Offline Dating Events was founded under the optimistic desire for a better, dare-we-say easier way to date in the modern age. The brainchild of sex-and-relationship coach Anne Hodder and social entrepreneur and event producer Steph Belsky, Offline Dating Events deconstructs the digital dating experience in the hopes of making the whole process feel more fun by eliminating the b.s. that gets in the way. Meeting people is hard enough and all the apps, screens, matching, and swiping hasn’t made it much easier – so why not date the way we did before technology took the wheel?
One of us accidentally met her husband in 2014 via a dating app – minutes before deleting her old, un-updated profile – and knows what it takes to build (and maintain) a happy, healthy partnership. The other has been diligently using dating apps since 2008 with some hits (and many misses) and simply wants to find something REAL. Our assorted dating fails and fortunes, combined with years of event planning and party-going, inspired us to explore a potential solution to what our friends consider the hardest part of forming relationships: finding people who know what they want. (Or at least won’t flake the day of your first date.)
We’re not professional match-makers and we can’t promise you’ll meet your soulmate. We’re simply two friends who believe in community, authentic human connection, and the power of a low-pressure, “zero fucks” approach to meeting people in person. Offline Dating Events sets the scene for what we intend to be fun gatherings of like-minded individuals, free of the judgments and preconceptions that often come from analyzing dating profiles and swiping through photos. Whatever happens next is up to YOU.
A Note from the Founders: Offline Dating Events is a safe and inclusive space for all people actively dating. Our schedule will be updated with curated events that cater to Los Angeles’s many communities, including:
men who date men
women who date women
women who date men/men who date women
polyamorous/non-monogamous (including monogamish) folx
Offline Dating Events reserves the right to refuse service to anyone who acts against house rules and/or inhibits the safety and sanctity of the Offline Dating Community in any way.