It was a gorgeous day in downtown Charleston, so before sitting down to dinner, we were able to meet and greet in the lovely back yard of the home of Robben and Dave. As I do, Robben loves candles, and we had that house lit up! This made the atmosphere even cozier and warm.  And we have a new mascot, Stella the dog!!

We had small business owners present at this dinner, and we talked a lot about the changing King Street, the situation of small business in Charleston, and the shifting demographics of Charleston neighborhoods.

Over an insanely good meal of Palestinian and Egyptian dishes made by my new friend Hoda, conversation around the table was interesting, as it always is. We had small business owners present at this dinner, and we talked a lot about the changing King Street, the situation of small business in Charleston, and the shifting demographics of Charleston neighborhoods. I love how organic the conversations are at these dinners and how each table discusses issues that matter to that particular group of guests around the table at that particular time. I love these dinners!

Photos Courtesy of Gabriele Stanhke.

Our Hosts: Robben and Dave

I had the pleasure of meeting Tina in my shop, Worthwhile, when she was shopping for an outfit to wear for her TedX Charleston talk. We immediately connected and I was so inspired by her concept for Transformation Table. As I love to entertain, but am not an accomplished cook, hosting a Transformation Table dinner was the perfect fit! From the planning to the execution, Tina has crafted an amazing experience. Hoda’s meal was over the top, the conversation at the table was thought provoking and engaging; and meeting new people in the community was the icing on the cake! I think I speak for all of us when I say we had a ball- we ate, we laughed, we connected. Dave and I would love to host again- Thank you, Tina!

Our Chef: Home Cook Hoda Mabrouk

I met Tina through Transformation Table. I actually attended a dinner in August, and it was one of the most eye opening and enlightening experiences because I knew there was a little bit of good in everybody, and getting to know each other and sit together, break bread together, regardless of ethnicity, race, where you come from, what you do. That’s why I wanted to bring a little piece of where I come from, being as mixed as I am, to the table. I felt like it completed the setting, everybody that was there, and what Transformation Table stands for.”

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