MERCURY NEWS - Feb 10 - A dinner date with a group of people maximizes the odds of a connection. Table for Six utilizes the talents of dining coordinators and matchmakers to hand-select three women and three men to have dinner together. "You go to the dinner and everybody meets each other and that's it--you see what happens," says Marc Paiva, COO. Table for Six was founded in 1997 by his wife Julie Paiva, who is now retired from the business. "Having six people can also provide a sense of security in a new environment." Another good way to meet someone is to participate in events with other singles. With an office in Santa Clara serving ~1K members, Events and Adventures was created for single professionals to meet other singles. The club does not have marriage statistics, but members do get married, says Barb Morgen, Events and Adventures' director of membership and marketing emeritus. About nine years ago, Lance Evander realized most of his friends were married, making it a challenge to meet new people. "One of the main reasons I started Urban Diversion in 2003 was to provide a more natural way for people to meet each other." Nearly 100 people have been engaged or married from the club, but dating is not the main focus, he says. Urban Diversion welcomes married and single members.
by Tiffany Carney
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