Suddenly, Our Family Dinner founder Lawrence Adjah‘s mission of encouraging family-style dinners amongst strangers became clear, as these dinners are no different than an endearing game of double dutch. Our Family Dinner is an initiative to awaken a tradition that most of us have forgotten or replaced with the tapping of keys on an assortment of digital devices. It’s an attempt to reinvent “the old fashion way of making friends” by breaking bread with people who are strangers upon arrival to the restaurant, but become like family before your departure. Adjah attempts to allow people to share the positive experience of expanding their palates in unique settings with new people. He says, it separates itself from other social meetings and networking parties because there isn’t any hidden agenda. Any connections made while attending the family dinner is a direct result of organic conversation. The event is not compartmentalized to only include urban professionals or simplified to a mere social gathering. Instead, its sole purpose is to develop long-lasting bonds that mimic the ties of family. Bonds that we made easily as children when meeting a best friend was as simple as jumping double dutch or running after the ice cream truck together.
Yet there is only one specific qualification to join: That you respect its mission to provide a no judgment, positive, family orientated atmosphere.
The Family Dinner meets every six months in cities across the nation, including New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston, and is are quickly expanding! Starting with just 300 patrons, the organization has grown to over 2,000 participants. Joining is as simple as sending an email with the subject line “Joining the Family” to email@example.com for the New York area, firstname.lastname@example.org for the San Francisco/Bay Area, email@example.com for the Dallas area, firstname.lastname@example.org for the Houston area, and email@example.com for the Washington, D.C. area. And the affordable dinners are prepaid via Paypal. “We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience and contribute to the growing family,” says Adjah. “No one should have to qualify to have great people in their lives that love them as family. We’ve worked hard to keep the dinners affordable so that no one is priced out from attending.”
The next family dinner in New York is this Saturday, July 13, and space is running out! If you are interested in attending and becoming part of such a dynamic family email firstname.lastname@example.org!