Do you often eat out alone or with your partner, and wish you could sample the many menu options of the area's fine restaurants? If you enjoy meeting new people and building community around good food, this meetup is for you!
I started this meetup because I enjoy exploring the area's finest restaurants, and eating out at these places is much more fun to experience with others than alone. A little about me: I work full-time during the day, run a food/lifestyle blog, enjoy jazz and hip hop dance, and I have a family.
That said, the time I can commit to this group is limited to making reservations, managing the site, and trying to be present at as many events as possible (or at least the ones I sign up for). Our diner membership is rapidly growing, and our attendance is limited to accommodate restaurant size, etc. We need another group organizer so that we can open more events for everyone. If you are interested in being a co-organizer, please reach out to me.
I invite you to come and join us as we gather to explore some of Northern Virginia Magazine's Top 50 Restaurants. We will start the meetup primarily with the past year's Top 10 (in no particular order). If all goes well, we can either revisit some of these restaurants or delve into the remaining Top 40. I welcome and encourage your suggestions on other top rated NoVA restaurants to try (Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington counties).
Depending on the restaurant specials and time of day, we may get to sample a Chef's Menu and meet the chefs. So c'mon and take a break from your kitchen and treat yourself to lunch or dinner with friendly folks and the best of the best!
This is a private meetup inspired by but not affiliated with Northern Virginia Magazine's Top 50 Restaurants or any other business.
It is my intention to keep this meetup free of charge for everyone, but some things are out of my control as the meetup organizer. Beginning April 28, 2019, a small fee will be collected from members for each event to cover semi-annual meetup subscription costs ($89.94 every six months), plus payment processing fees. Costs will be approximately $2.00 to $2.50 per person for 6-8 participants, and less when the event has more participants.
The organizer will make and confirm all reservations, and may or may not be present at the event.
At least 4 people must confirm for the event to occur. Less than 4 confirmations at noon on day of event will result in cancellation.
If you are bringing a guest, please indicate # when joining a meetup (only 1 guest, per person please), or have them sign up via the Meetup, so we can keep accurate track of total count in party.
If you have allergies or specific dietary needs, please bring them to my attention at least two days before the event. Otherwise, feel free to call the restaurant to request personal arrangements, or you can order your own food at the table (on your bill, please).
Please prepare to leave a tip (20 percent is requested, and in some cases, automatically added by the restaurant). Additionally, we strongly encourage you to write a Google, Zagat, and Yelp review on what you particularly liked about the restaurant. Your reviews are highly valued and help support your local restaurant business community.
I will not have photo waivers on hand at the event, so if you are opposed to being photographed and posted in journals or on social media, please let me know in advance.
We ask that you please be respectful of others in the group and avoid conversations of political or religious nature, and any other inappropriate or controversial topics. Also, please also do not solicit or distribute direct sales or business material at any time during the meal. Anyone who comes with an agenda other than to enjoy good food and conversation and making new friends will be removed from the group.