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DINNER MATES COMES TO PORTLAND, MAINE!

Break Bread • Make Friends • Build Community

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

But with the new variants and mandates, we have to postpone meeting in person.

But we don't have to sit around and wait...

I believe we can STILL build a vibrant community around the dinner table,
even if we are all in our homes!

We just have to be a bit creative...

Wednesday, January 19th

join our first Portland event
A Livestream Cooking Class! (on Zoom)

Learn to cook SALMON WITH CARAMELIZED GRAPES, drizzled with homemade vinaigrette.

Pan-seared Salmon and caramelized grapes over leafy greens drizzled with homemade vinaigrette

YOUR GUIDE

JUDY BARBE is an award winning dietitian, author, and speaker. Her speciality is making health recipes that are delicious.

Judy's recipes and recommendations have appeared in Prevention, Reader's Digest, Shape, TheHealthy, NBCNews, and more.

Judy brings her culinary skills to Dinner Mates in a fun and flavorful class. She will guide us to make one of her signature dishes, online in real time.

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Led by an award-winning dietitian and food enthusiast, who combines HEALTHY and DELICIOUS on the same fork!

We start with a virtual Happy Hour - sip, schmooze and get to know each other.

Then, get ready to cook!  You will be guided through each step of the process.

Once you are done, you will sit down and eat together at a virtual dinner table.

So grab your apron and let’s get cooking!


WHEN:
Wednesday, January 19th

TIME: Happy hour @6pm. Cooking begins @6:30pm
FOR WHO: Greater Portland Area residents only
COST: $20 per household

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.  I have been patiently waiting until the right time to start it up again in person. My goal is to start again in the Spring 2022, this time here in Portland!

Join our waitlist and be the first to know when we open the doors 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 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

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 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?

PAST EVENTS

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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. 

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WINE TASTING CONTEST

We created (social distanced) wine events in Central Park! To join the contest everyone brought a covered bottle of wine, and a dollar bill.

Connect • Make Friends • Support restaurants

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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

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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.

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BETOLLA REDUX!

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

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ZOOM WITH ANIMALS

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!

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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. 

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BETTOLA

May 20th. 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!

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OUR 1st VIRTUAL DINNER

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

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IN PERSON DINNER EVENTS NYC

Our 1st Manhattan event in the Upper West Side!

Feb 18th. Dinner Mates packed the place at Lucciola! They served an amazing multi-course meal that our guests enjoyed.

 

 

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Our launch dinner in Williamsburg!

We opened the door for our first Dinner Mates event on Jan 21, 2020 at Pomp and Circumstance. Chef James Ahearn served an amazing multi-course meal that all our guests enjoyed. We welcomed our first 13 Founding Members!

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