Last week I asked y’all to join Scott and I for dinner this coming Sunday, March 17. There was a bit more interest than we expected and we’re also having it on St. Patrick’s Day, so it probably doesn’t make sense to meet at an Irish pub after all if we stand any chance of talking.
So Scott changed around the location a bit so we’d have a private room and not have any space constraints. Instead we’ll be having dinner at Maggianos at Lincoln Square in Bellevue at 7PM.
What you’re thinking and what I’m thinking are probably two different things. I’m thinking “woohoo, this is literally a block from my apartment.” You’re probably thinking “well wait a second, Scott, with authentic Italian culinary delights like this, how are we going to be able to carry on a real conversation about miles & points?” I know it’ll be tough, but we’ll try to manage. 😉
Anyway, Scott outlines the process for signing up:
(1) Send payment to reserve your seat. The cost is $54.50 per person including taxes and service charge. You can use Amazon Payments or PayPal (send money to email@example.com). If you send money by Amazon Payments, check “goods and services” and the transfer is free. If you send money by PayPal, there is a processing fee. Add $2 per person to cover my costs or make sure you pay the fee on your end.
(2) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling me how many guests will be in your party. Make sure you tell me your payment details so I can match your name with the payment.
(3) People who confirm in time will get to participate in selecting the menu. I’ll send a link to a survey after I receive your payment.
(4) You must confirm by noon on Friday, when I will update Maggiano’s with the final tally. If you must wait until Sunday, there is some wiggle room, but you better check with me before showing up. Send an email to email@example.com
(5) Alcohol is your responsibility. Pay your bill and drive safely. The Hyatt Regency and the Westin are both next door.
I realize it’s a bit pricey, though please keep in mind it includes tip, soft drinks, appetizers, etc. I know it’s a bit more expensive than you would otherwise pay, though that’s the cost of these kinds of events with banquet rooms. It’s a pain, though hopefully you guys will still come more for the company than the value of food. And having organized many of these in the past, I can say that the “pay upfront” model makes things much easier day of.
Again, hope to see lots of you there, and maybe next time we won’t plan it for St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe.