Big Table launched in Seattle in July of 2015. The Hospitality Industry in Seattle employs almost 275,000 people with over 3200 restaurants and 200 hotels. The average restaurant server earns an annual income of $31,500. That is $20,000 below the low-income bar as established by HUD for single-person households. Big Table comes alongside these hardworking people when they experience a temporary setback to offer support, encouragement, and hope.

Big Table Eats Around the World 2021


While the Delta variant has proved to be too much for our travel inspired in-person event, we are changing up the itinerary to an all online auction to raise money to support Big Table care here in Seattle. Extravagant auction packages could be yours if you join in the virtual fun! Seattle Kraken, Huskies and Seahawks tickets, formal dining packages at Canlis and Ascend, Bacon Baby! and more. Your phone will become your passport to care this year. Won’t you join us?

Dates to be announced

Online Auction on Auctria App

community resources for hospitality employees


unexpected 20s

Want to get involved now? Try sharing some U20s! This is a great place for individuals and small groups to start partnering with Big Table. Big Table provides small envelopes that you fill with $20 bills and give out when in a restaurant or hotel. Simple and amazingly effective. Look for one person working in a restaurant or hotel invisible to others, or one that is having a bad day. It very well could be someone in the kitchen or behind the scenes. Then give them the Unexpected 20 envelope with a $20 bill inside. Tell them it is simply a gift for them…no strings attached. This is not payment or a tip, it is a gift. After the Unexpected 20 is delivered email us with a story of what you noticed or felt at

Need envelopes? You can print your own or contact your city and we’d love to send you some.

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seattle team

Kristi Trainer

Operations and Development Administrator

Kayla Mildren

Care Engagement Coordinator

Anna Nicles

Office and Care Engagement Coordinator

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(206) 734-9279

Mailing Address

PO Box 61014
Seattle, WA 98141

Office Location

509 Olive Way, Suite 1019
Seattle, WA 98101

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