Community meals help Bistro pay forward

By Scott Halasz

XENIA — In keeping with its theme of paying it forward, One Bistro in Xenia is holding a weekly community meal.

The meal, which takes place 5-7 p.m. every Wednesday at the restaurant on Main Street next to Toward Independence, will consist of homestyle food, such as Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes. Patrons can make a donation, but those who are not able to pay can still enjoy the food without having to volunteer, which is normally how One Bistro operates.

“Community is the thing we want to promote here,” owner and executive chef Robert Adamson said.

The weekly meals began a couple months ago and have been popular, according to Adamson. The One Bistro Miamisburg location has been doing the meal for about four years and serves more than 120 people a week.

The restaurant is looking for sponsors to help underwrite the weekly meal, according Diane Dixon, a One Bistro volunteer. Greene Memorial Hospital, Xenia Business Association and Montgomery Insurance are sponsoring some upcoming meals. Businesses or individuals can sponsor a meal for $250. They can supply volunteers to work during the meal or allow One Bistro to provide the workers.

Sponsors get their name or names on the restaurant’s social media.

One Bistro is also holding a weekly Picnic for Friends in the Xenia YMCA parking lot. The picnic runs 6-7 p.m. or until food runs out, according to organizers.

One Bistro opened earlier in Xenia earlier this year and operates on a “pay what you can” basis. Suggested prices range from $6 to $9, but those who can’t pay are asked to volunteer in return for the meal. Those who can pay extra are always welcomed to “pay it forward.”

For more information on sponsorships call Dixon at 937-352-6301.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.

Contact Scott Halasz at 937-502-4507.