October Newsletter


I cannot wait until we have a brick-and-mortar location for A Place at the Table!  

A Place at the Table has been in Phase 1, Starting a Nonprofit, for almost 2 years.  Together we’ve done an excellent job.  Our highlights include:

  • incorporation
  • a great board of directors, including a reliable secretary and an experienced treasurer
  • nonprofit status in record time
  • hard-working committees and volunteers
  • awareness with individuals, faith-based organizations and other groups in the community
  • $90,000+ raised without a location
  • pop-ups of variations of our concept
  • community advisory board and engagement activities to understand and meet our 20%-ers

I am proud to have served as the board chair during all this progress.

As we are entering Phase 2, Opening a restaurant, I believe that a different set of skills is needed from a board chair, someone who has restaurant-opening experience, someone who will give major donors confidence that A Place at the Table knows how to and can open a successful restaurant.

For these reasons, I have stepped down as chair to allow Sean Degnan to serve as the second board chair of A Place at the Table. Having been involved in the opening of five restaurants, including Buku – a downtown Raleigh staple – and having already shown outstanding commitment and leadership to our mission, Sean will make an excellent Phase 2 chair.

I will remain on the board.  I will offer any support needed to the new chair during the transition and will continue some of the work I have been doing.  I will also focus more on our relationships with faith-based organizations in the area.   As many of us do in this organization, I will continue to volunteer to do whatever is needed, and specifically I hope one day soon to be refilling coffee cups in the café, my childhood dream job!

Best regards,

Allison Connors
Former Board Chair
A Place at the Table



Come help us fundraise at Trophy on Maywood! We’ll be taking over the brewery from 5-8 on Saturday, October 22nd, and you won’t want to miss the delicious food trucks, beers and fun! Two of Raleigh’s best food trucks, Pho Nomenal Dumplings and Qspresso, have agreed to donate a portion of their sales to help us directly open our doors in downtown Raleigh. As well as the dessert food truck Sweet Stacey Cakes! We’ll have Trophy Brewing’s beers  and even fun and games like a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and cornhole. All of the proceeds will go directly to A Place at the Table.

Planning to come? Tell us on Facebook and invite anyone you know!


We hope to see you at the Trophy table!


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