salon dinner parties ///
A CROSS POLLINATION OF PEOPLE & A CATALYST FOR GROWING CONVERSATIONS
In 2017 I reimagined my relationship with my wife (got divorced), and it was traumatic. My daughter’s pain, my disappointment, and our family’s shame loomed in the loft I lived in. It was thick like smoke making it hard to see myself. I had lost my family and it was hard to remember who I was without them. I asked friends and fellow mess-makers to help me turn some reclaimed wood from my grandmother’s house in Homer, Louisiana into a long table for traditional salon dinner parties series to unearth beauty from brokenness.
During these gatherings I bring a cross-pollination of 16 people at a time to the table to remember the beauty of being human. It is a renegade anthropological study I am doing about human connection and purpose memory. Original musical composition, rich culinary art, and intentionally designed conversation drives a night of wonder shared by people who are different and share a heart for the city. In this room they can not talk about what they do, only who they are and why they exist.