Dining Out in Long Beach becomes a neighborhood tradition
2009-09-16 · By Barbara Holbrook
Dining out in Long Beach is always a treat. When it comes to choice, the restaurants are as diverse as the diners! What happens when you add a dash of community and a pinch of neighborhood pride to your meal? In the case of these neighborhood dining clubs it’s a recipe for success.
North Long Beach and Bixby Knolls have a long-standing tradition of community consumption and now Wrigley is joining the party with their own Taste of Wrigley.
According to NLBCentral.com, it all started more than 10 years ago with DineOut 90805. The “once a month event for NLB residents and friends” became a gathering for fellowship and food at local restaurants in the Top of the Town.
Organized by the North Long Beach Business Association and Community Action Group, the restaurant hopping was also also a venue for discussing community events and supporting neighborhood restaurants. Although the business association is gone, CAG keeps the tasty tradition alive the last Monday of every month. For details about DineOut 90805 contact Laurie Angel at email@example.com.
Bixby Knolls Supper Club
Last year, the concept spread as the Bixby Knolls Supper Club. Organized by the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association and hosted by the many restaurants along Atlantic Avenue and Long Beach Boulevard, Supper Club has grown bigger and bigger each month. In fact, a recent eating expedition to Baba Ghanouj had to be expanded to two nights to accommodate all the diners. Needless to say advance reservations are a necessity for Supper Club attendees.
Supper Club takes place on the first Monday of every month. Contact Blair Cohn for details and reservations, firstname.lastname@example.org or 562-595-0081.
Taste of Wrigley
The Wrigley Association kicked off their new event, A Taste of Wrigley, tin September with a meal at Buono’s Restaurant, 401 West Willow Street. Gavin McKiernan describes the family-friendly event saying “Each month a different Wrigley dining establishment will be selected and the entire community will come together for a bite to eat and some good conversation among neighbors.”
A Taste of Wrigley is still new, so reservations aren’t required but are appreciated. For information about the newest restaurant club in the neighborhood, contact Gavin McKiernan at WrigleyVillage@att.net or call 562-234-6821.
Since the first cave man nudged a hunk of warm wooly mammoth towards his neighbor, sharing a meal has been a way of creating stronger communities. It’s no different now. Neighborhood dining groups are a great excuse to take a night off from cooking and meet your neighbors while supporting a local restaurant.