It was another record turnout as hundreds of people ate dinner together at JAX Chamber’s annual Longest Table event. The community dinner brought together more than 800 people at the table that stretched 600 feet down Independent Drive from the Main Street Bridge to Newnan Street.
Now in its fourth year, the open-air dinner was created to get people talking and to connect diverse groups from across Jacksonville. Attendees were seated at the table by color-coded name tags, which corresponded with their ZIP codes to ensure they created connections that span neighborhoods across the city. Through informal conversation during dinner, attendees shared what they liked about the community, what they would change and what they love most about Jacksonville, among other topics.
“Every year when I come to the Longest Table and see hundreds of people from all across our city sharing a meal together, I’m proud of our Chamber and our community,” JAX Chamber Chair Debbie Buckland said. “It’s such an incredible opportunity to meet new people and I’m always struck by how, despite our different backgrounds, how much we all really have in common.”
Attendees signed up for tickets to this year’s event through Eventbrite on Nov. 6 and for the third year in a row all seats were reserved the same day.
Fifteen businesses contributed food and beverages for the Longest Table event. Fogo De Chão cooked Brazilian churrasco on-site and the family-style meal featured meatloaf, three cheese penne pasta, strawberry salad and more.
Food and beverage sponsors:
- The 3 G's Grilled and Soul Food Catering
- Blended Trio
- Blue Bamboo
- CGC Water
- Fogo de Chão
- Jimmy John’s
- Mocha Misk’i
- Mr. Potato Spread
- Seasons 52
- Ted's Montana Grill
- Vale Food Co.
The Longest Table is presented by JAX Chamber along with Gold Sponsors, Florida Blue, Miller Electric and Sunbelt Rentals; and Silver Sponsors, Anheuser-Busch and PRI Productions.
Additional event sponsors and community partners include:
- ASM Global
- Bold City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
- Brooks Rehabilitation
- City of Jacksonville
- Community Hospice & Palliative Care
- CSX Corporation
- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
- Memorial Hospital
- Meskel & Associates Engineering
- Prime Osborn Convention Center
- The PNC Financial Services Group
- Regency Centers
- University of North Florida
- VyStar Credit Union
About JAX Chamber
The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to live, work and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.