Dinner Mates welcomes 65 new members

Make friends, eat great food
and join our Dinner Mates Portland community.

Become a DINNER MATES Member now!

UPCOMING EVENTS 

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Monday, June 27th @6pm

BROKEN ARROW

Broken Arrow features rustic regional menus highlighting the bounties of each season and our greatest resources found in the sea and on the farm. The focus on high-quality service, paired with personality, creates a true dining experience.

Optional alcohol pairing.

MEMBER PRICE: $73.00 (Includes tax and tip)
NON-MEMBER PRICE: $88.00 (Includes tax and tip)

MEMBERS ONLY EVENTS

BLIND WINE TASTING CONTEST

June 24th. At a private backyard in SoPo. Participants brought a covered bottle of wine, a glass, and a dollar bill. We tasted each one of them and picked a winner. Winner took the kitty. 

It was so much fun that we are going to do this again, frequently!

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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 for a while. But Dinner Mates was meant to be an off-line experience.  We have finally started to create in person events again.

Come have a drink, share a meal, learn about wines, foods and about each other.

Be part of a communal dining experience.

The Story

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

I was an award winning independent filmmaker and made films for over 30 years. (Blind Dog Films) I am also a foodie and 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 a 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

Why Portland?

During the peak of the pandemic, I fled to Portland. SoPo to be exact. I came with my pup Sprout and we stayed for the entire winter and fell in love with it. Yes, even in the cold!

On December 1st, this city girl and her dog moved out of our studio apartment in Manhattan to a darling house near Willard Square.

Because Portland is a foodie town, I thought it would be a perfect place to relaunch Dinner Mates! Happy to be here, and eager to meet you.

Our Mission. Our Passion.

People are more connected than ever before, yet spending more time alone.

And let's face it, eating alone is no fun.

Dinner Mates strives to bring people together face to face, eat great food
and meet like minded people in our neighborhoods.

We believe we can build a vibrant community around the dinner table!

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BREAK BREAD

Want to try out that new restaurant on the corner but don't want to go by yourself?

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MAKE FRIENDS

Are you tired of eating in isolation? Ready to get out and meet your neighbors again?

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BUILD COMMUNITY

Hungry for some spicy conversation with like minded folk?

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