branded offerings

We specialize in hospitality-driven, culinary experiences built for meaningful interactions. We specifically work with mission-aligned businesses who invested in making their gatherings purposeful and thought-provoking. Given our background in public, community & cultural programming, our goal for every event is to move beyond entertainment to focus on relevant social messaging, serve intentional food & drink and create a place for boundary-pushing discourse amongst friends and strangers alike.

Virtual Programs

Dinner & Cocktails

From panel conversations and community townhalls, to StorySlams and 1:1 expert interviews, we create custom digital programming that can be both open to the public or private to a team or organization.

Family style or multi-course, fine dining or casual, wine or cocktail pairings, we've done them all and held these events across the country. We build each experience with your brand at the nexus and work with you every step of the way.

Discussion Salons

Custom Activations

Looking to address a larger issue within your industry? Work with us to create a Salon series to do just that. We understand the emotional labor required to develop this type of programming and are dedicated to doing it properly. 

There's a lot more we can do together! Popup exhibitions, art installations, city tours, interactive AR cocktail hours - if you can dream it, we'd love to do it.

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corporate offerings

We work with the DEI champions of various corporations to host private renditions of our flagship series, develop custom events to celebrate diverse perspectives, and deploy our Experimental Salons framework for professional teams to address specific topics in their workplace (especially those relating to equitable representation). We especially enjoy implementing these team-building events & employee engagement initiatives as part of a wider systematic effort focused on creating more opportunities for BIPOC across the organization.


Companies we've worked with include:

If you are interested in booking our founder, Jenny Dorsey, as a speaker at your company or event you can do so by emailing us at


Studio ATAO’s Wednesdays supper club

Cultural Appropriation vs. Appreciation

Client: The Pantry Seattle

The Ask: Develop a series of custom conversations for The Pantry's chef-instructors based upon our Experimental Salons model, specifically on the topic of cultural appropriation within the food industry.

What We Delivered: A series of 2-hour moderated conversations examining both the individual and organizational relationship with appropriation. We synthesized these learnings into a multi-step action plan with short, medium, and long-term goals for The Pantry to implement immediately.

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Site Credits

Photography: Stacey Salter Moore, Briana Balducci, Joseph Magnelli, David Chow, BK Narayanan, David Nguyen

Videography: Federica Nanfeng, Sarah M. Park

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