Local social-impact founders bring a taboo topic to the dinner table


Bevival partners with Tilda’s Kitchen to put death literacy on the menu in recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day.

It was early January when Kitt Potter, Kingston’s Director of Arts and Cultural Affairs, invited Bevival founder Caren Martineau of Rosendale and Chris Hewitt of Kerhonkson, founder of Tilda’s Kitchen/Hudson Valley Current to a meeting. Potter had no doubt these two community-minded entrepreneurs would quickly hit it off. Creating innovative approaches to healthy aging such as Martineau’s “Celebrating Aging Series” was on Potter’s mind that cold January morning.

Navigating what has been termed, “the longevity society” requires older adults to prepare for what lies ahead. Over the next 25 years, three generations will make up America’s over 65+ population. According to a 2023 report cited on AARP.com.

Given Bevival’s penchant for producing unique death literacy edutainment events and Hewitt’s commitment to Kingston’s marginalized and vulnerable populations, they agreed to host a dinner that talked about death, differently in recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16).

The Art and Soul of Comfort Food will pair a culturally diverse menu with a facilitated discussion about friendships, family, life and getting comfortable with an uncomfortable but inevitable conversation. Special guest Liza Schoenfein, food editor/writer/author of the blog, Life, Death Dinner will help unpack the flavors and food traditions of memorial gatherings. There is a suggested donation of $45 for this event to be held, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at Tilda’s Kitchen, 630 Broadway, Kingston. The Art & Soul of Comfort Food event includes a welcoming cocktail, appetizer, dinner, and dessert. For more information and to RSVP, contact Martineau at caren@bevival.com, 201-888-2601 or visit bevival.com.