There’s something about dinner parties that no Michelin star restaurant could ever recreate. They’re spontaneous, fun, addictive, and unleash creativity both in the kitchen and at the table. Some of my fondest memories revolve around dinner parties and to be honest, I don’t know what I’d do without them.

No matter how much money you have, how popular you are, or how well (or poorly) you cook, dinner parties are for everyone. Don’t let any etiquette book or person tell you otherwise.

Who Am I?

I’m Kim. I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, by a Japanese mother and Canadian father. I grew up super picky and had difficulty eating anything other than Japanese shrimp crackers and one-bite brownies. I’m still not sick of them.

I learned how to cook by watching The Food Network, reading food blogs and cookbooks. I began throwing dinner parties in university, and it was then that I began to realize how much joy I got out of getting people together over food.

I studied Spanish and Marketing in university, worked in mining and restaurants, learned how to code and design, and started up my own granola company. I’ve lived as a digital nomad for the past three years and travel with my husband, Chris.

Emma chatting during a Second Degree dinner party
A Pinotage test dinner party we hosted in Cape Town.

We host dinner parties often, especially when we move to new places and want to make friends.

People love a free meal!

When I’m not working on planning my next dinner party, I design things, workout, and, together with Chris, run a blog pushing people to do extraordinary things.

I hope my blog inspires you to host fun and memorable dinner parties.

Say hello in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!


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