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FWFP believes in the power of Food, People, and Cultural experiences to change the world.

Our goal is to be a catalyst for the union of these 3 things through unique live experiences and an online platform for our community to connect, explore, grow and create. Our events range from casual pop-up restaurants to elegant sit down dinners; tastings of all kinds and classes that incorporate food, a great time and making new friends.

FWFP believes in the power of Food, People, and Cultural experiences to change the world.

Our goal is to be a catalyst for the union of these 3 things through unique live experiences and an online platform for our community to connect, explore, grow and create. Our events range from casual pop-up restaurants to elegant sit down dinners; tastings of all kinds and classes that incorporate food, a great time and making new friends.

We believe that …

Food is more than just fuel. Food is nourishment, an experience, a conversation. Food is the thing that brings families, friends, and communities together. Food is the passport into the heart of another culture.

We believe that …

Food is more than just fuel. Food is nourishment, an experience, a conversation. Food is the thing that and brings families, friends, and communities together. Food is the passport into the heart of another culture.

We’re here because of…

People. You. The eaters, supporters, attendees, participants, chefs, growers, roasters, sponsors, media, co-hosts. The friends we haven’t met yet. All of you we have yet to break bread with. The people around the globe we will visit and sit down with.

We’re here because of…

People. You. The eaters, supporters, attendees, participants, chefs, growers, roasters, sponsors, media, co-hosts. The friends we haven’t met yet. All of you we have yet to break bread with. The people around the globe we will visit and sit down with.

We celebrate…

Culture. The food, customs, art and accomplishments of our own and other countries are rich and invite discovery. Travel both physical and virtual makes it possible to sit in someone else’s seat, walk in their shoes, and taste the soul of their people. Sometimes no travel is required if you know where to look in your own backyard.

We celebrate…

Culture. The food, customs, art and accomplishments of our own and other countries are rich and invite discovery. Travel both physical and virtual makes it possible to sit in someone else’s seat, walk in their shoes, and taste the soul of their people. Sometimes no travel is required if you know where to look in your own backyard.

Hi, I’m Allaix Augustin, the founder of the Food With Friends Project.

As far back as I can remember, connecting over a shared meal was my favorite way to get to know people, their history, their cultures, etc. There has always been something magical for me about breaking bread with friends, family, or strangers but I would be lying if I told you that launching a business like The Food With Friends Project was ever part of my life’s plan.

I grew up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, one of 7 siblings, the middle child of a middle class family. We were part of a great community of family and friends that came together to eat, play, celebrate, commemorate, and sometimes morn, but most often we just wanted to be with each other.

Like every family, we had our ups and downs, but no matter what, friends and extended family were always welcome at the house and my mother always made sure there was room for an extra seat at the table… even if it meant everybody’s share got smaller. Early on I knew that when it came time to go to college I’d travel to the states to study, get my degree – as either a doctor, engineer or lawyer – then head back to Haiti to make a life as a professional.

But as the saying goes “Man plans, and God laughs.“

As a family we’d vacationed here in the States and I thought I’d watched enough Saturday morning cartoons, HBO and MTV to prepare me for life in America. But the transition was much more difficult than I anticipated. There was so much to love about this new adventure and I met wonderful, amazing people but I missed my family, my friends, and I badly missed home. Luckily, I had a few friends and a bit of family here that I could rely on for support and am forever grateful for those I met along the way who welcomed me into their homes and communities.

Before I knew it, I was living the hustle and bustle of adulthood and started making a life for myself. That meant working so I got one job, then another. Eventually I married and later bought a struggling company that I grew into a thriving business that I still run today.

My success was part sweat and part hospitality – meaning I worked really hard every day to treat all my customers like family and bring real value to them and their businesses. I genuinely cared about each one of them and always made sure they knew it. It’s now common to hear about the importance of making authentic connections but back then it was just what we did. This is something I learned early on from my parents, my family, my community and it served me well.

My original business continues to run successfully but deep inside I have always held this desire to bring the concept of food, friends, and hospitality to the world. I believe that by connecting people from different cultures, ages, neighborhoods, and continents, using food – the one thing we all have in common – as the bridge, FWFP can help foster a spirit of communication, understanding, belonging and collaboration that will powerfully impact our world – while having a whole lot of fun in the process. I hope that you do too and look forward to meeting you at one of our amazing events.

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