FAQ

What is Shared Plates?  
Shared Plates is a city-wide weekend of dinner parties to celebrate the power of food. Shared Plates dinners are hosted by a glorious cross-section of Angelenos in homes, backyards, businesses, and communities October 6-8, 2017. Everyone can host a Shared Plates dinner (at any ticket price), and every dollar raised supports L.A. Kitchen in the fight against hunger, food waste, and unemployment. 

When is Shared Plates?
Shared Plates is the weekend of October 6-8, 2017.  

What is L.A. Kitchen?   
All food has power. All people have potential. L.A. Kitchen reveals both by providing culinary job training for men and women home from prison while transforming cosmetically imperfect produce into healthy, scratch-made meals for Angelenos who struggle with hunger.  

I'm interested in hosting a dinner. What's expected?  
Individuals - As an individual host, you'll open your home (or co-host at a friend's home) and invite guests to share a homemade meal together. You'll cover the food costs and 100% of guests' tickets will support L.A. Kitchen. When you sign-up to host, you'll be able to choose the date/time of your dinner and choose your own ticket price. The default ticket price is $75 per person, but tickets can range from $10 to $500. We'll provide you with a Host Kit that includes Shared Plates table settings, recipe ideas, and host tips.  

Groups & Businesses - Community groups, school/college groups, religious groups, and businesses can host a dinner in a private home, cafeteria, or a community space. You can ask volunteers to prepare a homemade meal, invite a chef/restaurant to donate dishes, or purchase prepared food. Your group covers the food costs and 100% of guests' tickets will support L.A. Kitchen. When you sign-up to host, you'll be able to choose the date/time of your dinner and choose your own ticket price. The default ticket price is $75 per person, but tickets can range from $10 to $500. We'll provide you with a Host Kit that includes Shared Plates table settings, recipe ideas, and host tips.   

Restaurants - Restaurants can host a dinner for invited guests at your restaurant or in a private home. Co-hosting is encouraged. You'll cover the food costs and 100% of guests' tickets will support L.A. Kitchen. When you sign-up to host, you'll be able to choose the date/time of your dinner and choose your own ticket price. The default ticket price is $75 per person, but tickets can range from $10 to $500. We'll provide you with a Host Kit that includes Shared Plates table settings, recipe ideas, and host tips.      

Can I host on a date other than October 6-8?
Yes! When you sign-up, please just tell us what date works best for you.   

Can I host in a city other than Los Angeles? 
Yes! When you sign-up, please just tell us where your dinner will take place.  

Can I host a meal other than dinner?   
Yes! When you sign-up, please just tell us what you're thinking of.  

I can't host or attend as a guest. How can I still support?  
Please make a donation to L.A. Kitchen and just tell us you'd like to be a "virtual diner" at Shared Plates!