“Through food, we can find out that there is more that connects us than separates us. What we eat and what we discover, brings us together. It’s a communal table.”

- Jessica B. Harris -

What's New?

Now Open!
Open Table MDI is proud to present a new project, unlike anything else found on Mount Desert Island – a purpose-driven, volunteer-powered restaurant whose profits all feed back into Open Table MDI’s mission of combatting food insecurity and building community. We can’t wait to introduce you to Cottage St. Ramen!

Our Programs

A place where neighbors gather. A place where healthy, local food is grown and prepared with care and love and is available to all who come. A place where people linger – reconnecting with old friends and discovering new ones they may never have met otherwise. A place where all people are treated with respect. This is a program with Open Table MDI.  

Get Involved

Open Table MDI has multiple ways for community members to get involved with our program. From volunteering to donating to eating at the supper, it is our sincere hope that Open Table MDI provides a welcoming atmosphere for all members of our community – however they choose to engage with what we have to offer.


To support our weekly supper, there are many volunteer opportunities. Perhaps you’d like to help out in the kitchen with food preparation or lend a hand with meal serving or dishwashing. Many hands make the hard work of the supper flow smoothly.


If you are unable to find time to volunteer, monetary or in-kind donations are always a welcome way to get involved with our program. Open Table MDI is a grassroots, non-profit organization. As a 501(c)(3), all donations to Open Table MDI are tax-exempt.


One of the best and most important ways to get involved with Open Table MDI? Come enjoy a delicious and healthy meal with your fellow neighbors! Our meals are open to all, regardless of financial need. We hope to see you soon!

Open Table MDI Acknowledges Indigenous Land

Open Table MDI acknowledges that we are on the island of Pesamkuk and the ancestral land of the Wabanaki, the People of the Dawn. We respectfully acknowledge and hold gratitude to the many Indigenous people who have stewarded this land throughout the generations – to their elders both past and present. We recognize the rich history of this land, reaching beyond colonization and the establishment of European colonies. We recognize its significance to the Indigenous peoples whose practices and spiritualities were tied to and nourished by the land and who continue to develop in relationship to the land and its other inhabitants today. We acknowledge the vibrant communities of the Abenaki, Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet), Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations and all of the Native communities who have lived here for thousands of generations in what is known today as Eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States – specifically New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, eastern Quebec, Maine, and Vermont. We make this acknowledgment aware of continual violations of water, territorial rights, and sacred sites in the Wabanaki homeland.