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Martina McBride And Mario Batali Promise To ‘Share The Table’ To Help Make Family Dinnertime More Meaningful

hShare the Table: The Barilla Family Dinner Project

To help encourage families to make the most of dinnertime, Barilla is teaming up with country music star Martina McBride and renowned chef Mario Batali to launch “Share the Table: The Barilla Family Dinner Project” and is inviting American families to make a promise to enhance their dinnertime experiences at

“Dinner is a time when everyone can come together, cook together, and share together in a truly unguarded atmosphere,” said Mario Batali, James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur and author of Molto Italiano: 327 Simple Italian Recipes to Cook at Home.

“I’m promising to keep dinnertime with my family free of outside distractions. And I’m encouraging all families to learn how getting everyone involved in preparing and enjoying dinner can make a positive difference in their lives.”

Sampling of the meals found at the Share The Table website

On, people can find more than 100 tips on how a dinner filled with robust conversation, meaningful interactions and flavorful food can better their lives.

What you can find at Share The Table

By registering online,

  • People can discover how Mario and Martina share the table with their families
  • Develop custom weekly dinner plans
  • Get over 700 Barilla recipes as well as exclusive Mario Batali recipes
  • Design custom placemats for their dinner tables
  • Learn from family experts
  • Share their own dinnertime stories and pictures with others and more.

Additionally, families can help gauge their current dinnertime experience and receive customized tips to help learn what’s going well and how to make changes that will make the experience even better.

“With my busy schedule, I have to be creative about making time for the family to dine together,” explains Martina McBride, one of country music’s top female vocalists and mother of three.

“Now I can share the steps my family takes to make the most of our time together, like keeping a few staples on hand in the pantry and fridge so we can create a quick dinner together even after a late day of work and school. And, I’m promising to help my daughters develop a healthy relationship with food that will stick with them forever.”

For each person who promises to “Share the Table,” Barilla will donate $1 to Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA), up to $150,000, to support home delivered and congregate meal programs serving more than one million meals per day.

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