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Chowdown: the Plan as of right now.

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It seems from the dying down of traffic in the planning thread that we have reached a pivotal moment in the genesis of the First Ever Chicago Chowhound Chowdown. At this moment, I think we should hammer down a few details, and set the stage for what will follow. If any of the details I provide here seem peculiar or wrong or out of line with what has been settled in the other threads, or presumptuous in an inappropriate way, please let me know.

The Place: Lao Sze Chuan
2172 S Archer Av
312-326-5040

The Date: Sept 2, 2001

The Time: 7:00?

The Guests: Any one that wants to come! VitalInfo (vitalinfo@aol.com) has graciously offered to be the repository for RSVP's. When you know how many you'll be, let him know. Even if you have already posted your intention to attend on the board, email it to him to confirm so we can come up with a final count. I think we should try to get responses in by tuesday morning. That way we can call the place with the final count and still have enough time to haggle over details like the menu, the price etc.

The Program: Eating a chinese banquet. The more I think about it, the more sense it makes for us to go with a preset menu.

The cost: that'll depend on the menu: personally, i think we should shoot for $25-30 a person, but that may be inappropriately high or inappropriately low. Tony (our new friend at Lao Sze Chuan) is going to fax me a menu, and told me special items that are not on the menu can appear at the banquet.

So, that's that. Email VitalInfo@aol.com with the number of people you plan to come with. More updates to follow. Again, let me now if I've made any missteps.

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  1. Is anyone bringing a digital camera to record the festivities & later share online? (I don't own one, myself.)

    --Bruce

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    1. re: Bruce

      I'll see if I can borrow one from work. Otherwise if someone brings a regular camera we can just get them to do one set of prints and one digital CD.

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      Vital Information

      Here's a list of people that have said they're coming to the chinatown chowhound chowdown:

      Vital Information (2)
      Zim (2)
      Michelle (2)
      Bruce B
      Tara
      Seth
      Lee
      Anne K (2)
      Mark at rightonf! (?)
      This puts the current total at 14, including Mark.

      Please let me know if I got any of your information wrong (i.e., missing a guest). Mark, please confirm your attendance.

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      1. re: Vital Information
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        Vital Information

        Here is an updated list as of 6:30 CDT

        Here's a list of people that have said they're coming to the chinatown chowhound chowdown:

        Vital Information (2)
        Zim (2)
        Michael (who rather does not prefer michelle)(2)
        Bruce B
        Tara
        Seth
        Lee
        Anne K (2)
        Rene G
        Mark at rightonfut! (?)

        This puts the current total at 15, including Mark.

        Please let me know if I got any of your information wrong (i.e., missing a guest, wrong gender, mispelled name, etc.). Mark, please confirm your attendance.

        1. re: Vital Information

          I hope you have a terrific time and DO IT AGAIN. Sorry to miss the event, but I'm trying to squeeze in the last few warm weekends up north. I hope you have a boardwide invitation again soon.

          Best of luck, healthy appetite!

          Regards,
          Peter

          1. re: Peter

            Sorry, our plans changed, we're going to the Kane County Flea Market on Sunday, so please count us two out. Thanks and we look forward to the next Chowdown.

          2. re: Vital Information

            What about Erik M? He expressed an interest in coming: perhaps he neglected to email. Plus Cliff and 1. Plus I'm bringing a date. Plus TJS(?).

            By my count: our positive RSVP's add up to 18. If anyone else plans to attend (which all are welcome to do), please pipe in! I am going to talk to our host this afternoon: it would be a shame if we under-ordered. (Although that does seem unlikely--i am not known for my ordering restraint *heh*)

            The current list:
            Vital Information (2)
            Zim (2)
            Michael (2)
            Bruce B
            Tara
            Seth (2)
            Lee
            Anne K (2)
            Rene G
            Mark at rightonfuton.com (?)
            Cliff Abrams (2)

            1. re: Seth Zurer

              Mark plus one. See you all Sunday.

              1. re: Seth Zurer
                v
                Vital Information

                The current list:
                Vital Information (2)
                Zim (2)
                Michael (2)
                Bruce B
                Tara
                Seth (2)
                Lee (2) (updated)
                Anne K (2)
                Rene G
                Mark
                Cliff Abrams (2)

                I was in chinatown mall tonight and our place was packed. researvations seem like a must!

                1. re: Vital Information
                  v
                  Vital Information

                  The current list:
                  Vital Information (2)
                  Zim (2)
                  Michael (2)
                  Bruce B
                  Tara
                  Seth (2)
                  Lee (2) (updated)
                  Anne K - out
                  Rene G
                  Mark
                  Cliff Abrams (2)

                  I was in chinatown mall tonight and our place was packed. researvations seem like a must!

                  1. re: Vital Information
                    v
                    Vital Information

                    The current list:
                    Vital Information (2)
                    Zim (2)
                    Michael (2)
                    Bruce B
                    Tara
                    Seth (2)
                    Lee (2) (updated)
                    Anne K - out
                    Rene G
                    Mark (2) (updated)
                    Cliff Abrams (2)
                    that makes 17!!

                    1. re: Vital Information
                      v
                      Vital Information

                      The current list:
                      Vital Information (2)
                      Zim (2)
                      Michael (2)
                      Bruce B
                      Tara - out
                      Seth (2)
                      Lee (2) (updated)
                      Anne K - out
                      Rene G
                      Mark (2) (updated)
                      Cliff Abrams (2)
                      Erick M (2)
                      that makes 18!!

          3. Sorry for the late confirmation. I was out of town. I'll be there, with, i think, one other. Anyway, put me down for two. I'll NOT confirm this at VitalInfo. Right?