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Good People Dinner, hosted by Lohika and Synapse in Seattle

Overview

This Good People Dinner took place on November 7, 2019 and was hosted by Lohika and Synapse in Seattle. We came together to sponsor this dinner as a place for open discussion and community building where everyone attending can feel included, heard and inspired. Good People Dinners are about inspiration, community and friendships. Who are good people? They’re our best selves, when we rise above tribalism and explore big ideas.

From: Thursday, 7 November 2019
To: Thursday, 7 November 2019
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Pacific Standard Time
The Sculpture Loft
116 Elliot Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119, United States

Please join us on November 7th for our salon with our friends from Lohika and Synapse at a private venue near downtown Seattle.

Lohika and Synapse have come together to sponsor this dinner as a place for open discussion and community building where everyone attending can feel included, heard and inspired.

Synapse is a product development and consultancy firm. We work with the most ambitious companies in the world to drive innovation and introduce cutting-edge devices which lead to vital progress. Fueled by a desire to solve complex engineering challenges, we champion original innovation that transform brands and accelerate advances in technology.

Lohika was founded by VCs more than 17 years ago and focuses on helping growth stage companies scale their engineering. Companies such as Airbnb, Okta, PagerDuty, Twilio and others have Lohika engineering teams tightly integrated into their own operations.

Schedule

6:00 – 6:45 Cocktails

6:45 – 8:30 Family style feast

6:50:- 7:00 Intro by Synapse & Lohika

7:00- 7:20 Speaker presentation

8:30 – 9:30 “Popcorn conversation” over dessert

Wines will be thoughtfully paired with the menu. Attire is relaxed and informal.

About Good People Dinners

Most of the enjoyment we gain from an experience has more to do with who we’re with than what we’re doing. Good People is about inspiration, community and friendships. Who are good people? They’re our best selves, when we rise above tribalism and explore big ideas.

OUR SPEAKER:

Our friend Audrey McIntyre is a career strategy consultant and do-gooder. Having started at Bain & Company, she pivoted into global health and ran large-scale HIV/AIDS treatment programs at the Clinton Foundation. More recently she served as a fellow at Results for Development (R4D) specializing in the shaping of global health markets, and has worked independently for various healthcare and technology companies. Audrey currently consults at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, developing projects that address child mortality in Africa, and in her free time moonlights as a life coach.

A child of a broken home and a high school runaway, Audrey became fascinated at an early age by the theme of human struggle — how it emerges, how it affects one’s life trajectory, and what can be done to overcome it. A student of sociology, psychology, and various personal growth modalities, Audrey will share her journey to find meaning in adversity and help us reflect on the hardships in our own lives. How do our struggles shape who we are and what we do professionally? What superpowers do they give us and how do they limit us? How can we make the most of the gift of struggle?

OUR CHEF:

“What does a real carrot taste like?”…that’s the question that propelled Michael to take a sabbatical from cooking and delve into growing food. Leaving Virginia and moving to Petaluma, CA in 2010, he lived and worked on Green String Farm as an intern and began to appreciate “real” vegetables, grown naturally and fresh from the ground. That desire to stay connected to the land, once again, drew him out of the kitchen and up to Washington where he worked for Goose and Gander Farm in the Snoqualmie River Valley.

Originally trained in classical techniques in France, Michael has since cooked in many different sorts of restaurants on both coasts, but his most valuable education came through his six years spent at Camino in Oakland, CA. It was there, ultimately as co-chef with owner Russell Moore, that he truly developed an appreciation and fondness for an honest cooking style that embodies both lightness and depth, focusing on vegetables and locally sourced ingredients.

Having grown up in small-town southern Taiwan, Michael is often nostalgic for the bright smells and rich flavors that take him back to his grandparents’ kitchen and the food carts that lined the local streets. He is happy to let these early influences sneak back into the food that he makes. Michael and his partner Matthew Curtis are co-founders of Three Sacks Full in Seattle.

OUR MENU:

TO START:
Baked line-caught Pacific cod brandade from F/V Blue North w/Killarney Red garlic toast and puntarelle & carrot salad

MAINS:
Slow-cooked Snolqualmie River Valley pastured pork shoulder w/tomatillos and sage
Nash’s coarse ground polenta from the Olympic Peninsula
Three Sacks Full Farm chicory salad w/walnuts and homemade red wine vinegar
Kohlrabi, turnips, and salsify w/popped mustard seed and cured piennolo tomatoes

TO FINISH:
Quince and pear buckwheat tart w/fresh whipped cream

If you’re vegetarian or have other dietary needs or restrictions, please contact Raman at least 72 hours in advance.

Drinks at 6:00, dinner at 7:00. Though a cocktail and some wine will be provided, guests are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share. Menu update coming soon to help you choose your bottles. We always make sure vegetarian friends will have plenty to eat. Please contact Raman if you have any other dietary restrictions.

Raman Frey

Organiser of Lohika, Synapse & GP Salon in Seattle

“We would like to build a future that works for everyone, where biodiversity is rebounding, where people see their role as magnanimous stewards of wealth, not just looking for ways to indulge.”

For the last eighteen years, Raman Frey has started businesses with friends and served as an advisor or board member at a variety of organizations, including YBCA, Epicenter Arts and a host of tech startups. As an event producer, public speaker, moderator and interviewer, Raman thrives off improvisation. He loves real civil discourse amongst people with opposing points of view.

Raman was a founding partner of The Bureau, a benefit corporation, advisory and startup accelerator operating at the intersection of blockchain technologies and ESG (environmental, social and governance) impact.

In January, 2019, Raman took one month alone in a yurt near Yosemite to write the first draft of his book manuscript, tentatively titled Mount Commerce: Beginnings of Incentive System Design. Incentive System Design is thinking differently and comprehensively about how we shape our own and one anothers’ behaviors and designing systems that guide those behaviors in desired directions, particularly our choices as participants in an economy.  ISD seeks to propagate greater human equality, restrained production and consumption, regeneration and equilibrium in natural systems at scale.  

Raman is also the founder of Good People Dinners, a Bay Area community focused on meaningful conversations, usually over food and drink. These dinners, corporate salons, overnights and retreats bring together professional chefs and fascinating speakers on a wide range of topics. GP Dinners has operated for 7 years, producing over 200 events and counting.

AH Global, an agency offering its clients comprehensive online conversation marketing campaigns, recently made Raman a partner, overseeing social media influencer outreach.

His writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review and other publications. He often posts essays and interviews to Medium. On a recent episode of What Comes Now, Raman discussed blockchain and community building with host Rosie von Lila. On the Wisdom Labs podcast Wise@Work, he discusses the idea of a do no harm ethos for entrepreneurs and many of the ideas from his forthcoming book.

Raman is also the founder of Good People Dinners, a Bay Area community focused on meaningful conversations, usually over food and drink. These dinners, corporate salons, overnights and retreats bring together professional chefs and fascinating speakers on a wide range of topics. GP Dinners has operated for 7 years, producing over 200 events and counting.

AH Global, an agency offering its clients comprehensive online conversation marketing campaigns, recently made Raman a partner, overseeing social media influencer outreach.

His writing has appeared in the Harvard Business Review and other publications. He often posts essays and interviews to Medium. On a recent episode of What Comes Now, Raman discussed blockchain and community building with host Rosie von Lila. On the Wisdom Labs podcast Wise@Work, he discusses the idea of a do no harm ethos for entrepreneurs and many of the ideas from his forthcoming book.

Raman loves time in nature, mountaineering and scuba diving. He’s an amateur chef who hosts dinners for friends at his home as often as possible.

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