How to Grow Your Love of Local Food into a Community of Like-Minded Locavores: An Interview with Urban Food Forager Pattie Meyers



When it comes to bringing people together around food and creating a stunning atmosphere imbued with rustic charm, Pattie Meyers is one of the most extraordinary women I’ve met. I made her acquaintance almost a decade ago when I moved to the Austin, Texas, area and our newspaper ran an article about the local-food-lover’s society that she had helped create called “The Nomadic Table”.

“The Nomadic Table” is essentially an itinerant potluck dinner party with one cardinal rule: recipes must feature local organic products. The result? Magic!

The focus on local food leads to a combination of two elements that equal magic: the locations and the people. First, Pattie Meyers finds the most fitting and unexpected places to host these pop-up dinners: inside an organic greenhouse at night; in a butterfly garden; at the local produce market where she was the primary food forager... or, surprising places like a barn filled with restored vintage cars.

Next, the focus on local ingredients attracts like-minded locavores. Put the two together and you have an enchanting evening!

I have no doubt “The Nomadic Table” has the potential to become a movement that will sweep the nation. But, how do you start a “Nomadic Table Society” near you? What does it take to organize an itinerant local-food potluck? And, what are some tips for sourcing the best local products?

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