Re: [pdxfoodie] Foodies - Themed event adjustment

From: Kevin
Sent on: Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:37 PM
Very kind of you to write such thoughtful words. 

I'm deeply touched and glad to have you in our group and grateful for your friendship. 



On Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM, Marcus <[address removed]> wrote:

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 Berger

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