One World Everybody Eats Summit
Friday, Jan 12 - Monday, Jan 15, 2018
New Orleans

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The summit will take place at the historic Maison Dupuy in the French Quarter. 

We have reserved 25 rooms per night in our block and the hotel will gladly add more for us if they still have them.


The cost is $149/night single or double.

Reserve your room here

*The deadline to reserve your room is December 11th ---cancel your room within 48 hours without penalty*


*The deadline to

register for the Summit is

January 4th, 2018.*

If you have any questions,  feel free to email Debbi Casini Klein (board member) at:

We are giving away two $1,000 grants and two Vitamixs!  

Two separate drawings will be held!

One grant category for operating cafes and one for cafes that are in the planning stage.

Registration fee for the summit this year is $100 per person. 

This also includes our banquet meal Sunday night.

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Friday January 12, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


(Designed to assist those just starting out to review basic community café concepts & discuss the beginning steps you can take toward opening.  We will use the OWEE manual as a guideline.)

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 P.M.

Summit registration begins

3:00 p.m. - 3:15 P.M.

Official opening of the 2018 summit

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Introductions around the room.

(First year cafés get 1-3 minutes to share their story all others a short name, café, location, years in operation or planning.)

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

James Beard Award video followed by photo ops and a mixer

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Professor Jude Higgins, Cultural Anthropologist

"Cooperation within the Community Café model"

(Jude did the first PWYC study and will share her findings and expertise with the group to increase the level of contribution)

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 P.M.

Dinner out with your new mixer group (Optional)

9:00 p.m.

Meet up in the hotel bar (Optional)

Saturday January 13, 2018

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Registration (continued) — Intro to the day

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Choose a Conversation Workshop

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Choose a Conversation Workshop

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Choose a Conversation Workshop

12:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

"Pay What You Can"  Lunch at Crescent City Café; Awarding of the Vitamixs;

Guest speakers Brad and Libby Birky —they have toured many cafes around the country and will give highlights from their Community Cafe journey

4:00 p.m. ON

Free time in New Orleans!

8:00 p.m. (Optional)

Meet up at Pat O’Brien’s

Examples of some of our ‘"conversation workshops”

  • Vegan options
  • Operating at your local Farmers Market
  • Successful crowd funding
  • Doing more for those in need
  • Writing newsletter
  • Start up/raising awareness/outreach
  • Business planning
  • Using social media in your daily operations
  • Fund raising and events
  • Creative ways to control your food costs
  • Mental health first aid kit
  • Operating a food truck
  • One Bistro- replicating/licensing discussion
  • Working toward transitioning your café leadership
  • Community café 'comfort food'
  • Volunteer Managing
  • Pop up cafes


Sunday January 14, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 A.M.

Introduction to the day

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Karen Brown, MFT —Mental Health and Community Cafe

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 a.m. 

Panel discussion —The Future Direction of OWEE

12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lunch break

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Choose a Conversation Workshop

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Panel Discussion

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Panel discussion

6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  

Happy Hour in the hotel bar (Optional)

6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  

OWEE Banquet; $1,000 grants awarded

Monday, January 15, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 A.M.    

Welcome to the day and MLK tribute

9:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Group mingle and one on one sessions with our community café consultant network

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 P.M.

Closing of the 2018 OWEE summit