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International Cooking & Dinner Party

Because we had such a big waiting list for this event, we are moving to a bigger venue! Same great people, same great time!

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other expats, world travelers, and diversity artistes to share our favorite foods and beverages. We have room for 100+ people so please invite more multicultural adventurers too!

We encourage those who love to cook to bring your ingredients and join others in preparing your food in our large kitchen area. We have 2 refrigerators, 2 stoves, 2 ovens, a microwave and lots of counter space so we should have most everything you need for preparing and serving.

Of course you're welcome to bring a prepared or purchased dish too. Please also bring a favorite beverage to share; wine and beer are OK but please use responsibly. Ice will be provided.

We'll be going green and using real dishes so just 5 minutes of kitchen duty from each guest will be a great help so the organizers can have some fun too. We greatly appreciate those who can arrive early or stay late to help with set-up and clean-up too!

Please bring your favorite dance party music and we can hook your music player or smart phone into our sound system. We have many board and party games on hand and a Ping-Pong table too.

Those who'd like to cook here or help with cooking or set-up may arrive at 6:00 PM. If you come early, expect to be put to work! Those that are bringing dishes should plan to arrive around 6:30 PM. We'll eat about 7:00 PM. All helping hands are welcome!

$5 per person requested to help cover our expenses for space rental and supplies. You can pay at the door with cash or check.

Because we will be sharing wine and beer, this event is open to adults only.

RSVPs via this Meetup event are greatly appreciated but not required.

The parking lot is very small so on-street parking and a short walk will be required for most. Please be respectful of our residential neighbors and keep the noise levels low when coming & going.

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  • Louie

    I am curious to know who brought the fantastic papaya salad. would love to get the recipe or know where you got it!

    Thanks again Val for organizing such a fun evening and to all the people that helped out. Looking forward to the next one with more yummy food.

    1 · September 12, 2013

    • Tony

      Ons Thai Kitchen in St paul. Thai style, not Laotian.

      1 · September 12, 2013

  • Sonia C.

    Fantastic event. Very well organized and great group of people. Thank you Valerie for organizing such a great event.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Connie

    What a wonderful evening. Was fantastic to meet and get to talk to so many new people to the Group! Welcome and keep coming back! Thank you Val for one fantastic gathering!!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Mona

    This was my first event for the 3 Meetup groups I just joined. I enjoyed meeting many nice and interesting people, and the food was great too! I like how easy it is to plan on attending an event with the Meetup groups. Thanks for Valerie for organizing and hosting this event.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great event. I had a good time meeting everyone.

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Girija

    Wonderful event with so many interesting conversations with people from different backgrounds and countries! And that was just at the one table I was sitting! Thank you Valerie for organizing and hosting!

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Laird B.

    This was, again, a great evening. Lots of interesting food and great people. Always enjoy meeting new people and sharing stories from places around the world. Congratulations to Valerie for organizing and hosting. Looking forward to another one soon.

    3 · September 8, 2013

  • ΘИe Ä.

    This is the best International Cooking & Dinner Potluck. Thx 2 Valerie and other helpers, I enjoyed the abundance of delicious ethnic food and friendly conversations with people from different ethnic background.

    3 · September 8, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    We had such an excellent turnout tonight, despite the heat. Hopefully with the many fans, it wasn’t too uncomfortable. As usual, the food and beverages were exceptional! For the few that weren’t able bring something to share tonight, my rule is always “no problem, just bring twice as much next time!” Thank you, thank you to the many people who came early, helped during, and stayed late to clean up. Honestly, I couldn’t do a big event like this without all your help! I would love to thank several members who were exceptionally helpful when asked, and without being asked. However if I name names, I’m sure to forget someone and I’d hate to do that. We had so many first time members tonight too! Everyone seemed to be having wonderful conversations and enjoying our time together. I hope to see you all again very soon and I hope that some of you will help host some more wonderful events for this fantastic group!

    3 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Met great friendly people and ate great food.

    2 · September 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Valerie!

      3 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That was pretty awesome! So good to meet people and eat amazing food! Thank you to everyone I met - and I am looking forward to meeting more of you over time. Would love to do a similar function on a 4-6 times a year, sharing food and sharing conversation. :)

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Alli G

    Fabulous people. Great food and energy. I would have loved to talk to more people but I'll save it for next time and many more. Thanks Valerie for a fun time, everything was wonderful.

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Almost Famous D.

    Oh what fun. So many interesting folks and the food...Ambrosia (food and drink of the Greek Gods don't you know) Thanks Valerie.

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Thanks for a lovely evening. The food was delish, the company great, and the host is awesome!

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    Wow! Tonight's event looks like it’s going to be our biggest ever! Please take a minute to review the event details as I’ve included a few updates.

    It’s going to be quite warm today and unfortunately our 100+ year old building does not have air conditioning. The building is currently closed up and I’m sure it’s very comfortable, but as the crowd gathers we’ll start to warm up. We have lots of fans and plenty of windows we can open, but please dress accordingly.

    We have a lot of first timers attending tonight so as always, be sure to make them feel welcome. I look forward to seeing you all soon!

    -Valerie

    September 7, 2013

  • Smita

    A newbie here ! Looking forward to meet you all. Its great to see 'food' bringing people together :-)

    1 · September 5, 2013

  • ΘИe Ä.

    Hi, Girija. I am glad you RSVP. I am planning on bringing Mango Pudding again.

    3 · August 23, 2013

    • Girija

      Looking forward to it!

      1 · August 31, 2013

  • Mona

    Glad to be able to attend and meet others for the first time.

    1 · August 31, 2013

  • Valerie O.

    I just felt so bad that 30 people were on the waiting list. I hope people don't mind contributing $5/ea. so we can use this great facility and make room for everyone. Looking forward to seeing so many familiar faces and lots of new ones too!

    3 · August 31, 2013

  • ΘИe Ä.

    Shall I bring Mango Pudding again since it's been 1 year?

    2 · August 20, 2013

    • Valerie O.

      As long as there are some leftovers for the host! ;-)

      August 20, 2013

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