The goal of co-op cooking and dining at the Gathering is to advance the values of simplicity, community, and earthcare using the way we prepare, eat, and clean up after meals. The food is delicious. The fellowship is delightful. And it happens to cost less money than eating dinner in the college dining facilities.

Which Meals Are Prepared Cooperatively?

Dinners Sunday through Friday evening are prepared cooperatively (more detail below). You may choose a meal plan that includes both breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria, or lunch only. As co-op cooking is for the full week of the Gathering, only full-time Gathering attenders may register.

How Co-op Cooking Works

To sign up, when you register for the Gathering, select either the “cafeteria breakfast and lunch, plus a cooperatively cooked dinner” or “cafeteria lunch, plus a cooperatively cooked dinner” meal plan. There are a limited number of spots, and co-op cooking may fill up based on the capacity of the cooking and dining area.

Before the Gathering, six individuals who have some experience and confidence cooking will be selected as team leaders (head chefs.)  On the first evening of the Gathering, the rest of the group will be divided into six groups with one team leader for each group. Each group will be responsible for cooking and cleaning up a simple, vegetarian, tasty meal on one day of the week. Other than that, your only responsibility is to show up and enjoy the meal.

Special Diets

All meals will be vegetarian, with vegan options provided.  With advance notice, gluten-free diets can be accommodated.  Because of the size of the co-op cooking group, we cannot accommodate other special diets.

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