In short: Overwhelmingly unimpressive and not particularly dating-friendly. Some folks eyes lit up at the end of the evening when vegan cupcakes came out, others begged off saying they avoid sugar or that the treats were too sweet.) But folks weren’t there for the food.
If you’re unfamiliar with speed dating, here’s how last night’s worked: people wore name tags and were given a sign-up sheet.
The Veg Speed Dating night was hosted by Berkeley-based Karine Brighten, 29, a vegan who met her husband (also vegan) online.
Brighten believes that finding a partner who shares the same politics of the plate is one of the keys to a happy relationship.
And issues such as religion, previous marriages, and smoking habits were found to play much less of a role than expected. Intriguingly, Malcolm Gladwell’s book on split-second decision making, includes the work of two professors at Columbia University who run speed-dating events.
These doctors found, from having participants fill out questionnaires, that what people said they wanted in an ideal mate did not match their subconscious preferences.
When meeting a fella who announces he works for the Oakland As, it’s probably not a dating-savvy move to blurt out, “Seriously?
Speed dating is not confined to people who identify with a certain way of eating.
As for grumblings about too many dates to meet and not enough time to talk, the old adage comes to mind: you can’t please everyone.
That said, Brighten claimed the night a success with 24 tabulated matches.
The event featured a self-described dating expert, Anna Hennings, 25, who has co-authored articles on the subject and counts among her credentials being raised by sex educators/therapists.
Her speech was brief, upbeat and encouraged folks to keep things light. Talking to 20 men, three minutes apart in rapid succession can make your head spin, throat parched, and keep even a professional listener on her toes.