Los Cabos Tomatoes Meetings Start Up Again

BY SANDRA BERRY

The exclusive social and networking ladies organization of Los Cabos Tomatoes commenced its general meetings on October 3 after taking a summer sabbatical.

The organization was formed in 1991 and currently has over 600 members on its membership roster. During the "season" from October to May, the group meets twice monthly in various commercial establishments or members' homes for cocktails and appetizers with attendance between 50 to 150, depending on the time of year when the snow birds are in residence in Los Cabos. During the summer months, when attendance is low, the full-time resident members meet for Dutch lunches.

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About 50 members and guests met on Thursday, October 3 for its first general meeting of the season at The Wine Bar, a new addition to the well-established Romeo & Julieta Restaurant in Cabo San Lucas for a wine tasting.

The Wine Bar periodically hosts wine and tequila tastings offering high-quality spirits and tapas. A bank of glass windows and doors open to a cozy patio with fire-pit cocktail tables, while inside comfy sofas and upholstered chairs beckon, as well as swivel bar stools around a three-sided wrap-around bar that lets customers interact easily.

The space has a touch of glam and pizzazz in the art-deco, hi-gloss stylish interior. Julie Anderson, Venue Director introduced Juliza Burgoin, Public Relations, and Ricardo Uribe, Sommelier who conducted the wine tasting. Guests attending who also joined were Jenna Bender from Illinois, guest of Cheryl Focazzio; Vanessa St. Arnault from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, guest of Gretchen Williams; Monica Lujan, resident of Cabo San Lucas, guest of Judy Fabiani and Denise Carrizo, referred by Dee Dietrich. Dinah Briggs conducted the brief formal meeting.

The organization was formed almost 30 years ago when a new resident asked her real estate agent to invite a few friends to her new home to become acquainted with others in the community. Such a good time was had that they decided to get together again in two weeks and for each to bring a new guest. The name, “Tomatoes”, stuck and is well recognized as "the" social club in the area. Webster's defines "tomato" as slang for "an attractive lady." There are over 600 members who claim that title who belong to this elite group with the funny name. The largest attendance at any one meeting was 170, the average being around 80, dropping to about 20 during the summer.

Following a social period, a short business meeting is conducted by a volunteer moderator at which time guests are introduced, and announcements are made of items of interest to the group as a whole. Notes are taken by a volunteer and later distributed to all members via the group’s private website. Volunteers coordinate meeting venues and endeavor to alternate between private homes and restaurants in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and sometimes Todos Santos. There are no formal dues, no officers, only volunteers, and no special projects, just a good way to make friends, have good old-fashioned conversation and learn what is going on in the area. For more information, email loscabostomatoes@gmail.com. Sandra Berry, General Coordinator.