At Cheeky we want every meal to count, because we’re on a mission to make mealtime matter. From the food on our plate to those we share our meal with, we can make a difference starting at the dinner table. 

That’s why we’ve asked Robert Egger, President & Founder of L. A. Kitchen, what “Make Mealtime Matter” means to him. L.A. Kitchen reclaims healthy, local food, making sure it does not go to waste, and helps provide healthy meals for families in the community that are in need.
 
The L.A. Kitchen is thrilled to present SHARED PLATES, an extraordinary night of 100 dinner parties hosted in homes all across Los Angeles, this Saturday, October 22. By sharing plates, stories, and a few surprises, these dinners will bring Angelenos from every walk of life together to reveal the power of food.

WHAT DOES "MAKE MEALTIME MATTER" MEAN TO YOU

It’s all about getting people together.  There seems to be a deeper hunger in our community.  Even though we say we’re “connected” with all the devices we carry around, people long to reconnect in a more authentic way.  That’s what SHARED PLATES and Make Mealtime Matter have in common.  It’s all about gathering around the table.  That shows not only the power of food, but also the power of community.  And as we’ll see Saturday night, when close to 100 dinner parties are hosted all around Los Angeles, all benefiting those who struggle with hunger, the power of these forces combined can make a huge difference

IF YOU COULD INVITE ANY FOR PEOPLE TO DINE WITH, LIVING OR NOT, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

I always love dining with my friend and L.A. Kitchen supporter Jose Andres!  Although it’s probably a hackneyed answer, I’d love to dine with Gandhi as I think he’d have an interesting take on civil disobedience in today’s society.  Then I’d add Ian MacKaye of Fugazi, because he’s a punk pioneer and an activist in his own right.  And of course, if I could add one more, I’d love to have my beautiful wife there as well.  That sounds like one heck of a dinner party!

HOW CAN BRINGING PEOPLE AROUND THE TABLE MAKE AN IMPACT TO HELP END HUNGER?

  • You can get involved with L.A. Kitchen in so many different ways!  SHARED PLATES is our first attempt to get the entire city together to fight hunger.
  • If you’re unable to host a dinner, you should consider coming to volunteer!  We’re there nearly every day, and we can always use some helping hands, even if it’s for just a couple hours.
  • You can help us find jobs for those coming out of our training program!  If you know a chef, or someone in the food industry, tell them about L.A. Kitchen.
  • And of course, you can always donate to help end hunger.  Every $10 donation provides 5 scratch-made meals for seniors who struggle with hunger in our community.