What is Dining Out/Going Out Sarasota?
We're a group of social foodies composed both of single and couples professionals between 30 - 60 who go out together to explore area restaurants. We try to find new and different dining experiences, beyond the restaurant chains. Our goal is to meet new friends while enjoying good food and conversation in a relaxed setting. We schedule dining events at least two times a month. And please, don't be shy...send us your ideas!
Is this a good way to meet new people and get to know Sarasota's restaurant scene?
Our membership approval process is simply to ensure that every member of the DO/GO SRQ group has a profile picture (a nice photo of just your face, no sunglasses, please!) It helps us recognize you at events and make you feel more welcome. We also want to know your name.
Do I have to pay a membership to join?
We request our members to pay a minimal annual membership fee of $6 to cover the administrative fees. All money after that point will go directly to group events so everyone benefits!
Can I recommend a place to try?
Please do. We encourage members to become more involved in the planning. Feel free to also email the Organizer about coming attractions, theater or special events that we could do as a group.
How many people usually come to these dinners?
Our goal is to provide a fun dining experience where our members have an opportunity to get to know each other, as well as enjoy the meal. If the group is too large, it restricts conversation, so we plan the events for 8 to 12 people per table (depending on the restaurant).
Is it mostly regulars? Will I be "the new guy"?
Since the group is fairly new right now, everyone is feeling like 'the new guy.' We know that over time, some members will regularly attend, but there will always be some new faces. New members will always be welcomed!
How would you describe the membership demographics? What are the people like?
We really get a wide variety of people in our group. Most people are in their late 30s thru their 50s in our group. The common thread we've been able to find so far is that everyone is very social and loves to eat.
Is this a singles group?
No. The group is a mix of singles and couples. Everybody in the group is looking to meet new people (it's why we're here), but the group's focus is not about matchmaking.
How did the group start?
Our original leader, Kim found her schedule to be too hectic, and eventually passed things on to Alyce. When her plate became too full she passed things on to Rebecca - now I guess it's my turn! ;)
How does paying for your meal work?
The vast majority of the restaurants will accommodate separate bills, so you can pay in any manner you choose. Please note, that because we are a group of 8 or more, a set gratuity will be added to the bill, normally 18-20%. If the restaurant cannot provide separate bills, it is everyone's responsibility to remain at the table until the bill is settled with the restaurant.
Can I order alcohol?
Absolutely! You are over 21 and we are not your mother - but please be respectful with your consumption.
How do I RSVP or Cancel for a dinner/ event?
Please RSVP in advance, since we are making reservations for large numbers of people and we want to be respectful to the venues - and we want them to want us back! We request that you cancel NO LATER THAN TWENTY FOUR HOURS prior to the event, so that we may invite any other member on a wait list to have an opportunity to join the event! We understand there are emergencies - in such a case, just email the Organizer. Please keep in mind our Cancellation policy - if you RSVP and no show, or cancel WITHOUT 24 hours Notice TWICE - well, 2 strikes and you're out!
What happens if I no show for dinner / event?
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