The dinner club with a twist

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

It is never just about the food, but about sharing meals together, being part of a community and creating sustainable and lasting connections with new friends.

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Events in Restaurants

Early invite and no fee for holding your spot.

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Exclusive events private homes

Chef dinners, Wine tasting, crêpes parties, craft cocktail happy hours, sushi making parties,  and more!

Join community

Join the Community

Be connected to each other and become part of the local and global Friends with Forks Community. 

Grow with us

Grow with us

Get in on the ground floor and help build a membership that you love.

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Locked in price

You are locked in at this low price as long as you stay an active member.

Say goodbye to eating alone!

With Friends with Forks, you will always find people to eat with.

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The joy of sharing a meal

No longer do you have to sit at the bar alone looking at your mobile phone.

Who is Friends with Forks for?

This is for you if you...

  • Are new to town and want to meet people

  • Want to try out that new restaurant on the corner but don't want to go by yourself

  • Want to try out that new restaurant on the corner but don't want to go by yourself

  • Are a foodie

  • Miss throwing dinner parties

  • Are hungry for some spicy conversation with like minded folk

  • Love being a part of building something amazing

  • Want to make a difference

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What Friends with Forks Members are saying:

"This club is a healing experience. A reset for COVID." - Suzy

"I love food, and I like trying to find community. This feels like a nice kind of coming out party."- Susan 

"As an adult man, it is hard to find other men who are available for a friendship. At a Friends with Forks event, I met a fellow single man, who has become one of my best friends. I am grateful that Dinner Mates provided an environment for easily meeting like-minded people".- Andre

"People who like to eat and drink generally enjoy the company of other people who like to eat and drink, and Portland is a very friendly town, and so this works."- Nathan

"Friends with Forks creates a particularly welcoming kind of atmosphere."- Marcia

Meet your Founder!

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Laurel Chiten


Laurel Chiten was an award winning independent filmmaker for over 30 years (Blind Dog Films). She was also a foodie and lived in Manhattan.

One summer day in 2019, she walked into a restaurant around from where she lived, and  had a vision of people in her neighborhood sitting around a table eating together.

That was it! The idea of Friends with Forks was born! She dropped her film career, made a 180 degree turn to make this dream come to life. It took off like a rocket.

But when the pandemic hit, Dinner Mates took a pause. During the pandemic Laurel moved to Portland ME and started up Friends with Forks again. 

Friends with Forks was created to bring people together, to make a difference in our personal lives, and our world.

Our mission is: Break Bread, Make Friends, Build Community.

One meal at a time.

Everything you get today!




No. Most dinners in public venues you can order what you want and pay with separate checks.

Once you sign up, you will be invited into the private membership site. You can manage your membership there, including cancellation, changing your password, address, etc. 

Yes! You can always cancel, no questions asked. Your membership will automatically cancel when the month is over.  

Of course! You are always welcome to rejoin, but the price might be higher.

No! Most people come alone and find it an inclusive atmosphere and easy to get into a lively conversation. The mission of Friends with Forks is to create a comfortable space for members to make new friends while sharing a meal. 

Yes! Members are allowed to bring guests to some of our events, however, all guests must pay an additional surplus charge.

Expect to pay around $35 to $70 including tax and tip (and a drink) depending on the venue. 


Yes, but events are offered to members first. 

Non members will have to pay a $15 fee to hold their spot. 

Great question! We are going to do our best to accommodate all members for the restaurant events. If we fill up quickly, we will try to add a new table..  Plus, we always have a waiting list if we get cancellations. 


Yes! We try to pick restaurants that can accommodate GF and Vegetarian. Because you are picking your own food from their menu, you can ask about specific dietary needs. 

We partner with restaurants that are either 1) well-established and have garnered great press, 2) newly opened and we have tested them ourselves, or 3) come highly recommended by members!

We try to include a variety of different culinary styles, venues, and locations.

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That's it for now.

While waiting, feel free to try out any event as a guest!

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