Nov 5, 01:24 PM
The Fainting Club: "A Los Angeles Ladies-Only Dinner Club Migrates to New York" by Charlotte Druckman for The New York Times T Magazine
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“The week before last, the Los Angeles-based artist Zoe Crosher emailed a number of her female friends in the art and food worlds: “Please join us for the inaugural New York City meeting of The Fainting Club.”…This latest dinner party, which took place last Thursday, was her first step to expand the organization outside of California.”
As for the membership dues: “All ladies who join must have a generous spirit and want to help other ladies,” she stated. And her admissions policy and operations strategy are free and easy. “I am open to all and any suggestions for dinners, events, locales, members, although I do ask that any lady who you invite you try to do so in person, or by direct word of mouth. There is no formal form for this — we meet when inspiration strikes.”
Crosher teamed up with her pal Julia Sherman, a Brooklyn-based artist who started the special-interest culinary blog Salad for President and is known for her Salad Garden on the roof of the MoMA PS1 museum, to host the East Coast event. At Sherman’s Clinton Hill apartment, though, she alone welcomed their guests — a group of 16 women, many of whom didn’t know each other (let alone the hosts) — with a round of cranberry shiso-jalapeño cocktails. Due to an injury, Crosher was unable to fly out for the event, which went off without a hitch anyway.
Images courtesy of Paul Quitoriano