Skip Main Navigation
Page Content

Save This Event

Event Saved

What Does it Mean to be Healthy?

Paul Sippil

Friday, January 18, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)

What Does it Mean to be Healthy?

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Dinner and drinks 12 Tickets Jan 18, 2019 $50.00 $3.08

Share What Does it Mean to be Healthy?

Event Details

Community Dining, an organization formed in March of 2015, aims to connect people through shared meals that engage us in the means by which we fuel ourselves, stimulate substantive dialogue, and strengthen social bonds. Its main focus is Jeffersonian-themed dinners in the spirit of the gatherings that Thomas Jefferson would have at his home with the goal of bringing people of all different backgrounds and perspectives together to discuss important community issues.  


Here is a description of what a Jeffersonian Dinner entails:


"As you build your table, consider political scientist Robert Putnam’s distinction between bonding and bridging social capital. Bonding is the connectedness between people who are like each other; bridging is connectedness between people across differences (think bowling league). The best groups will have some degree of bonding social capital (some people who know each other and can provide ballast for growing connections as the evening progresses), but should predominantly be people who don’t necessarily have pre-existing relationships (perhaps the point of the evening).”

Jeffersonian dinners also involve the host gathering photos and personal bios of each guest that the host shares with everyone before the dinner, so be ready to share.


This dinner will focus on the topic of what it means to be healthy.  Some questions to consider include:

 1.  Is there an optimal diet?  Is a vegan or vegetarian diet inherently superior?

2.  To what extent do your DNA and lifestyle factors predict your health?  If lifestyle factors are signficant, do some matter more than others?

3.  Have online social networks primarily replaced in-person social networks?  Can reduced face-to-face contact affect our health?

4.  Can electronic devices be addicting, and if so, how does overuse affect us both mentally and physically?  Can it help to set an electronics curfew?

5.  Does being religious have health benefits?  If so, what are some examples?

6.  Should we regularly see a doctor for preventative maintenance?  What type of doctor is qualified to assess the overall quality of our health? 

7.  Where do the healthiest people in the world live?  What is it about these environments that contribute to their high quality health?

8.  Is there a way to design a healthcare system that would not only give rise to a healthy population, but also give each person incentives to stay healthy?



Menu (catered by Kitchfix):


Pan-Seared Falafel


House-made falafel, seared - not fried, and served with tangy, dairy-free tzatziki sauce.


Sides: Quinoa “tabouleh” salad and marinated cucumber, asparagus, and kale with lemon & parsley


Kale and Spinach “Caesar”


Organic spinach and lacinto kale with cucumbers, oven-roasted herbed tomatoes, and almond “parmesan (non-dairy)”


Housemade Vegan Caesar


Sweet potato cornbread (gluten free – ingredients below)

Sweet Potato, Sweet Potato Puree, Coconut Oil, Honey, Coconut Water, Salt & Pepper, Baking Soda, Pastured Eggs, Almond Flour (GF), Coconut Flour (GF)



Almond Flour Crackers from Simple Mills (Certified Gluten-free; free of Grains, Soy, Corn, Dairy & Gums/Emulsifiers)


8 SIMPLE INGREDIENTS: Nut and Seed Flour Blend (Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds), Tapioca, Cassava, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Onion, Organic Garlic, Rosemary Extract (For Freshness)


Nutrition bars from Simple Squares (tied for the highest rate snack bar!)

Each Square is not only free of gluten, but also free of wheat, dairy, corn, soy and refined sugars

TeaSquares (vegan, gluten free)


Within Without Granola (gluten free)




Superfood Fudge Brownies


Chocolate chip cookies from Kitchfix


Freshly Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Almond Flour, Chopped Walnuts, Organic Coconut Oil, Pasture-Raised Eggs and a touch of Organic Honey


Sacred Serve (vegan ice cream handmade in Chicago)



Organic Red and White Wine


SOCIAL Sparkling Wine

Virtue Cider


 Tempo Sparkling Tea

Have questions about What Does it Mean to be Healthy?? Contact Paul Sippil

Save This Event

Event Saved

When & Where

Private Home in Gold Coast

Friday, January 18, 2019 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)

  Add to my calendar


Paul Sippil

Community dining

Paul Sippil serves as a community builder, creator, and disrupter connecting people through shared meals as part of Community Dining, a group he started in March of 2015 aiming to stimulate substantive dialogue and strengthen social bonds.  Paul is a former auditor, recovering CPA, and independent registered investment advisor who acts as a crime-fighter by day focusing on uncovering the fraud, corruption, and conflicts of interest in the retirement plan industry.


  Contact the Organizer

Please log in or sign up

In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.