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Dinner with friends (sort of)

Posted by Rachel Raczka  May 25, 2011 02:33 PM

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So you’ve returned to your alma mater, your old stomping grounds, your days of glory — only to discover that your former chums and pals have flocked to other cities (their loss). What to do? Make new friends with strangers, of course, all while bonding over the universal common denominator of all city dwellers: good food. At least that’s the goal of meeting and mingling foodie match maker, DineOut Boston. This isn't a truffle-laced speed dating service (romance is not included). It's a meetup at a local restaurant, chosen by a special guest host each month. There's no obligation to order a full meal, but we all know the table mooch doesn’t get invited for seconds. Next event: June 6, Eastern Standard (pictured)

Like DineOut, Mystery Meet calls culinary connoisseurs and fly-by-night foodies alike to a new restaurant destination on the second Tuesday of every month. But here’s the catch: it’s a secret. Organizers release clues about the surprise venue in the weeks leading up to the event and guests are left to guess where the dinner will be held. Still stumped? Pay attention, as the exact location of the restaurant is released 24 hours before the event. Tickets (good for the meal, tax, and tip) go on sale at the same time clues are released — if you don't act quickly, you could miss out. Next event: June 14, location TBA

In the same vein, Boston Brunchers gathers area bloggers together for the most important meal of the day. Blogger and founder Renee Hirschberg created the breakfast club after a chat with her tweet-savvy friends over brunch (what else?). Today the group boasts over 250 members and aims to meet twice a month. Even if you don't have a blog, we suggest regularly checking out the site for reviews and new brunch spot suggestions. Next event: June 26, location TBA

Feeling more popular already? So are we – also, hungry.

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[Eastern Standard buzzing with your potential new BFF; Wiqan Ang for The Boston Globe]

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

Milva DiDomizio is a New England native who's fond of cooking, singing, and Boston's arts and culture scene.

Rachel Raczka is a Bostonian who enjoys buttercream frosting, gin cocktails, and conquering cobblestone streets in high heels.

Emily Sweeney is a Boston native who goes out all over, from Irish pubs in Southie to the roller rink in Dorchester.

Emily Wright is a native Cape Codder who enjoys exercising, baking, and the occasional guilty pleasure action movie.

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