A Cooking Club Struts Its Stuff

For more than a decade now, members of Meetup.com have used the online social networking portal to get together with complete strangers for an activity based on some common interest — everything from the mundane (hiking, dogs, the collected works of Stephanie Meyers) to the somewhat obscure (foam sword fighting, metaphysics).

In the case of East Bay residents Michael Wilson and Jackie Kirschner, cooking was that shared passion. For the past two years, the pair have parlayed that passion into a vibrant Meetup community with about 550 members. The group, the Culinary Addicts, convenes periodically, ten or twenty members at a time, for a cooking class taught by Wilson and Kirschner, followed by a communal meal.

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