Steve and his Girlfriends: The Dining Club

Have you heard about dining clubs and thought that would be fun? Let me assure you it’s a blast. Food has always been my passion. I love to cook, try new restaurants and above all, eat good food. This is no fun when you are by yourself. The solution I found if to gather others around.

071 Monica's Table

We stumbled into the Dining Club when Steve & began our life together. Steve was the grill master grill but the major turning point in his culinary awareness was going to see the movie Julie and Julia. We went out for a French Dinner after the movie and he decided to make Boef Bourguignon. I seized this opportunity, dug out my copy of Mastering the Art of French Cooking and before you know it Boef Bourguignon was his favorite dish. He then began to expand his horizons with Coq au Vin, and other dishes, scouring the cooking channels for new ideas. I created a monster….



Steve was so proud of himself he would torment our friend, Laure, about his adventures in French Cooking.   Laure is French, didn’t cook but wanted to learn. Boef Bourguignon was one of the dishes she could make and they quickly dared each other into a competition. We set a date, told her to invite some friends and we would invite some of ours to decide who made the best Boef Bourguignon. As the date approached you had never heard anything like the two of them talking about this, it was hysterical – they whipped each other into a frenzy. They must have scared each other because it was suggested that it would be best if each prepared a different dish.   Steve had mastered Coq au Vin so they decided including this would provide variety, Laure would do the beef.


The big night finally arrived. The evening was so much fun we decided it would be a monthly event. This evolved into our Dining Club with Steve and his girlfriends. I began to document our adventures on typepad with a blog that has morphed into Monica’s Table.


The moral of the story is that your dining club will have a life of it’s own and will evolve over time, ours has. We make a point of staying in touch, planning, plotting and dining together whenever possible. The blog allows us a public forum to share our adventures, with each other and with you. What fun!




  • Stacey says:

    I think I would love to be a part of a dinning club. I am going to have to think about this one! I loved the movie Julie and Julia – and I also have tried to make Boef Bourguignon after a trip to France. But mine was no good!

  • Cynthia L says:

    I would love to be a part of a club like this. I love your story of how you and Steve got involved in cooking adventures. Cooking and food can do that, can’t it. I look forward to seeing what you are up to int he new year

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