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You’ve all heard of food and wine pairing, right? Well, this group is food and book pairing. I’d like to combine the two and create a unique book club for people who love books and dining out. My concept is to choose a book every month and also choose a restaurant that ties in with the theme of the book. The restaurant will serve as the venue for our discussions. Most of the restaurants will be in San Francisco but since I live in the Peninsula, I may choose a restaurant closer to home once in awhile. I will post events at least 1 month in advance to give members time to read that month’s book. Some of my choices will be classics as well as more recent publications. I like to keep the meetings small, no more than 8 people, to make it easier to talk to others in the group. They will mostly be weekend lunches and brunches.

This group is as much about the food as it is about the books. So with that in mind, I do have a few tips for my members:

1) Although this is a book club, finishing the book is not mandatory for joining events. I don’t want people to feel pressured into finishing the book by the “due date” or to feel like they’re back in school. As long as you don’t mind spoilers, members are still more than welcome to join in.

2) Most restaurants require reservations for large parties, so if you need to change your rsvp from yes to no, please do so 48 hours before so the next person on the wait list will have ample notice to take your place.

3) Wait list etiquette: If an event is full, a wait list will start for those interested in attending. When someone on the attending list cancels, the wait listers will automatically get bumped up until all the available spots are filled. If you are no longer interested in attending events on which you are on the wait list, please take yourself off.

4) Please bring cash and please be on time.

Upcoming events (2)

A Proper British Tea

Lovejoy's Tea Room

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society....long title, but I think an afternoon tea is the perfect place to discuss this book which takes place in post World War II England. The movie is available on Netflix, so if you’d rather watch the movie instead of reading the book, that’s fine. Or you can read the book and watch the movie and we can compare the two...pros, cons, whatever. Of course, reading and/or finishing the book is not mandatory for joining us, but being able to contribute to the discussion adds to the enjoyment of our meetings. This book is a charming peek into the past, written entirely in letters. And through the correspondence, we learn about the characters and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which was a book club used as an alibi to protect its members from arrest by the Germans. This is the sort of book that makes you want to curl up on a rainy day with a hot beverage and lose yourself in a bygone era. I love the idea of afternoon tea. I’m not so much of a tea drinker, but I love the goodies that go along with the tea—scones with jam and clotted cream, tea sandwiches, and pastries. We have a reservation for 8 people at 1:30. A FEW RULES SINCE I HAD TO GIVE MY CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO SECURE THIS RESERVATION— —BE ON TIME. THERE WILL BE A 15 MINUTE GRACE PERIOD. ANYONE WHO ARRIVES AFTER 1:45 WILL BE MARKED NO SHOW —BRING CASH AND ESTIMATE ENOUGH FOR TAX AND TIP —A CHANGE IN RSVP REQUIRES 48 HOUR ADVANCE NOTICE TO ALLOW OTHERS ON THE WAIT LIST TO ATTEND

“Lust For Life” By Irving Stone

Asian Art Museum

“At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky...” Excerpt taken from a letter Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo. For those of you who want to get a head start on April’s book of the month, let’s revisit the classic novel about the great Dutch painter, Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh was heavily influenced by Japanese art, so let’s have a change of pace and meet at Sunday at the Museum, the new cafe that’s located in the Asian Art Museum. The cafe can be accessed without paying to enter the museum, but the museum is free on the first Sunday of every month. So after our lunch, we can have a wander through the museum’s various Asian exhibits if we wish. Irving Stone spent 6 months in Europe researching Van Gogh’s life. Most of what we know about Van Gogh are gleaned from the hundreds of letters he and his brother exchanged from the 1870s to 1890, the year he died at the age of 37. Through those letters we learn so much about this Dutch painter who was tormented by inner demons. Please refer to the do’s and don’ts on the “About” page of this meetup group.

Past events (1)

“The Vegetarian” By Han Kang

K-Elements BBQ

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