Who is The Table Foundation?
The Table Foundation’s philosophy is to elevate culture and family life one meal at a time by bringing people together around a common table. The Table Foundation seeks to serve as a charitable organization to broaden the outreach of feeding people’s bodies, minds and souls. The history and tradition of religion has shown how the simple act of feeding people can promote peace and harmony and bring about the loving presence of God. The human reality, beautifully captured in the sacred traditions of Roman Catholic teaching, shows that food is the most universal language of all. The gift of food, along with eating the right food, can help sinners become saints! The Table Foundation is the place that will connect our dinner table with the Lord’s Alter.
What is the Olive Mass?
A Big initiative of The Table Foundation is the Olive Mass. The Olive Mass invites food, beverage and hospitality professionals to a prayerful gathering that will celebrate food and bless those who prepare and serve it.
“The Olive Mass will serve as a respite and a recharge for people in the hospitality sector, and the start of possible future initiatives connecting people through food.”
“More than anything, this is us, as a church, focusing on people in this industry and tapping into their passion, and connecting that with the passion of the church.”- Fr. Leo
2016 Olive Mass: How the table was set?
On September 26th of 2016, Father Leo Patalinghug led in a special church service in New Orleans at St. Louis Cathedral. This is the first service of it’s kind, to serve as a tribute to people in the hospitality field.
“The Catholic church holds similar services for the legal profession (the Red Mass), for law enforcement (the Blue Mass) and the medical field (the White Mass).”
Chef and restaurateur John Besh has been working closely with Fr. Leo on the Olive Mass plans.
The Olive Mass followed the lines of traditional Catholic liturgy, with Archbishop Gregory Aymond as the main celebrant. The service started at 10am, followed by a reception at the Ursuline Convent from noon to 3pm.
Last year, there was a benefit dinner at John Besh’s restaurant Shaya celebrating the visiting chefs from Chefs for Peace. Chefs for Peace is “a collaboration of chefs from Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths based in Jerusalem. They host meals to strengthen ties among people of different faiths in the Middle East.
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2017 Olive Mass: Join us at the table
On Monday September 25th, 2017 in New Orleans, LA the 2nd Olive Mass will take place.
For more information and to register for this years Olive Mass