Since it first began, EhBC has met for dinner on a regular basis to socialize and to discuss our common interests. Inheriting a term from the Net, we call these get-togethers ‘munches’ (such events have traditionally been called “Burger Munches” since the first ones were held in fast-food restaurants on the west coast). We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm in a restaurant in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario. We occasionally change restaurants just to keep things interesting. We encourage people who are joining us for the first time to arrive at 7 pm (that way they won’t have to walk into a room full of people who already know each other, and they can get to know a few people first).
There are three reasons why we meet in a public place.
- It makes us easy to find.
- It gives those who might be interested in joining us a chance to look us over first to make sure we’re not a bunch of strange, scary people (don’t laugh; first-timers can be easily intimidated).
- It helps preserve everyone’s anonymity, which is important to many people.
Keep in mind that these munches are just friendly social get-togethers. Everyone wears casual clothing, though if you want to wear something more elaborate nobody will object. People sit around at tables chatting, and some people order food or drinks. There is no formal “protocol” in effect, and everyone behaves just as they would in any other social situation. You may be a submissive, but you are no obligation to behave submissively to anyone unless you choose to. You may be a Dominant, but you have no authority over people you may meet at the munch. Treat everyone the way you yourself expect to be treated, and you’ll do just fine. Also treat the wait staff courteously, and they’ll do the same for you. For more hints on social etiquette at munches, check out Jay Wiseman’s excellent article.
If you have any questions about the munches, just contact us. Other local groups run munches in Hamilton, Toronto, London, Guelph, Barrie and elsewhere. Be sure to check our calendar for information about those events!
Our current munch location is the world’s largest East Side Mario’s, located on King Street North in Waterloo. We will usually be in the large room downstairs called Lower East Side, but from time to time we’ll be in the slightly smaller room known as Scalero’s. Scalero’s is about the same size as our previous munch location, and we are welcome to overflow into the main restaurant as needed the same way we did at our old place.
The restaurant normally doesn’t serve a full menu in Lower East Side, because of the problems they’ve had in the past with staff carrying plates of food down multiple flights of stairs (resulting in broken plates and spilled food). However, as a compromise, they’ve agreed to provide a full menu for our group with the food being brought downstairs to the bar in take-out containers to avoid breakage. They cannot provide unlimited bread and salads, but they are willing to provide the entrees with no sides at a 10% discount off the menu price
All the drinks on the bar menu are available, except blended drinks (since the downstairs bar does not have the equipment required to prepare those). If you have specific requests, please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll collect them and pass them along to the bar staff.
Looking forward to seeing you at the munch!