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
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[…]
Netflix just released a teaser for Christopher Guest’s next comedy film “Mascots,” set in the competitive world of sports mascots. The film will be available to subscribers starting October 13. A previously released flyer for the movie said, “Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where[…]
JR “Nexus” Russ is living up to his name. Christened Nexus on his first trip to the Burning Man festival, JR — an artist in Washington, DC — finds his professional and personal life increasingly at a nexus. He’s heavily involved in the city’s arts scene, but equally passionate about his day job as a[…]
Hello! Is it Margarita Pracatan you’re looking for? The Cuban singing sensation — and the third stranger I met for dinner — is celebrating with a greatest hits show September 15 and 29 at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City. Both shows start at 7pm and are just $22. I’ve hung out with[…]
Want to call character Stephen Tobolowsky your improv teacher? Now’s your chance. Stephen — perhaps best known as insurance salesman Ned Ryerson (bing!) from Groundhog Day — is hosting a class at Kalmeson & Kalmenson in Burbank, California, starting this Sunday July 17 and running through August 28. In October 2014, Stephen was kind enough[…]
Eleanor Clift is a famous liberal reporter, perhaps best known to many American television viewers as one of the pundits on the weekly political talk show The McLaughlin Group. Although she’s still busy reporting these days writing for The Daily Beast, she took a few hours out of her schedule to get dinner with me[…]
New Orleans-based voodoo priestess “Bloody” Mary Millan is heading to California. From August 10th through 17th, Mary — my 21st dining companion — will be visiting San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz. She’s appearing at festivals, book signings, a paranormal conference and more. She’s also available for private voodoo consultations. My lunch with Mary in[…]
New Orleans-based t-shirt company Storyville is getting political. The company, run by couple Josh and Natalie Harvey, has just launched a new range of t-shirts and tank tops (for adults and children) with the logo “Build Wetlands, Not Walls.” In an email announcing the new design, Storyville said, “With some help from popular designer Christopher[…]
…but here’s a somewhat new site design for Dining With Strangers. After launching the site in late 2008 the layout has pretty much stayed the same the entire time. Now, thanks to the joys of WordPress and the free themes available, I’m able to make it look a little nicer. Kudos to the developers of[…]