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Creating Earth Dinner: A New Earth Day Tradition

Back in 2003, Theresa Marquez had an idea. “I always thought Earth Day should have a meal,” she says, thinking back on that time. “Every other holiday got a meal. Why not Earth Day?” Marquez, then marketing director for Organic Valley, and a little team of writers set to work on a concept that became known …

March 9th, 2015  |  Published in Earth Dinner


Earth Dinner How-To: Thanksgiving

With its abundance of food and a table surrounded by family and friends, Thanksgiving is an obvious holiday to incorporate the Earth Dinner theme. As with all Earth Dinners, there are only three “rules” (if you even want to call them that): 1.  Choose local, seasonal and organic ingredients for your meal. All the traditional Thanksgiving …

November 25th, 2014  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Earth Dinner How-To, Featured Post


Earth Dinner How-To: At Home

The Earth Dinner isn’t just for organizations putting on big events. At home is where the Earth Dinner concept began, at Founder Theresa Marquez’s big kitchen table and with a simple question: How can we help eaters know where their food comes from? The answer? It starts at home around your own kitchen table, surrounded …

October 28th, 2014  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Earth Dinner How-To


Earth Dinner How-To: The Basics

How do I do an Earth Dinner? The best thing about the Earth Dinner is it doesn’t have to be a “dinner.” It can be a sit-down meal or a stand-up social hour, a non-profit fundraiser meal or a for-profit restaurant theme night; it can be a potluck, catered or home-cooked. It can be celebrated around a restaurant …

October 28th, 2014  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Earth Dinner How-To


Start Planning Your Earth Dinner!

Whether large or small, there are just three things that any event needs: A Place People Good Food It’s really that simple! Everything beyond that – the decor, the activities – is the garnish that makes your event extra special. We want to help you host an awesome Earth Dinner, so here are a few resources to inspire …

April 16th, 2014  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Earth Dinner How-To, Featured Post


Earth Dinner How-To: Fundraiser

Fundraising is about more than getting people to open their pocketbooks. It’s also (maybe more importantly) about building support and loyalty for your organization and your mission. An Earth Dinner is a wonderful way to educate through personal stories and connection while giving your followers a meaningful, memorable experience at the same time. Earth Dinner …

April 22nd, 2013  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Earth Dinner How-To


Earth Dinner How-To: Social Hours

Socials and happy hours are pretty common events on campuses, within organizations and businesses, and within larger events and conferences. And in all arenas, they’re usually billed as a “networking” activity (yawn). The Earth Dinner theme is a great way to wake folks up and get them talking about meaningful subjects, specifically food, farming and …

April 19th, 2013  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Earth Dinner How-To


Earth Dinner How-To: On Campus

The Earth Dinner is a fun and interactive way to get involved on campus and get to know other students and professors, and the best part is the theme can be adapted for any type of event. All it needs is food, knowing where that food came from, and a way to inspire meaningful conversation. …

April 19th, 2013  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Earth Dinner How-To


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The Earth Dinner is a fun, intentional meal theme where we sit down at a table full of local, seasonal and organic foods, learn the stories behind our food, and have meaningful conversation about food, farming and our connection to the earth. Earth Dinners are traditionally kicked off on Earth Day and can be held at any time of year. Learn more at www.earthdinner.org.