Frequently Asked Questions

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Cost

  • How much does it cost?

    The cost of a PeaceMeal lies on a sliding scale depending on menu and number of participants. A meal typically ranges from $50-75 per guest per meal, and cost decreases as the number of participants increases. There is a discount for registering for the full 5-class series in advance.

    PeaceMeals exists to see real societal change, starting with each individual at the table. We aim to provide this service for anyone who could benefit from it, regardless of ability to pay. That’s why we strive to partner with existing nonprofit organizations with “helping missions” (ie., those that work with individuals going through tough seasons). If you are connected with a nonprofit and think your people could benefit from PeaceMeals, please contact us and we can explore a partnership!

Fees

  • How much does it cost?

    The cost of a PeaceMeal lies on a sliding scale depending on menu and number of participants. A meal typically ranges from $50-75 per guest per meal, and cost decreases as the number of participants increases. There is a discount for registering for the full 5-class series in advance.

    PeaceMeals exists to see real societal change, starting with each individual at the table. We aim to provide this service for anyone who could benefit from it, regardless of ability to pay. That’s why we strive to partner with existing nonprofit organizations with “helping missions” (ie., those that work with individuals going through tough seasons). If you are connected with a nonprofit and think your people could benefit from PeaceMeals, please contact us and we can explore a partnership!

General Questions

  • What can I expect at a PeaceMeal?

    PeaceMeals groups gather at a pre-determined location (usually one of the participant’s homes) for a meal with a small group of friends. After introducing PeaceMeals, including a brief overview of the nutrition and science behind the program, guests will be divided into small groups to work on recipes together. Once everything is ready, we set the table and sit down to eat together. During dinner, the PeaceMeals host and the participants facilitate conversation and discuss how we can take these lessons beyond the PeaceMeal. Guests will then be able to take home information, recipes, and maybe even leftovers! After the meal, PeaceMeals follows up with the participants, to get their feedback from the experience, and to make sure they are receiving the support they need.

  • How many people are at a PeaceMeal?

    Participants vary by group. However, we find that it is best to keep the meals intimate at no more than 12 guests. Too many cooks spoil the soup anyway, right?

  • How many PeaceMeals are in a series?

    In order to build and strengthen authentic community, PeaceMeals is meant to be a 5-dinner series. However, we also do one-off Meals and pilot Meals for various groups.

  • Will I be expected to talk about my “issues” at the Meal?

    Definitely not. You should always only share as much as you feel comfortable. If you want, you can just sit quietly and savor the meal. Please note that PeaceMeals is not group therapy or counseling and is not a replacement for medical care, prescribed medication, or therapy.

  • Where are PeaceMeals usually held?

    PeaceMeals are typically held in the home of a participant. We find that this setting helps to facilitate an informal, intimate mood. They may also be held in local community centers, offices, places of worship, etc. You will work with PeaceMeals to select the best location.

  • What should I bring to the Meal?

    An open mind, a willingness to get a little messy, and plastic containers. There are often leftovers and it’s not a bad idea to bring an empty container to take home a foodie memory.

  • How much does it cost?

    The cost of a PeaceMeal lies on a sliding scale depending on menu and number of participants. A meal typically ranges from $50-75 per guest per meal, and cost decreases as the number of participants increases. There is a discount for registering for the full 5-class series in advance.

    PeaceMeals exists to see real societal change, starting with each individual at the table. We aim to provide this service for anyone who could benefit from it, regardless of ability to pay. That’s why we strive to partner with existing nonprofit organizations with “helping missions” (ie., those that work with individuals going through tough seasons). If you are connected with a nonprofit and think your people could benefit from PeaceMeals, please contact us and we can explore a partnership!

  • Are you a licensed therapist, counselor or dietician?

    No. Cath is a chef.

    Healing is a journey which has no quick fix. Focusing on nutrition is a supplemental avenue to help restore both physical and mental well-being. However, change in diet alone will not change the factors that brought on the symptoms. Depression and anxiety are indicators of deeper issues that could require comprehensive treatment including therapy or medication. Mindful eating is not a silver-bullet solution. You may learn useful information about tailoring your food to your mood, and practical tips to set goals and take care of yourself. But the PeaceMeals program and its resources are NOT intended in any way as medical advice or treatment, and are not intended to replace care by licensed professionals. You should always consult your doctor for diagnosis, medical advice, and treatment. In fact, every PeaceMeals participant must sign a waiver acknowledging that they understand the above facts.

  • I have an allergy and/or I follow a special diet. Can I still participate?

    Absolutely! PeaceMeals creates menus tailored to all kinds of diets (vegan, nut allergies, gluten-free, etc). All PeaceMeals dishes are free of refined sugars and chemical additives and are generally made from organic and well-sourced ingredients.

    Every participant must let PeaceMeals know about their food allergies and special diets before the first meal.

  • Sounds great! How can I organize my own PeaceMeal?

    If you know a group of individuals who may benefit from PeaceMeals, contact us to begin a conversation on what you would like to see. ​ You will work with the PeaceMeals Host to craft an appropriate meal, taking into account location, group dynamics, and special diets. Please let us know who you are, what your group is all about, estimated number of participants, and location.

Health/Allergy

  • I have an allergy and/or I follow a special diet. Can I still participate?

    Absolutely! PeaceMeals creates menus tailored to all kinds of diets (vegan, nut allergies, gluten-free, etc). All PeaceMeals dishes are free of refined sugars and chemical additives and are generally made from organic and well-sourced ingredients.

    Every participant must let PeaceMeals know about their food allergies and special diets before the first meal.

Privacy/Confidentiality

  • Will I be expected to talk about my “issues” at the Meal?

    Definitely not. You should always only share as much as you feel comfortable. If you want, you can just sit quietly and savor the meal. Please note that PeaceMeals is not group therapy or counseling and is not a replacement for medical care, prescribed medication, or therapy.

Requirements

  • What should I bring to the Meal?

    An open mind, a willingness to get a little messy, and plastic containers. There are often leftovers and it’s not a bad idea to bring an empty container to take home a foodie memory.

Venue

  • Where are PeaceMeals usually held?

    PeaceMeals are typically held in the home of a participant. We find that this setting helps to facilitate an informal, intimate mood. They may also be held in local community centers, offices, places of worship, etc. You will work with PeaceMeals to select the best location.