Big Table Initiative

The Big Table Initiative hopes to give international students and scholars an opportunity to visit a local home for dinner. The meal doesn't need to be fancy or formal in any way. What is important is sharing the experience of your home.

Who can be a host?
Any local--student, staff, or faculty--is encouraged to host! If you have an extra chair, you are qualified. You do not need to cook from scratch unless you want to. The hope is that you will share a typical dinner experience with a visitor. You can ask your guest to help with preparation (or not). You decide how many people you're able to host (1 or more). We'll put you in contact with a guest so you can coordinate the date and time. Sign up to host here!

Who can be a guest?

International undergraduates, graduate students, or visiting scholars and their families can sign up. If you prefer to go to dinner with a friend, you can let us know. We'll put you in contact with a host so you can coordinate the date and time. Sign up to be a guest here!

Will my guest have special needs?

We will ask people to identify any special needs or allergies when they apply. We will put you in contact with your guest before the meal so you can check if you like.

Am I responsible for getting my guest to and from dinner?
No. If you choose to give a ride home, that's okay, but guests should plan on getting themselves to and from dinner.

Are guests expected to bring anything to dinner?
No. Guests may choose to bring a small gift for their host, but it is not required.

Can alcohol be served?

Only if guests are over age 21.

Other questions? Email oissprograms@sa.ucsb.edu