Photo credit: Michelle and Chris Gerard

Photo credit: Michelle and Chris Gerard

Artfully Plated Diplomacy: Conversational salon gatherings with a purpose

Salonniere curates candid conversations on tough topics with diverse groups -- paired with food and art -- to inspire collaborative action.

Nothing brings people together -- and unifies diverse backgrounds -- more than a shared meal, a drink, and the universal language of art. Over centuries, diplomats have used these tools of cultural diplomacy to build bridges and start important conversations between people around the world. Bringing people together to discuss the issues that matter most to them has never been more important.

Led by a former diplomat and senior Obama White House official, Salonnière is using these tools of cultural diplomacy to elevate honest conversation, foster transformative relationships, and inspire collaborative action among artists, thinkers, activists, and innovators.


A female-inspired model.

Modern urban diplomacy through food, art and conversation that matters.

A salon is a conversational gathering in an intimate setting over food and drink.  Led by trail-blazing women across the world since the fifth century, women-led salons influenced the cultural and political trends of their times.  Salonniere recreates these salons in modern urban settings, such as private living rooms and historic or forgotten spaces.

A global movement started in Detroit -- with local, national and global participants and partners -- these salons bring together artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, inventors, activists, politicos and other change agents

The name “Salonniere” in French means the woman who holds salons.  It celebrates the legacy of women in diplomacy and honors Detroit’s French roots