gopnik, Carmen Maria Machado, Victor LaValle, Samantha Hunt, Ladee Hubbard, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Sarah Gerard, Gregory Pardlo, Lincoln Michel, Idra Novey, Hernan Diaz, and many more have graced the table, with a focus on representing the diverse range of voices creating our dynamic contemporary canon.
We’ve also stepped beyond the literary and into conversations and collaboration with other artists. In 2016 we cooked a dinner for trustees of SFMOMA based on the work of Spencer Finch, and teamed up with poets and performance artists for an immersive TENDER BUTTONS dinner at the O MIAMI festival. We also have collabs-in-progress with playwrights, composers, musicians, and performance artists…so stay tuned.
Want to host a dinner, join a reading, or collaborate on a project? Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and follow us on Instagram at @tables.of.contents.