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The Olive Mass: Q&A

Posted: August 03, 2016 | Author: Fr. Leo

On behalf of The Table Foundation, I am proud to announce The Olive Mass!

This is the first international initiative of The Table Foundation, which is a non-profit charitable organization that carries out a similar mission to Grace Before Meals - to elevate culture and family life one meal at a time. As you know, the Catholic Church provides opportunities for professionals of various fields to gather, be encouraged and to be inspired with the hopes to use their passions for the good of others. You may have heard of "The White Mass" - for Doctors & Medical Professionals; "The Red Mass" - for Judges, Lawyers and Legal professionals; and "The Blue Mass" - for civil workers, such as Police Officers and Fire Fighters. But there's nothing for Chefs or Food, Beverage and Hospitality Professionals.

Chefs are supposed to be good with food. We'd like to encourage them to use food for the good.

That is, until now. The Olive Mass cordially invites food, beverage and hospitality professionals to a prayerful gathering that will celebrate food and bless those who prepare and serve it. It will be held at the Cathedral of St. Louis King of France in New Orleans, Louisiana on Monday, September 26, 2016 at 10:00am CDT, with a reception following at the historic Ursuline Convent at 11:30am. 

Come get some authentic New Orleans cuisine while you are here!

To help shed additional light on this event, here is a quick Q & A:

Why the "Olive" Mass?  

As you may know, there are different colors already used to represent different professional fields - either because of the general color of the uniform or other related story (hence the titles of the different Masses listed above). In this case, The Table Foundation adopted the olive as it symbolizes many things. The green represents vegetation. Olives also come in a variety of colors, which represents the "international" aspect of this movement.  The olive tree represents wisdom and maturity, as it survives best in challenging and rocky terrain. The olive fruit has biblical symbolism of family and friends clustered together. The oil from olives is considered "chrism," related to the word "Christ" - the anointed one.  Olive oil has healing properties. Extending the "olive branch" also represents peace and the olive branch in the beak of the dove that returned to Noah's Ark represents hope.  

Do you have be Catholic to attend?  

We invite all people no matter your religious background.  If you have a passion for food and good will, you fit in perfectly!  

Is there a hotel to book for the participants?

Anyone who wants to come to the Olive Mass, or the connected dinners and receptions, can book any hotel they wish.  

Will food be involved at these events?

Food will absolutely be a part of these events!  At The Olive Mass, there will be "spiritual food" in the Eucharist. But the other receptions (Chefs for Peace Dinner Reception at Pigeon & Prince on Sunday evening, The Olive Mass Reception on Monday morning at The Ursuline Convent, and The Table Foundation Fundraising Dinner at Shaya on Monday night) will offer food prepared by the Chef John Besh Restaurant Group, Alon Shaya and Chefs for Peace

Is there a cost to attend these events?

There is no cost to attend the Mass and the following reception at the Ursuline Convent (300 person limit, so you should RSVP).  There are tickets available to purchase for the dinners at Pigeon & Prince (100 seat limit) and Shaya Restaurant (70-80 seat limit).

Who are Chefs for Peace?

These are professional chefs with diverse religious backgrounds - Christian, Jewish & Muslim - who are based in the Middle East. They use their passions for food and the good will of their faith to promote peace and fraternity and community through food.

What's the schedule for the different Olive Mass events?

Sunday 9/25/16
The Table Foundation Board Members Meeting at 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Travelers Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church at 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mass Reception at Pigeon and Prince at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Monday 9/26/16
The Olive Mass 10:00am - 11:00am
Olive Mass Reception at Ursuline Convent - 11:30am - 2:30pm
The Table Foundation Fundraising Dinner at Shaya Restaurant - 6:30pm - 9:30pm

How do you register?

Go to for more information for The Olive Mass, the connected events, and registration information. Please let your favorite chef and foodie friends know about this exciting gathering. We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Let us come together to celebrate the gift of food and the gift of God's love. I hope to meet you at The Olive Mass!