We're wildly passionate about

connecting people through experiences!

Throughout history and across cultures, preparing and sharing food together is a custom that encourages human connection.

 

It’s why so many life and business events are planned around a meal. 

Meet the team

behind

the planning

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Julie Dowty, Owner

My journey began in 2004 when I opened The Art of Entertaining, featuring kitchen products for cooking and entertaining. We soon offered interactive cooking classes - an instant hit - but it was a client party in our kitchen that truly inspired Around the Table. I observed how much guests loved watching and interacting with the chef as he cooked their meal and how it got them mixing and mingling. That was my lightbulb moment:

 

“Dinner isn’t what you do at the end of the evening, it is the evening.”

- Art Buchwald, Nationally Syndicated Journalist/Humorist

 

I realized the world needed more creativity in event design and execution.

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“Dinner isn’t what you do at the end of the evening, it is the evening.”

Art Buchwald, Nationally Syndicated Journalist/Humorist

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Jason Reading, Head Chef

Chef Jason has had over 24 years of mastering his culinary genius. Though he takes his kitchen creations very seriously, he has a special knack for making sure everyone else is having fun. His culinary creativity, sense of playfulness, and imagination continue to drive his passion for bringing people together with delicious food. 

"Everyone raved about the food...

everything [he] prepared was so delicious and he is wonderful!"

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For over 17 years, we’ve faced successes and challenges that pushed us to perfect the art of transforming the typical dinner party, business meeting, baby shower, and wedding reception into an interactive experience that ignites the connection behind the genuine smiles and breathtaking laughs that come alive Around the Table.

Our team is crazy talented with a combined 50 years of experience. Each person brings their own unique skillset to the table as it relates to cuisine, event design, and, of course, inspiring connection.

Around the Table Staff

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