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Princeton Fine Dining is for those who enjoy fine dining and like to share the pleasure with others who enjoy the same! Great food, stimulating conversation, new friends and possibly a good wine to enhance the experience! Life is short – food is good! The dinners range from $50 to over $150, depending on what you order. Please sign up for a meetup only if you are willing to make the commitment. Reservations in a fine dining restaurant cannot always be changed easily or be adjusted to a smaller table on a short notice. Members who reserve a spot and cancel close to the date for a second time will be removed, as will no shows.

Princeton Fine Dining is one of the most successful dining groups on Meetup. Many dining groups are started but most are disbanded within the first 6 months. We have been strong for over 7 years. The reason for that is that I understand what is needed for a successful group. Here is what I know.

When you are opening up a dining to the public you really don’t know who takes a reservation seriously. I have heard from other organizers who have let “first come first in” they wind up with 5-6- people on a reservation of 14. They usually close up the group in months. My system of the waiting has made our group most successful. Here is how I do it:
When anyone signs up for a dinner, they all go on the waiting list. I give preference to those who have attended in the past. I know they will be there, or at least give me 24 hours’ notice if they can’t. Some people do drop out closer to the date. I then message everyone on the waiting list to see who is available. I can’t tell how many times NO ONE gets back to me. This is your opportunity to become someone who has attended one of our dinners. All of our attendees were “newbies” once. It also seems most people remain on the waiting list even though they have no interest in the dinner or have made other plans. I’m an organizer, not a psychic.

I do offer activities with Princeton Fine Dining that are open to everyone. There are no waiting lists for Happy Hours and vineyard events. A case in point, last weekend we have 50 people sign up and only 25 or so showed up. That’s okay with me as no reservations were needed. Could you imagine if only 50% of me diners showed up at a dinner. The restaurant is expecting you.

I do hope everyone understands how our group operates. The most important this is we are a success. It is open to all but if you are on the waiting list you must be available if a spot become open. We love making new friends who enjoy our culinary adventures.

 I’m looking forward to great food experiences with new friends. Bon Appétit!

Upcoming events (3)

Happy Hour at Eno Terra

Eno Terra Restaurant & Enoteca

Let's return to Eno Terra for another happy hour. Let's have a great evening of making new friends. Great cocktails and their food is delish. You can check out the happy hour menu here:
They have indoor and outdoor space for the Happy Hour!
Come join me at Eno Terra

Pizza & Wine at Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Spring has sprung and it's finally time to celebrate outdoors with friends

Let's have some pizzi and wione and listen to one of our favorite bands,
Catmoondaddy. They will be performing and we have always enjoyed their music before.

Grab a glass of one of their award-winning wines, a tasting flight, or a Pizza, sit back, relax, and enjoy live music from this weeks band Catmoondaddy. Music from 5:30pm-8pm.

Everything is indoors and warm!

Private Food & Wine Tour of Southern Italy

Metropolitan City of Naples

THIS IS NOT A VIRTUAL TOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S FOR REAL!!!

I thought I would also post this tour in our Fine Dining Group. It is after all, a food and wine tour. If you would like to join us then please sign up soon, as it is a small group tour so there is limited availability. The company also says there will be a price increase on February 1st.

The first tour I ever organized with meetup was a food and wine tour of Spain. It remains one of my favorites. Also, one of my favorite countries to travel to is Italy. Though I have visited Italy 4 times I have never been all the way down to "the boot". Yes, this tour goes to the rarely traveled areas of Campania, Puglia & the Amalfi Coast.
They say Italy keeps its “soul” on the bottom. Just think of the corner cafes, where you only hear conversations in Italian. When you feast on sfogliatella pastries with a side Primitivo wine, you'll get a taste for recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next. Everywhere you look on this small group Food & Wine Tour, you’ll find that even though times change, some things stay the same.
You can read up on the Day-by-day itinerary at the link below:

11 day tour price would be $3,609.00 (land only, double accommodations)($190 supplement if under 19 people)
I have travelers looking for a roommate. Email me and I can put you in touch with them. Email me at [masked]
Airfare: You are free to book your airfare on your own. The cost of round-trip nonstop airfare through the tour company is $1,030.00. and that includes transfers. You are also free to secure your own flights. You can purchase transfers from and to the airport for $25.00.

During the month of February there is a $75 discount for everyone. There is also a $100 discount if you have traveled with them before and another $100 if your signed up for another tour (Cuba) That would mean $275 off for some of you.

A $300.00 deposit is all that's needed to hold your spot. You can call me with your deposit and I can also answer all of your questions. You can call me at[masked]=1240. You can also You can also sign up by calling our dedicated group reservation line at [masked] and be sure to mention our specific group tour #[masked]

Remember this is a small group tour. Everyone who signs up for the tour will be first put on the waiting list. As soon as you leave your $300 deposit you will secure your spot and marked as GOING. Being on the waiting list does not guarantee a spot. Please only join the wait list if you are planning on leaving a deposit in the next day or two.
You can email me with any questions at [masked]
Hope you can join me for another great adventure!

Past events (113)

Ladies Who Lunch at Rat's

Rat's Restaurant