Community Meals Best Practices (Catya Belfer)

Presented by Catya Belver

Facilitated Discussion Description

Your common meals aren’t frequent enough, or not nearly enough folks attend those meals. Or the meals are too much work, or the record keeping is frustrating. It's hard to get new cooks! All those food sensitivities! How on earth do you know how much time it will take to bake a giant lasagne? How do I decide what equipment to invest in? Or there’s something else about your common meals that just doesn’t work as well you'd hoped it would. Bring those challenges to the clinic and we will aim to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. Although this discussion will focus on common meals systems in completed communities, those in developing groups will benefit too as they can learn how to avoid common pitfalls in designing a common meals system.

Bring a few copies of your community's favorite recipes to share, or email them to Cat beforehand! (catya [at] cohousing [dot] org)

About the Presenter

Catya Belfer is part of Mosaic Commons, about an hour west of Boston in Berlin, Massachusetts. Mosaic Commons has ~three meals a week usually with 20-40 people eating from our 34 households. Scheduling and assignments are planned out in two month blocks.

Cat works as a project manager and also builds websites for cohousing groups and others, including, the Cohousing Association of the US website. She is passionate about building connections between people and has been involved in intentional communities since 1994. On the non-technical side, she is fascinated by how we build community through ritual, tradition, song, and food! For more information, see