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Apr 19, 2012 05:12 PM

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100 courses??? with wine pairings at $295 per........ Alinea North has arrived.....

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  1. Highly ambitious. Yes. "Alinea North" I think not.

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    1. re: haggisdragon

      Not unless they're sending a commis and a dishwasher to do the cooking.

      1. re: haggisdragon

        As a way to sum it up I think it's useful shorthand to understand where this chef is coming from cuisine and technique wise, I don't think anyone is suggesting it as a quantitative comparison.

      2. Reminds me that a few short years ago, they were decried here as a scam that might not be cleanly. Kudos for trying a menu like this. Were it not already a splurge year to date, I would ante up. Anyone going?

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          1. re: haggisdragon

            Typically how long does it take for a response to see if you got into dinner?

            1. re: tdotz

              I believe this dinner is on May 6th. If you don't get a response (confirmation) by May 4th, you likely didn't make the cut.

                  1. re: Non Doctor

                    I'd love to go just to shoot. I don't think I could both shoot and eat >_<

              1. re: tdotz

                The first round of notifications has already gone out (friends got in, we didn't apply we're going to be out of town) there may still be more if there are declines from that list or cancellations.

                  1. re: bytepusher

                    For anyone that have gone to one of Charlie's dinners, how does the payment and gratitude work? Would the recommended donation include everything? Would we pay by cash only or do credit cards work? Thanks!

                    1. re: tdotz

                      Payment includes gratuity and cash-only was how I did it last time.

            2. It sounds like some of you are excited about this dinner. I thought dinner at Atelier sucked, big time. My suggestion is before dropping the cash is to read some reviews. I can't imagine anything more painful than sitting through, my guess is, 5 hours of bad food.

              1. Sorry guys, but I have to ask: how douche-y are the CB events?

                Listen, there's no question that the idea of a pop-up/guerrilla type restaurant is great, but given the exclusivity of the thing (both by email invitation only and likely prohibitively expensive for most), I'd imagine the crowd it attracts would tend to be "rarefied", which makes me question whether or not it ends up being a good time at all.

                Apologies in advance for the judgmental tone.

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                1. re: biggreenmatt

                  I like the concept - the rarity of the event is part of what makes it fun. Yes, it's expensive, but if it's your kind of thing, you find a way (I spent $900 for dinner for two at Alinea last year, and that experience - the food and the service - was worth it; and yes, I ate pb&j sandwiches for a month after that!). That being said, not everyone wants to spend that much money on dinner, which is cool.

                  Also, some people don't like or get the whole moderist cuisine movement - which is fine - and at times I'm sure the techniques can get in the way. Ultimately, to me, it's about how the food tastes, more than anything else.

                  As for going, anyone can be on the email list (you just go to the website and submit your email address), and ostensibly each meal is filled on a 50% first come first serve basis and a 50% random draw for spots, which is pretty egalitarian in the grand scheme.

                  Obviously you wouldn't go if the meal doesn't interest you (and the invitations for each dinner include the menu so you know what you're getting into). Yes, sadly, these kinds of events are fraught with the potential of douche-iness (but, really, no more so than going to any restaurant west of Spadina on a Friday or Saturday night). Luckily, though, not everyone who wants to spend $295 on one meal is a douche. And if you go with someone whose company you can stand for five hours - someone who can hold their alcohol (there's lots of wine), someone who has more than a passing interest in food, and someone who's going to make a good time better - a good time will be had.

                  The last CB dinner I went to was great (Matt Blondin was the chef for the night, and it was a great night). I'm looking forward to this meal - I love the ambitiousness of the menu (Marc Lepine, having recently won the 2012 Canadian Culinary Championships, clearly can cook). There's no expectation that we'll be served 100 homeruns (that's just not reasonable); but even if the ball's kept in play for the whole evening, it'll be a successful night. And you have to appreciate that the chefs for this meal are swinging hard for the fences.

                  And really, will there ever be another meal where you'll eat 100 courses at one sitting?

                  1. re: 2 cents

                    Well said 2 Cents. Also, if you do end up beside some douche then you at least get a great 'one time I ate 100 courses with this total douche' story.

                  2. re: biggreenmatt

                    They're not douche-y at all. If anything, they're attentded by people who are excited about food and the opportunity to do something different for dinner. It's not about being seen or being part of a scene.

                    1. re: eller

                      Fascinating. I would've thought otherwise. Welp, that's prejudice for you.

                  3. Can someone post the invite? I would like to see the menu...

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                      1. re: haggisdragon

                        Beaver flapper Chicharron -- I'm sure there's a joke in there somewhere.

                          1. re: disgusti

                            I can email some to you if you like.