Each event in the Tavola Rasa calendar is completely new and different from the preceding, and is dedicated to a product theme, or culture. Each event inhabits a different venue; some may be conventional and others may have never been open to the public. At the conclusion, the table is erased anew and the entire scene vanishes as quickly as it appeared. We do this to encourage people to immerse themselves in the moment, to capture it with their minds and memories, to live it as if it were the last. In a very real sense, it is.
2. It is everchanging.
We are each the sum total of our experience and our perceptions, constantly imagining and re-imagining the world. Food is the common denominator that links every human being, the one thing that each of us intuitively understands as both necessary for survival and a canvas for expression. Each time we set the table, we celebrate a different product, theme, or culture that comes from our own experiences or those that are shared with us.
3. It is interactive.
The act, and indeed the art of eating forms the basis of our fragile and shared humanity: it is at once intimate and shared, forming indelible bonds that remain with us long after the last mouthful. But it is not only meals we remember, it is moments, and the environment in which it all takes place. With that in mind, each Tavola Rasa is an engagement for every sense, and includes art, music, and nature as well as food. But most importantly, it is a moment for every person present to be a part of the experience. If you feel like dancing in the middle of the meal, if you have a funny story to tell, or if you want to walk across the room and speak to someone you might have never met before, then we want you to do it, and make it count.
4. It is inclusive.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and each event belongs to all of us. If you have an idea for a tavola rasa and want to make it happen, we want to hear about it. If you have a space that you would like to use for an event, we’d love to see it and let our imaginations run wild. If you are an artist, musician, chef, winemaker, farmer, poet, actor, or dreamer and you’re willing to put your time and energy into creating something with us, then we can’t wait to learn more. Everyone who participates has a voice, and it is only when we all speak in unison that we tell a story together.