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MealTribes matches you with others nearby for small potluck dinners.

Looking for a casual and easy way to meet new people? We offer intimate potluck dinners hosted in homes across the DC area.

You're welcome to make something yourself or pick up your contribution from a store. If you believe others will enjoy it, that works for us.

See the basic format and what to expect →

How it works


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Sign up, create a free profile, and let others know about you.

You'll receive all invitations to future potlucks, update your profile any time, and browse a directory of other members' profiles.

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We'll set the dates and details, RSVP for what you want to.

Pick a date, select what you're bringing (e.g. dessert), and you’re in! You're welcome to bring a guest with you, just include him/her in the RSVP.

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Get matched with people in a similar age range.

Within 48 hours of the potluck, you'll receive an email connecting you to your dinner party. Someone will volunteer to host and you're all set!

What we're about


Trust others.

Share as much or as little as you want.

Be yourself.

You'll probably meet others that are into the same things.

Be present.

It's nice to take a break from our digital world.

Encourage others.

Sometimes we all just need a nudge to get where we want to be.

Come hungry.

Enjoy the food and the good connections.

What People Are Saying


MealTribes is such a great opportunity to meet new people in your community and have insightful conversations.
It’s a nurturing community that genuinely want to learn from each other’s experiences. 
What’s most memorable for me is sharing a meal with people who are truly interested in who you are over what you do.