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Friends Dinner Social 

Friends Dinner Socials are held several times a year providing members from our Friends, international visitor, university and local communities an opportunity to meet and mingle during a casual, family-friendly, affordable evening. This event is a great way to spend an evening with friends and/or making new friends! The evening begins with a reception and transitions to a seated dinner (open seating) that often concludes with some type of entertainment or presentation that ties in to the thematic cuisine. The program was begun in 2013 by Katya Newmark, Dagmar Bočaková, and Audrey Leriche and became an instant success.

Dinners are held in the panoramic 15th floor of Village West located at the north end of the UCSD campus.  Reservations are required. 

Upcoming Dinner Social:

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - Friends Dinner Social: Thailand (see FLYER)
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location: The Village 15th Floor Meeting Rooms
  • Price: Friends members price is $25, UCSD Degree Students & International Scholars are $20, Community members are $30; children 5 - 17 are $10; and children under 5 are free

After dinner entertainment: Muay Thai Demonstration and Thai Dance performance

Reservations are due by Friday, January 24th and can be made via Eventbrite




 Past Events


  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 - Friends Dinner Social: Turkey (see FLYER)
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019, Friends Dinner Social: Midwest (see FLYER)
  • Saturday, April 20, 2019, Friends Dinner Social: Spain (see FLYER)
  • Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm, Friends Dinner Social: Vietnam (see FLYER)


  • Saturday, December 8, 2018. Friends Dinner Social: German Winterland (see FLYER)
  • Saturday, October 13, 2018. Friends Dinner Social: Kentuky Bluegrass Menu (see FLYER)
  • Saturday, February 24, 2018.  Friends Dinner Social: Korea (see Flyer)
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018. Friends Dinner Social: Italy (see Flyer)



  • Saturday, December 2, 2017.  Friends Dinner Social: Philippines (see FLYER)
  • Saturday, October 7, 2017.  Friends Dinner Social: Southern USA (see FLYER)
  • Saturday, February 11, 2017. Ethnic Dinner Scholarship Fundraiser: Chinese New Year (see FLYER)
  • Saturday, April 22, 2017. Friends Dinner Social: Classique France (see FLYER)


  • Saturday, February 27, 2016. Ethnic Dinner Scholarship Fundraiser [click here for Flyer]
  • Saturday, March 12, 2016. Friends Dinner Social: [Click here for Flyer]
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Annual Membership and Scholarship Awards Dinner
  • Friday, June 10, 2016. Potluck Lunch (we provide drinks & dessert) [click here to RSVP]


  • October 17, 2015 Ethnic Dinner Scholarship Benefit: Peru
  • Saturday, November 7, 2015. Eighth Friends Dinner Social Fall Fun 2015 (see FLYER)
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Friends Annual Scholarship Dinner
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015 Friends Dinner Social: Cinco De Mayo Fiesta (See Flyer)
  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 Friends Dinner Social: Celebrating Global Friendship (See Flyer )
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015. Ethnic Dinner Scholarship Benefit: Chinese New Year (See Flyer)


  • November 22, 2014 Friends Dinner Social: So Cal Winter Wonderland (see flyer)
  • September 20, 2014 Friends Dinner Social: Indian Summer (see flyer)
  • October 25, 2014: Scholarship Benefit/Ethnic Dinner: A Journey to Iran (see flyer)



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