The Art Of Gathering

“give ‘em what they never knew they wanted…” ~ diana vreeland  

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what i do / connect, collaborate, cultivate, curate, create….

why / as a trained anthropologist, fashion designer, writer and curator of ideas, people and experiences, i collaborate with friends and colleagues, companies and corporations to cultivate connections and create community.

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when / the salon dinners began in 2012 (after a short cooking apprenticeship with chef Cal Peternell at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse) as a simple idea to bring together friends around a single table (my cutting table) whom i wanted to meet. A dozen dinners later I began inviting “fantasy guests” whom I or other friends thought would be a good addition to the overarching theme of the dinner. I began mixing disciplines, passions, and generations ~ occasionally brining in collaborators and co-hosts. Eventually the foundational 77 dinners I did in my atelier in berkeley became the moveable feasts they are today around “the art of gathering” in the bay area, los angeles and new york city.

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 who / my clients have ranged from non-profits to corporations, some of which are thematic or cultivation events ~

                         World Wide Women                        Women’s Funding Network                              Vital Voices

                                    She-Can                                              Let Girls Lead                                   San Francisco Marathon

                     Toyota Innovation Hub                       Clorox / Hidden Valley Ranch                 Campari / Negroni Week

                      Oakland Book Festival               Bay Area Book Festival/Goodreads     Bay Area Book Festival/ Internat’l Authors Dinner

                                               * other clients/themes/food only ~ National Novel Writing Month, Boston Review Magazine, Climate Change, Bay Area Innovators, Story/Art/Design, storytelling, wine dinners (makers, directors, distributors),  

where / although the majority of the dinners were hosted at my atelier on 4th Street in Berkeley, CA they expanded as Moveable Feasts and have been held in wineries/Scribe Winery, peoples’ homes, studios and headquarters in the Bay Area ~ Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco and the Peninsula, in a garden in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, and in a gallery in Tribeca in NYC

how /


* San Francisco Chronicle / Cover Feature, by Tony Bravo

* California Alumni Magazine / University of California, Berkeley / by


“the art of gathering”/Converge: Winter Gathering at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF 

“around the world with Oscar” / cari borja installation and BECOMING ME at De Young Museum, SF

FOUR WALLS visual collage for ArtHotel Sacramento / Spring 2016

REVERIE by cari borja / a film about gathering (originally made for YBCA show Dec 2015)

“This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully,

to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.”

~ Alice Waters