What is a Munch? The original burgermunch was a SF Bay Area gathering of alt.sex.bondage members. It was (and is) a way for people of like mind (and kink) to get together and meet each other in a friendly, non-play environment.
The location is usually a casual eating spot, and the goal is social contact. Each of the Portland munches has a different location, character, and set of people. Munches vary in size from a few folks to over sixty, and vary in feel depending on the location and the type of munch it is. Descriptions, times and locations of mumches are below.
Munches are intended to be relaxed and friendly. They are not dating services. You should never feel pressured to explain yourself or provide personal information to anyone at a much, nor should you expect folks at a munch to provid such information to you, though most people are happy to share what they know when approached in a friendly fashion.
Munches are fine places to make social connections in the BDSM scene, and can be good ways to learn about the scene and begin an education of what the scene is about.
How to find Munchers: Most of the time the Munch will be an obvious group. Other times you may need to ask. Usually asking anyone at the table, or a wait-person, "is this the munch" will do the trick.
Since munches typically occur in public places, appearance and behavior is expected to be fairly "vanilla." Conversations may be scene-relevant, or may have nothing to do with the scene. The intent of a munch is to provide a friendly environment for BDSMers to get together and socialize. Beyond that, there is usually no agenda, and newcomers are welcome.
There's no entrance fee for a munch, you just pay for what you eat and drink. And it's always a good idea to tip generously.
RCDC Munches ListingIn order to make sure information is as current as possible, each munch notes the date of its last update. Munchmasters, please write to the RCDC webmistress with any updates or changes.
Wednesday Night Munch
The Wednesday Night Munch is the first and largest Portland
munch, going on a decade old. The Wednesday Night Munch prides
itself on providing a safe space for newcomers to make their first
step into the community.
The RCDC After-Meeting-Munch
Held at Lyons Restaurant on MLK Boulevard across the street
after the RCDC monthly meeting (around 9:00pm). You can walk over or
drive. Just ask for "the RCDC group".
Not-Quite Portland Munches:
Beaverton SECOND Sunday Munch
Vancouver USA Munch
The Vancouver munch is held twice a month, every second Tuesday
and every fourth Thursday. It is now being held at Your sub and More
Restaurant (they recently changed names to Mojo's). The address is
1819 Main Street, Vancouver; phone is 360-694-0518.
Further information available at
The Monday Eugene munch now meets at McMenamin's North Bank, which
is at 22 Club Road. This is just west of the north end of the Ferry
St. Bridge in Eugene. We're in the room that's slightly to left and
all the way back, every Monday from 6 to 9 PM. Don't be put off by
all the bloodthirsty "No Parking!" signs; those spaces are open for use
by six o'clock. We meet in the back room, which is back and
slightly to the left as you come through the restaurant from the front
door. We usually have a black balloon on a table. If not, just ask
someone "is this the munch?" :-) This is a social rather than a
play event; come and ask questions, meet local players, and generally
make contact. We have a fine, fun bunch of people here; come join us!
Salem Saturday Munch
The Salem Munch is no longer being being held due to lack of interest.
It used to be held every Saturday at The Thompson Brewery and
Public House at 3575 Liberty Road in South Salem. We meet from 3pm to
5pm-ish. All persons of kink welcome. Fun is always on the agenda.
We meet the first and third Sundays of each month, in a small private room off the North entrance. There will be black balloons attached to the door. There is a $1 cover charge. Coffee, Water, and tea will be provided free of charge.
Tommy"s 4TH Street Bar and Grill
The Wild Rose Discussion Group Munch holds monthly munches
in and around Southern Oregon. For information on dates and
location, contact the munchmeister.
Feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or RCDC Webmistress.