|Kathryn and her husband Ted Schuch|
The Exotic Epicurean Dinner Group, or EEDG as it was more commonly known, started as a few friends gathering once a month after work. As friends invited friends, it quickly grew to include several hundred members. Initially, the idea behind EEDG was to only eat at ethnic restaurants. The tasting menu was introduced as a way to get people to try things that they wouldn't normally try, or know to try.
One of my favorite stories of the dinner group is from a gathering at Lobster King, the now defunct Chinese restaurant on
Originally, most of the membership had ties to the architectural world as I was working in that field. In 2007, better known as the great architect exodus, I along with many of my friends, were let go from our jobs. The dinner group fell victim to the lack of funds of many of its members.
|slingin some dogs|
A yearlong stint as the hot dog vendor on
A "What the heck? I really enjoyed doing that!" moment got the dinner group back up off the mat. With a new group comes new goals. We had always eaten at locally owned mom and pop restaurants, we wanted to dedicate this new venture to helping others, as well as be fun for the members.
With that in mind we established a few ideas for the group.
Promote locally owned restaurants whenever we can.
Promote unity in
Promote local charities whenever possible.
Habitat for Hope provides loving support for families who come to
Mid-South Food Bank Canned food items will be gladly accepted at each gathering and donated in foodiememphis' name
Always have a good time and a wonderful meal. If you are interested in joining us, feel free. Check us out on facebook or twitter.