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Delta Swap Chef -aandete: 'n smaak van twee stede

Delta Swap Chef -aandete: 'n smaak van twee stede

Delta neem die "eet plaaslike" neiging na nuwe hoogtes. Die lugredery het onlangs 'n vlug-eetprogram geloods wat plaaslike geregte en plaaslike verskaffers in die kollig plaas. Om hierdie smaaklike projek te bevorder, het Delta 'n unieke, tweestadse dinee gehou: Delta Swap Chef.

Delta Swap Chef het twee etes aangebied, een in Seattle en een in Los Angeles, waar beroemde sjefs uit elke stad 'n nag kombuise verruil het. Die sjefs wat deelneem - die Ethan Stowell van Seattle en die Jon Shook en LA - Vinny Dotolo van LA - het proe -spyskaarte gemaak uit 'n mengsel van bestanddele uit albei dorpe. Voor elke aandete berei die sjefs saam, terwyl die sjef (s) van hul tuisstad hul gunsteling boeremarkte, visverkopers en kaaswinkels pronk. Soos Vinny dit treffend stel, "die beste sjefs is gewoonlik die beste koper." Die sjef Linton Hopkins van Atlanta en die meester sommelier Andrea Robinson was toesig oor die vierdaagse aangeleentheid, albei kulinêre ambassadeurs wat Delta gebruik het om hul ervaring tydens die vlug te verhoog.

Ek was gelukkig om die prettige fees van Seattle by te woon, wat op 9 November in een van die vele restaurante van sjef Stowell, Tavolata, gehou is. Die sjefs Jon Shook en Vinny Dotolo, mede-eienaars van LA hotspots Animal en Son of a Gun, beman die kombuis , terwyl Stowell die kamer gewerk het. Van Dungeness -krap bedek met daikon en yuzu tot Manila -mossels met pepers en groente, elke gereg is heerlik getroud met voedsel uit albei dorpe. Danksy 'n besoek aan Ballard Farmer's Market die vorige dag, waar Shook en Dotolo 'n voorsmakie van Seattle se kenmerkende reën gekry het, bevat die spyskaart kantarelle van Foraged & Found.

In die lig van die sitplek van Seattle en L.A. langs die Stille Oseaan en die nabyheid daarvan om te produseer, het die meeste maaltye die geure van die see en plase beklemtoon. Twee smaaklike uitsonderings: 'n Edwards Country-ham wat sjef Hopkins vrolik as 'n handbagasie saamgebring het en 'n wonderlike foie gras, koekie en esdoornworsie-kombinasie Jon en Vinny wat uit LA ingevoer is. Sommelier Robinson het heerlike wynparings vir elke bord met die hand gekies. Met 'n knipoog na Seattle se biertoneel, pas sy die plaaslike brouer Holy Mountain bourbonvat-verouderde King's Head Oatmeal Brown Ale by bogenoemde foie.

Tydens die ete het ek gesels met Hopkins, die bekroonde sjef van James Beard wat Delta in 2014 gekies het om hierdie plaaslike voedselinisiatief te ontwikkel. 'Lugrederye het stelsels gekies bo heerlikheid,' het hy verduidelik en betreur die vaal tarief wat gereeld aan boord bedien word. Hopkins het Delta gewys dat hulle deur die gebruik van streekprodusente, soos AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery, die smaak kan verbeter terwyl hulle die gemeenskappe wat hulle bedien, kan help. Met miljoene honger vlieërs kan die ondersteuning van Delta groot sukses oplewer vir plaaslike verskaffers. Dit is 'n wen-wen vir klein ondernemings en ons mae.

As 'n voorbeeld van Delta se gunsteling, deel Hopkins dat hierdie eerste deel van die Seattle-LA. Swap Chef het 'n moontlike nuwe voedselvennoot, Stokesberry Farm, vir hul vars eiers op die plaas gebring. Dit was een van die vele verhoudings wat tydens die ete bevorder is. 'Swap Chef is nie net een aand nie. Nou is Ethan 'n vriend. Ons het saam gekook. Ons het saam op markte gestap, ”het Hopkins gesê.

Die vriendelike sjef is 'n gepaste ambassadeur vir Delta. Die lugdiens het besef dat voedsel die vermoë het om verbindings te skep - net soos hul vliegtuie passasiers naby en ver verbind. Future Swap Chefs is op die horison. Intussen sal Delta voortgaan om hul spyskaarte te verbeter, een plaaslike smaak op 'n slag.


Iemand vir 'n byeenkoms van introverte?

"By die werk kla hulle onophoudelik," sê mnr. Rosenzweig (41), 'n redakteur by 'n omgewingsadviesfirma wat 'n polohemp dra met 'n ruimtetuig. Sy kollegas gee hom plesier oor die Star Trek-plakkaat van 2 voet by 3 voet wat hy prominent vertoon. En tuis in Noord -Brunswick weet hy beter as om bure te groet met 'n Vulcan -saluut.

Maar een keer per maand voel meneer Rosenzweig vry om sy passie te geniet wanneer hy saam met ander lede van die Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup by die Empire Diner in Parsippany vergader. Die groep, wat nou 39 lede het, kom bymekaar om TV te praat en ontleed sy eie Star Trek-reeks.

Rosenzweig en sy vriende het mekaar gevind op die webwerf Meetup.com, wat die afgelope vyf jaar gehelp het om ongeveer 2000 sosiale groepe in die voorstede van New York te skep, volgens Andres Glusman, 'n woordvoerder van die webwerf.

Die grootte van die groepe wissel van 'n handjievol mense tot honderde, het mnr Glusman gesê. Baie vergader maandeliks.

In Trumbull, Conn., Kom 30 pug -eienaars bymekaar om te loop en te gesels. In Fairfield verruil 'n handjievol vegetariërs resepte by 'n vleisvrye restaurant. 'N Tiental trotse Subaru-eienaars kom bymekaar om enjins en bakwerk in Paramus, NJ, te gesels.' N Paar amateur-gholfspelers wat ses pakkies bier in hul karretjies gooi, hoop om hul aantal in White Plains te verhoog.

Te oordeel na die 3 500 onderwerpe wat tans op die vyfjarige webwerf verteenwoordig word, is geen belangstelling te klein nie. Mah-jong-entoesiaste het mekaar op die webwerf gevind, en so ook huweliksreëlaars.

Meetup.com word erken dat hy 'n groot rol gespeel het in die transformasie van Howard Dean van 'n onbekende goewerneur tot 'n vroeë voorloper vir die Demokratiese benoeming in die presidensiële veldtog van 2004, toe groepe wat deur sy ondersteuners georganiseer is, op die webwerf vermeerder het.

Al met al bring die meer as 22 000 Meetup -groepe wêreldwyd 3 miljoen mense bymekaar, het mnr. Glusman gesê.

Ander webwerwe, insluitend Craigslist, bied soortgelyke geleenthede vir mense om bymekaar te kom, maar Meetup se sterkte is die fokus op klubvorming. Anders as dateerwebwerwe, verenig dit breë groepe mense. En anders as MySpace en Friendster, beklemtoon dit die voordele van ontmoeting in reële tyd, van aangesig tot aangesig.

'U kan iets soortgelyks met Yahoo! Groepe, maar dit is hoofsaaklik 'n poslys, 'het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Dit bied nie die plaaslike bevolking, gereedskap en opleiding om 'n vanlyn gemeenskapsgroep te organiseer nie.

In die voorstede in die hele streek draai die meeste van die Meetup-aktiwiteite rondom enkellopendes en tuisblyma's wat speelgroepe reël. Die webwerf dui die aantal lede in elke byeenkoms aan, en die grootste in die streek, met 744 lede, is die NJ -groep meer as 30, meer as 40, meer as 50, sexy en sassy. Dit vergader maandeliks by verskillende restaurante en kroeë regoor die staat.

"My idee is dat daar in groot stede soos New York meer gevestigde instellings is wat mense help om mekaar te ontmoet," het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Met die uitgestrekte voorstede kan u elke dag mense in die kruidenierswinkel sien, maar u weet nooit dat hulle baie passievol is om te vlieg of hul Spaans wil oefen nie. Ons is waarskynlik nuttiger vir mense in die voorstede. ”

Suzie Calo (40), 'n boekhouer en 'n voormalige partytjiebeplanner van Eastchester, NY, het gehelp om twee ontmoetings in West-County te reël: 'n spookopsporingsgroep met 81 lede en 'n egskeidingsondersteuningsgroep, wat 86 lede het. Calo het gesê dat baie mense formeel by groepe aansluit deur persoonlike profiele te plaas, maar dat hulle nie noodwendig by vergaderings opdaag nie. Die egskeidingsgroep het ongeveer 'n dosyn kernlede, het sy gesê, en die spooksnyers ongeveer 'n halfdosyn.

Meetup -groepe kos niks om aan te sluit nie, maar organiseerders betaal die webwerf $ 12 tot $ 19 per maand, gebaseer op hul spesifieke webbehoeftes. Calo het gesê dat die waarde van die groepe die geleentheid is om mense met dieselfde belangstellings en in soortgelyke situasies te ontmoet.

'In die egskeidingsgroep beveel ons advokate aan en luister na mekaar se Jerry Springer -nagmerries,' het sy gesê. 'En die spooksnyers - ek het ondervindings gehad met paranormale verskynsels, en so ook die ander. Ons kom by 'n ete bymekaar en gesels. "

Sommige organiseerders sê dat die webwerf hulle gehelp het om oorsake te bevorder.

'Ek was angstig om iets te doen om 'n kandidaat te kies,' sê William Kransdorf, 'n 49-jarige prokureur wat aan die hoof staan ​​van 'n groep van 18 lede, die Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, wat maandeliks vergader.

Op 'n onlangse Dinsdagaand het 11 mense by die Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., opgedaag om Obama se presidensiële kanse te bespreek. 'N Paar studente van die Seton Hall -universiteit en verskeie mans en vroue in die 30's en 40's het dit bygewoon.

'Ek moes by hierdie veldtog betrokke raak,' het mnr. Kransdorf gesê. 'Hierdie ontmoeting is net my manier om dit te doen.'

Op Long Island het die webwerf gehelp om die potluck -ete te herontdek. Pat Maiti (54), wat 'n kabeltelevisieprogram genaamd 'A Taste of New York' vervaardig, het onlangs 'n byeenkoms by haar huis in Syosset gereël vir die Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Van die 113 lede van die groep het ongeveer 40 opgedaag met verskillende geregte om te deel.

"Ek het vanaand gekom omdat ek mense wou ontmoet en kontak wou maak," het Gail Giunta (37), die eienaar van 'n reiki -massagestudio, gesê. Mevrou Giunta het van haar huis in East Hampton na mev. Maiti se huis gereis.

Larry Katz (42), 'n administrateur by 'n mediese beeldingsentrum van Fort Salonga, het gesê dat die groep 'n uiteenlopende skare lok. 'Die kos is wonderlik, maar dit is ook 'n baie goeie manier om interessante mense te ontmoet,' het hy gesê.

Die aantrekkingskrag van eenvoudige vriendskap motiveer baie deelnemers.

Elke tweede week vergader 3 tot 10 lede van Andrea Berman se New Haven-groep in Frans, oor pannekoeke in 'n kafee. 'Ek was nog altyd geïnteresseerd in taal en kultuur, maar dit is ook 'n manier om te sosialiseer', het mev. Berman, 'n 36-jarige ingenieur, gesê. 'Vir die mense wat gereeld kom, is dit 'n baie aangename gevoel.'

Een waarop die moeite werd is om te bou, volgens die berekening van Meetup. Op 9 Junie op 'n nog onbekende terrein naby White Plains, beplan die webwerf om sy eerste Olimpiese Spele in die voorstad-byeenkoms in NYC te hou en te braai.

"Die idee is om Meetup -groepe teenoor mekaar in pret en speletjies te stel," het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Dit gaan 'n groot, lekker piekniek wees.'


Iemand vir 'n byeenkoms van introverte?

"By die werk kla hulle onophoudelik," sê mnr. Rosenzweig (41), 'n redakteur by 'n omgewingsadviesfirma wat 'n polohemp dra met 'n ruimtetuig. Sy kollegas gee hom plesier oor die "Star Trek" -plakkaat van 2 voet by 3 voet wat hy prominent vertoon. En tuis in Noord -Brunswick weet hy beter as om bure te groet met 'n Vulcan -saluut.

Maar een keer per maand voel meneer Rosenzweig vry om sy passie te geniet wanneer hy saam met ander lede van die Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup by die Empire Diner in Parsippany vergader. Die groep, wat nou 39 lede het, kom bymekaar om TV te praat en ontleed sy eie Star Trek-reeks.

Rosenzweig en sy vriende het mekaar gevind op die webwerf Meetup.com, wat die afgelope vyf jaar gehelp het om ongeveer 2000 sosiale groepe in die voorstede van New York te skep, volgens Andres Glusman, 'n woordvoerder van die webwerf.

Die grootte van die groepe wissel van 'n handjievol mense tot honderde, het mnr. Glusman gesê. Baie vergader maandeliks.

In Trumbull, Conn., Kom 30 pug -eienaars bymekaar om te loop en te gesels. In Fairfield ruil 'n handjievol vegetariërs resepte by 'n vleisvrye restaurant. 'N Tiental trotse Subaru-eienaars kom bymekaar om enjins en bakwerk in Paramus, NJ, te gesels.' N Paar amateur-gholfspelers wat ses pakkies bier in hul karretjies gooi, hoop om hul aantal in White Plains te verhoog.

Te oordeel na die 3 500 onderwerpe wat tans op die vyfjarige webwerf verteenwoordig word, is geen belangstelling te klein nie. Mah-jong-entoesiaste het mekaar op die webwerf gevind, en so ook huweliksreëlaars.

Meetup.com word erken dat hy 'n groot rol gespeel het in die transformasie van Howard Dean van 'n onbekende goewerneur tot 'n vroeë voorloper vir die Demokratiese benoeming in die presidensiële veldtog in 2004, toe groepe wat deur sy ondersteuners georganiseer is, op die webwerf vermeerder het.

Al met al bring die meer as 22 000 Meetup -groepe wêreldwyd 3 miljoen mense bymekaar, het mnr. Glusman gesê.

Ander webwerwe, insluitend Craigslist, bied soortgelyke geleenthede vir mense om bymekaar te kom, maar Meetup se sterkte is die fokus op klubvorming. Anders as dateerwebwerwe, verenig dit breë groepe mense. En anders as MySpace en Friendster, beklemtoon dit die voordele van ontmoeting in reële tyd, van aangesig tot aangesig.

'U kan iets soortgelyks met Yahoo! Groepe, maar dit is hoofsaaklik 'n poslys, 'het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Dit bied nie die plaaslike bevolking, gereedskap en opleiding om 'n vanlyn gemeenskapsgroep te organiseer nie.

In voorstede in die hele streek draai die meeste van die Meetup-aktiwiteite rondom enkellopendes en tuisblyma's wat speelgroepe reël. Die webwerf dui die aantal lede in elke byeenkoms aan, en die grootste in die streek, met 744 lede, is die NJ -groep meer as 30, meer as 40, meer as 50, sexy en sassy. Dit vergader maandeliks by verskillende restaurante en kroeë regoor die staat.

"My idee is dat daar in groot stede soos New York meer gevestigde instellings is wat mense help om mekaar te ontmoet," het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Met die uitgestrekte voorstede kan u elke dag mense in die kruidenierswinkel sien, maar u weet nooit dat hulle baie passievol is om te vlieg of hul Spaans wil oefen nie. Ons is waarskynlik nuttiger vir mense in die voorstede. ”

Suzie Calo (40), 'n boekhouer en 'n voormalige partytjiebeplanner van Eastchester, NY, het gehelp om twee ontmoetings in West-County te reël: 'n spookopsporingsgroep met 81 lede en 'n egskeidingsondersteuningsgroep, wat 86 lede het. Calo het gesê dat baie mense formeel by groepe aansluit deur persoonlike profiele te plaas, maar dat hulle nie noodwendig by vergaderings opdaag nie. Die egskeidingsgroep het ongeveer 'n dosyn kernlede, het sy gesê, en die spooksnyers ongeveer 'n halfdosyn.

Meetup -groepe kos niks om aan te sluit nie, maar organiseerders betaal die webwerf $ 12 tot $ 19 per maand, gebaseer op hul spesifieke webbehoeftes. Calo het gesê dat die waarde van die groepe die geleentheid is om mense met dieselfde belangstellings en in soortgelyke situasies te ontmoet.

'In die egskeidingsgroep beveel ons advokate aan en luister na mekaar se Jerry Springer -nagmerries,' het sy gesê. 'En die spooksnyers - ek het ondervindings gehad met paranormale verskynsels, en so ook die ander. Ons kom by 'n ete bymekaar en gesels. "

Sommige organiseerders sê dat die webwerf hulle gehelp het om oorsake te bevorder.

'Ek was angstig om iets te doen om 'n kandidaat te kies,' sê William Kransdorf, 'n 49-jarige prokureur wat aan die hoof staan ​​van 'n groep van 18 lede, die Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, wat maandeliks vergader.

Op 'n onlangse Dinsdagaand het 11 mense by die Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., opgedaag om Obama se presidensiële kanse te bespreek. 'N Paar studente van die Seton Hall -universiteit en verskeie mans en vroue in die 30's en 40's het dit bygewoon.

'Ek moes by hierdie veldtog betrokke raak,' het mnr. Kransdorf gesê. 'Hierdie ontmoeting is net my manier om dit te doen.'

Op Long Island het die webwerf gehelp om die potluck -ete te herontdek. Pat Maiti (54), wat 'n kabeltelevisieprogram genaamd 'A Taste of New York' vervaardig, het onlangs 'n byeenkoms by haar huis in Syosset gereël vir die Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Van die 113 lede van die groep het ongeveer 40 opgedaag met verskillende geregte om te deel.

"Ek het vanaand gekom omdat ek mense wou ontmoet en kontak wou maak," het Gail Giunta (37), die eienaar van 'n reiki -massagestudio, gesê. Mevrou Giunta het van haar huis in East Hampton na mev. Maiti se huis gereis.

Larry Katz (42), 'n administrateur by 'n mediese beeldingsentrum van Fort Salonga, het gesê dat die groep 'n uiteenlopende skare lok. 'Die kos is wonderlik, maar dit is ook 'n baie goeie manier om interessante mense te ontmoet,' het hy gesê.

Die aantrekkingskrag van eenvoudige vriendskap motiveer baie deelnemers.

Elke tweede week vergader 3 tot 10 lede van Andrea Berman se New Haven-groep in Frans, oor pannekoeke in 'n kafee. 'Ek was nog altyd geïnteresseerd in taal en kultuur, maar dit is ook 'n manier om te sosialiseer', het mev. Berman, 'n 36-jarige ingenieur, gesê. 'Vir die mense wat gereeld kom, is dit 'n baie aangename gevoel.'

Een waarop die moeite werd is om te bou, volgens die berekening van Meetup. Op 9 Junie, op 'n nog onbekende terrein naby White Plains, beplan die webwerf om sy eerste Olimpiese Spele in die voorstad Meetup te hou en te braai.

"Die idee is om Meetup -groepe teenoor mekaar in pret en speletjies te stel," het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Dit gaan 'n groot, lekker piekniek wees.'


Iemand vir 'n byeenkoms van introverte?

"By die werk kla hulle onophoudelik," sê mnr. Rosenzweig (41), 'n redakteur by 'n omgewingsadviesfirma wat 'n polohemp dra met 'n ruimtetuig. Sy kollegas gee hom plesier oor die "Star Trek" -plakkaat van 2 voet by 3 voet wat hy prominent vertoon. En tuis in Noord -Brunswick weet hy beter as om bure te groet met 'n Vulcan -saluut.

Maar een keer per maand voel meneer Rosenzweig vry om sy passie te geniet wanneer hy saam met ander lede van die Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup by die Empire Diner in Parsippany vergader. Die groep, wat nou 39 lede het, kom bymekaar om TV te praat en ontleed sy eie Star Trek-reeks.

Rosenzweig en sy vriende het mekaar gevind op die webwerf Meetup.com, wat die afgelope vyf jaar gehelp het om ongeveer 2000 sosiale groepe in die voorstede van New York te skep, volgens Andres Glusman, 'n woordvoerder van die webwerf.

Die grootte van die groepe wissel van 'n handjievol mense tot honderde, het mnr. Glusman gesê. Baie vergader maandeliks.

In Trumbull, Conn., Kom 30 pug -eienaars bymekaar om te loop en te gesels. In Fairfield verruil 'n handjievol vegetariërs resepte by 'n vleisvrye restaurant. 'N Tiental trotse Subaru-eienaars kom bymekaar om enjins en bakwerk in Paramus, NJ, te gesels.' N Paar amateur-gholfspelers wat ses pakkies bier in hul karretjies gooi, hoop om hul aantal in White Plains te verhoog.

Te oordeel na die 3 500 onderwerpe wat tans op die vyfjarige webwerf verteenwoordig word, is geen belangstelling te klein nie. Mah-jong-entoesiaste het mekaar op die webwerf gevind, en so ook huweliksreëlaars.

Meetup.com word erken dat hy 'n groot rol gespeel het in die transformasie van Howard Dean van 'n onbekende goewerneur tot 'n vroeë voorloper vir die Demokratiese benoeming in die presidensiële veldtog van 2004, toe groepe wat deur sy ondersteuners georganiseer is, op die webwerf vermeerder het.

Oor die algemeen bring die meer as 22 000 Meetup -groepe wêreldwyd 3 miljoen mense bymekaar, het mnr. Glusman gesê.

Ander webwerwe, insluitend Craigslist, bied soortgelyke geleenthede vir mense om bymekaar te kom, maar Meetup se sterkte is die fokus op klubvorming. Anders as dateerwebwerwe, verenig dit breë groepe mense. En anders as MySpace en Friendster, beklemtoon dit die voordele van ontmoeting in reële tyd, van aangesig tot aangesig.

'U kan iets soortgelyks met Yahoo! Groepe, maar dit is hoofsaaklik 'n poslys, 'het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Dit bied nie die plaaslike bevolking, gereedskap en opleiding om 'n vanlyn gemeenskapsgroep te organiseer nie.

In voorstede in die hele streek draai die meeste van die Meetup-aktiwiteite rondom enkellopendes en tuisblyma's wat speelgroepe reël. Die webwerf dui die aantal lede in elke byeenkoms aan, en die grootste in die streek, met 744 lede, is die NJ -groep meer as 30, meer as 40, meer as 50, sexy en sassy. Dit vergader maandeliks by verskillende restaurante en kroeë regoor die staat.

"My idee is dat daar in groot stede soos New York meer gevestigde instellings is wat mense help om mekaar te ontmoet," het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Met die uitgestrekte voorstede kan u elke dag mense in die kruidenierswinkel sien, maar u weet nooit dat hulle baie passievol is om te vlieg of hul Spaans wil oefen nie. Ons is waarskynlik nuttiger vir mense in die voorstede. ”

Suzie Calo (40), 'n boekhouer en 'n voormalige partytjiebeplanner van Eastchester, NY, het gehelp om twee ontmoetings in West-County te reël: 'n spookopsporingsgroep met 81 lede en 'n egskeidingsondersteuningsgroep, wat 86 lede het. Calo het gesê dat baie mense formeel by groepe aansluit deur persoonlike profiele te plaas, maar dat hulle nie noodwendig by vergaderings opdaag nie. Die egskeidingsgroep het ongeveer 'n dosyn kernlede, het sy gesê, en die spooksnyers ongeveer 'n halfdosyn.

Meetup -groepe kos niks om aan te sluit nie, maar organiseerders betaal die webwerf $ 12 tot $ 19 per maand, gebaseer op hul spesifieke webbehoeftes. Calo het gesê die waarde van die groepe is die geleentheid wat hulle bied om mense met dieselfde belangstellings en in soortgelyke situasies te ontmoet.

'In die egskeidingsgroep beveel ons advokate aan en luister na mekaar se Jerry Springer -nagmerries,' het sy gesê. 'En die spoorsnyers - ek het ondervindings gehad met paranormale verskynsels, en so ook die ander. Ons kom by 'n ete bymekaar en gesels. "

Sommige organiseerders sê dat die webwerf hulle gehelp het om oorsake te bevorder.

'Ek was angstig om iets te doen om 'n kandidaat te kies,' sê William Kransdorf, 'n 49-jarige prokureur wat aan die hoof staan ​​van 'n groep van 18 lede, die Barack Obama Meetup van Essex County, wat maandeliks vergader.

Op 'n onlangse Dinsdagaand het 11 mense by die Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., opgedaag om Obama se presidensiële kanse te bespreek. 'N Paar studente van die Seton Hall -universiteit en verskeie mans en vroue in die 30's en 40's het dit bygewoon.

'Ek moes by hierdie veldtog betrokke raak,' het mnr. Kransdorf gesê. 'Hierdie ontmoeting is net my manier om dit te doen.'

Op Long Island het die webwerf gehelp om die potluck -ete te herontdek. Pat Maiti (54), wat 'n kabeltelevisieprogram genaamd "A Taste of New York" vervaardig, het onlangs 'n byeenkoms by haar huis in Syosset gereël vir die Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Van die 113 lede van die groep het ongeveer 40 opgedaag met verskillende geregte om te deel.

"Ek het vanaand gekom omdat ek mense wou ontmoet en kontak wou maak," het Gail Giunta (37), die eienaar van 'n reiki -massagestudio, gesê. Mevrou Giunta het van haar huis in East Hampton na mev. Maiti se huis gereis.

Larry Katz (42), 'n administrateur by 'n mediese beeldingsentrum van Fort Salonga, het gesê dat die groep 'n uiteenlopende skare lok. 'Die kos is wonderlik, maar dit is ook 'n baie goeie manier om interessante mense te ontmoet,' het hy gesê.

Die aantrekkingskrag van eenvoudige vriendskap motiveer baie deelnemers.

Elke tweede week vergader 3 tot 10 lede van Andrea Berman se New Haven-groep in Frans, oor pannekoeke in 'n kafee. 'Ek was nog altyd geïnteresseerd in taal en kultuur, maar dit is ook 'n manier om te sosialiseer', het mev. Berman, 'n 36-jarige ingenieur, gesê. 'Vir die mense wat gereeld kom, is dit 'n baie aangename gevoel.'

Een waarop die moeite werd is om te bou, volgens Meetup se berekening. Op 9 Junie op 'n nog onbekende terrein naby White Plains, beplan die webwerf om sy eerste Olimpiese Spele in die voorstad-byeenkoms in NYC te hou en te braai.

"Die idee is om Meetup -groepe teenoor mekaar in pret en speletjies te stel," het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Dit gaan 'n groot, lekker piekniek wees.'


Iemand vir 'n byeenkoms van introverte?

"By die werk kla hulle onophoudelik," sê mnr. Rosenzweig (41), 'n redakteur by 'n omgewingsadviesfirma wat 'n polohemp dra met 'n ruimtetuig. Sy kollegas gee hom plesier oor die Star Trek-plakkaat van 2 voet by 3 voet wat hy prominent vertoon. En tuis in Noord -Brunswick weet hy beter as om bure te groet met 'n Vulcan -saluut.

Maar een keer per maand voel meneer Rosenzweig vry om sy passie te geniet wanneer hy saam met ander lede van die Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup by die Empire Diner in Parsippany vergader. Die groep, wat nou 39 lede het, kom bymekaar om TV te praat en ontleed sy eie Star Trek-reeks.

Rosenzweig en sy vriende het mekaar gevind op die webwerf Meetup.com, wat die afgelope vyf jaar gehelp het om ongeveer 2000 sosiale groepe in die voorstede van New York te skep, volgens Andres Glusman, 'n woordvoerder van die webwerf.

Die grootte van die groepe wissel van 'n handjievol mense tot honderde, het mnr. Glusman gesê. Baie vergader maandeliks.

In Trumbull, Conn., Kom 30 pug -eienaars bymekaar om te loop en te gesels. In Fairfield verruil 'n handjievol vegetariërs resepte by 'n vleisvrye restaurant. 'N Tiental trotse Subaru-eienaars kom bymekaar om enjins en bakwerk in Paramus, NJ, te gesels.' N Paar amateur-gholfspelers wat ses pakkies bier in hul karretjies gooi, hoop om hul aantal in White Plains te verhoog.

Te oordeel na die 3 500 onderwerpe wat tans op die vyfjarige webwerf verteenwoordig word, is geen belangstelling te klein nie. Mah-jong-entoesiaste het mekaar op die webwerf gevind, en so ook huweliksreëlaars.

Meetup.com word erken dat hy 'n groot rol gespeel het in die transformasie van Howard Dean van 'n onbekende goewerneur tot 'n vroeë voorloper vir die Demokratiese benoeming in die presidensiële veldtog in 2004, toe groepe wat deur sy ondersteuners georganiseer is, op die webwerf vermeerder het.

Oor die algemeen bring die meer as 22 000 Meetup -groepe wêreldwyd 3 miljoen mense bymekaar, het mnr. Glusman gesê.

Ander webwerwe, insluitend Craigslist, bied soortgelyke geleenthede vir mense om bymekaar te kom, maar Meetup se sterkte is die fokus op klubvorming. Anders as dateerwebwerwe, verenig dit breë groepe mense. En anders as MySpace en Friendster, beklemtoon dit die voordele van ontmoeting in reële tyd, van aangesig tot aangesig.

'U kan iets soortgelyks met Yahoo! Groepe, maar dit is hoofsaaklik 'n poslys, 'het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Dit bied nie die plaaslike bevolking, gereedskap en opleiding om 'n vanlyn gemeenskapsgroep te organiseer nie.

In die voorstede in die hele streek draai die meeste van die Meetup-aktiwiteite rondom enkellopendes en tuisblyma's wat speelgroepe reël. Die webwerf dui die aantal lede in elke byeenkoms aan, en die grootste in die streek, met 744 lede, is die NJ -groep meer as 30, meer as 40, meer as 50, sexy en sassy. Dit vergader maandeliks by verskillende restaurante en kroeë regoor die staat.

"My idee is dat daar in groot stede soos New York meer gevestigde instellings is wat mense help om mekaar te ontmoet," het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Met die uitgestrekte voorstede kan u elke dag mense in die kruidenierswinkel sien, maar u weet nooit dat hulle baie passievol is om te vlieg of hul Spaans wil oefen nie. Ons is waarskynlik nuttiger vir mense in die voorstede. ”

Suzie Calo (40), 'n boekhouer en 'n voormalige partytjiebeplanner van Eastchester, NY, het gehelp om twee ontmoetings in Westchester County te reël: 'n spookopsporingsgroep met 81 lede en 'n egskeidingsondersteuningsgroep, wat 86 lede het. Calo het gesê dat baie mense formeel by groepe aansluit deur persoonlike profiele te plaas, maar dat hulle nie noodwendig by vergaderings opdaag nie. Die egskeidingsgroep het ongeveer 'n dosyn kernlede, het sy gesê, en die spooksnyers ongeveer 'n halfdosyn.

Meetup -groepe kos niks om aan te sluit nie, maar organiseerders betaal die webwerf $ 12 tot $ 19 per maand, gebaseer op hul spesifieke webbehoeftes. Calo het gesê dat die waarde van die groepe die geleentheid is om mense met dieselfde belangstellings en in soortgelyke situasies te ontmoet.

'In die egskeidingsgroep beveel ons advokate aan en luister na mekaar se Jerry Springer -nagmerries,' het sy gesê. 'En die spooksnyers - ek het ondervindings gehad met paranormale verskynsels, en so ook die ander. Ons kom by 'n ete bymekaar en gesels. "

Sommige organiseerders sê dat die webwerf hulle gehelp het om oorsake te bevorder.

'Ek was angstig om iets te doen om 'n kandidaat te kies,' sê William Kransdorf, 'n 49-jarige prokureur wat aan die hoof staan ​​van 'n groep van 18 lede, die Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, wat maandeliks vergader.

Op 'n onlangse Dinsdagaand het 11 mense by die Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., opgedaag om Obama se presidensiële kanse te bespreek. 'N Paar studente van die Seton Hall -universiteit en verskeie mans en vroue in die 30's en 40's het dit bygewoon.

'Ek moes by hierdie veldtog betrokke raak,' het mnr. Kransdorf gesê. 'Hierdie ontmoeting is net my manier om dit te doen.'

Op Long Island het die webwerf gehelp om die potluck -ete te herontdek. Pat Maiti (54), wat 'n kabeltelevisieprogram genaamd 'A Taste of New York' vervaardig, het onlangs 'n byeenkoms by haar huis in Syosset gereël vir die Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Van die 113 lede van die groep het ongeveer 40 opgedaag met verskillende geregte om te deel.

"Ek het vanaand gekom omdat ek mense wou ontmoet en kontak wou maak," het Gail Giunta (37), die eienaar van 'n reiki -massagestudio, gesê. Mevrou Giunta het van haar huis in East Hampton na mev. Maiti se huis gereis.

Larry Katz (42), 'n administrateur by 'n mediese beeldingsentrum van Fort Salonga, het gesê dat die groep 'n uiteenlopende skare lok. 'Die kos is wonderlik, maar dit is ook 'n baie goeie manier om interessante mense te ontmoet,' het hy gesê.

Die aantrekkingskrag van eenvoudige vriendskap motiveer baie deelnemers.

Elke tweede week vergader 3 tot 10 lede van Andrea Berman se New Haven-groep in Frans, oor pannekoeke in 'n kafee. 'Ek was nog altyd geïnteresseerd in taal en kultuur, maar dit is ook 'n manier om te sosialiseer', het mev. Berman, 'n 36-jarige ingenieur, gesê. 'Vir die mense wat gereeld kom, is dit 'n baie aangename gevoel.'

Een waarop die moeite werd is om te bou, volgens Meetup se berekening. Op 9 Junie, op 'n nog onbekende terrein naby White Plains, beplan die webwerf om sy eerste Olimpiese Spele in die voorstad Meetup te hou en te braai.

"Die idee is om Meetup -groepe teenoor mekaar in pret en speletjies te stel," het mnr. Glusman gesê. 'Dit gaan 'n groot, prettige piekniek wees.'


Iemand vir 'n byeenkoms van introverte?

"By die werk kla hulle onophoudelik," sê mnr. Rosenzweig (41), 'n redakteur by 'n omgewingsadviesfirma wat 'n polohemp dra met 'n ruimtetuig. Sy kollegas gee hom plesier oor die "Star Trek" -plakkaat van 2 voet by 3 voet wat hy prominent vertoon. En tuis in Noord -Brunswick weet hy beter as om bure te groet met 'n Vulcan -saluut.

Maar een keer per maand voel meneer Rosenzweig vry om sy passie te geniet wanneer hy saam met ander lede van die Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup by die Empire Diner in Parsippany vergader. Die groep, wat nou 39 lede het, kom bymekaar om TV te praat en ontleed sy eie Star Trek-reeks.

Rosenzweig en sy vriende het mekaar gevind op die webwerf Meetup.com, wat die afgelope vyf jaar gehelp het om ongeveer 2000 sosiale groepe in die voorstede van New York te skep, volgens Andres Glusman, 'n woordvoerder van die webwerf.

Die grootte van die groepe wissel van 'n handjievol mense tot honderde, het mnr Glusman gesê. Baie vergader maandeliks.

In Trumbull, Conn., Kom 30 pug -eienaars bymekaar om te loop en te gesels. In Fairfield verruil 'n handjievol vegetariërs resepte by 'n vleisvrye restaurant. 'N Tiental trotse Subaru-eienaars kom bymekaar om enjins en bakwerk in Paramus, NJ, te gesels.' N Paar amateur-gholfspelers wat ses pakkies bier in hul karretjies gooi, hoop om hul aantal in White Plains te verhoog.

Te oordeel na die 3 500 onderwerpe wat tans op die vyfjarige webwerf verteenwoordig word, is geen belangstelling te klein nie. Mah-jong-entoesiaste het mekaar op die webwerf gevind, en so ook huweliksreëlaars.

Meetup.com was credited with playing a huge role in helping to transform Howard Dean from a little-known governor to an early front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential campaign, when groups organized by his supporters proliferated on the site.

Over all, the more than 22,000 Meetup groups bring together 3 million people worldwide, Mr. Glusman said.

Other Web sites, including Craigslist, offer similar opportunities for people to get together, but Meetup’s strength is its focus on club-forming. Unlike dating sites, it unites broad clusters of people. And unlike MySpace and Friendster, it emphasizes the rewards of meeting in real time, face to face.

“You could try to accomplish something similar with Yahoo! Groups, but that’s primarily a mailing list,” Mr. Glusman said. “It doesn’t provide the local people, tools and training to organize an offline community group.”

In suburbs across the region, much of the Meetup activity revolves around singles mingling and stay-at-home moms arranging playgroups. The site indicates the number of members in each meetup, and the region’s largest, with 744 members, is the NJ Over 30, Over 40, Over 50, Sexy and Sassy group. It meets monthly at different restaurants and bars around the state.

“My hunch is that in large cities like New York, there are more established institutions helping people meet each other,” Mr. Glusman said. “In the suburbs, with the sprawl, you can see people every day in the grocery store but never know that they’re extremely passionate about flying or want to practice their Spanish. We’re probably more useful to people in the suburbs.”

Suzie Calo, 40, a bookkeeper and a former party planner from Eastchester, N.Y., has helped organize two Westchester County-based meetups: a ghost-tracking group, with 81 members and a divorce support group, which has 86 members. Ms. Calo said many people formally join groups by posting personal profiles but don’t necessarily show up at gatherings. The divorce group has about a dozen core members, she said, and the ghost trackers about half a dozen.

Meetup groups don’t cost anything to join, but organizers pay the site $12 to $19 a month, based on their specific Web needs. Ms. Calo said the value of the groups is the opportunity they offer to meet people with similar interests and in similar situations.

“In the divorce group, we’re there recommending lawyers and listening to each other’s Jerry Springer nightmares,” she said. “And the ghost trackers — I’ve had experiences with paranormal phenomenon, and so have the others. We get together at a diner, and we talk.”

Some organizers say the site has helped them promote causes.

“I was anxious to do something to elect a candidate,” said William Kransdorf, a 49-year-old lawyer who heads an 18-member group, the Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, which gathers monthly.

On a recent Tuesday night, 11 people showed up at the Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., to discuss Mr. Obama’s presidential chances. A couple of students from Seton Hall University and several men and women in their 30s and 40s attended.

“I had to get involved in this campaign,” Mr. Kransdorf said. “This meetup is just my way of doing it.”

On Long Island, the Web site has helped reinvent the potluck dinner. Pat Maiti, 54, who produces a cable television show called “A Taste of New York,” recently organized a gathering at her Syosset home for the Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Of the group’s 113 members, about 40 showed up with different dishes to share.

“I came tonight because I wanted to meet people and make connections,” said Gail Giunta, 37, the owner of a reiki massage studio. Ms. Giunta had traveled to Ms. Maiti’s house from her home in East Hampton.

Larry Katz, 42, an administrator at a medical imaging center from Fort Salonga, said the group draws a diverse crowd. “The food is great, but it’s also a very good way to meet interesting people,” he said.

The allure of simple friendship motivates many participants.

Every other week, 3 to 10 members of Andrea Berman’s New Haven French-language group meet over crepes at a cafe. “I’ve always been interested in language and culture, but this is also a way to socialize,” said Ms. Berman, a 36-year-old engineer. “For the people who come regularly, it’s a really nice feeling.”

One worth building on, by Meetup’s reckoning. On June 9 at a still-undisclosed field near White Plains, the Web site plans to hold its first NYC Suburb Meetup Olympics and barbecue.

“The idea is to pit Meetup groups against each other in fun and games,” Mr. Glusman said. “It’s going to be a big, fun picnic.”


Anyone for a Gathering of Introverts?

“At work they complain incessantly,” said Mr. Rosenzweig, 41, an editor at an environmental consulting firm who is wearing a polo shirt with spaceship insignia. His colleagues give him guff about the 2-foot-by-3-foot “Star Trek” poster he displays prominently. And at home in North Brunswick, he knows better than to greet neighbors with a Vulcan salute.

But once a month, Mr. Rosenzweig feels free to indulge his passion, when he gets together with other members of the Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup at the Empire Diner in Parsippany. The group, which now has 39 members, gathers to talk TV and dissect its own home-produced “Star Trek” series.

Mr. Rosenzweig and his friends found each other on the Web site Meetup.com, which has helped create about 2,000 social groups in the suburbs of New York City in the last five years, according to Andres Glusman, a spokesman for the site.

The size of the groups ranges from a handful of people to hundreds, Mr. Glusman said. Many meet monthly.

In Trumbull, Conn., 30 pug owners come together to walk and talk. Over in Fairfield, a handful of vegetarians swap recipes at a meat-free restaurant. A dozen proud Subaru owners gather to talk engines and bodywork in Paramus, N.J. And a couple of amateur golfers who stash six-packs of beer in their carts hope to add to their number in White Plains.

Judging by the 3,500 topics currently represented on the five-year-old site, no interest is too narrow. Mah-jongg enthusiasts have found one another on the site, and so have marriage arrangers.

Meetup.com was credited with playing a huge role in helping to transform Howard Dean from a little-known governor to an early front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential campaign, when groups organized by his supporters proliferated on the site.

Over all, the more than 22,000 Meetup groups bring together 3 million people worldwide, Mr. Glusman said.

Other Web sites, including Craigslist, offer similar opportunities for people to get together, but Meetup’s strength is its focus on club-forming. Unlike dating sites, it unites broad clusters of people. And unlike MySpace and Friendster, it emphasizes the rewards of meeting in real time, face to face.

“You could try to accomplish something similar with Yahoo! Groups, but that’s primarily a mailing list,” Mr. Glusman said. “It doesn’t provide the local people, tools and training to organize an offline community group.”

In suburbs across the region, much of the Meetup activity revolves around singles mingling and stay-at-home moms arranging playgroups. The site indicates the number of members in each meetup, and the region’s largest, with 744 members, is the NJ Over 30, Over 40, Over 50, Sexy and Sassy group. It meets monthly at different restaurants and bars around the state.

“My hunch is that in large cities like New York, there are more established institutions helping people meet each other,” Mr. Glusman said. “In the suburbs, with the sprawl, you can see people every day in the grocery store but never know that they’re extremely passionate about flying or want to practice their Spanish. We’re probably more useful to people in the suburbs.”

Suzie Calo, 40, a bookkeeper and a former party planner from Eastchester, N.Y., has helped organize two Westchester County-based meetups: a ghost-tracking group, with 81 members and a divorce support group, which has 86 members. Ms. Calo said many people formally join groups by posting personal profiles but don’t necessarily show up at gatherings. The divorce group has about a dozen core members, she said, and the ghost trackers about half a dozen.

Meetup groups don’t cost anything to join, but organizers pay the site $12 to $19 a month, based on their specific Web needs. Ms. Calo said the value of the groups is the opportunity they offer to meet people with similar interests and in similar situations.

“In the divorce group, we’re there recommending lawyers and listening to each other’s Jerry Springer nightmares,” she said. “And the ghost trackers — I’ve had experiences with paranormal phenomenon, and so have the others. We get together at a diner, and we talk.”

Some organizers say the site has helped them promote causes.

“I was anxious to do something to elect a candidate,” said William Kransdorf, a 49-year-old lawyer who heads an 18-member group, the Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, which gathers monthly.

On a recent Tuesday night, 11 people showed up at the Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., to discuss Mr. Obama’s presidential chances. A couple of students from Seton Hall University and several men and women in their 30s and 40s attended.

“I had to get involved in this campaign,” Mr. Kransdorf said. “This meetup is just my way of doing it.”

On Long Island, the Web site has helped reinvent the potluck dinner. Pat Maiti, 54, who produces a cable television show called “A Taste of New York,” recently organized a gathering at her Syosset home for the Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Of the group’s 113 members, about 40 showed up with different dishes to share.

“I came tonight because I wanted to meet people and make connections,” said Gail Giunta, 37, the owner of a reiki massage studio. Ms. Giunta had traveled to Ms. Maiti’s house from her home in East Hampton.

Larry Katz, 42, an administrator at a medical imaging center from Fort Salonga, said the group draws a diverse crowd. “The food is great, but it’s also a very good way to meet interesting people,” he said.

The allure of simple friendship motivates many participants.

Every other week, 3 to 10 members of Andrea Berman’s New Haven French-language group meet over crepes at a cafe. “I’ve always been interested in language and culture, but this is also a way to socialize,” said Ms. Berman, a 36-year-old engineer. “For the people who come regularly, it’s a really nice feeling.”

One worth building on, by Meetup’s reckoning. On June 9 at a still-undisclosed field near White Plains, the Web site plans to hold its first NYC Suburb Meetup Olympics and barbecue.

“The idea is to pit Meetup groups against each other in fun and games,” Mr. Glusman said. “It’s going to be a big, fun picnic.”


Anyone for a Gathering of Introverts?

“At work they complain incessantly,” said Mr. Rosenzweig, 41, an editor at an environmental consulting firm who is wearing a polo shirt with spaceship insignia. His colleagues give him guff about the 2-foot-by-3-foot “Star Trek” poster he displays prominently. And at home in North Brunswick, he knows better than to greet neighbors with a Vulcan salute.

But once a month, Mr. Rosenzweig feels free to indulge his passion, when he gets together with other members of the Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup at the Empire Diner in Parsippany. The group, which now has 39 members, gathers to talk TV and dissect its own home-produced “Star Trek” series.

Mr. Rosenzweig and his friends found each other on the Web site Meetup.com, which has helped create about 2,000 social groups in the suburbs of New York City in the last five years, according to Andres Glusman, a spokesman for the site.

The size of the groups ranges from a handful of people to hundreds, Mr. Glusman said. Many meet monthly.

In Trumbull, Conn., 30 pug owners come together to walk and talk. Over in Fairfield, a handful of vegetarians swap recipes at a meat-free restaurant. A dozen proud Subaru owners gather to talk engines and bodywork in Paramus, N.J. And a couple of amateur golfers who stash six-packs of beer in their carts hope to add to their number in White Plains.

Judging by the 3,500 topics currently represented on the five-year-old site, no interest is too narrow. Mah-jongg enthusiasts have found one another on the site, and so have marriage arrangers.

Meetup.com was credited with playing a huge role in helping to transform Howard Dean from a little-known governor to an early front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential campaign, when groups organized by his supporters proliferated on the site.

Over all, the more than 22,000 Meetup groups bring together 3 million people worldwide, Mr. Glusman said.

Other Web sites, including Craigslist, offer similar opportunities for people to get together, but Meetup’s strength is its focus on club-forming. Unlike dating sites, it unites broad clusters of people. And unlike MySpace and Friendster, it emphasizes the rewards of meeting in real time, face to face.

“You could try to accomplish something similar with Yahoo! Groups, but that’s primarily a mailing list,” Mr. Glusman said. “It doesn’t provide the local people, tools and training to organize an offline community group.”

In suburbs across the region, much of the Meetup activity revolves around singles mingling and stay-at-home moms arranging playgroups. The site indicates the number of members in each meetup, and the region’s largest, with 744 members, is the NJ Over 30, Over 40, Over 50, Sexy and Sassy group. It meets monthly at different restaurants and bars around the state.

“My hunch is that in large cities like New York, there are more established institutions helping people meet each other,” Mr. Glusman said. “In the suburbs, with the sprawl, you can see people every day in the grocery store but never know that they’re extremely passionate about flying or want to practice their Spanish. We’re probably more useful to people in the suburbs.”

Suzie Calo, 40, a bookkeeper and a former party planner from Eastchester, N.Y., has helped organize two Westchester County-based meetups: a ghost-tracking group, with 81 members and a divorce support group, which has 86 members. Ms. Calo said many people formally join groups by posting personal profiles but don’t necessarily show up at gatherings. The divorce group has about a dozen core members, she said, and the ghost trackers about half a dozen.

Meetup groups don’t cost anything to join, but organizers pay the site $12 to $19 a month, based on their specific Web needs. Ms. Calo said the value of the groups is the opportunity they offer to meet people with similar interests and in similar situations.

“In the divorce group, we’re there recommending lawyers and listening to each other’s Jerry Springer nightmares,” she said. “And the ghost trackers — I’ve had experiences with paranormal phenomenon, and so have the others. We get together at a diner, and we talk.”

Some organizers say the site has helped them promote causes.

“I was anxious to do something to elect a candidate,” said William Kransdorf, a 49-year-old lawyer who heads an 18-member group, the Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, which gathers monthly.

On a recent Tuesday night, 11 people showed up at the Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., to discuss Mr. Obama’s presidential chances. A couple of students from Seton Hall University and several men and women in their 30s and 40s attended.

“I had to get involved in this campaign,” Mr. Kransdorf said. “This meetup is just my way of doing it.”

On Long Island, the Web site has helped reinvent the potluck dinner. Pat Maiti, 54, who produces a cable television show called “A Taste of New York,” recently organized a gathering at her Syosset home for the Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Of the group’s 113 members, about 40 showed up with different dishes to share.

“I came tonight because I wanted to meet people and make connections,” said Gail Giunta, 37, the owner of a reiki massage studio. Ms. Giunta had traveled to Ms. Maiti’s house from her home in East Hampton.

Larry Katz, 42, an administrator at a medical imaging center from Fort Salonga, said the group draws a diverse crowd. “The food is great, but it’s also a very good way to meet interesting people,” he said.

The allure of simple friendship motivates many participants.

Every other week, 3 to 10 members of Andrea Berman’s New Haven French-language group meet over crepes at a cafe. “I’ve always been interested in language and culture, but this is also a way to socialize,” said Ms. Berman, a 36-year-old engineer. “For the people who come regularly, it’s a really nice feeling.”

One worth building on, by Meetup’s reckoning. On June 9 at a still-undisclosed field near White Plains, the Web site plans to hold its first NYC Suburb Meetup Olympics and barbecue.

“The idea is to pit Meetup groups against each other in fun and games,” Mr. Glusman said. “It’s going to be a big, fun picnic.”


Anyone for a Gathering of Introverts?

“At work they complain incessantly,” said Mr. Rosenzweig, 41, an editor at an environmental consulting firm who is wearing a polo shirt with spaceship insignia. His colleagues give him guff about the 2-foot-by-3-foot “Star Trek” poster he displays prominently. And at home in North Brunswick, he knows better than to greet neighbors with a Vulcan salute.

But once a month, Mr. Rosenzweig feels free to indulge his passion, when he gets together with other members of the Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup at the Empire Diner in Parsippany. The group, which now has 39 members, gathers to talk TV and dissect its own home-produced “Star Trek” series.

Mr. Rosenzweig and his friends found each other on the Web site Meetup.com, which has helped create about 2,000 social groups in the suburbs of New York City in the last five years, according to Andres Glusman, a spokesman for the site.

The size of the groups ranges from a handful of people to hundreds, Mr. Glusman said. Many meet monthly.

In Trumbull, Conn., 30 pug owners come together to walk and talk. Over in Fairfield, a handful of vegetarians swap recipes at a meat-free restaurant. A dozen proud Subaru owners gather to talk engines and bodywork in Paramus, N.J. And a couple of amateur golfers who stash six-packs of beer in their carts hope to add to their number in White Plains.

Judging by the 3,500 topics currently represented on the five-year-old site, no interest is too narrow. Mah-jongg enthusiasts have found one another on the site, and so have marriage arrangers.

Meetup.com was credited with playing a huge role in helping to transform Howard Dean from a little-known governor to an early front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential campaign, when groups organized by his supporters proliferated on the site.

Over all, the more than 22,000 Meetup groups bring together 3 million people worldwide, Mr. Glusman said.

Other Web sites, including Craigslist, offer similar opportunities for people to get together, but Meetup’s strength is its focus on club-forming. Unlike dating sites, it unites broad clusters of people. And unlike MySpace and Friendster, it emphasizes the rewards of meeting in real time, face to face.

“You could try to accomplish something similar with Yahoo! Groups, but that’s primarily a mailing list,” Mr. Glusman said. “It doesn’t provide the local people, tools and training to organize an offline community group.”

In suburbs across the region, much of the Meetup activity revolves around singles mingling and stay-at-home moms arranging playgroups. The site indicates the number of members in each meetup, and the region’s largest, with 744 members, is the NJ Over 30, Over 40, Over 50, Sexy and Sassy group. It meets monthly at different restaurants and bars around the state.

“My hunch is that in large cities like New York, there are more established institutions helping people meet each other,” Mr. Glusman said. “In the suburbs, with the sprawl, you can see people every day in the grocery store but never know that they’re extremely passionate about flying or want to practice their Spanish. We’re probably more useful to people in the suburbs.”

Suzie Calo, 40, a bookkeeper and a former party planner from Eastchester, N.Y., has helped organize two Westchester County-based meetups: a ghost-tracking group, with 81 members and a divorce support group, which has 86 members. Ms. Calo said many people formally join groups by posting personal profiles but don’t necessarily show up at gatherings. The divorce group has about a dozen core members, she said, and the ghost trackers about half a dozen.

Meetup groups don’t cost anything to join, but organizers pay the site $12 to $19 a month, based on their specific Web needs. Ms. Calo said the value of the groups is the opportunity they offer to meet people with similar interests and in similar situations.

“In the divorce group, we’re there recommending lawyers and listening to each other’s Jerry Springer nightmares,” she said. “And the ghost trackers — I’ve had experiences with paranormal phenomenon, and so have the others. We get together at a diner, and we talk.”

Some organizers say the site has helped them promote causes.

“I was anxious to do something to elect a candidate,” said William Kransdorf, a 49-year-old lawyer who heads an 18-member group, the Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, which gathers monthly.

On a recent Tuesday night, 11 people showed up at the Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., to discuss Mr. Obama’s presidential chances. A couple of students from Seton Hall University and several men and women in their 30s and 40s attended.

“I had to get involved in this campaign,” Mr. Kransdorf said. “This meetup is just my way of doing it.”

On Long Island, the Web site has helped reinvent the potluck dinner. Pat Maiti, 54, who produces a cable television show called “A Taste of New York,” recently organized a gathering at her Syosset home for the Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Of the group’s 113 members, about 40 showed up with different dishes to share.

“I came tonight because I wanted to meet people and make connections,” said Gail Giunta, 37, the owner of a reiki massage studio. Ms. Giunta had traveled to Ms. Maiti’s house from her home in East Hampton.

Larry Katz, 42, an administrator at a medical imaging center from Fort Salonga, said the group draws a diverse crowd. “The food is great, but it’s also a very good way to meet interesting people,” he said.

The allure of simple friendship motivates many participants.

Every other week, 3 to 10 members of Andrea Berman’s New Haven French-language group meet over crepes at a cafe. “I’ve always been interested in language and culture, but this is also a way to socialize,” said Ms. Berman, a 36-year-old engineer. “For the people who come regularly, it’s a really nice feeling.”

One worth building on, by Meetup’s reckoning. On June 9 at a still-undisclosed field near White Plains, the Web site plans to hold its first NYC Suburb Meetup Olympics and barbecue.

“The idea is to pit Meetup groups against each other in fun and games,” Mr. Glusman said. “It’s going to be a big, fun picnic.”


Anyone for a Gathering of Introverts?

“At work they complain incessantly,” said Mr. Rosenzweig, 41, an editor at an environmental consulting firm who is wearing a polo shirt with spaceship insignia. His colleagues give him guff about the 2-foot-by-3-foot “Star Trek” poster he displays prominently. And at home in North Brunswick, he knows better than to greet neighbors with a Vulcan salute.

But once a month, Mr. Rosenzweig feels free to indulge his passion, when he gets together with other members of the Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup at the Empire Diner in Parsippany. The group, which now has 39 members, gathers to talk TV and dissect its own home-produced “Star Trek” series.

Mr. Rosenzweig and his friends found each other on the Web site Meetup.com, which has helped create about 2,000 social groups in the suburbs of New York City in the last five years, according to Andres Glusman, a spokesman for the site.

The size of the groups ranges from a handful of people to hundreds, Mr. Glusman said. Many meet monthly.

In Trumbull, Conn., 30 pug owners come together to walk and talk. Over in Fairfield, a handful of vegetarians swap recipes at a meat-free restaurant. A dozen proud Subaru owners gather to talk engines and bodywork in Paramus, N.J. And a couple of amateur golfers who stash six-packs of beer in their carts hope to add to their number in White Plains.

Judging by the 3,500 topics currently represented on the five-year-old site, no interest is too narrow. Mah-jongg enthusiasts have found one another on the site, and so have marriage arrangers.

Meetup.com was credited with playing a huge role in helping to transform Howard Dean from a little-known governor to an early front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential campaign, when groups organized by his supporters proliferated on the site.

Over all, the more than 22,000 Meetup groups bring together 3 million people worldwide, Mr. Glusman said.

Other Web sites, including Craigslist, offer similar opportunities for people to get together, but Meetup’s strength is its focus on club-forming. Unlike dating sites, it unites broad clusters of people. And unlike MySpace and Friendster, it emphasizes the rewards of meeting in real time, face to face.

“You could try to accomplish something similar with Yahoo! Groups, but that’s primarily a mailing list,” Mr. Glusman said. “It doesn’t provide the local people, tools and training to organize an offline community group.”

In suburbs across the region, much of the Meetup activity revolves around singles mingling and stay-at-home moms arranging playgroups. The site indicates the number of members in each meetup, and the region’s largest, with 744 members, is the NJ Over 30, Over 40, Over 50, Sexy and Sassy group. It meets monthly at different restaurants and bars around the state.

“My hunch is that in large cities like New York, there are more established institutions helping people meet each other,” Mr. Glusman said. “In the suburbs, with the sprawl, you can see people every day in the grocery store but never know that they’re extremely passionate about flying or want to practice their Spanish. We’re probably more useful to people in the suburbs.”

Suzie Calo, 40, a bookkeeper and a former party planner from Eastchester, N.Y., has helped organize two Westchester County-based meetups: a ghost-tracking group, with 81 members and a divorce support group, which has 86 members. Ms. Calo said many people formally join groups by posting personal profiles but don’t necessarily show up at gatherings. The divorce group has about a dozen core members, she said, and the ghost trackers about half a dozen.

Meetup groups don’t cost anything to join, but organizers pay the site $12 to $19 a month, based on their specific Web needs. Ms. Calo said the value of the groups is the opportunity they offer to meet people with similar interests and in similar situations.

“In the divorce group, we’re there recommending lawyers and listening to each other’s Jerry Springer nightmares,” she said. “And the ghost trackers — I’ve had experiences with paranormal phenomenon, and so have the others. We get together at a diner, and we talk.”

Some organizers say the site has helped them promote causes.

“I was anxious to do something to elect a candidate,” said William Kransdorf, a 49-year-old lawyer who heads an 18-member group, the Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, which gathers monthly.

On a recent Tuesday night, 11 people showed up at the Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., to discuss Mr. Obama’s presidential chances. A couple of students from Seton Hall University and several men and women in their 30s and 40s attended.

“I had to get involved in this campaign,” Mr. Kransdorf said. “This meetup is just my way of doing it.”

On Long Island, the Web site has helped reinvent the potluck dinner. Pat Maiti, 54, who produces a cable television show called “A Taste of New York,” recently organized a gathering at her Syosset home for the Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Of the group’s 113 members, about 40 showed up with different dishes to share.

“I came tonight because I wanted to meet people and make connections,” said Gail Giunta, 37, the owner of a reiki massage studio. Ms. Giunta had traveled to Ms. Maiti’s house from her home in East Hampton.

Larry Katz, 42, an administrator at a medical imaging center from Fort Salonga, said the group draws a diverse crowd. “The food is great, but it’s also a very good way to meet interesting people,” he said.

The allure of simple friendship motivates many participants.

Every other week, 3 to 10 members of Andrea Berman’s New Haven French-language group meet over crepes at a cafe. “I’ve always been interested in language and culture, but this is also a way to socialize,” said Ms. Berman, a 36-year-old engineer. “For the people who come regularly, it’s a really nice feeling.”

One worth building on, by Meetup’s reckoning. On June 9 at a still-undisclosed field near White Plains, the Web site plans to hold its first NYC Suburb Meetup Olympics and barbecue.

“The idea is to pit Meetup groups against each other in fun and games,” Mr. Glusman said. “It’s going to be a big, fun picnic.”


Anyone for a Gathering of Introverts?

“At work they complain incessantly,” said Mr. Rosenzweig, 41, an editor at an environmental consulting firm who is wearing a polo shirt with spaceship insignia. His colleagues give him guff about the 2-foot-by-3-foot “Star Trek” poster he displays prominently. And at home in North Brunswick, he knows better than to greet neighbors with a Vulcan salute.

But once a month, Mr. Rosenzweig feels free to indulge his passion, when he gets together with other members of the Morris County New Jersey Star Trek Meetup at the Empire Diner in Parsippany. The group, which now has 39 members, gathers to talk TV and dissect its own home-produced “Star Trek” series.

Mr. Rosenzweig and his friends found each other on the Web site Meetup.com, which has helped create about 2,000 social groups in the suburbs of New York City in the last five years, according to Andres Glusman, a spokesman for the site.

The size of the groups ranges from a handful of people to hundreds, Mr. Glusman said. Many meet monthly.

In Trumbull, Conn., 30 pug owners come together to walk and talk. Over in Fairfield, a handful of vegetarians swap recipes at a meat-free restaurant. A dozen proud Subaru owners gather to talk engines and bodywork in Paramus, N.J. And a couple of amateur golfers who stash six-packs of beer in their carts hope to add to their number in White Plains.

Judging by the 3,500 topics currently represented on the five-year-old site, no interest is too narrow. Mah-jongg enthusiasts have found one another on the site, and so have marriage arrangers.

Meetup.com was credited with playing a huge role in helping to transform Howard Dean from a little-known governor to an early front-runner for the Democratic nomination in the 2004 presidential campaign, when groups organized by his supporters proliferated on the site.

Over all, the more than 22,000 Meetup groups bring together 3 million people worldwide, Mr. Glusman said.

Other Web sites, including Craigslist, offer similar opportunities for people to get together, but Meetup’s strength is its focus on club-forming. Unlike dating sites, it unites broad clusters of people. And unlike MySpace and Friendster, it emphasizes the rewards of meeting in real time, face to face.

“You could try to accomplish something similar with Yahoo! Groups, but that’s primarily a mailing list,” Mr. Glusman said. “It doesn’t provide the local people, tools and training to organize an offline community group.”

In suburbs across the region, much of the Meetup activity revolves around singles mingling and stay-at-home moms arranging playgroups. The site indicates the number of members in each meetup, and the region’s largest, with 744 members, is the NJ Over 30, Over 40, Over 50, Sexy and Sassy group. It meets monthly at different restaurants and bars around the state.

“My hunch is that in large cities like New York, there are more established institutions helping people meet each other,” Mr. Glusman said. “In the suburbs, with the sprawl, you can see people every day in the grocery store but never know that they’re extremely passionate about flying or want to practice their Spanish. We’re probably more useful to people in the suburbs.”

Suzie Calo, 40, a bookkeeper and a former party planner from Eastchester, N.Y., has helped organize two Westchester County-based meetups: a ghost-tracking group, with 81 members and a divorce support group, which has 86 members. Ms. Calo said many people formally join groups by posting personal profiles but don’t necessarily show up at gatherings. The divorce group has about a dozen core members, she said, and the ghost trackers about half a dozen.

Meetup groups don’t cost anything to join, but organizers pay the site $12 to $19 a month, based on their specific Web needs. Ms. Calo said the value of the groups is the opportunity they offer to meet people with similar interests and in similar situations.

“In the divorce group, we’re there recommending lawyers and listening to each other’s Jerry Springer nightmares,” she said. “And the ghost trackers — I’ve had experiences with paranormal phenomenon, and so have the others. We get together at a diner, and we talk.”

Some organizers say the site has helped them promote causes.

“I was anxious to do something to elect a candidate,” said William Kransdorf, a 49-year-old lawyer who heads an 18-member group, the Essex County Barack Obama Meetup, which gathers monthly.

On a recent Tuesday night, 11 people showed up at the Goat Cafe in South Orange, N.J., to discuss Mr. Obama’s presidential chances. A couple of students from Seton Hall University and several men and women in their 30s and 40s attended.

“I had to get involved in this campaign,” Mr. Kransdorf said. “This meetup is just my way of doing it.”

On Long Island, the Web site has helped reinvent the potluck dinner. Pat Maiti, 54, who produces a cable television show called “A Taste of New York,” recently organized a gathering at her Syosset home for the Long Island Social Chef Dinner Party Meetup. Of the group’s 113 members, about 40 showed up with different dishes to share.

“I came tonight because I wanted to meet people and make connections,” said Gail Giunta, 37, the owner of a reiki massage studio. Ms. Giunta had traveled to Ms. Maiti’s house from her home in East Hampton.

Larry Katz, 42, an administrator at a medical imaging center from Fort Salonga, said the group draws a diverse crowd. “The food is great, but it’s also a very good way to meet interesting people,” he said.

The allure of simple friendship motivates many participants.

Every other week, 3 to 10 members of Andrea Berman’s New Haven French-language group meet over crepes at a cafe. “I’ve always been interested in language and culture, but this is also a way to socialize,” said Ms. Berman, a 36-year-old engineer. “For the people who come regularly, it’s a really nice feeling.”

One worth building on, by Meetup’s reckoning. On June 9 at a still-undisclosed field near White Plains, the Web site plans to hold its first NYC Suburb Meetup Olympics and barbecue.

“The idea is to pit Meetup groups against each other in fun and games,” Mr. Glusman said. “It’s going to be a big, fun picnic.”