About Marnita's Table
Over 13,000 people for dinner. Hundreds of times over the past 6 years. It wasn't all strategy all the time. A lot of the time it was downright delicious fun. What would you expect of a model named "Intentional Social Interaction?"
To be successful we've done a lot of socializing and testing of foods that are especially yummy at making people feel comfortable and safe. Everyone has to eat. It doesn't matter what our party affiliation is, how much money is in our bank account, or what culture we come from.
What have we learned? The best way to make guests relax is through our signature interactive feasts and dialogues. You don't have to be solving public policy challenges to use our recipes. Our menus are crafted to elicit the utmost satiety and culinary bliss from our guests.
About Marnita's Marketplace
Marnita's Marketplace brings the Marnita's Table experience into your own home. Our books not only provide recipes from the Table accompanied by beautiful photographs, they give you the tools and techniques for "Intentional Social Interaction" at your own table.
Marnita's Marketplace products are manufactured in Minneapolis, MN. Our workers are all paid a living wage. It is our goal to demonstrate that you can make fabulous products, while paying your workers and people will want to buy them even more! (Please don't prove us wrong!)
Marnita's Table has licensed the use of its trademarked logo im consideration of 10% of the profits of Marnita's Marketplace. So in addition to getting something you'll love, you are helping one great non-profit that creates measureable change remain sustainable.
Culinary Trixter and people mixer. Marnita has served over 13,000 people in her own home for dinner in the past six years (not all at the same time).
As a "foster child" I never had a secure home. At any moment someone outside of my everyday life could decide at any moment I no longer should live with my foster family and I would just have to pack and go. I was always looking at other children and wondering what it would be like to just be a "child" without the word "foster" attached like a big sign that I wasn't fully wanted and could fall at any moment without anyone to whom I was tethered and truly belonged.
When I left home at age 16, I vowed that there would always be room at my table. That never again would anyone have to feel as unwelcome as I had felt. As grew older and came to know many different types of people, I learned that many people felt the same way. Even as I rose through the ranks of corporate America and became a leader in my community, I realized that pretty much everyone—no matter what their circumstances of birth and family connections—feels outside of what we at the Table call "the circle of love." Most of us could use a great big hug and to be made to feel uniquely wanted and welcome.
I've found this to be universally true whether the guests are corporate titans or kids living with their mom in a car. Most of us have the basic need to be valued. We all want to matter. We all want to be seen. There is really no easier way to show you that you care about someone than to welcome them into your own home.
Just remember that it's better to add a cup of water to the soup, allowing the richness of the welcome to make up for the thinness of the broth than it is to leave someone out.