The Community Dinner - Sit down with a stranger - leave with a friend

Dinner Founders Nerys Levy and Mildred (Mama Dip) Council
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The Seventeenth Annual Community Dinner
is Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1 PM
McDougle School Cafetorium
900 Old Fayetteville Rd. in Chapel Hill

The Community Dinner is a community building event, crossing economic, racial, religious and ethnic barriers and presenting a wealth of wonderful, culturally diverse food and entertainment from our own community.

A large number of the tickets for the dinner are distributed to people who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend. You can feed a family of four with a $22 donation by making a pledge today!

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TICKETS - $8 for adults and $3 for kids (10 and under) are available in advance at Mama Dip's Kitchen at 408 W. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door.

Listen to the WCHL PSA with Nerys Levy and Jackie Helvey

Roses and Raspberries - Nerys Levy and Mama Dip Council get roses
April 9, 2014 - Raleigh News & Observer


Fresh FruitWe are always seeking volunteers to help prepare for the dinner, including advance and day of preparations, so keep us in mind if you have some time you can give as we look forward to in 2014.

Our committee can always use more members and fresh ideas!

We are also always seeking donations of both food and money to help pay for dinners for the less fortunate in our community. All groups and food donors are recognized above. Individual financial donors are recognized on our Donors page. If you can, make a pledge for our 2014 dinner!

OUR 2014 GOLD DONORS: Orange County, The Town of Carrboro, The Town of Chapel Hill, WCHL, Mrs. Florence Peacock, Share the Love Foundation, UniqueOrn Enterprises, Patrick Toal and Jon Vagi, Chapel Hill News, Carol Woods Retirement Community, Health Care Options of the Triangle INC., Karen Eldridge, Katherine Leith, Fran and Robert Hamer, The Friends of the Pearl and Robert Seymour Center, Victor and Carol Minton, and Friends of Carrboro Branch Library.

OUR 2014 FOOD:
Mama Dip's Kitchen, Margaret's Cantina, Mediterranean Deli, Weaver Street Market, Whole Foods Market, The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group (411 West, Squids, 518 West, Spanky's & Mez), kugels from members of the Chapel Hill Kehillah, Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (Karen farmers), The Carolina Inn, Vimlas Curryblossom Cafe, Haddasah, Harris Teeter in Carrboro, Harris Teeter in Meadowmont, Harris Teeter University Mall, Harris Teeter North in Chapel Hill, Mrs. Louise Parrish of Carrboro Farmers Market, Chapel Hill Bakery and Deli, Open Eye Cafe, The Fresh Market Chapel Hill, Terrell's Creek Church, Bread and Butter, and K&W Cafeteria.

Chapel Hill News, Chapel Hill Magazine, The Daily Tarheel,, Twig, The Carrboro UPS store, Townsend, Bertram and Company, The Ink Spot, Orange County Public Libraries, WCOM 103.5 FM, FRANK Gallery, Kol Haskalah-a Jewish Congregation, Blue Ribbon Mentors Program-Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools, and Signs Now Occasions.


Mama Dip Council
In 2014, Mildred Council, from Mama Dip's Kitchen will coordinate the menu and, along with the Carolina Inn, provide the Dinner's main courses. In addition, many local restaurants and churches donate side dishes and desserts to complete the feast. This gives attendees the opportunity to taste food from our many community partners who contributed dishes, all in one place.

Orange County Waste Management Department will once again help make the dinner a zero trash event.

Our 2014 entertainment includes Karen Youth Dancers, Con Acento, The Blame It On My Youth Jazz Orchestra, and Terrell's Creek Male Choir.

Ron Stutts Our emcee is Ron Stutts, long-time announcer at WCHL Radio. Ron has been waking up the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community since the 70s. Wake up with Ron and the WCHL Morning News, from 6 to 9am, Monday through Friday for the latest local stories, weather, sports, traffic, live interviews with the people of our community, and a little touch of irreverance thrown in for good measure. When Ron's not on the air, he's probably getting ready to emcee an event like ours.

Marlyn Valeiko Our translator, Marlyn Henriquez Valeiko, is a long-time advocate for Latino/Hispanic and immigrant communities. She has been with Orange County Government for five years, acting as Limited English Proficient (LEP) Specialist to ensure that people who are not fluent in English can access County services. Marlyn’s dedication is based on her love of different languages and cultures.

2014 Entertainers

Con Acento is a Latin acoustic music duo of voice, guitar and percussion making upbeat danceable music. Drew Pilant, Pablo Valencia, and special guest Lisa Lindsay on saxophone.

The Blame It On My Youth Jazz Orchestra is a premier youth jazz orchestra offering committed young musicians the opportunity to play and perform big band and combo music with some of the best teen players in the area. This audition based orchestra is open to teens in 8th-12th grades. BIOMY, under the musical direction of Erich Lieth and Alison Weiner, teaches excellence in musicianship, performance and conduct, and performs at private and community events throughout the Triangle. BIOMY is a program of Chapel Hill Music For Children (

CHYKO is the Chapel Hill Karen Youth Dancers. A central theme of Karen life is artistic expression such as dancing. This activity unifies the Karen people as they strive to preserve their culture, identity and language. For more information contact Eh Say at

Terrell's Creek Male Choir is just as it says, the male choir from Terrell's Creek Church, located in Orange County, NC.


Alexandra Brown, Melva F Okun, Aurora Boyer, Daphne Morrell, Susan Mann, Barbara Foushee and Jean Blackwell.

Thanks to our placemat/table tent sponsors
UNC Health Care -
Allergy Partners -
Epting & Hackney -
Lynn Hayes Properties -
Hamilton Point Inv. - www.
Kitchen Works -
Orange County Jammers
Try Sports -
Studio G -
Weaver Street -
Wild Bird -

2014 Forms:

Financial contribution (Word file)
Financial contribution (PDF file)
Feed a Family of Four (PDF file)
Cena Comunitaria (Word file)
Community Group Donors (Word file)
Community Group Donors (PDF file)
Restaurants and food providers donation (Word file)
Restaurants and food providers donation (PDF file)

Past Press:

Tar Heel of the Week - Nerys Levy: An artist with a knack for bringing people together
April 13, 2013 - Raleigh News & Observer

Buy tickets early for 15th Community Dinner - by Nerys Levy - April 3, 2012 Chapel Hill News

Sunday dinner celebrates community's diversity - by Nerys Levy - Feb.25, 2009 Chapel Hill News

View the article on the Community Dinner in the Chapel Hill Magazine ♦ View the article on the Community Dinner in the May/June, 2008 issue of Chapel Hill Magazine.

♦ Look for the article on Carrboro and the Community Dinner in the February, 2008 issue of Our State Magazine

Read about the 2008 Dinner:

       ♦ On the menu: Friendship
       Chapel Hill News - March 5, 2008
       ♦ Dinner honors diversity of community
       Chapel Hill News - February 28, 2008
February 2008 Our State Magazine        ♦ Get your tickets for the Community Dinner
       Carrboro Citizen - February 21, 2008

Read about the 2007 Dinner:

       ♦ Chapel Hill Magazine Page 1
       ♦ Chapel Hill Magazine Page 2
       ♦ Chapel Hill News

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