Personal Chef Jonil started Flavors of your Palate due to his passion for food. Since the tender age of seven, his relatives have been molding him into an eclectic chef. His Caribbean heritage and culinary experiences from around the world stand out in each of his creations. He grew up in New York City and Miami, these two melting pots were his culinary schools. The taste and beautiful colors of food keep him seeking innovative ways to create his dishes. His curious palate has pushed him to stretch beyond the ingredients he grew up cooking with. He strives for creativity without limitations in the art of plating. He's doing what he loves, while bridging communities through food and engagement. Jonil has a masters degree in Human Services, therefore, he has a soft spot for nonprofit organizations. He plans on donating some of the proceeds from his pop up events to local non-profit organizations. His mission is to change the world, one flavor at a time. He is joined by his fiancé, Rossy who helps him in every aspect of the business. She too loves to create dishes and entertain strangers!
Chef Jonil created Dining with Strangers (DWS) events because he wanted to be different from the many traditional chefs in the world. DWS events are food centric networking events for everyone. It gives strangers the opportunity to learn about one another's culture, ideology, and community while having a delicious meal and yummy drinks. The purpose of these events is for strangers to cultivate friendships and unity. Enjoy a judgment free zone. Speak and dress as you wish. Leave your mask at home and your worries at work.
Where do these pop up events take place?
The DWS pop ups are hosted across the state of Massachusetts (in Florida, Texas & California SOON). The events take place at a public venue or at an Airbnb.
What are the times for the pop up events?
Chef Jonil offers breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. The events go on for 3-4 hours.
What happens at these events?
Chef Jonil provides topic options for Strangers to discuss. He moderates discussions around social justice, diversity, etc all while he‘s preparing the food. If Strangers are experts on a topic, they are given the opportunity to take the lead! We can also just network and eat!
Where can I buy tickets?
FoyP's website, Personal Chef Jonil's Instagram page or Eventbrite (Search for Dining with Strangers).
Are these events safe?
Absolutely! The purpose of DWS is to educate, learn, cultivate friendship, eat and drink...anything else will not be tolerated.
Are there any rules for the Dining with Strangers events?
The rules are created by the respective groups the day of the event.
Standard rules: Respect and non judgment exercised at all times. No refunds. Strangers are encouraged to sign up for future events. Strangers can bring their own bottle(s) of adult beverages. Must be 21 and older. We will go live on Instagram and record each event (we can blur out anyone who does not wish to be in videos).
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