Online dating can be such a pain.
"It's very impersonal and you're paying a monthly fee for what seems like this small pool of people who keep cycling back," said Boulder's Elizabeth Moskow.
Beginning Wednesday, Moskow is bringing a different dating experience to Boulder with The Love Bite.
What: The Love Bite
When: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 30
Where: Dish Gourmet, 1918 Pearl St., Boulder
Cost: $64, includes 4-5 course meal, cocktail, hors d' oeuvres, professional chef instruction
The Love Bite assembles five men, five women, a hostess and a chef (Moskow) for an evening of culinary instruction, cooking, eating and mingling with new singles.
"There are a lot of foodies in this town," Moskow said. "It's nice to have an event where people are passionate about the same thing in a laid-back environment."
No cooking experience is necessary to participate, and Moskow said that if singles walk away without a date, they could at least gain culinary experience and some friends.
The Love Bite events will be held at Dish Gourmet, 1918 Pearl St., a downtown lunch and catering spot that Moskow will transform into an elegant private dining experience at night, she said.
Wednesday's event already has sold out, but participants can sign up for the June 30 singles event at the-love-bite.com.
The evening begins with mingling, hors d' oeuvres and champagne in the dining room. Then, after Moskow demonstrates how to prepare the five-course meal, singles are randomly paired in the professional kitchen to show off their culinary skills.
"We are working in a professional kitchen, which is a fun aspect to add to a date," Moskow said. "Getting together and learning a skill helps to take the pressure off the whole blind date thing."
The couples then retreat to a private dining room where they dine and switch partners for each course.
Moskow has more than 15 years experience in the hospitality business and has worked as a chef and caterer.
She said each event offers different cuisines such as Tuscan, Thai and Moroccan. Some events will be open to singles of all ages, some with specific age ranges and some classes even offer teaching for couples, friends or groups, like bachelorette parties.
"It's like going out to a restaurant and getting a five-course dinner, but in a private venue," Moskow said. "It's a really good way for people who don't know each other to become fast friends."
Moskow hosted a couple successful trial events in single's homes, but is excited about moving to a professional kitchen.
Boulder resident Kim Gantz hosted an event at her home and said The Love Bite is great for those who want to learn more about cooking.
"These events provide a low-pressure, great way to mingle and learn more about what you have in common with someone else," Gantz said. "Online dating has been one of the least enjoyable ways to meet people. But it is one of the only options aside from meeting somebody at a bar or the gym or speed dating -- which is not my style."
Gantz said she thinks it will be a big hit in Boulder.
"A lot of single women and men I know are online dating but nobody likes it," Gantz said. "At least this offers something completely different."