Brookie Members

How does it work?

Membership gives you access to all of our events. Browse them here. Events are public or private, ticketed or free. Become a host if you’d like to organize one yourself. 

What can I expect at a BooknBrunch event?

Anything from yoga, to cooking to a regular book club meeting. Every event is completely unique.

Do I have to pay to join?

Signing up and joining the BooknBrunch community is totally free, whether you’re looking to be a Brookie, a Brookie Host, a Venue or Book Partner.

Do I have to read the book, or can I go just for the cool brunch experience?

Reading the book is optional. Many people attend just to socialize, create new friendships, and network. 

What happens if I can’t attend the event I signed up for?

We have a no refunds policy, however you can always transfer your ticket to a friend, family member or other Brookie you think would love to attend.

What happens if the Brookie Host does not show up at the event?

Rest assured you will still be able to enjoy your meal at the venue. Please email hello@booknbrunch.com right away to discuss the situation. 

Brookie Hosts

How does hosting work?

Hosting is easy. Choose any book you like, or select from our list here. Partner with one of our venue options to take the work out of planning or choose a venue of your own. Create the event, help sell tickets by spreading the word, on the day of the event show up and facilitate great conversation. Payouts happen post event. 

How do I get paid?

You’re paid out once your BooknBrunch event is complete. Payouts are calculated according to how many tickets were sold and you’ll see how much your payout is once you create your event.  Your payout is what you earn from hosting a BooknBrunch event and it will be paid through Stripe (an electronic payment service). Payouts can take up to seven (7) business days from Stripe to come through. You will need to set up a Stripe account if you do not have one already and you can do so when signing up as a Brookie Host (make sure to select “sole proprietor” when setting up your Stripe account). See https://stripe.com/ca for details. It’s a great way to make money on the side, or part-time.

How long after the event do I get paid?

You will be paid within seven (7) business days after your event.

How much time does it take to organize an event?

Anywhere from an hour to a few hours depending on what your event offers.

Where do I find venues?

When you’re ready to create an event you’ll find a selection of venues in the BooknBrunch marketplace. You can see all of our current venue partners when you create an event and click “select a venue from our list.”

You can also find the link to the approved venues in the footer of our website under Our Venues. If you have a place in mind that is not on our list that you think would be ideal for a BooknBrunch event email us at hello@booknbrunch.com 

How do I promote my event?

Spread the word! Share on your social media accounts, ask friends and family to share and email and tell as many people as you can… All Brookie Hosts have access to our private Slack channel for support, networking and ideation.

What support do I get from BooknBrunch?

We’re here to help during your BooknBrunch hosting experience! Join our private Slack community for Brookie Hosts for direct access to Brookie Leadership. We provide you with the platform to set up your event, connect you with event spaces, and provide hands-on support (host  manuals to download, a host portal for resources.) You can always reach us with any questions at hello@booknbrunch.com.

How do I make my event special?

We are big fans of surprise and delight. A ‘Surprise and Delight’ is a little something extra to give to your Brookie guests as a surprise. If you’re stuck on what to do for your Surprise and Delight, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Welcome cocktail (work with your vendor to arrange a special drink when your guests arrive).
  • Ask the chef of the venue to come out and say a few words to your guests.
  • Bring a small token related to the book for your guests to take home.
  • Hand out small notebooks and pencils for note-taking.
  • Have a special cocktail or coffee making lesson as part of the brunch.
Do I have to choose one of your curated books or can I decide on something else entirely?

We’ve rounded up some of the best books of all time in our curated book list.  But, you can also select a book of your choice as the host.

Why do people host? What’s in it for me?

First and foremost, people host because they love bringing people together, making new friends, great food and great conversation. The added bonus is that you can make some money doing it.

I want to organize an event at a gallery or unusual venue, is this possible?

It is! Just choose the Build Your Own (BYO) option when setting up the event.

Why do I have to apply to be a host?

We always vet our Brookie Hosts to make sure that they’re truly interested and committed to hosting an amazing event for fellow Brookies. We want to make sure each and every Brookie Host and BooknBrunch event is a success.

Is there a cost to host?

There is no fee or cost to host, just your time! If you do decide to do extra activities and Surprise and Delights, there may be additional costs to the host to provide those extras at the event.

What makes for a good host?

Being open, friendly, excited about the experience, and being a conversationalist are all great traits to have! Be sure to also check out our 10 Commandments of Hosting to get a full understanding of what it takes to be a Brookie Host.

What is the cancellation policy if I can’t attend my own event as a Host?

What is the cancellation policy if I can’t attend my own event as a Host?

If you’re sick or unable to attend, you can always transfer your hosting duties to a trusted friend or fellow Brookie Host.  You don’t want to let your Brookies down! This is a great way to use our Slack Channel and connect directly with other hosts. You will need to advise BooknBrunch who the replacement Brookie Host will be. If you are in a bind and can not find a friend or a fellow Brookie Host, please email us at hello@booknbrunch.com and we will do our best to help you figure it out.  

If an alternate Brookie Host cannot be found, you will be charged 7% processing fee for each ticket sold that has to be refunded.  If you cancel hosting the event with one of our venue partners, 7 days or less before the event date, you will also be charged a $100 cancellation fee on your credit card in addition to 7% processing fee for each ticket sold that has to be refunded (excluding Build Your Own (BYO) events).

Good news! If one of your guests cancels, you are not responsible for the cost of their ticket. Your guest will also need to find someone to take their place at the BooknBrunch event.

What is the minimum and maximum number of people at your event?

Events come in all shapes and sizes. Typically they are 8-15 people at the table but it’s completely up to you and the size of the venue you select. Aiming for 10+ attendees is a good start and will make it worth your time and effort. Please note, if you have fewer than 5 sign ups including the Brookie Host, 72 hours before the start of the event, your event will be cancelled and we will refund the tickets purchased (excluding BYO events).

How to choose the best photo for my event?

Use the following guidelines to get the best photo:

• Find a photo at least 1080 px x 720 px (3:2 ratio). A 3:2 ratio photo is a landscape image that’s wider than it is tall. This is a standard ratio for new mobile devices and computers.

• Photos with file types JPEG, BMP, PNG, or GIF work best. We support photos with transparent backgrounds but recommend against it, because they can be problamatic on certain devices and browsers.

• Use a photo that’s file size is no more than 12MB.

• Avoid photos that have lots of text and logos. The additional information in the photo can be distracting when viewing it on your event page, our search directory, and other previews.

To see the dimensions, file type, and file size for your photo, find the photo file on your computer, then right-click on the file. You can choose “Get Info” (for Mac) or “Properties” (for PC).

Venue Partners

How does it work?

As a venue partner you upload your set menu and begin accepting group reservations (with set menus) easily. You control every part of your offering: availability, pricing, min and max number of guests, type of menu you’ll accept. You can edit your profile at anytime. You can upload an unlimited number of set menus (brunch menu, party menu, lunch, dinner, etc)

Brookie Hosts choose a venue to partner with, make a request for the time and day they want and the number of guests. You have 24 hours to accept or reject their request. As the venue, you provide the space, the food, the service and the atmosphere. 24 hours before the time of the event you are provided with the final number of guests and any dietary restrictions.  Day of the event the host shows up, the guests show up and you serve a beautiful meal according to the set menu selected. For more details on what to expect please visit our Become a Venue page.

How do I get paid?

Your payout is what you earn from hosting a BooknBrunch event in your space. Once your BooknBrunch event is complete, you will receive your payout which is calculated based on the number of event tickets sold minus the BooknBrunch’s admin fee.  Together with the host’s request to use your venue, we will note the maximum payout amount to your venue if all event tickets were to be sold. The final payout to your venue will be made based on the actual number of tickets sold following the completion of the event. Your payout will be made through Stripe (an electronic payment service). Payouts can take up to seven (7) business days from Stripe to come through. You will need to set up a Stripe account if you do not have one already and you can do so when signing up as a Venue (be sure to select “company” or “sole proprietor”, depending on your company registration) in the drop down menu. See https://stripe.com/ca for details.

What kind of guests can you expect to have at your venue through BooknBrunch?

Guests at a BooknBrunch event are generally polite, respectful, well-read individuals who are excited to test out new culinary adventures. You can set the maximum number of guests for the event to ensure you know how many people are attending.

What is your cancellation policy?

We require one week’s notice to cancel a BooknBrunch event. If you do cancel with less than one week’s notice, your venue will be removed from our vendor list.

What am I responsible for as a vendor?

As a venue you will be responsible for providing guests with a great hospitality experience.  Ideally your menu would have three choices for guests including a variety of dietary options (for example, vegan or gluten-free, etc.). You will also be responsible for providing adequate room for the number of guests, great service and be there to answer any questions the Brookie Host may have leading up to and on the day of the event.


Are there fees to join BooknBrunch?

There is no fee to join! Each event is priced individually. Events can be free or ticketed, public or private. Just come ready to socialize and be excited to meet new people and have thought-provoking discussions.

How do we decide on which books are chosen?

Books are selected by the Brookie Host of each event. They pick either from our selection of curated books, or they suggest one that they really love or are interested in.

Where do you store my credit card or payment information?

All of your credit card and payment information is handled through Stripe. Rest assured, your personal and payout information will never be shared.