For a while I’ve been intrigued by the thriving dinner club scene here in Brooklyn. The general approach to a dinner club is that a skilled and/or enthusiastic cook opens up her/his home to friends and or strangers, and treats them as if they were guests at a restaurant (though with a fixed menu that’s been set in advance). I’ve attended a couple of these and it’s always been a very fun experience—creative cooks in their element, preparing food for a group of equally creative and excited eaters. Then a few weeks ago I met W Alan, the founder of the website Eatizens. The best way to describe Eatizens is like Couchsurfing (which admittedly I’ve never had the guts to try) but for home dining. You want to host a dinner party and meet some new people? Or perhaps you’d like to go to the home of someone you’ve never met but who shares your enthusiasm for excellent home cooking? Or maybe you’re interested in participating in the renegade dinner club scene? Eatizens is a website that lays all the groundwork.
So what am I giving away here? A dinner party (or a one-night-only dinner club, if you want to call it that) at my apartment! It’s a perfect way to put the book to use, and, for what it’s worth, sounds like a lot of fun to me. And it’s also a great way to spread the word about Eatizens, which figures into the contest rules.
Unfortunately I can’t offer travel or lodging, so this part of the contest has an unfair bias to those who live, or have the means to get to, the NYC area. (Though hopefully Eatizens will inspire you to host a similar dinner party in your hometown. If you do, I’d really love to hear about it, and if you’re needing some new music for said party, here it is.)
To enter, just do both of the following:
1) “Like” Lukas Volger’s Veggie Madness on Facebook, or click the button in the right-hand sidebar;
2) Go to Eatizens and request an invitation for Lukas V’s Veggie Dinner Party. You will need to set up a profile, which will take 10 seconds.
Three people will be chosen at random, and they should each bring a guest. I wanted to give plenty of advance notice as I know the next few months can get booked up pretty quickly, so the dinner will take place on Saturday, November 12th, 8 PM, at my apartment in Brooklyn. The menu will feature recipes from the book, of course, and the three winners will also get a copy of it. The contest closes at midnight on Tuesday, October 18th, and winners will be announced shortly thereafter. It’s going to be really, really fun (and delicious, and it won’t leave you hungry).