before farm to table


This past Sunday was a significant one at Table 33—one of the final “firsts” we’ve been anticipating. We served our first Sunday Brunch to some of the most important people in our world: our customers—those who’ve embraced us and made the last 12 months (our first 12 months!) such a success! 

Later in the week, we had the opportunity to celebrate with the rest of’s “Best Of” nominees. What a great environment! We were afforded the opportunity to serve one of our signature cocktails while our team enjoyed the presence and camaraderie of so many Daytonians who are trying to make our city a better place. It was an honor to be nominated for the “Best Of” in two categories during our first year of business.

hands off

Early on, one of the ways we at Table 33 attempted to describe ourselves was by using the well known and somewhat popular phrase “farm to table.” [From] Farm to Table is an expression birthed out of a social movement that began as far back as the 1970’s, coined by early adopters who saw all of the contaminates coming with the commercialization of the food industry. 

In its simplest form, “Farm to Table” was a new way of communicating an old way of evaluating the quality of food people were putting in their bodies. 

Dating as far back as 500 BCE, people throughout the Middle East and Asia had their own method for evaluating the health of food. Instead of using a phrase like “farm to table,” ancient cultures would "count hands." They would keep track of the number of hands that touched the meat, poultry, or produce from the time it was harvested to the time it was eaten. 

In this era, anything more than three hands was considered unhealthy. For them, there was a direct correlation between how many people handled the food and how much life was still in the food by the time it was consumed. “Fresh” seems to have been as important then as it is now.

life and death

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves—these people weren’t worried about germs. They were concerned about the life and living enzymes that were in their food; they understood that life brought life and death brought death when it came to what they put into their bodies. 

Now, in 2018, the expression “farm to table” seems to have resurfaced because people are sick and tired (literally) of time, taste, and price being the main considerations in what they consume. There is a growing awareness of the grave consequences of putting cheap synthetics laced full of preservatives and GMO’s in our bodies.

Did you know...

  • Developing countries often spend 60-80% of their income on food. Americans, on average, spend 10%.
  • 75% of the world's food is generated from 12 plants and 5 animal species.
  • $110 billion is spent on fast food every year.
  • 50 million Americans eat fast food at least once a day.
  • On average, of food that was actually alive at some point in time, 20 hands touch it before it makes it to your mouth. 

who's counting?? (we are!)

At Table 33, we’re passionate about putting life on your plate. On average, our locally sourced food has 3-4 hands involved. Meat and dairy? We purchase it locally. The same goes for our produce whenever possible.

Your dreams, passions, and pursuits are important to us. It’s why we’re keeping count, with a commitment to having as many “hands off” as possible. You matter and, therefore, so should your food! We’re honored to continue taking care of our customers, seven days a week, using a “hands off” approach!