Second City Social Club

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

So last night was kind of my first official "blogger get-together." I technically went to a "blogger blitz" back in the summer of 2012, but it's obviously taken me over a year to work up the courage to go to another.

I don't know what the social meet-ups are like in your area, but these Chicago bloggers don't mess around. I was blown away with their presentation of the entire evening. We drank wonderful wine, ate food which was made by amazing chefs from around the city, and just had an all around good time. So kudos to you Kit, and everyone else involved, for putting on such a great evening!

I rushed from my class at Second City to make the event on time, and when I walked into the building this is what I found. I kind of took a step back and went holy shit. And then I immediately felt under-dressed, under-pretty, and under-bloggerworthy. Jk, but not really. I mean I had just walked about ten blocks in 35 degree weather. How would you feel? Luckily everyone there was incredibly nice and welcoming.


I immediately rushed to the bathroom to make sure my nose wasn't running or something gross from the cold weather. Oh yeah, and did I mention I still have stitches in my bottom teeth from my surgery last week? They're kind of hard to notice, but when you see them it looks like I either have ton of spinach stuck in my teeth, or a terrible dark cavity. You decide. So yes, I might be a little self conscious when it comes to my mouth right now. Thus I proceeded to talk the rest of the evening like I was Bobby Boucher attempting to stick my bottom lip out, hoping it would cover the black stitches in my mouth. But in reality I think it just looked like I had a dip in my mouth the whole night. I'll show you a pic later of what I'm talking about...

As you can see the menu was pretty impressive for the night. And the food certainly did not disappoint. I felt like such a poser, I would only remember to snap photographs of things (like the menu) when I noticed the other bloggers were. They all had their big fancy cameras, so of course I felt cool for bringing mine along. I felt cool right up until the moment I realized I was taking photos with the lens cap on...


The wine tasting portion of the night was great as well and I learned quite a bit. Like for instance I learned you never want to be the first to finish your wine because while everyone else is swirling their wine and sticking their nose in their glass you just look like an ass.


Because I had just come straight from class, I'll admit I was pretty hungry when it came time for dinner.


I feel like it's always a bit awkward loading up your plate with food around people you've only just met- especially around a bunch of foodies who know their shit. I wasn't sure what went with what exactly, or if I was doing something right or wrong, so I basically said screw it and just dug right in. And it was all so delicious!


Here I am with Blair of The Fox & She  and Kit of The Kittchen, both really awesome girls with great blogs. And that middle guy there? That would be Bobby Boucher. That's not what my smile normally looks like, right? RIGHT?! I'm know I'm being over sensitive, but I swear I still look all swollen and weird.


All in all, it was a great evening. It's fun to meet so many new people who share common interests in good food, good wine, and good ol' blogging. I think I'm going to like being a part of this new social club. I just hope the next get-together doesn't involve hazing or anything. Who am I kidding? I love being hazed.





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32 comments:

  1. I am sure you fit in grandly. On the contrary, I can't even pronounce half the stuff on that menu, so I would have stuck out like a sore mouth... OOPs I mean thumb ;)

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  2. Welp, now I'm just convinced that fancy blog things like this happen in Orlando all of the time and I'm not invited. Awesome.

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  3. How awesome is this?! I would have loved to do that. I'm crossing my fingers for a Dallas blogger meet up soon!

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  4. fancy pants! ps- it's totally ok to chug your wine at a wine tasting... that's because they'll just keep filling your wine glass until you fall asleep on their bathroom floor. That didn't happen to me, I'm just saying...

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  5. Holy hell I want all of this shit. Yes, even the fried liver. BANGIN. Good lorrrrrrrdie lord. What is wrong with my sentences. I can't even talk normally.

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  6. What a gorgeous dinner! The few times I have been at an event with other bloggers, I felt totally out of place and just kept following the others' lead: Oh, you're taking pictures of this? How funny, I was just about to do the same thing... But I bet they were just as intimidated by you!

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  7. DANG! That is one serious blogger meetup.

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  8. Looks like great fun! Chicago bloggers sure look like they know what they're doing!!

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  9. That is a seriously fancy blogger meet-up. Glad it was a good time!!

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  10. Wow, that is definitely fancy! Glad that you had a good time, and I know you fit right in!

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  11. So great to meet you in person last night. Thanks so much for coming to the event - and for recapping it! Hope to see you again soon!

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  12. It was great to sit across from you! See you soon!

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  13. i would feel real awkward because i know i always drink too fast. and then im like oh yeah, im supposed to be tasting. this event looks so awesome. i do think your smile looks different but it doesn't look weird.

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  14. I'm in Chicago, am I cool enough to go?! :)

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    1. Yes you are! Send me an email and I'll give you the details!

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  15. This looks like so much fun! How do you find so many bloggers in your area? I enjoy blogging, but have been thinking more and more lately of how I would like to use it to get to know other people in D.C.

    Meghan

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  16. This looks so fancy! I'm going to my first blogger meetup in Kansas City later this week. It's weird seeing people in person, but I'm excited to talk bloggy stuff with people who actually care:) You look great! Definitely like you belong in that swanky wine swillers club:)

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  17. Such a beautiful table!! You're right - those ladies sure know how to setup a dinner party. I think your outfit is adorable and you look beautiful! I think you fit right in if I say so myself.

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  18. So cool! I've never been to anything like this! I even love the little place card they made you. :)

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  19. The only thing I did after my mouth surgery was hop up on motrin, slurp some lukearm soup and send desperate texts about how bad the stitches hurt. Cheers to you for standing, eating and socializing. Ay yi yi.

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  20. Thanks for all the great, positive comments on our event last night Taylor! We loved having you there with us, and glad you are a member! For all of you who are reading this comment, we are The Second City Food Wine + Social Club - an underground, members-only supper club, geared toward bloggers and social-media"lytes". You can check us out at www.secondcityclub.com, and on Twitter at @SecondCityClub

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  21. So cool! I live in New Zealand and I don't know enough bloggers to have a get together like this but WOW - that looks amazing! :) Looked like such a good night :)

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  22. Wow Taylor! This looks like such a great time.. I finally got my first blate just a week or so ago with Janna (Perception is Everything) and I was so excited. It seems like everyone lives up north and that makes me sad. All of my favorite bloggers need to travel down here.. I mean, we have beautiful, sugary sand beaches and gorgeous warm weather-- come on! Anyway, this event looks gorgeous and I'm glad you finally figured out that you needed to take your camera lens off so I could live vicariously through you!

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  23. Thank you for coming to the event! We had a great time and I hope you did, too! See you soon! For all who are curious, this is how we achieved the rustic tablescape from the event: How To: Rustic Tablescape

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  24. Thanks for the great post Taylor! It was so great meeting you and (almost) sitting next to you! At least with the empty seat in between us (and the wine bottles within reach behind us) we could get sneaky refills :)

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  25. Blair Culwell!! That's my friend from Dallas! And here I am in LA....what a small world.

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  26. That looks amazing! Plus is it 3 or 5 glasses of wine for each person??? LOVE that!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  27. What an awesome event! I'm a Chicago girl too, and I had no idea there were such swanky blogger meet-ups going on in our city. Usually Eileen (leanerbythelake.com) and I just grab brunch and chat. If this event is open, I'd love to learn more!

    Alicia

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  28. it was great to meet you and I hope to see you at the next one!!

    blair {at} the fox and she

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