At the Tender Table “Yes” is an unclassifiable pleasure.

Tender Table seeks out stories about traditions around food, the restaurant industry, food’s impact on the body and body image, and everything in between our sweet, savory, sour, bitter relationships to food.

Tender Table is a storytelling platform for women of color and nonbinary people of color to share narratives about food and its connections to identity, memory, and community. Through food, we connect with our culture, and at times it is through food that we share our culture with others.

Tender Table provides compensation to all presenters and contributors we work with for their time and labor — thank you in advance for your donations. At Tender Table, all are welcome — expect to be immersed in stories, and sample delicious food prepared by the speakers.


Tender Table: A Portland pop-up series shares stories about family and food
Travel Portland, June 2018

At Tender Table, Stories are Told and Tasted
OPB State of Wonder, April 2018

At Tender Table, Women and Nonbinary People of Color Share Stories of Food and Family
Portland Monthly Magazine, March 2018

Writers of Color Dig Into Their Personal History with Food at Tender Table
The Stranger, December 2017

Interview with STUFFT Magazine
Issue One, August 2017

At the tender table yes :: A reading/event series for stories about food
De-Canon blog, June 2017

Tender Table Honors Food and Family: Inside the New Pop-Up Storytelling Series
Portland Mercury, April 2017


We believe presenters should be compensated for their labor. Your donations support the artists who contribute to the series. Thank you!

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Paypal: tendertable [at] gmail [dot] com

Tender Table was a recipient of the RACC Project Grant in 2018 which provided partial funding for the series.