dinner and connections Reimagined: Authentic food and shared experiences
Can a midweek dinner become a memorable event? Take a moment to think about some memorable dinner experiences in your life.
For me (Paul), it was the first time I had moussaka in Athens and connecting with people I just met at a street vendor crab shack in Kuala Lumpur. And it was with my best college buddy, his family, and my daughter around the kitchen table sharing food created by immigrant cooks from Ethiopia, Bangladesh, and Brazil.
We think it’s totally possible to have those kinds of dinner experiences regularly…even right in our neighborhood on any given evening.
Social media Meets dinner
Expand your connections in real life…and your culinary taste. Open Kitchens Project is a mashup of online community and dinner club. It’s a fun way to meet people you’ve never met before, eat food you’ve not tried before, in a home you’ve never been to before, and share your own experiences on topics you’re not a professional! And you’ll discover real connection with real people: explore new interests, expand business networks, or even discover romance.
Social Media meets Social justice
Creating real community offers real justice. Seventy percent of restaurants in the US are started by immigrants, but it’s a very high cost with lots of risk. Open Kitchens Project lowers the bar for immigrants to launch their own direct-to-community food startup and earn extra income right away. Experienced professional immigrant cooks can join our mastermind community and get business coaching with other immigrant owners. The community model for Open Kitchens Project ensures consistent income: about half of Open Kitchens Project revenue goes directly to immigrant chefs.
Open Kitchens Project is…
An online marketplace for pop-up dinner salon events introducing immigrant chef startups and innovative conversation curators in cool venues, like homes or cafes. We coach immigrant chefs to launch their own food startup and innovative artists,writers, activists, leaders and entrepreneurs to ask meaningful questions as a way to expand minds and community.
Our Team and Community Leaders
What People are Saying
“I enjoyed the facilitated dialogue and seeing the diversity of people who came - awesome! - Kelly
“Thank you for an amazing evening! - Alyse
“Thanks for creating this space! Loved it!” - Kate
“This totally rocked guys!” - Thomas
“Food was authentic and amazing.” - Brian
“I want to host one at my house and get my neighbors together.” - Tudor
“Thank you very much! I have enjoyed every bit of it.” - Yana
“We’d be happy to host!” - Molly
"Lots of fun! :)"
"I just love the concept of combining new foods with stimulating conversation, while also benefiting immigrants. I enjoyed the opportunity to answer the questions in a friendly and non-judgmental environment, permitting [me] to express my personal thoughts."
"Really fun. Nice group of people and an enjoyable evening."
"It was the first time I had this experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Thank you so much, Paul, Eleanor and chef!"
"A refreshing opportunity to connect more deeply with other people. :) "
"Surprisingly fun! I was attending as an invitation and was not sure I would like the curated discussion."
"Great questions and curator!"
"So worth it!"
Where we Work
Opens Kitchens Project is out of Somerville, MA