Chowhounds Get together
I've organized or co-organized something like a dozen or so get-toegthers in SF and Boston, and been to several dozen more. They're all informal affairs, that anyone can start. To get started, just post an announcement on your board with the relevant details and provide a contact email for RSVP purposes.
We done things like checking out new restaurants (great for big groups -- "Can I have one of everything?") or doing crawls where we start at a meeting point in a chow-rich neighbourhood and hit 4 or 5 or more places in a given afternoon, strolling between different joints and stands and restaurants. They can be small events, with 2 or 3 chowhounds, or even little armies numbering 20 or more, depending on the place(s) you're eating at.
When I post an announcement, I'll mention the following details:
-- the place(s) that we plan to eat at, with address and phone number and maybe even a link to an interactive map website for the address
-- date and time to meet
-- a contact email for RSVP
-- an approximate price range
-- a maximum number of folks for the event (can keep a waiting list)
(The SF board is one of the more active ones and you should be able to spot a couple of announcements there if you want examples.)
Then just wait for the emails to come in; fill your "guest list" up to the maximum planned. It's useful to announce something at least 2-3 weeks prior to the event, so that folks have time to plan etc...
Sometimes, for places that are better with larger groups, I'll assemble a "critical mass" by getting a few friends to commit first (sometimes pals that don't normally post on chowhound or even know about it), then post an annoucement. That way, even if the showing is poor, there'll at least be a bunch of folks that I can chow with.
Hope you find this useful. Eat well!
Folks from all the major boards all over chowhound.com get together to eat all time. It's open to anyone and everyone who love to eat, regardless of whether they post on this board or not. There's no secret handshake or club to join and there's no official organization structure for these events, even in the larger Chowhound communities. Anyone can organize an event by posting an announcement on the appropriate board. It's an informal and decentralized way for chow networking. Hope this clarifies things.
The Chowhound gatherings have only recently started and the next one will be at the Gourmet Food & Wine Show,(Nov 20 - 23). The plans have not yet been firmed up, but below is the link to Dan's last message about the event (he was mentioned in the Globe article - congrats Daniel). You can e-mail him for information and to be added to his list.
The events have been on a monthly basis, and so far, the group has tried The Ethiopian Village, Dos Amigos, and Rol San (dim sum).
I will post the links for the first two dinners if I find them.