Welcome! The kitchen table is where we chop vegetables, knead dough, do homework, pause for a cup and a bite, or share supper with friends. It is the place where ideas take root and blossom. We invite you to join our monthly online, interactive gatherings, open to anyone interested.
Coming up next
Is the kitchen the new venue of foreign policy?
The Conflict Cuisine Project.
Thursday 22nd April 17:00-18:30 BST
At our seventh Kitchen Table, we'll be discussing the effect of diaspora cuisine on host-countries with Johanna Mendelson Forman, leader of the Food Security Program at the non-profit, Washington-based Stimson Center. The link between food and war, even in the 21st century, is evident from the rise of Syrian and Afghan restaurants and festivals celebrating refugee-cuisine across Europe. The importance of food and cooking cannot be underestimated as a way of empowering and integrating refugee communities not only through food-outlets as sources of employment, but also in diaspora-inspired cookbooks and articles.
Our Mission
Together at the table
The idea for monthly gatherings on a regular basis orginated at the 2020 VSymp, when a necessity became a vision and then a virtual reality, allowing us to come together, discuss and share, learn and laugh - almost like in Oxford, at St Catz. That exceptional experience made us understand how important it is to create and safeguard an accessible online space where our community can meet and grow, independent from any commercial or political interests, travel restraints or health scares.

For everyone with a deep interest in food who feels the need to change the conversation, the Oxford Food Symposium’s Kitchen Table presents single subject, hosted discussions, with all voices respected. Unlike the distance that comes with a keynote delivered from a lectern, these are informal, personal encounters around a table, to share ideas and spark constructive debate on issues that profoundly affect us all. So pull up a chair and join us!

We do not record our discussions but you'll find reports on our blog: https://www.oxfordsymposium.org.uk/blog/