A heartfelt thanks to all who participated in Destination Dinner! It was a stellar year in terms of attendees, hosts and general merriment. From the excitement of reconnecting with friends at cocktails, to delicious neighborhood dinners, and gathering around the fire pit at dessert, so many of you expressed how lucky you feel to be part of this very special community…true to the spirit of this event.

We had approximately 178 attendees welcomed into 19 Zervas homes. The Mozaffarians and Spitzes were so unbelievably brave to invite everyone into theirs, and the stories of wonderful meals, conversation and friendships just keep coming. We look forward to next fall’s event, when it will be all the more important to continue this wonderful tradition as we enter into construction for the “new Zervas.”

We are already planning for 2015, and it’s never too early to share your feedback and suggestions (or offer to host!). While the date is TBD, we’re considering an October event so we can enjoy some of our beautiful fall weather and outdoor spaces. We’ll be sure to take into consideration major events and holidays affecting the Zervas community.

We’ve established an email address dedicated to Destination Dinner; please send all comments, suggestions, and volunteer information to:

Special thanks to:
Jessica Davis for securing our sponsorships with Whole Foods and organizing the event flowers and dessert contributions, and to Mary-Sheila Myers, Joelle Lieman and Kirsten Fertuck for helping deliver them.
Without our generous hosts, there would be no Destination Dinner, beginning with Becky and Dary Mozaffarian (cocktails)
Our creative and welcoming dinner hosts: Maggie Schmidt & Ken Danila, Lisa & Anthony DePalma, Lyla & Matt Goldstein, Motaz & Yara Hadaya, Brenda & Bret Harsham, Amy Behrens and Josh Jacobs, Gul Yanmaz-Karsligil & Orhan Karsligils, Katie & Kevin Kilroy, Anne Snelling-Lee and James Lee, Meryl & Eric Miller, Sona & Sunand Menon, Mary-Sheila Myers and Steve Leese, Gloria & Philip Plottel, Jessica & Will Savage, Anne Jackson & Rajiv Srinath, Noemy & Dana Ehrlich, Wendy & Matt Feiner, Cara Attanucci & James Miner, Jillian Queen & John Curran, Liz & Tony Beckett.
Margaret Jacobi & Damon Spitz, our dessert hosts, who kept the fun going until well after 2 a.m.
Whole Foods on Walnut & Beacon for contributing to the event
Better Life Foods for their generous discount and wonderful service
Madhu Natarajan for his help with the endless barrage of Destination Dinner communications
All of your support is so deeply appreciated! Go check out the photos on Twitter at and add your own!

-Barbara Talvitie (1, 3, 5) & Kim Neal (2, 4)