Throwback Thursday 67: Brobson’s Big Easy

The 67th Throwback Thursday is my October 2014 dinner with decades-long French Quarter resident Dr. Brobson Lutz at the landmark Galatoire’s Restaurant in New Orleans talking about the city’s history, his medical career, Hurricane Katrina, being a graphic novel character and much more. I’m still in touch with Brobson and…

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Help Mark Bucher Fill The Fridge

Mark Bucher, one of the founders of DC-based steak frites restaurant chain Medium Rare and a former Dining With Strangers interviewee, is launching a new campaign called Fill The Fridge to provide school lunches to communities throughout the District. “We will be providing 1000’s of refrigerators filled daily with fresh…

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Throwback Thursday 66: Stephen Tobolowsky’s Adventures

The 66th Throwback Thursday is my two-part interview with actor/writer Stephen Tobolowsky in October 2014 at Art’s Delicatessen in LA. Stephen is instantly recognizable as the character Ned Ryerson from the movie Groundhog Day, as well as other popular films including Sneakers and Mississippi Burning, and television appearances on shows including…

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‘Talking Beats’ With Daniel Lelchuk

A former dining stranger is now interviewing other strangers. Daniel Lelchuk, assistant principal cellist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, recently launched a podcast, Talking Beats, “where dynamic and compelling people share their lives, their work, and of course, their favorite music.” He’s already featured some incredibly interesting guests, such as…

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Throwback Thursday 65: Meeting Michael Hitchcock

The 65th Throwback Thursday is my October 2014 lunch with the delightful actor/producer/writer/comedian/everything Michael Hitchcock. We met in Los Angeles at Taste On Melrose to discuss his lengthy career; from his start in comedy to working on Glee, and from starring in Christoper Guest movies like Best In Show to…

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Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours Reopens In Atlanta

Twisted Soul Cookhouse & Pours, the Atlanta restaurant owned by Chef Deborah VanTrece, has reopened with certain safety restrictions because of the COVID-19 crisis. Deborah — featured on this site as the 131st stranger — talked to Chowhound recently about the stress involved with trying to keep her eatery afloat amid…

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Throwback Thursday 64: All About Omnism

The 64th Throwback Thursday is from a trip I took to Santa Fe, New Mexico, in September 2014. One night there, at the Blue Corn Cafe, I met Jesse and Sarah Smith — a couple who talked about discovering and loving omnism thanks to trying a hallucinogenic drug, meeting otherworldly…

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Farewell Margarita Pracatan

Very sad news with the passing of Cuban singing sensation Margarita Pracatan. Calling her “one of a kind” doesn’t do Margarita justice. She developed a unique style as a performer, winging the notes on her electric keyboard and singing however she wanted regardless of what the song required. If she…

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Throwback Thursday 63: Working For Veterans

The 63rd Throwback Thursday is my August 2014 dinner with Marlene Hall at Eamonn’s fish and chip shop in Alexandria, Virginia. Serving eight years in the Air Force helped develop her passion for helping veterans. She told me about her work with veterans organizations, as well as her other interests…

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