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MAKE FRIENDS and BUILD COMMUNITY over food.
One meal at a time.

Come for the food. Stay for the friends.

A NEW EXPERIENCE

MYSTERY LOCATIONS!

We're thrilled to introduce a new FRIENDS WITH FORKS experience.
You know the date and the neighborhood, but the exact venue will be revealed the morning of the event.

Are you visiting Portland?
New to town?
Want to make new friends?
Want to get a taste of a FRIENDS WITH FORKS experience?
Come check us out. You don't have to be a member to attend most events.

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Wednesday, July 31st

FINE WINES AND PLATES

Join us for an evening of biodynamic wine and food exploration. Led by three passionate women in the field of biodynamics. A special event curated just for us.

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Thursday, August 8th

KOREAN BBQ

Korean fusion restaurant located in the heart of Portland. Each table has a grill built into the center of the table to cook the food yourself. A great group dining experience!

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Friday, August 23rd

2nd BLIND WINE TASTING CONTEST

Our signature Blind Wine Tasting contest. A much loved Friends with Forks event! Don't miss it!
MEMBERS ONLY

What is FRIENDS WITH FORKS?

Making friends and building community over food is the core mission of the Friends with Forks membership. 

We create events in a variety of restaurants, and smaller intimate events in private homes, on farms, on boats, etc.

Come have a drink, share a meal, learn about wines, foods and about each other.

Become part of a communal dining experience.

 

SELECTED PAST EVENTS

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July 5th

MYSTERY LOCATION - HAPPY HOUR

Mostly seafood, but veggie options too. Small and large plates. Cocktails, wine, beer and soft drinks. SoPo

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June 11th

A&C SODA SHOP

Best boozy burger joint on the entire eastern seaboard. (Veggie burgers too!). South Portland

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June 6th

SIP N' NOSH BOOK TALK

Come listen to local author Catharine Murray talk about her book ‘NOW YOU SEE THE SKY.’ A Tragic and moving memoir and about losing a child to cancer. Serving wine, soft drinks and homemade apps. At a private home in Scarborough. 

 
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March 14th

BITE INTO MAINE

Join us for a lobster roll tasting with a surprise new flavor created just for Friends with Forks guests!

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PUBLIC EVENT

PIZZA AND HOPE

Come share a meal and listen to a discussion with Frederick Ndabaramiye, a Rwandan Rwandan genocide survivor at a brewery in downtown Portland. A talk about forgiveness (and a love of pizza). 

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HAPPY HOUR

Come join us for a beer or two and just relax on an early Spring day. There will be a food truck on the premises with delicious food to purchase. Come hang out and have fun!

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MEMBERS ONLY

DINNER AT AN ART FARM

Join us at the Two Diamond Art Farm in Saco prepared and served by a private chef with an artist talk.

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MEMBERS ONLY

FALL FEST

Join us for another intimate dinner party, this time with an Asian Fusion theme.  A multi-course meal cooked by an up-and-coming private chef.

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MEMBER-HOSTED

LOBSTER ROLL PARTY

Make your own lobster rolls at at private home on Peaks Island!

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MEMBER HOSTED

GOURMET POTLUCK

A gourmet pot-luck with a twist
Theme: FRENCH!

Wander

WANDER AT LONGWOODS

From their own soil to your plate
Wander brings you the best from Maine’s breweries, fisheries, and farms—including their own. Cumberland.

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MEMBER HOSTED

OYSTER SHARING AND GYOTAKU DEMO

A private oyster talk and tasting and art demonstration.

Henrys

THE HENRY

Newly renovated old english pub that captures the creative spirit of Portland with the town’s best music lounge. 

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WINE TASTING

Come for a Sunday afternoon wine tasting and food pairing. CellarDoor Winery tasting room. Special curated tasting for us. Portland

Friends with Forks now welcomes new members

Why join?

It is never just about the food but about sharing meals together and creating sustainable and lasting connections with new friends.

You are not just going to a one-off meal, but you become a part of the Friends and Forks community!

Members get special perks like early event notifications, reserve your spot for free, exclusive invite to private events, and more.

Come for the food. Stay for the friends.

 

The Back Story

Hello there. I'm  Laurel Chiten, the founder of Friends with Forks.

I was an award winning independent filmmaker and made films for over 30 years. (Blind Dog Films) I am also a foodie and lived in Manhattan.

One summer day in 2019, I walked into a restaurant around the corner from me, and I had a vision of people in my neighborhood sitting around a table eating together.

That was it! The idea was born! I dropped my film career, made a 180 degree turn to make this dream come to life.

Originally launched in January 2020 in New York City as Dinner Mates. We took off like a rocket! All our events sold out.

Then, the pandemic happened...

I left NYC, moved to South Portland, and relaunched Dinner Mates here. A year later I renamed it Friends with Forks.

 

ox Laurel (and my pup Sprout)

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