From politicians to actors, and from tightrope walkers to clinical therapists — read the stories of the strangers I’ve met
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About The Site
Dining With Strangers invites people to share their stories over dinner at a restaurant, bar, cafe or hot dog stand of their choice. I’m based in Washington, DC, but open to interviewing people anywhere in the United States or overseas.
The point of the site is to meet people with a story to tell, a kooky career they’re happy to talk about, a product to promote, or any other reason they might want to be featured online. I’ll bring along a notepad, camera and tape recorder and we’ll take it from there.
STRANGERS I'VE MET
There are two reasons I know Michael Wilkinson. First is that he’s one of the founders of Washington, DC-based pizza chain Pete’s Apizza, which specializes in New Haven-style pizzas. Michael was one of the first people to do an interview for this site, meeting me for lunch at the company’s Columbia Heights location in May[…]
As Americans head to the polls for the 2016 elections, here’s a look back at my political dinner interviews. Although it’s generally believed that people shouldn’t talk politics or religion at the dinner table, some of the interviews I’ve done over the years have been focused heavily on political talk. Since launching this site in[…]
Recently, I met with the winner of a silent auction. The twist was that dinner with me was the prize at the auction. I’d offered an interview for the site to help raise funds for college scholarships for LGBT athletes, and (much to my shock) people actually bid on it. The winner was David Stivaletta,[…]
Brad Rushing lives his life behind a lens. He’s an award-winning cinematographer (or director of photography) whose work has included music videos for stars such as Britney Spears, Eminem and Nelly; movies working with a host of well-known actors, actresses and directors; and commercials for dozens of big corporations. Brad is also a wonderful human[…]
Psychologist Dr. Andrea Bonior (stranger 37) has just released a new book. “Psychology: Essential Thinkers, Classic Theories, and How They Inform Your World,” available starting today, analyzes some of the biggest names and theories in her field and applies them to real-world situations. Andrea’s website says this about the book: “By taking a comprehensive look[…]
Former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler (R-SD) wants to save democracy. Larry, who left the Senate in 1997 after an unsuccessful reelection bid, has been using his post-Congress career to teach students about the importance of civil service. His hope is to inspire a new generation of informed voters who might be able to help undo[…]
The first full trailer is now out for Christopher Guest’s new movie “Mascots,” coming a few weeks after a teaser for it. Dining With Strangers is not a movie news site, but the film features two hilarious actors who’ve been featured on this site. Jim Piddock was the second interview, back in 2008 when I[…]
Live in New Orleans? Want to tell your life story over a free meal? If so, message me and let’s get dinner during the next few days! I just arrived in the Big Easy and will be here through Tuesday night. Since 2008, I’ve been meeting random strangers from all over the United States, eager[…]
Town crier Michael Wood (the 85th stranger) has won yet another award. Michael, who lives in England’s East Riding of Yorkshire where I grew up, was voted Britain’s Best Town Crier Ambassador at the Loyal Company of Town Criers British Championship. The contest took place last month in Biddulph, Staffordshire, and Michael got an engraved[…]
Quirky British singer-songwriter Lorraine Bowen has just released her latest song, the “Reggaeton Crumble,” a homage to reggae, Latin music and London’s Notting Hill carnival. Lorraine — the 47th stranger I met for dinner — found fame in the UK when she appeared on Britain’s Got Talent performing her song about cooking crumble, a type[…]