Hi again, and Happy Holidays!
This must be the furthest in advance I've ever posted an event. :-)
It's become another holiday tradition for this group eat at Long Life Veggie House for Christmas dinner. Long Life is itself long lived, having staked out its spot on University Avenue in Berkeley decades ago. They have a variety of faux meat, tofu, and vegetable dishes. (They also serve real seafood, so make sure you're looking at the right page of the menu because we all order vegan when we eat together.)
And hey, they're open on Christmas! We'll eat early enough that you may be able to enjoy a later meal with friends or family.
Long Life is very easy to get to, just steps from the Downtown Berkeley BART station, on University Avenue at Shattuck.
I've never mentioned this before, but a few people have commented that some Meetup members come together for an event, then don't see one another until the next event. If you have enjoyed chatting with someone at dinner, consider using the opportunity to exchange contact information and make a new friend. You can also email another member on the Meetup website. It's part of the reason this Meetup group exists—to form relationships with one another, to build community.
Please be considerate, and RSVP yes only if you fully expect to attend. If something comes up, please update your RSVP right away, so I can give the restaurant an accurate count. Thanks.
I pay Meetup about $200 per year to organize this group. That doesn't include the time and energy I spend choosing restaurants, making reservations, answering emails, and such. So please chip in a couple bucks to reimburse me, either on the Meetup site or at the event.
If you are bringing guests (great!), please put their first names in your RSVP comment, so I can make name tags for them too.
Hope to see you soon,
P.S. I'm a freelance copy editor and proofreader. If you know any organization that could use my services, please hook us up. Thanks a bunch!