Q: How do you meet new people in the Lehigh Valley?
A. Numerous organizations host beer dinners, wine tastings and wine pairing nights. Each event I've attended has seated guests around communal tables, and staged the evening so there's plenty of time for conversation with your table-mates. Going it alone isn't a problem - nearly everyone who goes to an event like this is going to be friendly. If they weren't, they'd just stay home and read a book about it.
OR - and this is Lehigh Valley Friendmaking 2.0, people so bear with me - use an event like a beer dinner as a way to get to know someone better. Maybe your neighbor, co-worker or person who you see at the gym might like to join you. Identify an event that you want to attend, then ask around. It's a lot easier than figuring out a random night for coffee or happy hour. "Yeah - we should definitely get together sometime." Then you never do, admit it.
One upcoming event is the Melting Pot's annual St. Patrick's Day Beer Dinner, March 17 at 6 p.m. Stoudt's Brewing Company and The Melting Pot have organized an evening of fondue, paired with fantastic craft beer. You don't even need to place an order or split a check! How easy is that?
Ocean (235 Ferry St. Easton) hosts a very popular wine dinner, so popular it isn't even advertised. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to learn something, taste good food and booze, and maybe even make a friend.
P.S. Drink responsibly. :)