Talking Wine With André Hueston Mack

André Hueston Mack is a busy man. The sommelier turned wine company owner has a packed schedule that includes touring the country to visit the vineyards that supply his wine, giving motivational talks highlighting how he took chances to get to his current position, writing a memoir, and getting ready…

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(Almost) 10 Years Of Dining With Strangers

A short update to say thank you to Laura Hayes of the Washington City Paper for doing a feature on the almost-10 year anniversary of Dining With Strangers. It launched on November 25, 2008, when I posted the first interview, with my friend Joe Matar learning more about him and…

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Ask The Expert: 12 Questions For A Winemaker

André Hueston Mack, 45, is a winemaker and former sommelier at some of the world’s top restaurants including French Laundry in Yountville, California, and its sister venue Per Se in New York City. He got into the wine industry after quitting a successful desk job in the financial investment sector,…

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Seeking More Strangers

Oh goodness, the last update on this site was in February. I’m more active on a day-to-day basis on the Dining With Strangers Twitter account and Facebook page. But I realize it’s been a long time since I featured a dinner interview (the point of the site), and I have…

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The Future Of Environmental Justice

For 24 years, Mustafa Santiago Ali was an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency, working on environmental justice (EJ). Also known as environmental equity, EJ generally refers to addressing the disproportionate adverse impacts of industrial pollution on low-income and minority communities. It’s a cause that is personal for Mustafa, but…

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An Evening With Kurt Fuller

At least 10 times a day, people stop Kurt Fuller to tell him they swear they’ve met before. What’s actually happening is that they’re recalling one of the almost 200 roles that Kurt, 64, has played in movies including massive hits like Ghostbusters II, Wayne’s World and Scary Movie or scene-stealing roles in television…

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The Portrait Painter

Jonathan Blum is a Washington, DC, born painter who now lives in New York and travels the world selling his unique paintings that feature an unusual roster of images: Rabbis, llamas, other animals, foreheads and more. “Most artists are pursuing a particular style and do different thing in their styles….

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Getting Festive With Strangers

In the almost 10 years I’ve been meeting strangers for a meal to interview them, I’ve engaged with a huge range of people that I’d never otherwise have had the honor of chatting with and learning about. For the holidays, I reached out to a handful of the people who…

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A Feast With Frank Brigtsen

Earlier this month I was in New Orleans for a holiday, and I had to chance to dine with Frank Brigtsen. He’s the owner of the namesake restaurant Brigtsen’s, a local landmark that has been serving up his unique style of Creole and Cajun cooking for more then 30 years….

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Strangers In New Orleans

Later today, I fly to New Orleans for my annual Labor Day holiday — and I’m looking for strangers to interview. If you live in the city, or know someone that lives there and would be great to interview, get in touch. I’ve had some great interviews in the city,…

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