The Single Gourmet in LA and OC Says Recipe for Love is Discreet Fellowship, Fine Dining and Good Ratios

Is Dating Privacy or Paparazzi the Secret to Finding Love?

NEWPORT BEACH — (MARKET WIRE) — 07/22/2005 — Finding a soul mate and a convenient date, especially for adults over 30, can be a significant challenge which many ‘dating’ agencies try to solve with full disclosure of personal profile information, photos and web cams — a virtual dating paparazzi. Yet, according to Irene McCarthy, owner of The Single Gourmet in Los Angeles and Orange County, the recipe for love can be found mingling over gourmet food and wine with like-minded singles enjoying the safety and privacy of a group meeting at many of the most exciting restaurants in town.

“The best way to not only meet people but get to know them is over dinner at a table with six or more people,” said McCarthy, an Irvine resident who started The Single Gourmet in Orange County nearly 15 years ago. “Single Gourmet members are upscale business and professional people who prefer keeping their private lives private.” McCarthy does not disclose personal information for members. Instead, members who pay an annual fee may attend any of the events to meet others and disclose through conversation whatever information they choose to share.

According to Dan Lewis, a long-time Single Gourmet member in his early 40s, food and wine draw out the best in what he is looking for in a companion. “If she’s adventurous with eating food, then she’s probably adventurous in life,” he said in an article published by the Orange County Register, on February 3, 2005.

Others simply enjoy the ratio of men to women. “I like when I walk into a room and there are more women than men. It’s an exciting environment, delicious foods and available women everywhere,” said Michael Dennis of Huntington Beach. “There are many opportunities here to find someone you can connect with at a variety of levels.”

The Single Gourmet events occur regularly, and below are those in the next 30 days:

Sat., July 23, Balboa Bay Club-The First Cabin, $76 for members,
Newport Beach
Tues., July 26, Yu Restaurant, $75 for members, Santa Monica
Thurs., July 28, Bungalow, $77 for members, Corona del Mar
Sun., July 31, The Sunset, $82 for members, Malibu
Sun., Aug. 7, Rouge, $74 for members, Newport Beach
Tues., Aug. 9, Pane e Vino, $70 for members, Los Angeles
Sat., Aug. 13, Calypso Lobster at McCormick & Schmick’s, $77 for
members, Irvine
Tue., Aug. 16, Gardens at the Four Seasons, $94 for members,
Beverly Hills
Fri., Aug. 19, Modo Mio at Crystal Cove, $73 for members,
Newport Coast
Sun., Aug. 21, Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian Hotel $93 for members,
W. Hollywood
Thurs., Aug. 25, The Loft at the Montage Resort, $91 for members,
Laguna Beach
Sat., Aug. 27, Granita, $75 for members, Malibu

The Single Gourmet LA/OC
The Single Gourmet is a tasteful way to meet single friends who enjoy fine dining and a discreet approach to finding a soul mate in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. Members enjoy privacy and may attend any event for the price of the meal. The annual membership fee of $129.00 includes a monthly newsletter highlighting upcoming events and menus. Register online at or call anytime 24 hours a day at (310) 838-6292 or (949) 854-6552 or toll-free (800) 750-DINE. Email inquiries to

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