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Friends Of The Infatuation

Friends of The Infatuation is a membership club without the fancy handshakes. This nationwide, digital-first program will get you closer to The Infatuation team, and offers insider content, event invitations, personalized service, plus brand and restaurant perks.

Membership comes with:

  • Perks: Giveaways and discounts from brands we love, plus Infatuation-approved restaurant promotions and offers
  • Service: Personalized answers to your restaurant questions, directly from our team
  • Content: Enhanced editorial guides, like travel itineraries, you won’t find anywhere else on The Infatuation
  • Events: First access to IRL event invitations and members-only experiences focused on food and dining
  • Plus, a few surprises along the way.

Members receive


Your FOTI membership newsletter will include info with giveaways and discount codes from some of our favorite brands. Plus, we have reciprocal benefits with organizations, like museums and other membership groups. We’ll highlight promotions that rotate monthly on upcoming experiences, limited offers, surprise swag from The Infatuation, and more.

Restaurant Perks

We’ve partnered with some of our favorite restaurants in New York City and Los Angeles to bring exclusive dining perks to members, like free wine or bubbly, special access to reservations, or complimentary appetizers. Once you join you’ll receive a digital member card and code word with all the details to redeem.

Some of our brand partners include:


If you’re looking for eating and drinking advice, we’re always here to help. If you’ve got a specific question not covered by our guides (or you’re just extremely indecisive), members can email for personalized recommendations from Infatuation staff.

Through friends@theinfatuation.com send us requests such as:

  • “Where should my ex and I meet for a second first date?”
  • “What should I order for my birthday party to celebrate turning 30?”
  • “Which spots have the best dumplings in Chinatown?”


Get pumped-up versions of The Infatuation content you know and love with members-only guides created by our teams across the country (and the world). Our Friends of The Infatuation Travel Guides not only tell you where to eat, but what to check out, where to stay, and how to do wherever you’re going right. And, we’ve got new, specialized content for members always in the works.

Check out our FOTI: Mexico City Travel Guide for a taste of our member-exclusive offerings


Not to brag, but we throw a pretty great party. Whether that’s in real life or on a computer screen, we bring together some of the best food, drinks, talent, and spaces virtually and across the country. For members, that means members-only experiences, connecting you with the restaurant industry and The Infatuation team. You’ll also get priority RSVP and special access to events we host with partners.

Some of the FOTI events we’ve hosted:

  • Night at Dinner Gallery with burgers from BK Jani
  • Cooking demo with Kim Prince of LA’s Hotville Chicken
  • A book launch / wine hang-out with our CEO, Chris Stang, and his How To Drink Wine co-author, Grant Reynolds
  • Food photography tips & tricks with our Staff Photographer
  • Sofar concert with some of our favorite pizza and desserts

Let’s Be Friends

About the program

Friends of The Infatuation gives you the opportunity to get more from The Infatuation - more access, more experiences, more recommendations, and more chances to spend time with us. Think of it as the formalization of a group under a common banner, or in this case, a ham horn logo.

Since the day we launched The Infatuation in 2009, there’s been one critical element behind every decision we’ve ever made: you. Join us to come along for the journey, and support The Infatuation. Feel free to drop us a line at friends@theinfatuation.com if you want more information or have any questions.

Do the benefits stay the same all year?

You’ll have access to the same general benefits - events, perks, content, service - all year, although specific offers may change. We’ll keep members updated as things evolve, and will ensure that we continue to deliver value to our members.

Does this membership renew automatically?

Yes, memberships will automatically renew annually. An email will be sent to notify you before your renewal date. You’re always free to cancel in advance at any time. For any questions, email us at friends@theinfatuation.com.

Can I cancel and get a refund?

You’ll receive a welcome email upon joining where you can manage your membership account, or you can always email us for help at friends@theinfatuation.com. You can feel free to cancel at any time but, unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for a partial year.

What does a digital-first program mean?

Most of the Friends of The Infatuation benefits are available digitally and across the United States, with some offers and experiences that are based in specific locations. We’d be more than happy to have anyone join as a member, but please keep in mind that some of our offerings (events and some perks) are geared towards cities where the Infatuation has a full-time editorial presence including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Miami.

Can I use Friends of The Infatuation benefits in my city only?

When you sign up, we’ll be asking you what your location preference is, but no matter what city you’re in, you can take advantage of whatever Friends of The Infatuation has going on.

What is the restaurant perks program and will it be extended?

While restaurants and bars continue to reopen, we want to help our community explore some of our favorite places. We created a pilot program that's new and exclusive to our members to redeem offers and experiences at Infatuation-approved spots in NYC and LA, by showing a digital membership card (or redeeming via a code word). This is the first iteration of the program and runs through August, 31, 2021.

Can I bring a guest to Infatuation parties and members-only events?

There may be parties throughout the year where you can bring a plus one - while many member experiences will be reserved for Friends of The Infatuation only. Feel free to send them to this page so they can become a member too, or gift them a FOTI membership.

What happened to Text Rex and Happy Hour Hotline?

We’re still available for any food and beverage related questions from members via friends@theinfatuation.com, and will provide up-to-date recommendations on where to eat or drink, whether you’re eating out or sticking to delivery and takeout. Due to COVID-19, we suspended Text Rex, the SMS-messaging restaurant recommendation service, and following the pandemic we are closing the Happy Hour Hotline.


Due to COVID-19, EEEEEATSCON in New York and Los Angeles has been postponed. If you’re a member and were on a higher-priced plan that included a VIP ticket to EEEEEATSCON then you’ll be renewed at our base membership for the coming year. FOTI members will be the first to know when there are any new announcements about the food festival or other experiences.

Do you guys like me?

Yeah, we think you’re great. We’re also super impressed that you’re still reading all this.

I have another question.

That’s cool, we’d be happy to answer it. Just shoot us an email at friends@theinfatuation.com, and we’ll have a chat.

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