Our Founding Story

Our journey began in the early summer of 2015. I had just returned to my home in New York City after producing a play in Italy. Feeling disconnected upon my return, I started experimenting with some dishes in my kitchen and accidentally created a pasta sauce recipe. Objectively, I knew I needed outside opinion, so on July 15th, 2015 I invited 15 of my friends over for dinner and served them my sauce. Not only did they enjoy the meal, but they liked the concept of my delegating tasks and facilitating communal discussion.

I fell in love with the joy of connecting people.

Since the inception, the dinner has been the same format: 6:30 pm cocktails, 8:00 pm dinner, but at 7:47 pm, we delegate 11 specific tasks empowering the attendees to be part of the setup process. At 8:30 pm we tell a joke, and at 8:35 pm we open up the table for communal discussion on a specific topic.

During that communal discussion piece, people get vulnerable, open up, and share intimate emotions from their life.  Many people experience tears of joy, tears of love. They come from a deeply tucked away response to human connection and empathy. In the safe space of the dinner party, with members sharing their stories, the power of community awakens the real from within.

The tipping point occurred at 2 am on a Monday in February of 2016. I woke up in tears, realizing for the first time in my life that I had found complete joy and rid myself of insecurity. My greatest insecurity in life had been feeling like I was always left out of the group, the last one called to the party. 

When I stopped leaning outwards to impress others, and started focusing on creating safe spaces for people to gather, did I FINALLY find complete joy. 

Our dinner model has continued to be a positive experience to the people we have served. In time, we realized that I wasn’t the only one on this planet starving for empathy and human connection.

We have since dedicated our lives to enriching others, and this dinner model is our form of Art.

Hope Ya'll are having a phenomenal day on Earth, remember it's Your World Go Explore!

With Love and Pasta Sauce,

Chris Schembra

Founder + Chief Question Asker, 7:47 Club