Social Cooking: Real Life “Come Dine with Me”

Since I moved to Germany a few months ago, I have been trying different new ways of meeting people. From Couchsurfing.org meetings to cultural events organised by expats in Germany, all of them turned out to be really fun and I have met truly amazing people!
But lately, life was getting a bit slow again until I found out through a friend about a movement created in 2011 by food lovers around Germany called Cookasa or also known as Social Cooking. 
 
The pricipal idea behind it is to meet people through cooking events and it’s run for the most part through facebook groups and events. So far, it can be found in several cities across Germany (Oldenburg, Hamburg, Bremen, Munich, Nuremberg, Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen) and also in Vienna, Austria, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it would soon take on a more international scale! Maybe one of you’d be interested in starting your own Cookasa regional group? Below I will summarise the main procedures for the perfect social cooking evening:
Any member of the group can propose an event, but for it to actually take place a few things will be necessary:
  • The first step would be to create an event on facebook.
  • Once the event is set up there will have to be:

    a) A host (someone who will host the event providing kitchen and table, etc.)
    b) A Cook or cooks (someone in charge of supervising the cooking of a part of the meal i.e. Dessert chef)
    c) An Event Manager (Someone to be in charge of the budget and the general organization, including photos of the event)

  • When these three roles have been covered the menu will be discussed on the wall of the event.
  • The address and final details of the event will only be posted once all parts of the organization process has been completed.
  • The cook/s will be in charge of purchasing all the ingredients and the costs will be shared by all participants (except for the host who will be invited by the rest). Drinks are not included and each participants should bring whatever they wish to drink during the evening.
  • And lastly, enjoy a nice shared meal with people who will soon become close friends 🙂
I have to admit that I am sometimes a bit scared of big groups, I’m much better at one-on-one social situations, but the Sushi evening I attended to last Friday was definitely a life-changing experience. Really open and friendly people that made me feel right at home from the moment I walked into their lives.
Some say the way to a man’s heart is through their stomach…I’d like to expand that a bit more and include that the way to new friends’ hearts is through a nice evening of cooking and eating all together 😀
Enjoy!

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