We’ve also learned that people enjoy meeting other local vegans so much that they value friendship connections as well as dating matches, so by popular request, we reprogrammed the match forms to support friendship connections too.Another lesson learned is that high match rates don’t require age ranges.The idea was so unique that local press showed up, with one reporter even going undercover to try it out.
We’re here to explain what it took to make Veg Speed Dating a success—and what we’ve learned about vegan dating in the process.The early days What began as a fun experiment became a local institution.Karine began hosting events every three months at a romantic spot in San Francisco called Pause Wine Bar. Today I am, because I make the rules and I can change them if I want to. Uh, because I went speed dating this week, and chances are, you're probably curious about what that is/whether it was fun and if you should try it, and I've got your back. (Note: I've taken measures to protect the some of the innocent, stupid, and/or ridiculous people I met last night. Also, this story involves complete strangers, and therefore, is unlikely to come back to haunt me." Obviously, everyone agreed because we all bought them the very next day.I vowed to go in with an open mind, and if I didn't come out of it with a date, I'd at least have a good story.If two people check each other’s names, it’s a match.Although we had been familiar with this idea for years, it wasn’t until years of hearing our friends tell us how hard it was to find other vegan singles that we decided to enter the speed-dating game by creating Veg Speed Dating, a place where vegans could meet each other in fun and engaging ways.Who would host the events, since we couldn’t realistically travel the continent? We decided that paper forms and spreadsheets wouldn’t cut it.Andy worked on custom web software, while Karine built a network of hosts to emcee the events, as well as teaming with vegan-friendly venues.