Joining a food group
I am considering starting a Food Group, people that enjoy cooking and learning from each other. Do you know of any groups like this, and if so, how they work and do you think it's a good idea?
Try meetup.com, there are several there that are geared for different aspects and geographical locations. I'd say as long as your idea is different, it should be a good idea!
I think it is a good idea! I have joined a few through Meetup.com.
I would recommend having some clear ideas of how the group will work prior to starting it. I joined one group that was just beginning. The organizer was quite nice and enthusiastic but had no real direction in mind. The strongest personalities in the group kind of took over and it became their show. I have no idea if the organizer is happy or not...
If you go through Meetup have a policy regarding no-shows. I think a three strikes you're out is reasonable.
Themed potlucks seem to work well. One group cooks from a different cookbook each month. Cooking together is harder to pull off due to space, schedules and the increase in time it takes.
I have found some groups end up with most of the members being of higher income. They have larger kitchens and dining space so end up hosting. Those with more modest homes start to feel uncomfortable not being able to host and drop out. Not really sure how to prevent this from happening.
I think it's a great idea! I have developed quite the passion for food but most around me could careless about ingredients, preparation, plating, chemistry and so I often feel like the odd ball out and argue with myself that my hobby which takes up much of my free time by choice is not pathetic and pointless. I think being part of a food group would help me to remember that I'm not the only one out there...or maybe I am the only food researching obsessed crazy person :) I would also suggest meetup.com as it seems some have below or perhaps any local culinary schools.