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Spaghetti and conversation


Are you looking to meet other people in your neighbourhood? Keen to practise your English in a social environment? Or are you simply a fan of delicious home-cooked Italian food? Well, a free monthly spaghetti dinner may be the answer for you.

The community dinner takes place at St John's Anglican Church hall in Royal Oak, on the first Wednesday of each month from 6pm-7.30pm. All are invited, especially those who live alone, or people who may have run short on food for the week. The space is a perfect place to meet others, and visitors are welcome to bring a friend or family along. It is also an ideal opportunity for migrant people to practice their English in a supportive atmosphere, and connect with neighbours through conversation.

Church member and appointed chef ,Lou Piezzo, dreamed up the idea with his New Zealand wife Katrina. As an Italian-American originally from New York, food and family has always been close to his heart. He uses quality imported tomatoes to create the authentic special sauce from his old family recipe. Volunteers at the congregation help prepare and serve the delicious vegetarian spaghetti meal with a side of healthy salad, and dessert to follow. There are also gluten free and dairy free options.

Lou says, “The main focus of the dinner is to create an opportunity for outreach, and to help build a sense of community. It’s a great way for people to connect and interact, by sitting and talking while sharing food.”

The team hopes to get other community organisations and church groups on board, who are willing to partner up to grow the initiative. The goal is to build enough momentum to offer the dinners on a more regular basis.

Reverend Brenda Rockell encourages everyone to attend, from all walks of life. She says, “The dinner is free. We welcome a koha, but nobody is obliged to donate. There is no religious agenda, other than building community and providing a friendly space for local connections. Other than saying grace before we eat, there is no religious content to the evening. We just want to get the word out. There is such a thing as a free dinner!”

Next meal dates: 3rd April, 1st May, 5th June

St John’s Anglican Church

6 Chandler Ave Royal Oak  
















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