Community Dinner

VolunteerJoin us every Monday at 6 PM for our
“Pay As You Can” Community Dinner 

Community Cuisine Labor Day 2015 from Daniel Hirtz on Vimeo. Watch as people come in, help to setup community dinner, learn about our cause and the food we prepared for that week, get food and sit down to eat together and then take it all down. Thanks Seti Gershberg for making this amazing time lap movie at Sharing Kitchen Phoenix. 

Imagine being able to enjoy delicious, locally grown organic food in the company of amazing people and you pay for your meal based on your means. This is a great way to try out our food… You will experience a large variety of gourmet vegetarian foods and great company! Dinner is served between 6 and 6:15 pm 🙂

Please register yourself – click here | For directions to the Sharing Kitchen click here Whatever your situation may be right now, you are welcome:

  • You may contribute monetarily
  • You may contribute by working… Please talk to us
  • You may be able to pay it forward and contribute to helping someone else eat
  • You may not be ready to do any of the above.. And you are welcome

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience. “ -James Beard

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart. “ -Cesar Chavez

Our Community Dinner is the beginning of a larger vision, one that will manifest as a “Pay As You Can” restaurant in Phoenix. This vision draws together the elements of healthy vegetarian food, social justice and community building. There are so many people who are facing economic challenges at this time, often affecting their ability to provide themselves with nutritious and healthy food. Our restaurant will be a very proactive way of ensuring that all in our community are well nourished:

  • We are dedicated to being a part of the solution to eliminate hunger in Phoenix
  • We are dedicated to serving local organic unprocessed food
  • We are dedicated to feeding and including all members of our community
  • We are dedicated to eliminating waste in the food industry

Register yourself 

Let us know you are coming and then please actually show up. That way there will be plenty of food for all but also not too much food… we don’t want any food to go to waste.

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We are always looking for volunteers that help us to set up and clean up. Please click here to volunteer at one of our upcoming events.

Directions (click here for a Google maps link):

It’s OK to park along side of 23rd street.


  Watch this video from a community dinner with Percy Schneider who talked about GMOs in our food put on by GMO Free AZ and the Fusion Foundation ________________________________________________________________ 

26 Responses to Community Dinner

  1. Flower says:

    I love the food but most of all my friends, Daniel & Ingrid who are the host & hostess with lots of love for everyone 😉 PEACE OUT….Floretta

  2. Lynne Ericksson says:

    I’ve been associated with Daniel and Ingrid since her cooking love first started. And now I’m getting food every week so it’s even better than ever! I had an accident, followed by surgery and for over 3 months was pretty much home-bound. Having Ingrid’s fabulous food delivered to my home each week was for sure a “life-saver”, on many counts. My energy was quite low through much of that time so to have something ready to eat whenever I needed to was such a relief. And then to have it be the best on earth was like the frosting on a cake! I’m OK now but still getting food each week, hey, why not? Don’t see any reason to change a wonderful element in my life. Can’t thank Ingrid and Daniel enough…you really are “the best”!!!!

  3. Manika Manika says:

    Thank you Ingrid & Daniel for the love & quality placed upon the choices you have made to nourish our mind, body and soul. I will spread the word to my friends.

  4. Vicki Williams says:

    Excited to come to my first community dinner with my daughter and sisters.

    • Rosé Triumpho Sullivan says:

      Community Dinners are the ultimate in ‘Community’ at Ingrid’s & Daniel’s every Monday, early evenings. We are ‘breaking bread’ (so to speak) with some of the dearest people on the Planet with Ingrid’s nutritious offerings. —Surrounded with love emerging from the food and the people. I have attended these Community Dinners from the earliest years when they started at the Fair Trade Café downtown. Richard Starling introduced me to Ingrid & Daniel more than 10 years ago. Thank you, Richard! My life has been enriched since then. Many thanks to you, Ingrid, for your generosity with love and food.

  5. Subhadip Roy says:

    Monday Evenings have been a very nice social time for me for the past 4 months. Ingrid (and Daniel) and the kitchen crew, cook a excellent vegan meal with lot of varieties. Ingrid is very generous to share and talk about her recipes. I urge every vegan/vegetarian/veggie-motivated person to stop by on Monday to relish this meal. This is a pay as you go system, so you are welcome to decide your contribution.

  6. Rachelle says:

    Hi there! My little family try’s to eat as healthy as possible though on a budget. This community dinner sounds amazing and such a beautiful concept. We are planning to come, my husband , myself and four kids. However the kids are all under 6 years of age with one being an infant and thus eat a lot less than an adult obviously…I’m wondering if someone might tell me an appropriate donation amount!? Thanks so much.

    • Daniel says:

      Hi Rachelle, you and your whole family is very welcome. Sorry I cannot easily give you amount that is appropriate because ANY amount is appropriate to us. It is also not really a donation… it is Pay-As-You-Can. So please don’t worry about that… feel into what’s right for you when you are there for what you receive and for what you can afford. The pay as you can model is in place so that we make sure that nobody is turned away. Our mission is to feed everybody who comes healthy, tasty, good food no matter what they contribute. You can simply help (setup starts at 5:30, after dinner: cleanup…) if you want to do that… but if you contribute or not: you are very welcome!

  7. Caren Jablonsky says:

    I have been coming to the community dinner for a couple of years. I am filled with gratitude that I was brought to such an amazing weekly event and my heart sings every time I see everyone. I will continue to drive up from Tucson to remain a part if such a wondrous gathering of great food and awesome people!

  8. Doreen Sinclaire says:

    Well, was once again looking forward to joining you, even rsvp’ed this time, but got called in to work.

  9. barbara says:

    I’ve been coming to the dinner for over a month and I have made it a regular weekly activity because the food is so good and I feel that I am so lucky to have this opportunity. Just by tasting the variety of foods it has inspired me to try new recipes and also try to copy the ones I am getting at the community dinner. I have to admit that I am a bit lazy and just ordering some of the foods every week I can layer them with others that i cook myself during the week and it makes my meal planning simpler and more special. The food is so delicious and healthy.

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  11. Caren Jablonsky says:

    Sunday has been my favorite day of the week for about six months. I’ve been savoring deliciously nutritious dishes while getting to know fantastically friendly people. What a great combination! Thank you Ingrid and Daniel for your tireless contribution to our community☺

  12. kate says:

    I would like to register for tonight but do not see a place to do that. Can I still come?

  13. visiting Phoenix I just watched your video and I love it I’m glad you’re passing on the message

  14. Kate Monroe says:

    Food is wholesome, delicious, and beautifully served. Had dinner here following a meeting on the patio prior. Felt welcome and suddenly a part of a community…what a lovely concept . Thank-you for all you do. Everyone must experience this… Kate & Chuck

  15. Chanel says:

    Tonight Sage and I had delicious fresh vegetarian food at Community Cuisine – Community Dinner. I am so grateful for the pleasant people I met and the wonderful healthy food. I love the whole concept!! 🙂

  16. Absolutely Delicious! Thank you for creating such a beautiful gathering space and atmosphere around great food for all people! It was an honor to join you. We are looking forward to many more amazing dinners with you all!

  17. Nancy Cavazos says:

    I just met you guys at the Phoenix Public Market last week and am looking forward to coming to the dinner when I finally get a Sunday off! You might want to have a booth at the Tempe Community Market on Sundays. It’s sponsored by the Tempe Community Action Agency which is very involved in nutrition issues. The contact person is Cindy Gentry at 602-469-9400.
    By the way, I was wondering if you use organic products in your cooking. Thanks!

  18. Beverly Cantwell says:

    I totally enjoyed the food and friendly ambience this evening! Thank you 😉

  19. Kimberly Colburn says:

    You guys are great, Thank you for all that you do for the community, I just found out about you guys and have told everyone I know about the great things you are doing to help eliminate hunger in Phoenix.

    Kimberly Colburn

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  21. mayda bravo says:

    Awesome concept! This definetly is in support of the upcoming golden age :-). THANKS!

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