We all know about book clubs, but did you know there are food clubs too? People who get together once every couple of months, to socialise over food. The difference between a food club and a dinner party is that you're not dining out with your regular group of friends; food clubs usually draw together people with one common interest: food.
There are a few already established food clubs that you can take part in. Mercato in Cambeltown have their own Pizza Club. Join, and you'll be invited to pizza venues all over Adelaide, to have a chat, drink some wine, and enjoy delicious pizza. The Good Food Society don't have a particular theme with there dinners, but every couple of months they dine at an interesting Adelaide Restaurant. Or there's Yelp Adelaide'sAfter Dinner Mints who have a dessert club that meets once a month at sweet spots around Adelaide.
You can also keep your eyes peeled for the regular Adelaide Reader Magazine Dinners. While the groups dining at these are often very varied, if you come to a few you'll start seeing a lot of familiar faces.
Of course, you don't need to join an already established food club; if you've got a particular passion, why not start your own? You might love a good beer, so you could set up a club that organises degustations matched with beer. Or perhaps you're a whiz in the kitchen; you can skip the restaurants all together and start a pot luck food club that meets at members' houses.
One of the best bits about a food club is meeting new people. If you're starting up a club yourself it can be hard to get some fresh faces, so start by inviting your friends. This is where things get fun. Get your friends to invite their friends, and their friends to invite there friends. Start up a Facebook group to keep tabs on all of your members, and use it as a platform to share upcoming events. Keep active on social media and you're sure to snag some new members who want to get involved.
Food clubs cost money, whether it's buying ingredients for pot luck dinner parties, or enjoying interesting dining experiences. It means that most members won't turn up to every event, but this is a great way to keep things interesting, as you never quite know who you'll be dining with.
Most clubs don't have membership fees. Instead you either pay for your meals on the night, or you pay in advanced for a set menu.