Our Story - Dinner Mates

Our Story

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Laurel Chiten


Hello there. I am the founder of Dinner Mates. 

I am an award winning independent filmmaker and have made films for over 30 years. (Blind Dog Films) I am also a foodie. I live 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, and now focus 100% on this dream coming 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 neighborhood at a time. One meal at a time.

Even though we are all living at home on our own, we can still connect and share a meal and conversation. Virtual Dinners is a bridge until we can meet up again in person.

Each dinner and/or event is raising money for Feed the FrontLine NYC, and helping support our local restaurants. 



January 21, 2020.

Laurel with  Chef James A'hearn at our launch dinner at their restaurant Pomp and Circumstance, Brooklyn, NYC

Podcast interview with Laurel Chiten

Lc and James

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