You could also look into partnering with an online dating site like or e Harmony, both of which frequently hold regional speed dating events for members.
On the special night, it can also be helpful to have a small card with helpful "getting to know you" questions at each table to facilitate conversation between potentially bashful participants.
Ask all of the people who are ones to introduce themselves to the person sitting directly across the table who is numbered a two.
They then have two minutes to learn about their team building partner.
If nothing else they can exchange contact information and tell their partner what they do and what they enjoy.The most important thing to remember is that, ultimately, you are providing a comfortable and welcoming environment for vulnerable singles looking to meet a mate.After all, two of your participants may fall in love, live happily ever after, and, even more importantly, tell everyone they know about how wonderful your restaurant is.Presumably, the other attendees share similar goals and expectations when they decide to participate in speed dating activities.This speed meeting icebreaker provides a similar experience for participants at a training meeting or a team building session.Once you have decided to host an event, you should begin advertising at least a month in advance to give potential participants plenty of time to sign up.Depending on the size and popularity of your restaurant, consider advertising online, through signage outside your restaurant, in your town's newspaper or magazine, or even on the local radio or TV station.At the end of the event, participants write down the names of anyone they are interested in; if there is a match, the host will forward contact information to both people within a day or so.With the proper tools, planning and executing a successful speed dating night can be both exciting and fulfilling.In addition to creating a pleasant and playful environment, a successful speed dating event will strengthen your restaurant's reputation and improve the likelihood of drawing first time or repeat customers.The first speed dating event took place in California in late 1998 and was inspired by a rabbi who sought to help Jewish singles meet new people and get married.