An Open Letter by Rachel, SND Founder
It was just after I had graduated from college that the idea for the Saturday Night Dinners came to me. At the time, most of my friends had moved away or we had grown apart over the years, and although I knew there were so many cool people out there to meet, I didn't really know how to go about finding them. After hearing this same story from others my age, I thought something should really be done about it! I had the idea to get a group of young professionals together potluck style based around a food theme, where we could meet new people and enjoy good food in the relaxed, casual setting of members' homes.
Since I didn't know that many people, I had to start from scratch. So, I walked into restaurants, coffee shops, businesses--anywhere where I knew I might find working professionals--and asked them to join me in creating such a group. I found that although people were surprised at being asked this by a total stranger, they were delighted at the idea and were eager to participate. The very first Saturday Night Dinner was a huge success; 25 total strangers showed up and 25 friends left. People couldn't believe how easy it was!
We continued the dinners for several months on our own, but we needed more exposure to keep the group growing. When a friend told me about Meetup.com, I knew I had found a way. We became an official meetup group, and the rest is history. One year and 300+ members later, the Saturday Night Dinners have developed a strong reputation for the quality of the people we attract (honestly, the most warm, welcoming and talented group of people I've ever known) and delivering on our promise to help you make new friends.
Saturday Night Dinners Founder
How the dinners work
The Saturday Dinners take place 2x/month in members' homes all over the Twin Cities metro area. Each dinner has a unique theme, usually based around a type of food. Members each bring a dish along that theme or any dish to pass. If you're new to the group, one of the organizers will welcome you and help you settle in. Then, you'll eat, drink and meet some really cool people until the night is done.
At any point you can decide you'd like to host a dinner, which is really fun and a great way for people to get to know you better. This is also your opportunity to create a Saturday Dinner the way you want, so express yourself! We've had all kinds of themes (feel free to browse our past events) and welcome your unique ideas. One of the organizers will assist you in planning your event and making it a great success!
Rules & Requests
*You must be between the ages of 21-35 to participate (give or take a little :)
*You must RSVP Yes or No at least 48 hours prior to a dinner. Please read our attendance policy for details.
*As the dinners take place in members' homes, please be respectful guests.
*Great connections get made at the dinners, both personal and professional. But this is not a networking group, so come to meet friends, not clients!