Eating TogetherEating Together
One of the great joys and benefits of living at Mosaic Commons is participating in our common meals. Common meals are served in our Common House. Currently we have one or two dinners and one brunch per week, though we hope to have more soon. Members take turns signing up for cooking and/or clean-up teams. If you aren't on the cooking or clean-up team for a meal, just listen for the dinner bell and find a seat! Cooks decide on a menu and post it to our community mailing list about a week before a meal. Interested diners respond online or on a sign-up sheet in the Common House. Currently the charge for most meals is $5 for dinners ($4 for vegetarian options) or $3 for brunches (half that for small children). Meals are scheduled and coordinated by our meals team.
At any given meal, as few as 15 folks may attend, or as many as 50! Most meals include both vegetarian (or vegan) and non-vegetarian dishes. We welcome guests at our common meals. If you'd like to visit, please contact us. Upcoming meals are posted to our community calendar. (Logged in members may view the current meal assignments here.)
Meals & Food Allergies/SensitivitiesMeals & Food Allergies/Sensitivities
Note: This replaces the previous “Nuts in the Common House” Policy.
To protect people with food allergies and similar sensitivities, we agree to do the following for all community meals, including desserts:
The cook or assistant cook (or the person who brings a potluck dish) will provide complete ingredient lists, including ingredient lists from packaging. Circle or highlight in some way anything from the known allergens list.
The first person to start meal prep will thoroughly wipe down surfaces before prep to minimize any contamination from between-meals use of the kitchen.
The clean up team for each meal will make sure that equipment has been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized after an allergenic substance has come into contact with it. This would include food processors, stand mixers, cutting boards, knives, and mixing spoons.
A volunteer allergen list owner will be responsible for keeping the list of currently known allergenic substances up to date, rechecking it at least annually. The list will be kept both online with this policy and in a prominent place in the Common House kitchen. Some allergens (e.g., peanuts) may not be stored in the common house - contact the allergen list owner if you have requests. This will be noted prominently on the allergens list.
The Kitchen/Meals team will be responsible for making ingredient sheets for the kitchen that include known allergens, along with checkbox allergen labels for leftovers.
Inactive: Nuts in the Common HouseInactive: Nuts in the Common House
See https://www.mosaic-commons.org/allergies for the updated policy.
1) No peanuts, tree nuts or chickpeas stored in the Common House.
2) No nuts or chickpeas ground up or chopped up in the Common House for any reason. No nuts or chickpeas served at Nut Free Meals
3) All meals will be clearly labeled as Nut Free or Contains Nuts. Meals with nuts will have the nut-containing item clearly labeled. A substitute dish will be provided for the nut-containing one
S1. Head cook must have someone responsible for reading the label of every item put into meal every time since manufacturing processes and ingredients change regularly. Labels from that meal’s ingredients must be retained for 24 hours (since allergic reactions can appear hours after a meal) for individuals to read.
S2: Exclude items from Nut Free meals that contain nuts or chickpeas, or whose labels say: "Processed in a facility that also processes nuts" or "Processed on equipment that is used to process nuts" or “May contain nuts”
S3. Labels from every ingredient will be available in the Common House.
S4. Individuals may bring a small container of nuts or chickpeas with them to a meal and add them to their own plate. Any chopping or crumbling of nuts must occur outside of the Common House.
S5. Outside food can be brought in and served at the Common House as long as it is appropriately labeled.
S6. When cleaning up from Nut Containing meals, use rags for wiping down surfaces. These must be washed and sanitized before reuse.
S7. Leftovers from meals that contain nuts will be removed from the Common House at the end of the meal. Late plates of nut containing food, properly labeled, may be saved in the Common House for a specific amount of time after a meal, then removed if not eaten.
S8. Key items that are considered not safe unless cleared by concerned families: Foods from bulk sections of supermarkets Chocolate
S9. Sunset Clause: We will revisit this policy 6 months after we start cooking meals in the Common House.