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We celebrate Black culture through food and home entertaining

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We bring Black food & beverage experts to your dinner table.

While Entertaining shares the stories of Black food and beverage professionals whose experiences are often marginalized in traditional food media. Through stories and recipes, we dive deeply into the flavors, styles, and traditions of African and Caribbean descendants, paying homage to their long history of influence on food culture in America.

We bring Black food & beverage experts to your dinner table.

While Entertaining shares the stories of Black food and beverage professionals whose experiences are often marginalized in traditional food media. Through stories and recipes, we dive deeply into the flavors, styles, and traditions of African and Caribbean descendants, paying homage to their long history of influence on food culture in America.

Your resource for casual entertaining at home.

At first glance, the word ‘entertaining’ sounds like a serious spectacle - and for some it is. For others, it’s a small gathering. It’s making a meal for two, or three, or just one. It’s a cookout. It’s an evening with friends. It’s a family reunion. It’s a random Tuesday night. We believe ‘entertaining’ is a heart condition. It’s a simple desire to welcome someone into your home, cook for them, and exchange stories. We help you do that.

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Your resource for casual entertaining at home.

At first glance, the word ‘entertaining’ sounds like a serious spectacle - and for some it is. For others, it’s a small gathering. It’s making a meal for two, or three, or just one. It’s a cookout. It’s an evening with friends. It’s a family reunion. It’s a random Tuesday night. We believe ‘entertaining’ is a heart condition. It’s a simple desire to welcome someone into your home, cook for them, and exchange stories. We help you do that.

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Inside Issue One

The first issue of While Entertaining brings you along for candid conversations with Black chefs and beverage professionals.

Bringing more to the table.

With fresh voices, recipes and recommendations for every season, While Entertaining is a year-long guide for more thoughtful eating and drinking at home.

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Bringing more to the table.

With fresh voices, recipes and recommendations for every season, While Entertaining is a year-long guide for more thoughtful eating and drinking at home.

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“Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.”
— MAYA ANGELOU

It all started with a
dinner party.

Founder Amber Mayfield started To Be Hosted when she saw a need for dining experiences that would excite and connect multicultural audiences. In 2017, she began by inviting 24 strangers to an unexpected location for a dinner party with live music and a few other surprises promised. By the end of the event, these strangers were talking, laughing, and exchanging stories like they were old friends. From this night, a community was born.

Since then, To Be Hosted has grown into a boutique agency specializing in intimate and immersive experiences for foodies. Through event services and home entertaining resources, To Be Hosted aims to bring people together intentionally, while doing our part to elevate multicultural perspectives in food and entertaining.

Learn more about To Be Hosted

Meet Amber

Founder + Executive Producer + chief hostess

Amber Mayfield is a multidisciplinary event planner and dinner party enthusiast. Through To Be Hosted, she combines her love of food, music, and the arts, to produce events that people will remember.

Well known brands turn to Amber to make their events exciting and buzzworthy. Whether she is working with corporate clients or
couples, Amber pours her passion into every detail, and thrives
when faced with complex event logistics. In all that she does, she is celebrated for creating memorable experiences that make people feel deeply valued.

Amber lives in Brooklyn with her pup Nova. In her freetime, she enjoys hosting, baking, painting, and watching action TV shows.

It all started with a dinner party.

Founder Amber Mayfield started To Be Hosted when she saw a need for dining experiences that would excite and connect multicultural audiences. In 2017, she began by inviting 24 strangers to an unexpected location for a dinner party with live music and a few other surprises promised. By the end of the event, these strangers were talking, laughing, and exchanging stories like they were old friends. From this night, a community was born.

Since then, To Be Hosted has grown into a boutique agency specializing in intimate and immersive experiences for foodies. Through event services and home entertaining resources, To Be Hosted aims to bring people together intentionally, while doing our part to elevate multicultural perspectives in food and entertaining.

Learn more about To Be Hosted

Meet Amber

Founder + Executive Producer + chief hostess

Amber Mayfield is a multidisciplinary event planner and dinner party enthusiast. Through To Be Hosted, she combines her love of food, music, and the arts, to produce events that people will remember.

Well known brands turn to Amber to make their events exciting and buzzworthy. Whether she is working with corporate clients or couples, Amber pours her passion into every detail, and thrives when faced with complex event logistics. In all that she does, she is celebrated for creating memorable experiences that make people feel deeply valued.

Amber lives in Brooklyn with her pup Nova. In her freetime, she enjoys hosting, baking, painting, and watching action TV shows.

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