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Off-Lines ... DO 'EM!!!

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definition: off-line

A gathering of people that know each other from some communication forum on the internet.

 

I'm telling you, these are great.  They are groups of many, or even just two(2) people, that have spoken with each other on some 'net forum, getting together for a night, or day, or even entire weekends of great cool friendship company.  I've done a zillion of these with wine-geeks, and now tonight, with a new good chef-IT friend.  My own first off-line was with a group of wine-geeks that was titled "Steak Out".  The theme was, as you could probably guess, grilled steaks.  The wonderful host provided killer rib-eyes (that he pretty much cooked to death), and the participants all brought sides.  I brought over-the-top spring rolls.  Being that the entire clientele were wine-geeks, everyone brought at least one(1) bottle of juice (wine).  These also happen at restaurants, like my experience this evening.  IT'S EASY.  You pick a date (day of the week, not your personal company), decide on a theme if needed, set up a roster ... and then DO IT!!!  

 

I'm telling you again ... IT'S A GREAT TIME!!!

 

Let me know if you've got any concerns/questions.  I'll be happy to help. 

 

 

Tonight Nicko and I got together at a nice gastropub convenient to both of us.  We had a great time.  We talked, ate and drank for over three(3) hours.  Actually, I did most of the talking.  He got a few things in when I had to breathe or was chewing.  The guy is a great conversationalist.  

 

Really.  Get together with your forum friends.  Trust me.  You'll have a good time. 

post #2 of 22

It was a great time thanks for meeting up Ice.

 

 

 

 

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Nicko 
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post #3 of 22
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LOL.  Just proof again that pics can put on +/- 25 lbs. 

post #4 of 22

It can be awkward at first meeting people from the internet, please note that is my 8th beer....

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post #5 of 22

Sounds awesomely fun! Would have to think hard about bringing my lil lady though (.40 Glock), some people have less than good intentions.

post #6 of 22

Oh jeezuz you don't really think Nicko has bad intentions do you?  Besides you don't just go meet people you don't already sorta feel out, at least cheftalk people.

post #7 of 22

… had the same kinda’ fun last spring here in the middle of desert with a pal and her hubby.  We met (for the first time and yeah, it was a little nerve wracking) at a Greek Restaurant for dinner.  I couldn’t tell you how long we were there, but the owner came out and joined us for a glass of vino.  I hope that we get to do it again this spring, that’s if they come out this way again, FINGERS CROSSED!!

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Oh jeezuz you don't really think Nicko has bad intentions do you?  Besides you don't just go meet people you don't already sorta feel out, at least cheftalk people.

Weeell, not so much Nicko. I mean, look at that smile!

 

Sometimes though, people misrepresent who they are to take advantage of others. Women especially need to be careful because we can easily be overpowered, hence the Glock.

 

A year ago a new hire (dish) who seemed very nice tried to take me down in the cooler.. that's not happening again. 

 

Just saying be cautious :)

post #9 of 22
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OK.  People are completely welcome to have safety issues, and do only what they feel is best for them.  Nobody ever gets into issues when playing it safe, I guess.  Nicko and I got together in a rather large name-brand chain-type gastropub.  This place is located in the mall of a considerably large major shopping center, of a good sized suburb of the third largest city in the United States.  Now I'm not claiming any over-the-top nothing at all can possibly go wrong complete safety ... but you know what? ... I felt pretty secure.  The biggest problem I had was that Nicko didn't call me when he was walking in, but came in sat down ordered a beer ... then called me.  DUH.  People thought we were kinda goofy standing 20-feet apart looking for each other.    

 

I've been going to off-lines for better than 10-years.  These have been at restaurants, people's homes and even a ball park.  The biggest problem I've ever had was parking.  I'm not at all telling anyone not to be safe.  Meet people at well-known restaurants in secure locations.  Then, after everyone has become friendly and familiar with each other, you can do other things.  This past Friday night (2-days ago), a number of people (+/- 20) I know of directly or indirectly met up at a restaurant on the north side of Chicago.  I've been myself to 2 off-lines at this same place.  Some of those people got together for the CUB game that afternoon.  Two of which were a winemaker friend of mine and his wife from California.  I've been at these off-lines with people from all over the country, Canada, Europe, Asia and even Australia.  Later this summer I'll be going to an event called the "Cellar Deminishment Party", where a guy with a huge wine cellar will open up over 200 bottles for his friends from all over the world.  I've been to four(4) of these.  I get invited, LOL, because of the food I bring.  The absolute best time was when another guest saw me coming in the front door with my arms full and he yelled out, "Great, Francis is here, now we can eat!!!".  I made 50+ servings of 6 dishes.  One of these was gone even before we could unpack and plate the rest.  

 

I'll say it again ... BE SAFE.         Just be open enough to meet new people and make new friends. 

post #10 of 22
IIRC Kgirl, the kitchen was pulling mats and hauling trash, money counted and waitstaff tipped out and the 'open' sign turned off by the time we left the restaurant. A lovely evening was had by all and new friendships formed. We have been planning our next food event ever since, which is made even more difficult by the fact that we live in different states...close, but different nonetheless. So, come on people...life is short...what are you waiting for? Iceman is right, you'll have a good time.......As with anywhere, anytime, be safe....

joey

food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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food is like love...it should be entered into with abandon or not at all        Harriet Van Horne

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LOL. 

post #13 of 22

LQTM... I'm not sure who was talking more the guys or the gals that night Joey! ... Me thinks your memory serves you well, we pretty much closed it down, checked out the kitchen, had another glass of wine and finally said our heartfelt 'so long, until we meet again' ... which I hope will be soon friend!

So, yeah like Iceman said, if you get the chance, do it!


Edited by kaneohegirlinaz - 4/15/13 at 9:54am
post #14 of 22

I met up with ChefBillyB last summer while he was on vacation in my neck of the woods. It was great to meet him after being involved here and on another site. He stopped by my place, he ate, I worked, we chatted for a couple of hours. I would like to do it again, but not while I'm working.

Maybe a get together in Portland to check out food trucks.

I have another friend that is a chef in Portland and have gotten together with him a couple of times to go to some of the food truck pods, some good, some not so good.

post #15 of 22
Sounds like a lot of fun!
Unfortunately, not many people in my neck of the woods :-(

Anyone keen to visit a beautiful lodge in Africa?

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post #16 of 22

Over the years I have met up with about a dozen friends I had met over forum/chat rooms.  Granted a couple of them ended up being a bit sketchy but was safe & met them in public places.  Two of my best friends were met online  smile.gif


Edited by MissyD - 4/15/13 at 8:19pm

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"ended up being a bitch sketchy"
MissyD, was that a Freudian slip? tongue.gif


I've met up with a few people I've met online as well. Two of which attended my wedding. smile.gif
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
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post #18 of 22

What a funny topic… I never thought of calling it ‘off-line’ friendships.

When Joey and I met, her husband mentioned:

“this is our first blind cyber date”

… odd, we knew each other, but then again we didn’t…

 

chefbuba, I'm hoping that shoud I come to Portland, that you and I could food truck crawl

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"ended up being a bitch sketchy"
MissyD, was that a Freudian slip? tongue.gif
 

 

Oops - my bad.  Type-o.  blushing.gif

All fixed now.

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post #20 of 22

You know you just have to practice a few safety measures Laurenlu and your good.

 

Here is what happened on the first ChefTalk meet up.

 

  • We had all participated, pm'd, emailed one another for several years. We were in short "friends" (cyber ones but friends none the less).
  • We met a public place and there was a group.
  • We also met publicly a couple times and only after that did we start to meet up one on one.
  • I would be very cautious of meeting someone solo that is just the world we live in. In the case of Iceman and me we met in a public place I told my wife where I was and how long I would be there. And I called when I was on my way home. May sound silly but you never know. 
  • Every time a woman who is part of ChefTalk comes to Chicago I will always meet her with my wife never alone.
Thanks,

Nicko 
ChefTalk.com Founder
All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking
All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking
Bacon (I made)
(26 photos)
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Thanks,

Nicko 
ChefTalk.com Founder
All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking
All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking
Bacon (I made)
(26 photos)
Reply
post #21 of 22

It's always cool to do meet-ups. I've had people over(from another forum), hosted an event and traveled to Philly for a big gathering too. I've made really great friends and it's nice to make it "real" by putting a face to a name.

Has Cheftalk ever done a large-scale meetup or gathering?

post #22 of 22

Exactly Nicko, just saying to be cautious. Would actually love to meet some of the folks here, y'all are too cool.

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