Forbes ’30 under 30’ honoree speaks Thursday on innovation


Here’s a final reminder that visiting Common Theme speaker Brian Bordainick will make a free public presentation on campus at 7 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 8) in the Phoenix Room of the University Union. The young entrepreneur learned how to involve local communities and solicit financial support during his Teach for America placement in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, where he won support for not only rebuilding but making better learning environments for the city’s youth. Since then, Bordainick has won Forbes “30 under 30” recognition as creator and CEO of an innovative restaurant-industry venture called Dinner Lab. In select cities, chefs from local restaurants create a specific, creative menu for a specific off-site setting (never in the same place twice), inviting adventurous patrons to try new creations and enjoy the experience with fellow diners they’ve not met before, and then to provide feedback for the next Dinner Lab.