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.

To find a munch in your area...

PORTLAND EVERY WEDNESDAY MUNCH
(the original for 15+ years), at Hamburger Mary’s, 19 NW 5th Ave in Portland on 5th between Burnside & Couch.

BEAVERTON SUNDAY MUNCH
The Sunday munch is held every second Sunday from 4-7PM at McMenamin's in Beaverton on Cedar Hills Boulevard at Jenkins Road. munch@tnstaafl.org

KINKY WOMEN'S WELCOMING MUNCH
A safe, supportive setting where kinky or questioning women of all orientations and preferences can connect and ask questions. Beginners are welcome. Self-identified women over 18 only, please. Time: Every Second Tuesday from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., Web Site (Bad Girls): http://www.pdxbadgirls.net, E-Mail: contact@pdxbadgirls.net, Phone: 503/972/BADD

SALEM MUNCH
For more information, join the mailing list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SalemMunch/

VANCOUVER MUNCH
www.vancouvermunch.com. We meet every second Tuesday of each month. If you have questions email them to vancouvermunch@hotmail.com.

THE CORVALLIS SUNDAY MUNCH
First Thursday and Third Sunday of every month 4PM until 7PM, Tommy's 4TH Street Bar 2 rwblount@earthlink.net, http://members.aol.com/CorvallisMunch/MUNCH.html

EUGENE MONDAY MUNCH
The Monday Eugene munch -- Further info: conradh@efn.org

SPRINGFIELD MUNCH
1st Wednesday of the month, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. For information about location or other details, contact domme27@hotmail.com

SOUTHERN OREGON
The Wild Rose Discussion Group Munch holds monthly munches in and around Southern Oregon. For information on dates and location,
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/domsubbdsmsoregonwildrose -- munchmeister: catlady_cats@yahoo.com

MEDFORD MUNCH
Thunder Strokes Discussion Group -- The club is in the Yahoo Club is under BDSM Ds in Medford Oregon, for more information you can contact: Master69_2u@hotmail.com

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