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
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[…]
The events in Orlando have touched me deeply. In the eight years that I’ve been doing this website, I’ve met many people (90 as of today), and several of them are gay. I’m proud to have met them all. Last week’s tragedy makes it more important than ever that the voices of the LGBT community[…]
Apologies for the lack of updates. More interviews are in the works, so stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s an update on a stranger I met last year. Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States — and the 83rd stranger I’ve met for dinner — was interviewed recently by Food Insight, talking about[…]
Cheryl Kagan would love a private life — but that’s not possible right now. That’s because she’s the Maryland state senator for district 17, covering Gaithersburg and Rockville. As she told me during a dinner interview, it’s a non-stop job that involves a very public life. That makes it difficult for her to indulge her[…]
New Orleans-based voodoo priestess “Bloody” Mary Millan — the 21st dining stranger — has revamped her website and unveiled a new blog, video series, and much more. Her website, Bloody Mary’s Tours, featured details on all of the above as well as personal tours around the Big Easy where she explains the city’s rich voodoo[…]
Comedian Victor Pope Jr. is best known for hilarious six-second skits on the app Vine and longer sketches on his YouTube page, which he’s been updating frequently. But last month Victor — the 87th person featured on Dining With Strangers — released a much more personal video about living with bipolar disorder. The entire video[…]