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ÓLaVie: The Start to Our Journey

ÓLaVie is a community of individuals created through shared stories, meaningful connections, and three seasonal, locally sourced courses of the highest quality. ÓLaVie brings initial strangers—inspiring people from extraordinary backgrounds—together in a space where interaction is not constrained by the ever-expanding distraction of modern day technology. Words are spoken out loud, eye contact is made, memories replace photographs, and by the end of the meal contact information is exchanged, on paper. ÓLaVie proves the importance of human interaction. Beyond the plate, ÓLaVie is an experience, and we hope to share it with you.

Who is behind ÓLaVie? Sophie and Meghan--a dynamic duo if there ever was!

Our friendship budded over a carefully curated, extensive recommendations list for places to eat in Tokyo that Sophie sent me. After seeing how seriously Sophie took my food experience in Japan, I knew that we were kindred spirits. Food is more than just fuel for our bodies, but it's the actual embodiment of an experience for us--it's the vehicle for those most memorable moments in our lives.

 -- Meghan 

It was fast friends for Meghan and me. Yes, we bonded over food, and here we are bonding others over food. I consider myself extremely lucky in many aspects of life, finding Meghan being one of the most important. She is the person that I can walk 13 miles through a foreign country with, without stale conversation. The one that can smash a loaf of bread—or two— in a yellow cab with me. She always knows just the right question to stump me when I think I have life figured out. But most importantly, Meghan teaches me something literally every time I see her, even when it’s just five minutes. To find a best friend who will subway from 113th street to the Union Square Farmer’s Market simply to split a carrot cookie with you is rare. To find a business partner who is also your best friend, is even more rare, and I am so lucky.

 -- Sophie 

Meghan and Sophie are both full-time students: Sophie at NYU business major and Meghan a Columbia University economics major. In between lectures and hours wedged in the stacks of the libraries, we find time to convene together to allow our creative juices to flow by way of ÓLaVie's ever-changing menu. 

We're excited to continue to share our stories of ÓLaVie, our values, its growth, and our own on this budding journey! 


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ÓLaVie is a community of individuals created through shared stories, meaningful connections, and three seasonal, locally sourced courses of the highest quality. ÓLaVie brings initial strangers—inspiring people from extraordinary backgrounds—together in a space where interaction is not constrained by the ever-expanding distraction of modern day technology. Words are spoken out loud, eye contact is made, memories replace photographs, and by the end of the meal contact information is exchanged, on paper. ÓLaVie proves the importance of human interaction. Beyond the plate, ÓLaVie is an experience, and we hope to share it with you.