Sweet, savory, sour, bitter stories by women, trans, and nonbinary folks who are black, indigenous, or POC.
Photo by Christine Dong
Tender Table is a collective of people who take up space, empower one another, and start important conversations. Tender Table began in Portland, OR in 2017 as a monthly event series gathered around food, stories, and community. The series features stories by women, trans, and nonbinary folks who are black, indigenous, or people of color. In a city that is often characterized as “so white,” Tender Table disrupts this narrative by creating spaces that increase the visibility of our community. Tender Table provides a platform for these individuals’ stories to be uplifted, highlighted, and centered — it is a space where we can come together to network, build relationships and community — and it’s always evolving.
At Tender Table, all are welcome — expect to be immersed in stories, and sample delicious food prepared by the speakers.
Tender Table provides compensation to all presenters and contributors we work with for their time and labor — thank you in advance for your donations.
Tender Table is made possible by our wonderful hosts:
San Jose, CA
New Bedford, MA
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Spotlight: Tender Table
Design Week Portland, February 2019
Reading Across America: Have Your Poetry and Eat It, Too
Literary Hub, January 2019
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!
Paypal: tendertable [at] gmail [dot] com