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What is Dinner Mates?

Dinner Mates launched in January 2020 in New York City.  Our mission was to make friends and build community over sharing a meal in our neighborhoods. We took off like a rocket! All our events sold out. Then, the unexpected happened...

The pandemic has made many of us feel physically isolated. In response to the isolation, Dinner Mates pivoted to virtual events. We found that they kept people connected and engaged.

Be part of a communal cooking and dining experience, alone but together.

The Story

Hello there. I'm  Laurel, the founder of Dinner Mates.

I am an award winning independent filmmaker and made films for over 30 years. (Blind Dog Films) I am also a foodie. I lived in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

One summer day in 2019, I walked into a restaurant around the corner from me, and I had a vision of people in my neighborhood sitting around a table eating together.

That was it! The idea of Dinner Mates was born! I dropped my film career, made an 180 degree turn to make this dream come to life.

I made films because I wanted to move people, to create impact and bring audiences together over a topic or an issue and get them talking with one another.

I bring that same passion and sensibility to Dinner Mates-- I created Dinner Mates to bring people together, to make a difference in our personal lives, and our world.

Our mission is: Break Bread, Make Friends, Build Community.

One meal at a time.

ox Laurel

PAST VIRTUAL EVENTS 

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Salmon with Carmelized Grapes

Our Portland ME launch! Led by Judy Barbe, an award-winning dietitian and food enthusiast, who combines HEALTHY and DELICIOUS on the same fork!

Cuban night

Making crêpes the right way!

Led by Georges Wansek, a Franco-American web design teacher. Georges owns a popular crêperie in California and learned the secret of making perfect crêpes from his grandmother. 

Authentic Onion Soup

Led by Stacey Stolman, a seasoned chef, educator, food stylist and blogger who recently moved from sunny Florida to SoPo.

THE STEAM ROOM

June 22nd Sizzling Cool Chat About Today's Hottest Topics. Led by Artist Flash Rosenberg and Activist Ruth McDaniels.

To support Harlem and Black-owned restaurants, this event was paired with a prix-fixe dinner from the the French-African cuisine of Ponty Bistro Harlem

LA SIRENE

On June 10th we all took a trip to Paris. La Sirene  is an authentic French Bistro. A little slice of Paris right in our neighborhood  Their prix fix meal was delicious!|

We tried something new with this dinner. We used conversation cards and sparked deep and thoughtful interactions.

BETOLLA REDUX!

June 8th Dinner Mates returned to Bettola where we had a sold out event.

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VIRTUAL DINNER PARTY

June 3rd we had a spontaneous Dinner Party to meet one another and share our feelings about #blacklivesmatter and all that is happening in our local, and global, community. 

We all posed with our animals!

VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR

Valentine's Day February 14, 2021! We launched our first Happy Hour! It was great fun. We had several Happy Hour events last winter.

OUR 1st VIRTUAL DINNER

April 21st. We had our first virtual dinner with Tarallucci e Vino.  It was a hit!

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BETTOLA

This dinner we all had a special treat. Chef Vlado joined our dinner and sang us a song! Another surprise: the restaurant included jello shots with each delivery!

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DINNER & LAUGHTER

May 11th Upper West Sider Carl Kissin created a fun interactive and playful improvisation class with our guests. Everyone had a great time! People joined from all over. NYC, CA even Australia!

DINNER & LAUGHTER REDUX

May 27th Back by popular demand. Carl served up an "amuse bouche" of four of his favorite comedy monologues as we  are dinnering-in-place. 

VIDEOS FROM PAST VIRTUAL EVENTS

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