This group is for those who are endlessly curious about food and wine and friends.
All Foodies Welcome!
This group is also about socialization and meeting fellow foodies-- a.k.a fun people who love food and wine!
What is a foodie?
"The foodie lives to eat, and eating to live is definitive boredom. A true foodie clings to all things culinary... to find the perfect cheese or the best macaroon recipe is life's work." (from Foodie.com)
For more on what a foodie is, please read this: Fessin' Up to the 'F' Word: Proud Confessions of a Foodie by Heather Irwin
About our events
We seek out some of the best-rated and highly-recommended places for food and judge for ourselves -- whether it be the tasting menu at Providence or a burger and fries at Father's Office, we are looking for the best LA has to offer. All suggestions for places/events are welcomed. I hope that other foodies will sign up and we will enjoy many gastronomic adventures -- sharing thoughts and opinions about different foods, wines and perhaps even organizing wine-tasting trips and cooking classes.
Events With Deposits
When I first took over this group, we had a VERY serious problem with events filling up quickly (like within an hour of the posting), a flurry of changing RSVPs in the final days leading up to the event, and an inordinate number of no-call no-shows at the event. To deal with this problem, I started requiring deposits for most of our restaurant outing.s Lo and behold, these issues practically disappeared immediately.
These deposits are returned to you when you 1) arrive at the event (when I get home) or 2) when you cancel 24 hours in advance of the event. I can assure you I have no interest in keeping the money, this is just the only method I know of that works to prevent the above-mentioned issues. The few times we have a no show helps to subsidize the fees I pay for being a Meetup organizer. I use Amazon Payments exclusively, so sign up. No I don't get any money from Amazon, it's just the most convenient as they make it easy for me to refund deposits via an interface within the Meetup site itself.
Rules Concerning Attendance
I used to have a more lenient but somewhat complex attendance policy. I've since simplified it. Currently, everyone gets three strikes.
1) Everybody gets three strikes.
2) A same day cancellation counts as a strike.
3) A no-call, no-show counts as three strikes.
Pretty simple. So make an effort to contact me if you are not able to make an event because, if you don't, you will be removed from the group.
You can always contact me to ask for special exceptions or leniency. I believe in flexibility and I don't want to lay down a bunch of hard and fast rules to lord over our members. You can email me through the system or call my cell phone at (310) 486-3809. My preferred method is email as it difficult for me to call people on a regular basis.
I'm really asking that you respect me, the other members of the group, and the staff of the restaurants we are attending. The vast majority of the restaurants will go to require reservations and that equals time for planning on my end. If you RSVP Yes then I'm expecting you to make an effort to attend. If you can't attend then at least notify us so that we can allow others to take your place. Sorry to have to do this but we need a system that's fair to everyone in the group.
Thanks for reviewing these rules.
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