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.