Philadelphia restaurant Everyone At The Table (EAT) has a novel concept: pay what you want for a meal, and no one is turned away. The nonprofit, community-driven cafe in western Philadelphia is hoping to give people from low-income areas a place to sit down and have a delicious, healthy meal.
The brainchild of Mariana Chilton, a professor at Drexel University’s school of public health, and director of the Center for Hunger-Free communities, EAT was inspired by similar concepts such as SAME Cafe in Colorado and JBJ Soul Kitchen in New Jersey, Chilton told NPR. Although EAT only opened it’s doors in October, business seems to be booming. It’s rotating menu of sumptuous, unfussy dishes has clearly hit the right note with its clientele.
This week’s offerings include chicken alfredo with broccoli; pan-seared mediterranean fish with olives, lemon, and tomato, served with herbed pasta; and sweet potato bread pudding. The man behind the menu is executive chef Donnell Craven-Jones, who recently moved to the city from Atlanta. MUNCHIES recently spoke to Mariana Chilton about launching EAT, its struggles, and where a radical idea like this can go from here.