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Eating dim sum with our group is a little like an MMA cage fight---there is no mercy and you better be ready right from the opening bell! If you're a late arrival---and by late, I mean even by 15 minutes---you might well find an table nearly barren of food! By this point, every self-respecting member of Eaters International should be well-versed in dim sum culture. For those late to the party (and remember, I already warned you about being late!), dim sum is China's version of tapas. Dim sum is traditionally served only on the weekends to throngs of hungry diners. Carts laden with small plates of dumplings, noodles and soup are pushed around the restaurant. Diners pick out whatever looks good and the dishes go in the center of the table, to be shared communally. The waiters will keep track of how many dishes were ordered and tally the final check accordingly. If you are easily squeamish, dim sum is not for you. If you're a germaphobe, skip this outing. If you don't like trying unfamiliar dishes, stay the hell home! But if you are brave of heart and sturdy of digestion, be prepared for a delightful immersion into Chinese eating culture. Bonus points are awarded if you try the braised chicken feet or ginger tripe. There are plenty more approachable dishes, like pork-and-shrimp-filled steamed dumplings (siu mai) or crispy pork belly, for the less intrepid. Dim Sum House is one of the top spots in Salt Lake City for dim sum. Dozens of dim sum options are available, typically costing $3-5 per small plate. We can also order dishes off the regular menu. There are even live tanks filled with impressive seafood options. Be prepared to share all our food---it's the best way to get to try everything! Eating dim sum is fairly inexpensive. We rarely spend more than $20 apiece for our meal, including tax and gratuity. Please bring cash with you in relatively small denominations. We'll split the check after our stomachs are full and the restaurant is not going to process 20 separate credit cards. There is ample parking in a private lot adjacent to the restaurant and free, on-street parking in the surrounding neighborhood. Given the overwhelming popularity of our dim sum outings, no guests are allowed. RSVPs will open at 7:00pm on September 20th. No changes to reservations are permitted after 11:45pm on October 10th.
Time to channel your inner guru! I was recently privileged to be included in a group tea ceremony. Lauren Stern is the facilitator and proprietor of Kinnabari Tea House. She has studied the art of tea with masters around the world and is ready to share her expertise with us. Her tea ceremonies are a celebration of both the artisan teas she expertly brews and of an opportunity to self-reflect by sitting in meditative silence during the ceremony. Wear loose, comfortable clothing as we'll be seated on the floor during the ceremony. If you'd like, bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on. If you have physical limitations that prevent you from sitting on the floor for an extended period of time, you should skip this event. The modest event fee only covers the cost of tea and to compensate Lauren for her time. There won't be any food served. We may decide to congregate and grab a bite at the conclusion of the tea ceremony. RSVPs for this event will open at 7:00pm on February 12th. You must commit to this outing by 11:45pm on April 12th to allow Lauren sufficient time to prepare for the ceremony.