ChowTime Chat hands holding plants

Two busy moms, Sara Thomas and Rena Peterson, (who happen to be sisters-in-law) realized one day that their children were more connected to their electronic devices than they were to each other. Together, these sisters brainstormed ideas to help their families bond, increase communication, really connect and relate to each other.

Sara and Rena both read articles, talked to other moms, and even talked to family relationship experts, and were surprised by this simple solution:  Family meal time.


These two moms found overwhelming evidence that the #1 formula to increase family unity is to share a family meal together.  Could it be, that this simple family habit had the potential to yield impressive family benefits?


They realized that dinner isn’t just about sharing a five course meal, it’s about sharing the triumphs (and even hardships) of everyday life. A meal is not meant to just provide nourishment for the family; it provides an opportunity to nourish family relationships.

Cooking a yummy meal and getting family members to sit down at the dinner table was only half the battle. Getting their children to open up was another story.


These sisters began to realize, that because of their busy schedules, sharing a family meal together was a golden opportunity they had to connect with their families. 


Their vision of lively, fun, easy dinnertime conversation helped them create Chowtime Chat Placemats.



Rena Peterson, Founder
Rena Peterson

Favorite quote: "A flat tire is like a bad attitude; you can't go anywhere until you change it."


Movie you could watch over and over: "Sounds of Music." Still gets me every time.


Good eats: Raw fish, anything Mexican, and Ben and Jerry's, but not at the same time!


In my spare time: Splashing paint in my art studio.

Sara Thomas, Founder
Sara Thomas

Favorite quote: "The most precious jewels you'll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children."


Movie you could watch over and over: "Elf."


Good eats: Chow Truck tacos and sushi.


In my spare time: Burning off the good eats at the gym!

Diane Meek, Sales Person
Diane Meek

Favorite Quote: "Each day I'm grateful for nights that turned into mornings, friends who turned into family, dreams that turned into reality, and likes that turned into love."


Movie you could watch over and over: "Dan in Real Life."


Good eats: Pineapple curry rice. Yum!


In my spare time: Riding my bike. It's the closest to a flying dream, while I'm awake.