|Sent on:||Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:37 PM|
I would just like to say as an active participant in almost 10 meetups including Foodie, and an organizer in over half those groups, I have the utmost respect for the way Kevin Ahn has created and run this group.
I sometimes feel like a minority in Portland and in our city's meetups... How can that be when I am caucasian? Because our town has become so obsessed with craft brewing subcuture that there are about 10 meetups focused on libations for every 1 cuisine meetup. Kevin has created an awesome meetup about food culture and takes it globally to experience cuisine from many cultures. I feel this is totally inclusive. Last night we had some awesome pan-Asian cuisine at the group's hub restaurant, Seres, which he was able to secure a 25% group discount for (go Kevin!) This is what I do with my all-meetup happy hours (group discounts) and just like my events, Kevin's are always all-ages welcome.
To me that is every bit as important as ethnic inclusion. Meetup is about stepping outside your box. In foodie, I have been able to have conversations with a 60 y/o lady who farmed most of her career, while at the same table talked to a guy in his young 20s about travel. There are few meetup groups that offer this diversity.Food and Foodie has brought us all together and for that I would like to thank Keving and the other sub-organizers of the group. There are many meetup groups that sub-segragate but Foodie is certainly not one.Dine On!-Marcus BergerThis message was sent by Marcus ([address removed]) from Foodie!.
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