Do The Foxtrot With Gaspard

The utterly charming BBC radio presenter Zeb Soanes (the 28th dinner interviewee) in recent years has also turned to writing children’s books about Gaspard, “the handsomest fox in London” and his adventures in England’s capital. Zeb writes the books along with illustrator and author James Mayhew, and they recently announced…

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The Tobolowsky Files Return

Legendary Hollywood character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (the 66th dinner interviewee) is also a great storyteller, writing two books of anecdotes about his fascinating life and career. He also shares tales from his past on The Tobolowsky Files, a podcast that took a hiatus starting in June 2017 but recently returned and…

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Throwback Thursday 73: Dating In DC

For the 73rd dinner with a stranger, in April 2015 I met Craig Schattner at Mintwood Place in DC to learn about his video documentary Dated. Craig said he’d been on more than 100 dates in four years and was still single, and so he launched the series to try…

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Parkway Bakery Shipping Poor Boys Nationwide

During the coronavirus pandemic, restaurants have grappled with how to adapt to a takeout or delivery focus rather than in-house dining — and many are struggling with whether they can stay afloat. I’ve written before about the different ways that chefs and restaurateurs that I’ve interviewed for Dining With Strangers…

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Throwback Thursday 72: In Christy’s Shoes

Here’s the 72nd Throwback Thursday: my March 2015 dinner at Bourbon Steak in DC to meet Jacki Barnett. She’s one of three co-founders of In Christy’s Shoes, an organization that hosts shoe fashion show fundraisers in memory of Jacki’s late friend Christy Levy Peters. During a very enjoyable meal, Jacki…

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Have Some Laughs With Alex English In DC

This is very short notice, but if you live in DC and want a good laugh, check out Alex English’s standup show on Saturday October 31. Alex, the 113th stranger featured on this site, will be performing an outdoors socially distanced set at 8pm, though doors open at 7.30pm. The…

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Sampson McCormick Heads Back To DC (Next Year)

Sampson McCormick, a comedian from DC now based in LA, is returning to his home city next June for two nights of standup performances (assuming social distancing and related restrictions have eased by then). He recently tweeted that he’ll be at the venue June 11-12, giving you plenty of advance…

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Throwback Thursday 70: Empire Of Sin

The 70th sequential Throwback Thursday feature is my dinner with New York Times best-selling author Gary Krist talking about his non-fiction book “Empire of Sin” that tells the story of New Orleans in the early 1900s. We met in January 2015 at the since-closed Acadiana in DC for an evening…

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Throwback Thursday 69: The Bee Lady

The 69th Throwback Thursday feature is my lunch interview with Jean Bishop, who for decades has worn a large bee costume to raise money for the charity Age UK, collecting more than £100k ($125k) since becoming The Bee Lady. She shared her life story when we met in Hull, England,…

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