CMB Couple Reveals How They Fell for Each Other

 

Ever hear about one of our CMB couple stories and wonder how they got there? On November 1, we threw a special event just for our success stories and took the opportunity to ask them that very question.

The event, called The Gathering, was the latest installment of our CMBxSofar event series, an extra special affair just for our couples. It was the perfect date night, filled with live music, wine, and intimate conversation centered on dating and relationships – all within the setting of a cozy Chelsea brownstone.

Even better, special guests Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo from MTV’s “Catfish” showed up again to MC the event!

Afterwards, we sat down with one of our couples to talk about how they first met on Coffee Meets Bagel. We especially loved Adam and Allison’s story: two like-minded vegans looking for each other in the big city. To learn more about their CMB experience, check out their Q+A from our email interview below.

For the full experience, check out our Instagram Story highlight and photos from the event. To learn more about our next CMBxSofar Sounds event, check out the event page.

After Hours Q+A

CMB Couple: Adam Horowitz & Allison Tilles

CMB: How did you hear about CMB? And why do you think CMB, in particular, was able to help you find your partner?

Adam: I had heard about it from some of my friends from undergrad who swore by it as as an app where everyone on it was serious about looking for a real relationship, which is exactly what I wanted.

Allison: CMB was known to be a space you could meet other people who were interested in dating or a relationship, rather than something more short-term.

CMB: What stood out to you about your partner’s profile on the app?

Adam: Of course the first things I saw were her pictures, and she looked stunning. Then, I was amazed to see that she was also a vegan! And even on top of that, we shared similar taste in TV shows like “Friends” and “BoJack Horseman.” I knew she was the girl for me.

Allison: He was like my perfect match. The first line really got me. “Vegan animal lover and my family has four rescue dogs.”

He also liked the same TV and music as me and was also Jewish. It was like I was reading my own profile, haha. It was first day opening the app since I got to NY, and I hadn’t been on it in months. I honestly didn’t think it was real, or that somehow he wouldn’t see me, but he did!

CMB: Your initial conversation on the app: who messaged who first, what did they say, and how did other person respond?

Adam: I opened the conversation with, “What’s your favorite vegan restaurant in the city?” Since that was something I could talk about forever and I figured she’d be the same way.

Allison: He asked me what my favorite vegan restaurant in NYC was. I told him and asked him about his, and then asked him about his favorite Childish Gambino song because he said in his profile that he likes all things Donald Glover. We had that in common. I liked his initial message because it was respectful, something I loved to talk about, and something that could relate to a future date for us.

CMB: After your initial conversation, how did you progress from taking the conversation from getting to know each other to actually setting up a date?

Adam: Once we’d sent some messages back and forth, I asked her out for drinks, at which point I asked for her phone number and we worked out the details.

Allison: We talked a lot before our first date about easy things like shows we liked or restaurants we should try and just had fun and joked around. It seems silly, but I really felt like he was “It” just from those initial conversations. I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect match for myself. I was thrilled when he asked me out. I believe my response was something along the lines of, “I would love to.”

CMB: What was your first date like? Were they the person you imagined behind their profile?

Allison: It was really incredible. We met at a bar on a Wednesday night. It wasn’t loud or crowded. They had games, which were great and allowed us to do something in between the classic “getting to know you” questions. We were playing Scrabble and ended up putting “cute” and “date” down in the same round. He was even better than I imagined. Everything kind of fell into place with him.

Adam: Haha don’t have much to add to that except it was the best date I’d ever been on, hands down.

CMB: What advice do you have for someone still looking to meet their “someone special” on the app?

Adam: Don’t be afraid to ask your friends (or even family if you’re comfortable with that) for help with your profile! I definitely got some invaluable advice from them on which pictures to use and what order to use them in.

Allison: Look for someone who shares your values and sense of humor – somebody who you feel like you can be yourself around.

Did you meet your partner through Coffee Meets Bagel? Share your story.

About The Gathering and Coffee Meets Bagel Experiences

The Gathering is part of CMB Experiences – real-world events in real-world spaces, where people can unplug and practice being present. Together. We started Coffee Meets Bagel Experiences because we don’t think meaningful connections should be limited to the online world. In fact, while the CMB journey starts out online, the most important connections are made face-to-face. Check out other exciting CMB Experiences we’ve put together, like the Run Date Festival and Camp Meets Bagel.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about upcoming CMB Experiences.

Hosts From MTV’s ‘Catfish’ Get Real About Dating, Relationships at CMB Experience


We can’t stop talking about our October 11th event, when special guests Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo from MTV’s “Catfish” MC’d one of our CMB Experiences: The Gathering. As a refresher, The Gathering is a
series of intimate CMBxSofar concerts in NYC centered on meaningful dating and relationship stories.

The topic of the night?
Dating as self-discovery. 

“It was all of our past relationships and what we’ve learned from them that allowed us to very quickly fall in love with each other,” Nev said at the event.
Between live music artists, Nev and Laura even made special appearances on our Instagram Story, where they answered dating-related questions from our fans. One Instagram fan asked how to stay positive after a relationship doesn’t work out.

“Even if this relationship didn’t work out, you learn something from it,” Nev said. “You know probably better now what you don’t want from your next relationship. You learn, and you grow.”

We were kind of obsessed with Nev and Laura’s insight into dating as self-discovery, so we followed up with the duo via email after the show to ask more.

After Hours Q + A

Q –
How have your relationships in general helped you grow as a person?
A –
Laura: Seeing yourself through other people’s eyes is always a good thing. I’ve seen different sides of myself shine in different relationships and identified which parts of myself serve me best.
Nev: Like a forest fire, when things burn down, as painful as it may be, it clears the way for new growth. Early relationships taught me the importance of honesty and fidelity. Later, relationships taught me about confidence and compatibility. Most recently, I’ve learned about patience and compromise.
Q –
(For Laura) What were some learnings from past relationships that led you to your relationship with Nev?

A –
Laura: If it’s not a good fit or timing is off, you can feel it in your core. Not to say it’s always perfect, but when you’re both ready for a real relationship, it’s very obvious. I learned that having similar goals and priorities (in my case adventure, family, and being open to change) are really important in choosing a life partner.  
Q –
Dating can be hard. How can people stay positive and hopeful even when things don’t work out?

A –
Laura: Just remembering that there is no such thing as a failed experience. It’s an oxymoron. An experience you choose (i.e., to go on a date) is always worthwhile. No matter if it ends after one drink or turns into a long relationship, meeting people always teaches you something about yourself and/or helps someone else grow.
Nev: Don’t get discouraged. Knowledge of the person you DON’T want to be with is just as important as knowing the person you DO want to be with.
Q –
In the media, finding “the one” is generally depicted as the ultimate achievement. Any tips to help people filter out all that pressure throughout their dating journey?
A –
Laura: I think “the one” is simply time and place. When you find someone with the same commitment to love as you, you’ll know. Until then, don’t sweat it. Take it as an exciting time of exploration. In fact, once you DO find “the one” you might even miss all the random adventures you had when you were dating.

Nev: Every relationship has an expiration date. So, you should just be worried about finding the one you makes you happy NOW. Actual NOW happy. Not “future” happy.

Q –
“Cuffing season” is upon us. How do you think people can make sure they’re “cuffing” for the right reasons?
A–
Laura: Cuffing season is really about body heat and laziness. Make sure you have a warm coat. Very warm. And if you have a very warm coat and still want to see the person you’re dating, then you’re probably good.
For more dating and relationship advice from Nev and Laura, check out their Facebook Watch series with Attn, “We Need To Talk.
About The Gathering and Coffee Meets Bagel Experiences
The Gathering is part of CMB Experiences – real-world events in real-world spaces, where people can unplug and practice being present. Together. We started Coffee Meets Bagel Experiences because we don’t think meaningful connections should be limited to the online world.
In fact, while the CMB journey starts out online, the most important connections are made face-to-face. Check out other exciting CMB Experiences we’ve put together, like the Run Date Festival and Camp Meets Bagel.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter to learn more about upcoming CMB Experiences.

Special Guests From MTV’s ‘Catfish’ to Host CMB Event

October’s here, and with it comes comfy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything (no shame), and our favorite — The Gathering! This event is a part of our series of intimate CMBxSofar concerts in NYC, and as always, it’s centered on meaningful dating and relationship stories.

Thursday Oct. 11 at 8:30 p.m. EST, we have two *very* special hosts hailing from MTV’s “Catfish,” Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo.

Nev and Laura will help us look inward as we discuss this Gathering’s theme: dating as self-discovery.

During your last few dates, have you noticed any patterns about yourself or your dating style? Anything you’re trying to work on in your relationships? What about quirks you’re learning to embrace? This Gathering, we’re turning the spotlight away from our partners and using our past dating and relationship experiences to learn something new about ourselves.
And as if Nev and Laura weren’t already the reason to join us, we’ll also be highlighting three (fantastic) live music artists — all in a cool BYOB locale in Tribeca, NYC.
Don’t have tickets yet? No problem. Have the chance to win free tickets for you and a friend to The Gathering by following us on Instagram @CoffeeMeetsBagel, commenting on our event post, and tagging a friend.

To learn more about this event and future ones, and to purchase tickets, check out Sofar Sounds’s Gathering page.

We hope to see you there!

The Gathering: Intimate concerts centered around music and authentic relationship stories

Sofar Sounds & Coffee Meets Bagel Present The Gathering
At CMB, we pride ourselves on being more than a dating app, which is why we launched offline experiences for our community. To keep up with the immense success we’ve seen in the past, we’ve partnered with Sofar Sounds to create The Gathering: a series of monthly intimate concerts centered around music and authentic relationship stories.
Our offline experiences have showed us how the powers of shared, non-traditional dating experiences transcend technology, and that’s exactly why we are excited to have Ruthie Lindsey join us as the host for each Gathering event. As an influential speaker, author, podcaster, and activist, Ruthie Lindsey is an emerging authority on shaping interpersonal relationships!
Each gathering event will be shaped around a particular relationship and dating-themed narrative held at ever-changing, secret venues around New York. (Don’t worry! You’ll get the address from Sofar Sounds on the day of the event with your ticket.). On top of the three performances presented by the Sofar Sounds artists, Ruthie will talk about her personal experiences with relationships of all kinds, and even engage the artists and audience to share some of their most interesting experiences.
What Are Sofar Sound Events?
Sofar Sounds reimagines the live event experience through curated, secret performances in more than 400 cities around the world.
Founded in London in 2009, Sofar brings guests and artists together in unique locations, without the distractions that plague other live events. Sofar shows begin as a secret: guests sign on for three unnamed performances at undisclosed locations, hosted by community members in everyday spaces — from living rooms and rooftops, to retail stores.
Through the transformation of these spaces into captivating venues, Sofar serves as a platform for artists to connect with engaged audiences in cities around the world. Sofar invites guests to discover new artists, spaces, people, neighborhoods and cities, whether at home or abroad, creating an inclusive and accessible global community where people make genuine connections.
Why Are Sofar Sounds and Coffee Meets Bagel Partnering?
At CMB, our mission is to inspire people to share and connect authentically, both in the digital space and offline, and to empower our community with unique and exciting date ideas away from the beaten path.
Sofar Sounds and Coffee Meets Bagel share a host of similar values and most importantly, we bring people together for authentic, intimate and connective experiences. We curate those experiences (their shows and our matches) for the benefit of our communities. Our partnership is a natural union of two brands fostering genuine connections all over the world!
How Do I Get Tickets?
As a Coffee Meets Bagel member, you will receive exclusive preferred access to each of The Gathering events. Just by simply being apart of our community, you receive guaranteed entry to the usually apply-only shows! Click here to secure your spot today!

Camp Meets Bagel: A CMB Experience

About 150 Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) members and friends attended Camp Meets Bagel: A CMB Experience, an all-inclusive sleepaway camp for adults near New York City from Thursday, May 10th through Sunday, May 13th. The event was organized in partnership with Camp No Counselor.
You might be wondering: What is a CMB Experience and why is a dating app putting together a sleepaway camp??? At CMB, we want to create authentic connections for singles in all ways possible and didn’t want to be limited by the online world. CMB Experiences are unique, real-world events and spaces where people can go offline and engage in fun, novel, delightful experiences together – inspiring them to share and connect authentically with someone new.
At Camp Meets Bagel, participants shared the ultimate getaway weekend, uniquely designed to create authentic connections. The weekend’s activities were designed to encourage a sense of togetherness, including a Battle of the Bagels, land activities (e.g., archery, high ropes, dodgeball, kickball), water sports (kayaking, paddle boarding, tubing, waterskiing), arts ‘n crafts,, and epic themed dance theme party led by Brooklyn-based DJ Mac Joseph and delicious food and drinks. Finally, there was also an exclusive performance event curated by Sofar Sounds that included an intimate 90-minute showcase from performers Covey, Rue Brown and Decora
We were thrilled to see everyone really sharing, getting to know each other, and having real conversations. There was something beautiful about a group of 150 strangers with different backgrounds coming together to be silly, open, adventurous, vulnerable and connecting. A few of the participants echoed the sentiment:
“I’m having a great time, I would definitely come to another Camp Meets Bagel event! So far, I have made 3 friends that I would definitely hang out with back in NYC. I haven’t made any romantic connections yet, but it’s only Saturday morning! – Criselle, Age 32
“I’m very happy I came, I feel like I have made legitimate connections and while they are obviously in the ‘new friend stage’ now, the possibility of them turning into something is a lot higher since everyone I met is from NY or NJ! Excited to meet up in real life and keep building a genuine relationship.” – Matt, Age 27
Post-camp survey revealed that 92% of camp attendees felt as though they were able to make better connections with people compared to other in-person experiences. 90% of attendees would recommend the Camp Meets Bagel experience to their friends and would attend other CMB experiences in the future!
Even though Camp Meets Bagel: A CMB Experience has come and gone, we are excited to announce that the next CMB Experience will take place from this June until the end of the year, in the form of monthly date night series in New York City in partnership with Sofar Sounds! For more information on upcoming CMB Experiences, visit CMB Experiences with Sofar Sounds page! For those of you who are not in New York City….don’t worry, CMB Experiences is coming to you as well soon :)

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Announcing CMB Experiences with Sofar Sounds NYC: The Gathering

We are excited to announce that starting in July, we will be working with Sofar Sounds on a monthly Coffee Meets Bagel (CMB) Experience in the form of intimate concerts in New York City centered around music and authentic relationship stories.
We were so happy with the responses to a series of experiences we put together such as Run Date Festival in Hong Kong and Camp Meets Bagel in New York that we want to continue creating unique, real-world events and spaces where people can go offline and engage in fun, novel, delightful experiences together.
Sofar Sounds does just that – reimagining the live event experience through curated, secret performances in more than 350 cities around the world. They transform everyday spaces – from living rooms to retail shops – into captivating venues for secret and intimate live music shows.
The Gathering will be immersive experiences bringing guests and artists together to enjoy great music and storytelling around the topics of dating and relationships. Each Sofar Sounds Date Night event will feature three diverse acts, with no headliner.
All guests must apply to obtain tickets to the secret music shows, and since Sofar Sounds Date Night shows are designed for CMB members to connect offline, CMB Members will be guaranteed tickets with their application. It will be an intimate gathering designed to foster real conversations and connection among the guests over awesome live music; perfect for singles coming with friends or coming with their Bagels on a CMB date.
The first Gathering is July 7, and tickets are $20 per person.
We will be providing more details about The Gathering in the next few weeks!
Not in New York? Fill out this survey so we can bring the next CMB Experience to your city!

About Coffee Meets Bagel: Coffee Meets Bagel‘s mission is to foster authentic connections for this generation. The app curates quality matches with fuller profiles that result in real conversations. Globally, CMB has generated millions of real dates and thousands of lasting relationships. Coffee Meets Bagel was named one of the Top 10 Dating apps by Time Magazine and the Best Dating App for Women by Refinery29. It has also been voted the #1 recommended dating app for singles looking for relationships. CMB is free to download for iOS and Androidhttps://coffeemeetsbagel.com.

About CMB Experiences: CMB Experiences are unique events and spaces where people can make new, authentic connections via a shared experience. Its aim is to get participants to step away from their normal, everyday life and engage in a fun, novel, delightful experience with other great people and ultimately inspire them to share and connect authentically with each other.

Run Date Festival 2018 – A CMB Experience

On February 11th, 2018, Coffee Meets Bagel hosted Asia’s largest singles running event at Hong Kong Science Park in Hong Kong, with over 1,500+ participants! The 5km run involved a group warm up with ice breaker activities, two obstacle courses that could only be done in pairs, and some awesome date activities like latte making classes and dinner for two as rewards.
So you might be wondering…why did a dating app organize Run Date 2018? At Coffee Meets Bagel, we want to create authentic connections for this generation in all possible ways. We didn’t want to be limited by the online world. We thought hard: how can we bring more playfulness and fun to dating? What if we create in-person opportunities for people to have fun and make new connections – not in an awkward networking event kind of way – but through experiencing new things that you can actually enjoy.
This is why we decided to launch CMB Experiences – unique, real-world events and spaces where people can step offline and engage in a fun, novel, delightful experience together that inspires them to share and connect authentically with someone new! Run Date Festival in Hong Kong was the first CMB Experience of many to come. This coming May, we will host our second CMB Experience — Camp Meets Bagel, a summer sleep-away camp for grown ups that will take place in New York.
We hope that through these shared experiences we can create a sense of relatedness, camaraderie and belonging for everyone! We are excited to organize a series of CMB Experiences that will make great memories for you and your friends, foster great new friendships, and maybe spark some romance as well.

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