Our restaurant has a "pay-what-you-can" philosophy. Great food. And an inclusive vibe.

About Gather55

Gather55 harnesses the power of delicious food to connect diverse communities through a restaurant with an inclusive vibe where all can gather regardless of ability to pay. Gather55 is a Hands On Hartford initiative and part of Hands On Hartford’s commitment to serve neighbors, engage volunteers and connect communities in the Hartford area.


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Featured Chef - Tom Kaldy

Chef Tom Kaldy was born and raised in South Windsor, CT, and was 14 when he participated in his first restaurant opening for a local pizza shop.  This sparked his passion and interest to discover all he possibly could of the culinary arts. After attending Bristol TEC & The Culinary Institute of America, his interests took him west to Las Vegas in 2008 in pursuit of working for some of the nation’s best chefs. He was lucky enough to work in the kitchens of top chefs such as Thomas Keller, Rick Moonen, and Bradley Ogden. These experiences furthered his education in technique as well as respect for ingredients, their sourcing, and the people who make it all possible.

Kaldy returned to Connecticut in 2012 and continued this education locally at the classic Cavey’s Italian & French restaurants and Artisan at the Delamar.

At The Charles, Kaldy and his team aspire to use local farms, foragers, and producers to provide guests with thoughtful elevated comfort food. “The Ingredients are the star of the show, we as Chefs play the supporting role.”


“I’m very grateful to be working with Gather55, everyday they offer help to any neighbor in need, something everyone can strive to do more of. Luckily for me, it’s through the best way I know how, through the comfort of food, prepared with love.”


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Hands on Hartford's

Center for Community

55 Bartholomew Avenue

in the
Parkville neighborhood
of Hartford, Connecticut.

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