Last night I attended RogueApron‘s Mama Mediterranean dinner, which included lemon basil infused vodka, delicious lamb kebabs, rich moussaka, and handmade biscotti and panna cotta for dessert. The food, drink, and company were all fantastic, as was the atmosphere of the lovely garden at the host home. Atlanta weather cooperated by holding back the rains, but didn’t spare the heat. I left my camera at home this time so that I’d have more time to eat and socialize, but as usual Broderick captured the event with some amazing photographs:
Lemon basil shots help break the ice, photo by Broderick, all rights reserved
Spot the Extraface, photo by Broderick, all rights reserved
I’m finishing up Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody right now, and one of the points he makes is how advances in the social Web have given us better means and more reasons to end up in front of potentially like-minded strangers, not just in front of our computers but out in the world. I see some of that in what’s happened with RogueApron — it’s hard to get strangers to come out to a dinner party when they likely don’t know any of the other guests or even the organizers. Lady Rogue has managed to make that happen, and create an environment that partakes of both dinner and party, but feels a lot more comfortable than a dinner party.
Thanks to a growing fan base and a great piece in Daily Candy, this one was fully booked within two hours of the invitation going out. Lady Rogue provides plenty of advanced notice when an event is in the works, and she does open up last minute space from time to time if you follow her Twitter updates. To make sure you know about what’s coming, you can join the mailing list, and if you’d like to volunteer, there are plenty of ways to get involved, from serving to offering your home for an event.