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Ways to meet young foodies

Hey Chowhounders,

Long time lurker but first-time poster here. I moved from Vancouver to North New Jersey a while ago for work and have been going to NYC pretty much every weekend to eat. I've covered a huge variety of places already (e.g. Halal guys, Eleven Madison Park, Ippudo, Katz, Bohemian, Momofuku, Tia Pol, Shake Shack, Spotted Pig) but I'm getting pretty tired of eating by myself most of the time. I want to find some like-minded eating buddies but problems are: 1) it's pretty inconvenient for me to get to NYC so I can only go on weekends and not stay too late and 2) I'm underage and have never been to school or anything here so I don't have a base of friends interested in food here to build off of and I can't attend most food events like Meatopia or the Food and Wine festival.

Any suggestions of ways to meet people (maybe clubs or organzations?) Thanks for the help!

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        1. re: Renguin

          I ditto the ditto on Meetup,,, i had the spiciest meal ever when I went to a Red Hot Meetup

        2. Gastronauts is a social group for adventurous eaters that might interest you.

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          1. re: JungMann

            It's almost impossible to get into. The waiting list is huge.

            I've had great meals with some CHers arranged through here. Maybe post here whenever you'd like try a new place?

            1. re: loratliff

              That's good to know because I felt personally slighted when I didn't get in given the food writing (and eating) I do here and elsewhere! More Chowdowns on the Manhattan boards are always a good recommendation. They have become too infrequent nowadays.

          2. You're not even 21 and you can afford to go to EMP? Must be doing something right. At 21 I could afford pizza and a pitcher of beer.

            1. I meet a lot of food people on Twitter that I end up eating with and oftentimes, becoming friends with. I think it's relevant for any age.