Birmingham Big Lunch - Saturday, June 2nd

Birmingham Kitchen Table has been bringing together diverse people for the past three years. Now, we're bringing people together in a bigger way than ever before: The Birmingham Kitchen Table Big Lunch.
We hope you can join us!


Event Details


Saturday, June 2
12:00 to 3:00 pm


Railroad Park in the
West Green Area located on the corner of 1st Ave S and 14th St.


Available along the perimeter of the park.


Bring your own picnic
lunch and drinks.

What Else to Bring?

Blanket, umbrella, lawn chairs, sunscreen, hat.


  • Games
  • Live Music
  • Dancers
  • Performers

What's Birmingham Kitchen Table?

Birmingham Kitchen Table (BKT) began in 2008 when Dr. Andrew Westmoreland, president of Samford University, and Dr. Shelley Stewart, president and CEO of o2ideas, became friends. Inspired by their relationship, these two individuals – men whose backgrounds couldn't be more diverse – asked themselves a simple question – “If we can find similarities in our lives and form a relationship, wouldn't it be great if we encouraged others to have the same openmindedness?”

This inspiration laid the foundation for Birmingham Kitchen Table.

Birmingham Kitchen Table is a group for all of us. We believe that people are more alike than different, and that dialogue can create deeper empathy, break down barriers and build relationships. Ultimately, these relationships will help us to create positive change in the world.

What's The Big Lunch?

At Birmingham Kitchen Table, we've shared meals, shared thoughts and discovered that we're more alike than different. We also found out that we're not alone. In the United Kingdom, there's a movement like BKT: The Big Lunch.

The Big Lunch encourages as many people as possible across the UK to have lunch with their neighbors, as a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Like us, they believe that we as a society are better equipped to tackle challenges when we face them together. Since The Big Lunch began in 2009, more than 2 million people have taken part.

That's the kind of coming together that can really begin to create positive change in the world. And that's why Birmingham Kitchen Table is thrilled to introduce its own Big Lunch. Our goal is for the Birmingham Kitchen Table Big Lunch to take our mission of bringing people together to an entirely new level.

Creating Dialogue

Birmingham Kitchen Table's mission is to create positive change in the world by encouraging dialogue among diverse people. The BKT Big Lunch is the perfect opportunity to experience this type of dialogue. Don't know how to strike up a conversation with people you've just met? Try these conversation starters:

Conversation starters

You Can Help


We have several committees that can use your help.
Contact Jill Hinds at to get started.


The Big Lunch Poster

Your group, organization or company can sponsor the event, or even individual booths or activities. Contact Michael Morgan at for more information.

On Your Own

You don't have to be an official volunteer or sponsor to help. To get the word out about the event, talk with friends and family and Like the event on Facebook. You can also download the flyers or posters below and pass them out in your community.

Download & Print


For questions or details on the event, contact us at
or find us on facebook at

Sponsored by Birmingham Kitchen Table, Samford University, and o2ideas.