Interview 126: Finding Out About FishScale

Here’s the 126th dinner interview! A few years ago, chef Brandon Williams was at a cookout and trying to think of something to make for his pescatarian mother. Instead of doing the typical baked or fried fish, he decided to turn high quality fish into patties and serve them up…

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Throwback Thursday 43: Drawn Together

For the 43rd dinner interview, I traveled to Baltimore in April 2012 to have lunch with Ben Claassen III. He’s the charming creator of the comic strip DIRTFARM. He’s also the guy responsible for the illustrations that ran alongside Baggage Check — the advice column in DC’s now-defunct Express newspaper that…

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Dining With Strangers In England

In a few weeks’ time I’ll be back in England for Christmas and staying through to early 2020 — and while I’m back I’m eager to do some Dining With Strangers interviews. If you live anywhere in England (ideally London or East Yorkshire, although I’m open to traveling to other…

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See A Swingin’ Little Christmas

Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery (my dining companions for the 117th dinner interview in January) are hitting the road with their annual festive concert “A Swingin’ Little Christmas” in California, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and New York. They’ll be joined at each of the shows with singer Tim Davis, who was…

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Throwback Thursday 40: Fighting Against Hunger

The 40th Throwback Thursday is my December 2011 lunch in the District with Shamia Holloway, who at the time was communications manager for the Capital Area Food Bank. It’s the largest non-profit hunger organization in the DC region — also reaching into Maryland and Virginia — and its goal is…

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Jim Piddock’s Off To The Races

Actor, writer and producer Jim Piddock (the second stranger featured on this site) is off to the races after writing the script for an upcoming movie starring Jeremy Irons about the legendary British horse racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil. Screen Daily broke the news of the production, quoting producers Andrew Berg…

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Throwback Thursday 39: Forever Young

Fans of the Rocky movies might enjoy the 39th Throwback Thursday — an afternoon with actor Burt Young (Paulie from the boxing film series) in Port Washington, New York, in October 2011. Burt talked about his lengthy acting career, but also discussed his other loves of painting and writing. Before…

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