Tables of Contents convenes meals, discussions, and experiences at the intersections of food and literature, with the hope that each will deepen and enhance the understanding of the other.


Since 2012, 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, with each course inspired by the details, dishes, and feelings of specific scenes in a novel. 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, and more.

Since 2016, the popular TOC reading series has brought our most compelling and creative authors to the table to read, eat, and discuss writing, cooking, nostalgia, identity, history, and flavor. Past authors include 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, 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 contentables@gmail.com, and follow us on Instagram at @tables.of.contents.