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My Dinner Club Experiences

day 1: Recruiting Members 
 
Jul. 20, 2011 10:23 pm 
Updated: Jul. 26, 2011 5:15 pm
I've been in SoCal for 10 years now,  I have tried several times, unsuccessfully, to get a dinner club started.  Well, gluten for punishment that I am, I'm trying again.

People have no problem joining me for bowling night, or cards, or even karaoke.  But mention cooking and most folks just freak out.  But, like I said, as of today I'm trying again.

Here is what I posted to my friends on FB and an email:

"I'm thinking about starting a dinner club for 6-8 members. I'm thinking bi-monthly to start out. It doesn't have to be fancy or gourmet, but it has to something you've never made before.

We would rotate homes and take turns in presenting dinner. You can do anything you want, but pick a theme and go all out with it. Who among you would be interested in joining me?"


So, let's see what happens.  I had the FB post for less than 5 minutes and already received a no, dining room not big enough.  UGH!

Come on, folks!  Let's have some fun and pretend we are food snobs. 
 
Comments
Jul. 21, 2011 10:09 am
Lots of people feel funny about having people over. Life is so busy, many would have a ton of cleaning to do before hosting. Perhaps an Al Fresco (Picnic) Club? As nice as the weather can be (or so I hear) in SoCal, I would think there would be lots of locations, and that would take the cleaning burden off people...
 
Jul. 21, 2011 4:52 pm
That's a great idea. Thanks!
 
Jul. 26, 2011 5:15 pm
Hi, When I was young (70's), my mom belonged to T.O.P.S., Take Off Pounds Sensibly....It was like Weight Watchers. My Mom became close friends with 5 of the women in the group. So every month they would meet at a park, outside of the group, so they could chat. Soon they began taking turns cooking "diet" meals and each month someone volunteered to do it. After a while they had their own little group and would take up a collection, $2.00 each, to pay for drinks, paper plates, cups, etc.....From there they decided after a few months too take the left over money each month and buy little favors, like a nail polish, a little change purse, etc....and would play a couple games that had a diet theme. They all lost their weight and stayed together for years. I think your idea is a great one and brought back a lot of memories for me, because when I turned 15 I got to go along and it was fun. I don't know if there were any good ideas in my little story but I hope it works out for you. If I lived near I would join.....Miss
 
 
 
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I have been a caterer for almost 28 years now. 8 years ago I added cake decorating to my profile. I am married and have 2 grown boys and one cute little granddaughter.
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