In addition to creating a pleasant and playful environment, a successful speed dating event will strengthen your restaurant's reputation and improve the likelihood of drawing first time or repeat customers.The first speed dating event took place in California in late 1998 and was inspired by a rabbi who sought to help Jewish singles meet new people and get married.At a speed dating event, participants are paired up in a series of quick five- to seven-minute "dates." When the time is up, a bell or timer is rung, and participants move on to their next one-on-one conversation.While seven minutes may not seem long enough to determine whether a new acquaintance is a potential match, Rabbi Deyo and other speed dating organizers have found that it gives participants plenty of time to gauge their level of interest or get a feeling that the other person is just not the right fit.I spent more time researching dates for these women than I ever did for myself. In the 24 hours before the event, I was out four, almost five, women.One wrote me the day prior asking if she could still get a refund, and I explained that because she was confirmed this was not the policy.Plan far enough ahead of time that you can send out invitations and accept RSVPs. So that guests can soothe some of their anxiety about dating, you should make some beer and wine available, but not so much that it becomes a rager.
Organizing a speed dating night for you and your friends can be relatively easy if you plan ahead. Consider whether you want to do this at your house or one of your friends' houses.
Try to find or create an arena where people can talk in relatively private spaces, at tables or on couches. This may be the largest part of organizing the event, since guests are coming with the goal of meeting other interesting guests.
Curate your guest list carefully, keeping an even gender split and remaining mindful of guests’ sexuality.
My Halloween-themed “Dating’s Not So Scary Party” at a brewery was well-attended and lively, but the management was soured by the unimpressive amount of beer purchased by participants. I asked friends and colleagues to alert their more distinguished single male friends. This is the point where I should have apologized to My Girls and cancelled the event.
The final event, though, was a two-month disaster in the making, and I blame myself. But I wanted so much for it to happen that I had another of my now-famous bad ideas. All I needed to do was search a reasonable radius for men in my target age range looking for women in that target age range.