“If you could have dinner with one person in the world, who would it be?” This icebreaker probably sounds familiar. Maybe you found yourself on the spot at a company happy hour or church picnic and named your favorite athlete or politician in a pinch. For Anthony Lacey, a 37-year-old self-deprecating Brit living in the District, the question isn’t hypothetical. The Inside Washington journalist by day runs a blog called Dining With Strangers that is celebrating 10 years this year.
Lacey has shared meals with 104 strangers, from Kurt Fuller of Wayne’s World and Ghostbusters II, Swiss Ambassador Martin Dahinden, and former U.S. Senator Larry Pressler, to everyday heroes like a single mother and a former Air Force officer.
He loves his day job reporting about the Environmental Protection Agency, but missed the storytelling he used to do as a general assignment reporter at his hometown newspaper, the Hull Daily Mail. So he made reporting his hobby, too.