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Stories. Food. Connections.

Jonathan Bardzik is a Washington, DC-based storyteller, cook and author bringing people together through farm-fresh food, entertainment, and stories about the people and work that make our lives matter. Whether you book Jonathan for a corporate retreat, organizational team building event or just for fun at home, you will learn, enjoy an exceptional experience and strengthen connections with your coworkers, family and friends.

To discuss your unique event, pricing and availability contact Jonathan at

Corporate Events

Everybody eats! Jonathan uses our familiarity and love of food to develop teams and teach audiences to tell their organizations’ stories confidently and memorably.

Cooking experiences:

Team building dinner

You’ve survived the ropes course and escaped the room, now let storyteller, cook and author Jonathan Bardzik engage your team in preparing and sharing a farm-fresh meal. Jonathan shares stories and tips that will have your team laughing, learning, and helping out as he prepares a delicious meal with local, seasonal ingredients. During the meal, your team will share their own stories as they build trust, have fun, and return to the office de-stressed and re-energized.

Team development storytelling and dinner experience

Building trust, confidence in the value of our work, and an understanding of each other’s history creates stronger teams that deliver at the office. Jonathan Bardzik’s unique team-development experience combines a facilitated storytelling discussion with the preparation of a farm-fresh, seasonal meal. Beginning with the familiar topics of favorite foods and memorable meals, Jonathan will work with your team to share their personal experiences, and build the skills and confidence to tell the important story of your organization and their contributions to your team.

These events can be presented in private kitchen and meeting spaces within 150 miles of Washington, DC. Menus may be customized to meet dietary restrictions and preferences.

Speaking and Facilitation

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Engage and connect your attendees with Jonathan’s unique storytelling and mindfulness sessions and experiences. Through the familiar subjects of favorite foods and great meals,  Jonathan will entertain your attendees and build their confidence telling stories that are memorable, shared broadly, and create action in their listeners. Jonathan intersperses attendee interaction with his own stories that touch, teach and entertain – honed through over 200 live appearances. Your attendees will leave energized and confident in telling the important story of their work and your organization.

In Home Events

In-home Teaching Dinners:

Jonathan’s in home events create a truly special opportunity to relax and connect with friends and family. This is not your average cooking class! Jonathan will join you in your home to cook a full meal while you learn new recipes, techniques and tastes. Jonathan will teach you how to make simple, delicious food that is easy enough for Tuesday night and special enough for your next dinner party. His humor and storytelling will keep your guests entertained whether they enjoy getting hands-on or prefer to enjoy a glass of wine and watch the show! Jonathan brings everything but the plates, silverware and your drink of choice.

My Story 

Following a passion for food and storytelling, I gave my first live farm-market cooking demonstration in July 2011. That passion has grown into my life’s work, now spanning more than 200 live events, two cookbooks, three series of videos, and over 700 recipes using farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients. This work lets me combine my experience growing up in a family business with my performing arts degree, MBA, and 11 years in marketing and membership with a national trade association. While appearing in USA Today, Forbes,Thrillist and Food Network Magazine was exciting, I get the most satisfaction from my live audiences like the ones I’ve worked with at USDA, National Geographic and NIH. I truly believe the kitchen is a place where we can discover, create and share joy. I would love to share that joy with you and your team.