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Dec 9, 2009 08:45 PM

Anyone trying Gruner preview dinner in PDX

Anyone trying Daniel Israel's new restaurant Gruner this weekend? He's have soft opening preview dinners and I would love to hear if it's worth a try on the 18th.

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  1. If, by Daniel Israel you mean Chris Israel I can tell you that, along with Dana's wine list, it will be well worth a try.

    1. not for the $100 they are requesting to be a guinea pig for them!?

      I wish them all the luck in the world, but there is something terribly off putting about such a high price for the privilege of being beta tested on.

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      1. re: nkeane

        I'm looking forward to trying it out, but I'm not crazy about the preview concept; it's sort of like paying full price to attend the rehearsal of of a play.

      2. I am attending one of the Holiday Prix Fixe dinners and paid for my seats weeks ago as soon as the tickets were being sold. The dinners are not "guinea pig / beta test/ preview dinners" as some of you wrote. These few nights of dinner parties are a small way to help
        with the restaurant’s funding. Which is why you buy a seat and everything is covered. I think it is a smart way to help out a small business and assist with building a tiny teeny amount of money to help jump start them. If I owned my own place. I would do it the same way.

        For those that don’t know - The dinner includes 6-Courses, wine and beer pairings with each course, an open bar!!! and it includes gratuity. When you consider the whole package, it is actually an amazing deal!

        I love Chris Israel’s food and from the photos just posted on facebook, the place looks stunningly handsome. I know I am assured a good time, with generous portions and pouring. I will certainly report back.

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        1. re: heather_ette

          Did anyone go to Gruner this past weekend?