The Epicurean Society explores and enjoys fine food and wine from around the world. The Society presents three formal dinners each year and several informal events. Epicurean Society members have priority for reservations at the formal dinners, which are limited to 60 participants. If there is space available, other CYC members may attend Society dinners at the non-Society-member price. Informal events may be limited to Society members only.
Founded in 1964, the Society originally limited membership to the members of the California Yacht Club, who were almost all men. Spouses were invited to attend only the annual Sweethearts’ Dinner, held in February. Today, both CYC members and their spouses, or partners, are welcomed as members of the Epicurean Society.
Until recently, Society members were required to pay for the formal dinners even if they could not attend. That is no longer the case, but if fewer than 40 reservations have been received by the week before a scheduled formal dinner, the dinner may be canceled.
Society membership is limited to 50 CYC members plus their spouses or partners. All CYC members and their spouses or partners are eligible to become Epicurean Society members when memberships are available. Potential members are encouraged, but not required, to attend a formal dinner before applying for membership. Society members enjoy a special price and priority for formal dinners. Only Society members may plan formal dinners and other Society events.
The CYC Commodore, if not already a member of the Society, is inducted as a member, along with his or her spouse or partner, at the February Sweethearts’ Dinner, which the Commodore chairs. All Staff Commodores and their spouses or partners may remain members of the Society. Commodore memberships do not count against the 50-member limit.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Epicurean Society, contact Gloria Crawley, Office Administrator at CYC, (310) 823-4567.
Society members who are interested in chairing a Society dinner or planning another Society event should contact Epicurean Society General Chair, Susan French, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Epicurean Dinner: Tuesday, May 23
Celebrate the Spring - A Gourmet Evening Featuring California's Seasonal Bounty