Emilio from San Francisco :
"The voyage starts with tropical sounds, a sultry cocktail, followed by a menu seasoned by the “Spice Trail” cuisines of The Caribbean; where African, Spanish, Taíno, and Middle Eastern (Jewish & Arabic) flavors come together to make up traditional, Dominican, dishes. It ends with a creamy rum-dessert and stories.It's a curated evening of specialty drinks, foods, decor, music and conversations.
I'm back to hosting dinner parties in SF, after being in NYC (to finish my first book). I t is no coincidence that my last name, Mesa, translates to “table.” I was born to be a host. I am hospitality professional with 15+ years in hotel openings, catering management, and special events. My specialties include planning, business/concept development, decor, cooking for dinner/cocktail parties, and creating specialty cocktails. I am also a writer. My articles, essays, and profiles appear in The New York Times, NY Press, SF Weekly, Interview, OUT, Four Two Nine, The Huffington Post-among others. Why are sit-down dinners so powerful? The underlying main ingredient is the community aspect. Every guest is a surprise. It tears down people’s perceptions of borders, allowing them to meet and “break bread” with different nationalities, races, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The best way to make lasting memories, in a new city, is through a dinner party. *C/O my Instagram for pics of my food, events and life: emilliom1 **Please let me know if you have any food allergy/restrictions. **I only cook with fresh/seasonal ingredients."