Madison’s Queer Supper Club met at the Memorial Union terrace for the first time in 1989, and it has been meeting there nearly every week, ever since.
The group observes a strict routine each week, driven by four rules:
1. Meet at Memorial Union around 7:15
2. Decide on a restaurant at 7:30, and not before
3. Walk to the restaurant
4. Visit a coffee shop after dinner
Members are allowed some leeway on the rules and can join the group for just parts of the evening. But rule No. 2 remains hard and fast every week, as they do not determine what restaurant to visit until 7:30 p.m.
QSC was founded 23 years ago, as a social space for food-minded members of the LGBT community.
"Legend has it that about 20 years ago [the founder] Don and his friend were single and sitting on the terrace," explained QSC webmaster Oliver Eng. "They thought, 'Wouldn’t it be nice to have dinner with someone?'"