Please read this About page in its entirety before joining the group. Our goal is to make this a very positive experience for all!
We seek out fantastic food and fun people...and St. Louis has some mighty fine establishments, all waiting to share with us the freshest, most delicious ingredients, as well as some mighty fine people! Join us for a true foodie's experience. If you've ever looked at a menu and were bummed you could only order one entree, this group is for you. If you've ever found yourself hoping to sample just a bite from a fellow foodie's plate, this group is for you. If you've wanted to enjoy the Chef's Tasting Menu at a fine dining establishment, but couldn't find eight friends up for the challenge, this group is for you! We'll sample our way through the best meals we can find and hopefully make some friends along the way. Couples (any status, any mix), with a true passion for great food are more than welcome.
I started this group because my husband and I enjoy fine dining and want to find other couples to share new restaurant experiences with. We also enjoy travel, destination dining, wine tastings, dancing and the arts. Let's get out and make some new friends while enjoying some great restaurants! The goal is to have FUN!
Suggestions for eateries/experiences are ALWAYS encouraged.
In order to help ensure a great experience for all, please adhere to the following guidelines/rules:
This is a "couples" group. This means any two people for each event. You can be married, dating, domestic partners, same sex, whatever (status/make-up of couple is irrelevant), just please be a couple. This is not meant to slight anyone who is single, it's simply that there are SO many meetups for singles, this one is reserved for couples. This is also strictly platonic and never to be used as a group to meet other couples for more than friendship.
Active Members Only. We limit the number of members in our group in the hopes that everyone gets a chance to attend at least two events per year. We ask that you be an "active" member by stopping by the page, commenting, providing suggestions, and showing interest in the events, even if it's just to be on the wait list. That way you make it known you are truly an interested party and not a "joiner" of groups. People who don't have any activity in a 30-60 day period will be considered no longer interested in participating in the group.
No show/cancellation policy. Our events are proving to fill up VERY quickly and we have people who wish to attend an event, but it's already filled. If you RSVP positively, please do your best to attend. Of course, we all know that things come up. We just ask that you let us know as soon as you can so we can open your spots up to others and/or change the reservation. One no show without notification and we must remove you from the group. It's simply not fair to others in the group and since all our venues require reservations, it's not fair to the establishment either.
Dues/Fees. As of 4/10/2016, an annual membership fee of $10 will be required. This will be payable via PayPal, personal check or cash (not via WePay through MeetUp). Once you join, you will be asked to pay your dues. Existing members are not required to pay at this time. It costs a minimum of $180 per year to have this meetup group available.
Attire. We are all about being comfortable, however, the venues we will be frequenting are all upper-scale. And while they may not specifically have a dress code, it's common courtesy to the restaurant and to our fellow fine dining enthusiasts, that we show our appreciation for the fine cuisine by dressing appropriately.
Groupons, Living Social, etc. While gift certificates are fine (ones with no stipulations regarding one per table), we ask that no Groupons, etc., be used for our events. They are generally one per table and who is to say which couple gets to be the "one" to use theirs.
Concerns. Should you have a concern about another member or about anything related to this group, please do not hesitate to bring it to the attention of the Leadership Team. We will do our best to see that everyone is comfortable and has a positive experience.
Hope to see you at our next event!
STL Couples Fine Dining Leadership Team (Parmela and Melanie, co-organizers)