Diners gathered under one enormous ceiling of skylights at the Bistro 258 on a recent Friday night. The sun began to set, and golden twilight accentuated the colorful artwork and guitars hanging on the walls. The exposed brickwork of the old building on Ogden's Historic 25th Street added a certain ambience as laughter, familiarity and the clanking of silverware filled the space.
It was the 100th gathering of the Ogden Dining Out Group, a social circle open to area adults that was started 5 1/2 years ago.
The group has no set agenda or mission -- other than to bring people together for good food and great conversation.
Lisa Usher, of Farr West, one of the earliest members of the group and the current organizer, said she and her husband, John Usher, found the group shortly after moving to Utah from Southern California.
The group has roughly 200 members, and 15 to 30 typically attend a given event. Twice each month, they meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner at a local dining establishment.
"Local restaurants are our first priority," Usher said. She tries to create variety among genres, although sometimes she purposely schedules three or four meals in a row with the same cuisine for the group to compare and vote on their favorite.