A dozen-ish of us started getting together weekly in a group geek house for a book and craft club. A friend of one of us liked to cook, and offered to cook dinner for us and our friends in exchange for we all throwing in cash for ingredients.
The next week, everyone brought all their SOs to share the dinner. The week after, also many of our other good friends.
Within a month, pretty much the whole larger circle of friends was coming.
A month later, the friends of friends, and the friends of friends of friends started showing up, because the word had gotten out that for about $5 cash you could get a large filling delicious home cooked dinner.
Came the day when the house was full of a couple of hundred people, most of them strangers to us, all of them demanding a meal.
That was the end of that.
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