Gather. Eat. Laugh
"Neither restaurant nor dinner party, but both at once."
Social Dining WITHOUT THE SMARTPHONE
Why, hello. My name is Michelle and I’m the creator behind FlirtyFridays, a social dining concept.
The supper club concept was first born out of my sheer love to cook, host, and create the best evening possible for my friends in my modest living room. Little did I know that it would blossom to become a popular Friday evening activity amongst busy working professionals looking to unwind at the end of a stressful workweek and engage in some fun, real-life banter with other like-minded peers.
Communal dining is at the core of the supper club experience whereby the dining table takes centerstage as the original social network. With the advancement in technology, we now live in a world where we’re connected to everything except ourselves. In an era where the majority of social interactions are now conducted digitally via the smartphone, there is a growing disconnect with real life and our ability to communicate and foster new relationships in person has been increasingly jeopardised.
To that effect, I simply wanted an innocuous way to prevent people from being too consumed in their own “cyber world” that they forget how to build rapport and connect with others in person – without any technological distraction.
By gathering a diverse and curated crowd of like-minded individuals over an authentic, home-cooked meal in a cosy environment, an immediate sense of intimacy is created. Throw in some wine as a social lubricant and the alchemy becomes real: you get a dose of varied social interaction with plenty of real conversation, banter, laughter and conviviality. All this helps to plant the seeds for the formation of new, meaningful relationships that cut across different social pools outside the usual daily encounters.
Lately, after three years of running my pop ups, I have started to introduce and promote other culinary talents and artists to enhance the overall dining experience for my patrons. To keep each experience feeling ‘fresh’, I have also sourced other unique venues to host the intimate dinners.
I hope to see you at one of my events and wish you an enjoyable evening as you sample dishes you typically can’t experience at restaurant menus and more importantly, meet and connect with other amazing individuals you do not ordinarily run into in your daily course of affairs.
How it Works
To attend, simply register your attendance online, and we will get back to you with some 'light' vetting (after all, ensuring the social chemistry of the group is right is paramount for an enjoyable evening). Upon confirmation of payment, your spot will be secured and the location of the supper club will be revealed.
On the day of the dinner party, you simply need to show up and will be warmly greeted by our host with a welcome drink to help get you quickly acquainted with other fellow diners. After brief introductions are exchanged, you are free to choose your own seating arrangement along the communal dining table. As we strongly discourage the usage of smartphones, at the end of the dinner party, you will receive a feedback form asking who you wish to connect with and exchange contacts.
Depending on the venue and type of cuisine, most of the food will be served 'family-style' to create the feeling of greater intimacy amongst the fellow diners (after all, sharing is caring!). While some events include drinks, guests are always welcome to bring their own bottle(s) of wine to keep the evening going.
* N.B.: I highly discourage the use of smartphones during the event, so please tuck those devices away. After all, this event is all about slowing down, breaking away from technology, and engaging with people in an offline and authentic manner again.