Giving Up Control, Gaining Grace - A June 2019 Supper Club Update

The illusion of control is a powerful one. It’s the only (largely unconsidered, unspoken) reason why any of us would ever get behind the wheel of a car, not to mention the presumptuous - if not outright hubristic - fallacy that underlies a whole host of other daily activities, as well as large-scale “life” decisions we make. 

Go ahead and start typing out your text message to me: “Hey, just checking in...how are you doing?” I’m fine, thank you. More to the point, June’s Pasadena Community Supper Club service and dinner were more than fine, and I hardly had a thing to do with making them happen.

Fewer People, “Immeasurably More” (An April/May 2019 Supper Club Update)

Fewer People, “Immeasurably More” (An April/May 2019 Supper Club Update)

You may (or may not) have noticed, but there was no post-Supper Club update for April. I trust you found something to read in its place. The Mueller Report, perhaps.

There are two not-very-good reasons for that. First, the last update post I wrote - for March - had all of the predictable generalities of a NASCAR traffic pattern, with the emotional range of a Hayden Christensen movie role. (Think Star Wars Episodes Two and Three. Or, don’t think about them. Ever.)

A March (2019) Supper Club Update

A March (2019) Supper Club Update

Our 9th Pasadena Community Supper Club. Months ago when we first started, we thought we were merely crazy. Then we assumed we were just lucky. Now? Well, let’s not get cocky. We’re simply blessed - in the way we’ve been welcomed into the community at Centennial Place, by our church partners and volunteers, and through the generosity of our donors.

A January Supper Club Update

A January Supper Club Update

Hello 2019. Goodbye January. We hardly knew ye.


I (Fred) am not one for sitting down and writing out New Year’s Resolutions. (I am also not one for just sitting still these days...perhaps there’s a correlation.) But if asked to write down one goal for Pasadena Community Supper Club in 2019, it is this: more connection, and deeper relationships, with the women and men we serve at our monthly dinners.


A November Supper Club Recap

A November Supper Club Recap

“It’s starting to feel like a community.”

That was the mutually-agreed-upon-yet-independently-arrived-at sentiment of our core group following Pasadena Community Supper Club’s November service and dinner.

It has only been five months, five dinners, no more than, say, 10 to 12 total hours of presence, but something seemed different, deeper, more connected, and more welcome at Centennial Place this past Sunday.

War and Peace (and Breakfast Burritos!)

War and Peace (and Breakfast Burritos!)

The first of my three consecutive alarms rings on my phone beginning at 5 AM, the two additional ones protecting against an accidental deactivation of the first. To me, 5 AM is as early as you can get up and consider it the morning of a new day. Anytime before that, and it may as well be the night before. But, as I’m discovering quickly, in the Food World - to say nothing of being a parent, or some other person who simply works harder than I do - the earlier the better. There’s always something else that needs prepped, packed, or purchased last-minute.

“A Tale of Two Suppers” - An October Event Recap

“A Tale of Two Suppers” - An October Event Recap

This month’s Pasadena Community Supper Club dinner could not have felt more different from September’s. (Even the header photo in this post is a change up from the usual low-rent Instagram slideshow I’m normally forcing on you.) You would have been justified in reading a sense of - not frustration, but certainly straining - into September’s post-event recap. I was feeling it. Largely it was self-imposed, given that I insisted on presenting a meal that required multiple days of rather involved preparation. Don’t get me wrong - it turned out well. But this month, things had to change, for the better. I think they did.

Busy Times: An October Supper Club Update

Busy Times: An October Supper Club Update

I’m only a week (or so) late on getting this update out, and, wow, have I heard about it. Look, I’m flattered. Really. But, seriously, you people are starting to sound a little desperate, telling me how your life is just not complete without your regularly scheduled pre-Supper Club update post. I mean, I’m only human.

Back to reality, where it’s late at night, only a few days before my busiest week yet as a food professional. What’s do I mean by “food professional?” I guess we haven’t caught up in a spell, have we? Let me fill you in.

A September Supper Club Update

A September Supper Club Update

We are less than two weeks away from the September Edition of Pasadena Community Supper Club - the third installment in the series - which promises to be the juiciest yet. (If you’re new to what we’re doing here, I suppose now would be a good time to let you know that these little updates are neither ghostwritten by E.L. James, nor are we sponsored by TMZ.)

I’m referring to the food. So, what’s for dinner this month, you ask?

On Lightning, Bottled: An August Dinner Update

On Lightning, Bottled: An August Dinner Update

Up until, say, a year and a half ago, the largest number of people I had prepared a dinner for was, I don’t know, eight? Ten, perhaps? In spring 2017, I started leading a team for Union Station Homeless Services’ Adopt-a-Meal program, where we regularly served 50-60 people during our monthly dinners. In July, a group of us walked into a kitchen and prepared our first Pasadena Community Supper Club meal for three times that many people.