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Great Expectations by a Friendly Feaster

With so many dining options available it’s important to consider what you are looking for from a meal. A friendly Feaster, Mona of the Bay Area in California, shares her insights on what she has come to expect when attending Feastly dinners, supper clubs and pop-ups near her. Read on to discover what you could be walking into at your next Feastly food experience!

What I’ve Come to Expect at a Feastly Meal

I just got back from my second Feastly meal (an amazing southern coastal meal by Ryan and Cayce aka Break & Gather). While both of my meals were unique experiences, they shared a number of very important similarities that seem to be at the core of all Feastly meals. I wanted to share some of those with you:

1. Amazing food

Let’s start with the obvious. I’m sure this would not come as a huge surprise to you, but the food at Feastly meals has been AMAZING. From intricate appetizers to flavorful main courses to delightful desserts, both of my Feastly meals have been out of this world. My friend who came with me to my most recent meal texted me the next morning so we could keep talking about how delicious the food had been and how full we both still were. And for the cooks, it seems like a really cool opportunity to either share something you love with a new group of people or get to challenge yourself to experiment with a new menu. Either way, the end result is some of the best food I’ve ever had.

Mona Thompson - Break and Gather Food

2. Lots of laughter

I walked away from both of my Feastly meals thinking about how easy and fun my interactions were with the cooks and other feasters. At my last meal, we laughed almost non-stop: about the surprisingly good wine in a can that my friend and I brought, the confessions of what everyone had made for themselves for dinner the previous night (I came in solid last with microwaved black bean burger on toast), stories about dumb things we’d all done when we were younger, and so much more.

3. Insights into unfamiliar worlds

I don’t often get to sit down at a table of strangers and spend hours talking with them about their lives. For me, this is one of my favorite aspects of Feastly meals. At my most recent meal, a number of the feasters worked in the marketing department of Whole Foods, which was something I’d never spent much time thinking about. From tuna-cutting displays to employee discounts to chalk artists who design and draw the displays in every store, I got to discover a whole world that I had known very little about previously. Everyone has unique insights and stories to tell, and it’s so exciting to get to explore those around the dinner table.

Mona Thompson - Break and Gather

4. Deeper discussion

Before my first meal, I was a little worried that the conversation would just be a lot of awkward small talk. But that was absolutely not the case. There’s something about sitting around a dinner table for a couple of hours that makes it so much easier to slide past all that surface stuff and into real conversations. Over my past two meals, I’ve heard stories of people’s roots and cultural backgrounds, their passions and what drives them, what makes them happy, and what makes them sad. I imagine that cooks who host lots of Feastly meals must collect the most amazing stories and insights at every meal they host. It’s deep conversations like these that make me want to keep going to more meals and hearing more stories.

I can’t think of much else that combines all of these factors in one combined experience, and I will absolutely be signing up for more Feastly meals soon. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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  1. Agree! I attended my firstly meal with Mona at Ryan and Cayce’s Southern Coastal Meal and I was definitely waking up the next day wanting more of their food! I took 2 biscuits home and slowly rationed it for a few days after.

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