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FRIENDS with FORKS comes to MINNEAPOLIS!

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

What is
FRIENDS WITH FORKS?

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

Members are invited to exclusive events at public venues and in private homes.

Originally launched as Dinner Mates in New York City in 2020, it took off like a rocket. Then the pandemic happened....

Relaunched in Portland, Maine, and rebranded as Friends with Forks. In just over a year, they grew from a mere idea to a thriving community of over 100 members, hosting more than 50 events across the Greater Portland area.

And now, they're excited to expand to select cities! Let's bring it here! Become part of a communal dining experience in our city. 

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Check out the buzz of FRIENDS with FORKS in Portland, ME.
Let's bring that buzz here to Minneapolis!

Minneapolis Ambassador:
Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer was captivated by the of vision for Friends with Forks from the moment she first encountered it on Facebook. She saw it as a wonderful way to connect with new people over a delicious meal.

As someone who has always cherished socializing over food, Jennifer found that sharing a meal is the best way to truly understand a community. In fact, it's her favorite reason to travel!

"Having watched it grow from an idea to a wonderful community in Maine, I have always wanted to bring it here. When I heard they were ready to expand, I jumped on it.  Minneapolis has such a vibrant food community I am excited to explore this with you."- Jennifer

A TASTE OF SOME

UPCOMING EVENTS IN PORTLAND, MAINE 

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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!

Solo Italiano
March 24th

SOLO ITALIANO

We return to Solo Italiano! Italian cuisine–fresh from the farm and the sea. An authentic Italian communal meal.

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April 6th

VEGAN PRIX FIXE

Come join us at Vickies Veggie Table. Mother daughter team. Two passionate women making vegan delicacies! Biddeford

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April 10th

TRUDY BIRD'S ØLBAR

A unique neighborhood beer bar with a focus on Danish inspired food. North Yarmouth

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May 3rd

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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May 16th

CHEF DARON

The amazing Chef Daron returns for another 4-course meal, including several passed around appetizers and a welcome drink.

Ready to Join the Table?

Join us in bringing Friends with Forks to Minneapolis and help us become the first city outside of Maine to offer this unique foodie experience.

Get on our waitlist now and be the first to know when we launch Friends with Forks here!

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

Become a part of the Friends and Forks community.

Bring Friends with Forks here!

SELECTED RECENT EVENTS IN PORTLAND, ME

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February 24th

FRENCH CLASSICS

Chef Joe Ricchio returns again with a multi-course dinner, this time, we take a trip to France!
A private home event.

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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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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. Celebrate the beginning of Fall.

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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

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MEMBER HOSTED

OYSTER SHARING AND GYOTAKU DEMO

A private oyster talk and tasting and art demonstration.

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

LOBSTER ROLL PARTY

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

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.

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.

Since it was launched, people from all over the world have asked me to bring Friends with Forks to their community. We are now ready to expand, and what better place than Minneapolis!

ox Laurel (and my pup Sprout)

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Dinner Mates Club 

Get notified as soon as enrollment opens up again

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Thank you!

That's it for now.

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

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