How about a Serious Eats Convention?
The trekkies do it. The plushies do it. They even have Hemp and cartoon get togethers. Come on SE--I bet all those people who send you stuff would love to get all of us together....AND think of all the cool science stuff J. Kenji could demonstrate, AND you could bring the book and we would all die to buy it. We could all guess our weight on Thinner. We could have our pictures taken with Dumpling...oh the ideas keep coming and coming. It would be lovely.
Just please do it in a nice venue--I just traveled for work and have PTRD..(post-traumatic resort disorder).