About Gourmet Connections

Gourmet Connections is a Chicago-area dining and dance club dedicated to helping singles to meet, interact and socialize in a friendly, positive environment. We were founded by Jim “Senny” Senhauser a little more than 10 years ago, and have hosted more than 500 singles events and parties at 350 different restaurants during that time.

Each weekend, our club hosts dinner parties, dinner dances and other social events - wonderful opportunities for discerning singles to get together to enjoy delicious food, wine, dancing, conversation and the camaraderie that result. Through our get-togethers we have developed an effective way to combine the pleasures of a contemporary singles lifestyle with the joy of socializing!

What Makes Gourmet Connections Different?

Gourmet Connections is not a dating service, pricey social “adventure” club or matchmaker, and we are especially not the typical “bar scene”. What we are is a comfortable, friendly group that meets in a supportive, convivial atmosphere. We are singles like you who enjoy fun, good food and drink, and warm interaction and look to meet attractive and interesting people of the opposite sex who share those same interests and goals. And we are part of the Singlesync Social Network. You can find out more about this new singles activity and information network by clicking here.

How Is Gourmet Connections Better than Other Dining and Social Groups?

First, we are not just a dining club or group. We are much more! We host a wide variety of fun, social, casual-to-sophisticated interactive events. We also have more resources for gathering new members than any of our counterparts in Greater Chicagoland.

Secondly, in addition to the parties and events that Gourmet Connections sponsors, we provide you information on other types of singles events each week in the Singlesync E-mail newsletter, “In Sync.” It also includes information on upcoming parties, wine reviews and commentary on dating, romance, living a full single life and other singles-related issues.

Another MAJOR difference is our demographics. We do not tell you that our members are from one age group, and then when you show up at our parties, most of the people there are from a completely different age group. When we tell you that our membership is focused on single professionals in their late 30s through early 60s, the people who attend our parties actually reflect that. If people in that age bracket are the ones you want to meet, then Gourmet Connections is the club you should choose.

Finally, when you attend one of our dinner parties (and we emphasize that they are dinner parties, not banquets), we do not designate a particular seat where you must sit. We instead encourage you to maximize your possibilities by meeting and mixing with a variety of people.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Are the Parties and What Are They Like?

Most of the Gourmet Connections weekly dinner parties and social events are held on weekends (Friday to Sunday).

There, you will be greeted and made to feel comfortable by one of our staff and by other members?we are a very personable, inclusive and outgoing group. Through our dinners, cocktail parties, wine tastings, member mixers, and dances, you can quickly get to know a number of new friends.

All this takes place in a warm setting conducive to increasing your social opportunities and networking possibilities. After each party, you’ll come away feeling you’ve made new friends and new dating connections.

What Is the Age Range of the Members?

We invite and welcome single men and women of all ages starting from their late thirties and older. Our stated membership target is single adults in their late 30s through early 60s, and our membership reflects those demographics. Each event brings out a unique mix of people.

How Many and What Types of Fun Events Are Planned?

On average, we host about 50 parties a year, roughly one each week. But, there are other activities hosted by our parent organization, SingleSync that encompass even more activities and events. As our membership continues to expand, so will the event schedule. The complete SingleSync Chicago Social Network social calendar includes activities like dinner parties, dinner-dances, wine tastings, after-work martini parties, singles discussion groups, black-tie events and casual after-work social and business networking mixers.

How Do I Reserve for Events?

There are several ways. Most people sign up for the parties online on one of our websites. You can also reserve by phone at 773-929-6534. Please remember, whichever method you choose, all events must be reserved and paid for in advance.

How Do I Pay for Events?

You can make a reservation and pay using our secure server using your credit card or PayPal account. You can also send a check to SUCCESS SINGLES CLUB, LTD., 1414 W. Byron Street # 2E, Chicago, IL 60613. The cost of most of the events generally includes a full meal, tax and gratuity and often entertainment.

Can I Come Alone to an Event, or Will I Feel Awkward?

Of course you can attend by yourself! Over 90 per cent of our members come to our parties by themselves. Our hosts/hostesses assist everyone in meeting one another, and you’re sure to find our members to be very warm and hospitable.

How Many Events Do I Have to Attend?

It’s always your choice! You are under no obligation to attend a minimum number of events.

Can I Make a Last Minute Reservation?

If you see you have a free evening and would like to join us, please call. We will try our best to accommodate you. We do try to accommodate some walk-ins (with cash at the door) without reservations, but do not encourage that practice as it makes planning a party difficult.

Is It Possible to Make Special Requests?

Yes, just let us know in advance and we will make every effort to accommodate you. We often get requests for gluten-free meals or vegetarian choices.

Do You Have to Be a Member to Attend an Event?

As we mentioned above, Gourmet Connections is a part of the SingleSync Social Network. You are welcome to attend any of the NETWORK’S parties once without becoming a member. But here is the best part ? SingleSync has both FREE “Silver Level” memberships and paid “Gold Level” Chicago Social Network memberships.

So, you can become a SingleSync member today for FREE, which entitles you to attend any Gourmet Connections party you like! The entire sign-up process is quick and easy. Just fill out and submit a brief profile. We will review it and then notify you once it is approved. SingleSync is open to single professionals in their late-30s through mid-60s.

Again, with SingleSync, our “Silver Membership” option is entirely free and it is the only way to continue to attend our members-only events. By joining, you gain access to our Gourmet Connections? singles dinner parties and dinner dances, our Mission Martini? after-work business and social networking gatherings, our Wine Knot? ? singles wine tasting events and many of our other unique singles outings in the Chicago area.

If you are looking for something that’s a little more exclusive and intimate, SingleSync also offers an optional “Gold Membership” package which allows you to become a member of the Chicago Social Network. This paid membership gives you access to all the previously-mentioned events, but also to a number of our select “private events.” These include intimate dinner parties, house parties, museum outings and Single Talk small group discussions. There are other perks as well, including discounts to some parties and free admission to others. And, you will find that membership to the Chicago Social Network is very affordable, should you decide to accept that paid membership option.

We understand that it is often not easy for singles to make the decision to stretch beyond their “comfort zone” and take that first step to join a singles club. The best way to get the most out of the club is to join. Why? Because we have found that for most singles, the key to success in their social life is taking that first step, committing to the process of meeting and getting to know other discerning singles like themselves. So, rather than encouraging “window shopping”, we instead make the decision to join SingleSync as risk-free as possible for you.

  • First, membership is either FREE for the "Silver Membership" or VERY affordable for the Chicago Social Network "Gold Membership."
  • As a member, you can participate in more than 60 parties a year, plus find out lots of information to enhance your social life, friendships and romance!
  • Should you wish to check us out first, you are permitted attend one event as a guest or non-member. After that, if you wish to continue to participate, you must join.
  • Our events are upbeat, friendly and fun. Most cost only $35-$45 each, including a full dinner, taxes and tips (and often even dancing, entertainment or wine). Our after-work mixers, wines tastings and martini parties cost even less.
  • Rest assured that no one will shove a contract into your face or browbeat you to try to get you to join. We have seen those kinds of tactics from other organizations and detest them.

By focusing on individuals who, like you, are committed to meeting, socializing with and getting to know each other, we find that friendships, relationships and networking possibilities are optimized, and “players” look elsewhere.

How Can I Get the Most Out of Gourmet Connections?

Be realistic in your expectations. Attend a variety of events, enjoying each party and the opportunities it provides to meet lots of interesting single people. Try not to anticipate meeting that perfect someone at your first event, although it does happen! Keep in mind that you are generally at your most appealing and attractive when you are upbeat and open to having a terrific time. A smile is the best way to attract other singles.

Above all, we are very confident that members of Gourmet Connections are rewarded by their decision to join and participate.

Gourmet Connections is a division of:
Success Singles Club, Ltd.
1414 West Byron Street #2E
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: 773-929-6534