I recommend you just get another name for these
Chowhound inspired socials/dinners/whatever they continue as that are mentioned below.
It looks like you have a sizable community to initiate such a tradition.
In Philly, we revived an old one, the Dangerous Dining Club, and use that as the basis for a semi-regular dinner at a place usually well off the beaten path, but at the very least with good food, laid back atmosphere conducive to talking with individuals you may not have met before but know of through their writings/postings.
In fact, i'll be going to one later tonight.
Just thought i'd mention.