Dining With Strangers Still On Hold

Apologies for the dearth of updates since March, but Dining With Strangers is still on hold. At the start of the pandemic, I suspended my project of meeting strangers for meals at restaurants to interview them about their life stories — an idea at odds with lockdowns and social distancing….

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Cooking With Chef Deborah

Chef Deborah VanTrece, the 131st dinner stranger and owner of the restaurant Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours in Atlanta, is hosting a virtual launch party at 6pm on Tuesday March 16 for “The Twisted Soul Cookbook: Modern Soul with Global Flavors.” “I’ll be cooking up a few recipes from the…

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Throwback Thursday 80: After The Storm

The 80th dinner interview was a reunion with several strangers in New Orleans. In September 2015, roughly one decade after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, I met with three long-time residents of the Crescent City who have previously been featured on Dining With Strangers, hosting a group meal at Antoine’s. In…

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Medium Rare Plans East Coast Expansion

Medium Rare, the DC-based steak frites restaurant owned by the 114th dining stranger Mark Bucher, is planning an East Coast expansion. Mark told the Washington Business Journal this week that he’s looking to Baltimore as the next location for the restaurant, which offers diners a simple set menu of salad, freshly…

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Throwback Thursday 78: Fuckup Nights

Here’s the 78th Throwback Thursday interview: July 2015 dinner with Meredith Denbow at Jyoti Indian Cuisine in DC. Since moving to Washington, DC, a few years ago, Meredith has been working to grow a local branch of Fuckup Nights. The unusually named organization hosts seminars across the globe where people…

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Memories Of Margarita Pracatan At Christmas

Given that I’ve put dinner interviews on hiatus until the coronavirus pandemic is over, there won’t be a festive-themed meal with a stranger this year like my December 2011 dinner with Santa Claus. Instead, I wanted to post something in memory of my late friend and former interviewee Margarita Pracatan….

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Vote For DeAngelo Jackson At The XBIZ Awards

Adult model DeAngelo Jackson (the 122nd dinner interviewee) is among the several contenders for an accolade at the upcoming XBIZ Awards, which is an annual awards ceremony dedicated to the adult entertainment industry. The event has been running for more than 15 years and has all the glitz and glamor…

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