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LA Hound Potluck get together, before the next holiday ? anyone down ?

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  • kevin Dec 3, 2013 03:16 PM
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Just sayin' as the proverbial phrase goes.

  1. Yes!

    1. My vote would be in the doldrums of Jan, when it is not so crazy… but I would try my best to be involved!

      1. sounds fun...i agree january a lot easier...for me, lunchtime a lot easier too

        1. Yes, January would be better.

          No worries if not.

          Too bad we don't have a decent coordinator to possibly set something up.

          I think a few years ago there was one held at or near Motor and National at a space over there.

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          1. re: kevin

            It's been a little more than a few years since the Chow Fiesta.....
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/56828

          2. Absofuckinlutely! But with calendars so clogged with the intrusion of the holidays, I think January makes good sense.

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            1. re: Wayno

              2 birds with one stone: C&Ts!

            2. any by potluck i assume you mean shunji? or just pot and luck?

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              1. re: jessejames

                shit, if you all want to meet at Shunji's so be it, but...

              2. Could we have it at the Clifton's Cafeteria reopening?

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                1. re: wienermobile

                  conveniently located by skidrow...but gotta say im intrigued by that spot!

                  1. re: jessejames

                    That's not skid row…it's Broadway...

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Yeah, if you mean Clifton on Broadway, it's darn near close, or rather cheek to jowl with the Broadway theaters but at least more than a few blocks from skid row.

                      1. re: wienermobile

                        well, closer to skid row than where i sit ... thanks for the clarification!

                  2. That would be fun!

                    1. We're going to ask someone to step up and take lead on this get-together. Kevin?

                      We have guidelines for chowdown organizers, and would like everyone to have a look.

                      http://www.chow.com/faq#chowdowns

                      Please set a time & place and post the orgainzer's email. Thanks!

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                      1. re: The Chowhound Team

                        Good call, Chowhound. Make this happen, Kevin!

                        1. re: The Chowhound Team

                          it seems like there would be a lot of work to set up this sucker.

                          1. re: kevin

                            for shunji!

                        2. I would love to contribute to a potluck depending on my work schedule.

                          1. I'd love a Potluck or other get together! :)

                            1. Anyone willing to step up to the plate and set this shindig up ?

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                              1. re: kevin

                                Didn't you already volunteer by being the OP? Just sayin'...

                                1. re: JAB

                                  And he was nominated by the CH peeps :)

                                  1. re: chrishei

                                    I'm sayin'

                                    1. re: chrishei

                                      Chris & Jabs, you really want me to set this thing up ????

                                      In which case, we'd be in some serious trouble.

                                      1. re: kevin

                                        I believe in you.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Just as a logical tiny first step, kevin what say you put an email address up on your profile page...

                                          1. re: Servorg

                                            ok will do.

                                          2. re: kevin

                                            I'll eat you under the table. Challenge issued!

                                            1. re: JAB

                                              No electric bull?

                                    2. Are we talking pot luck or invading a Los Angeles eatery?

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                                      1. re: Master

                                        Yeah I'm all aces in the eating dept. Cooking not so much. Someone's gotta bring drinks and smokes....

                                        1. re: jessejames

                                          I volunteer Porthos to bring wine. ;>)

                                          1. re: JAB

                                            I would too.

                                            But he'd probably have to charge us $150 a piece minimum just to break even.

                                            Having said that. Bring on Thr 61 cheval Blanc by the truckload.

                                      2. I'm up to here in potlucks right now; with a spouse gone veggie on me, it's my one excuse for doing those favorite winter Big Fat Casserole things, including a cassoulet in progress as we speak. But if we could make it January I'll promise a Choucroute Garni …

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                                        1. re: Will Owen

                                          Wow, I made one once for a potluck. It kept sucking up gin. Delicious!

                                        2. Already by consensus,

                                          January it is.

                                          1. May Chowhounders in training attend, too? Do we have to have a sponsor?

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                                            1. re: Kalivs

                                              Yes. Sponsors are definitely required.

                                              But thanks for inquiring.

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                uh oh

                                                1. re: Kalivs

                                                  No worries.

                                            2. Ok, I will devise an email soon so I won't receive too much junk mail and hate mail.

                                              Also, I think at this point:

                                              Sometime in January is the best date to work for.

                                              And I think usually these events work best as a potluck but we can also definitely meet at a restaurant instead and go to town.

                                              Just sayin'.

                                              And are you guys serious about the Stinking Rose ???? Or just messing around ?

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                                              1. re: kevin

                                                Only problem with a potluck is always finding the venue, and while we do get heat waves in January we can't schedule them, so picnics in a park or back yard are probably out. Anybody got a number for a cheap hall?

                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                  Didn't John Gonzalez generously offer his home for something like this fairly recently?

                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                    Yeah, I did. With about 1/15 the response that's gone on here. We live in Baldwin Hills Estates and have plenty of space, tables, chairs, etc.. Up to 30 is not a problem. Ciao Bob and I have some common friends so I'm sure he's heard that I'm not an axe-murderer.

                                                    My problem is that I couldn't do this in January. So I am game for joining in somewhere in January, and can volunteer to do something Feb or beyond.
                                                    Btw, there was a yahoo group called SCARF (Southern Cal Assoc of Radical Foodies) that I believe Russkar set up years back that was used for communicating and it's still alive.

                                                    1. re: john gonzales

                                                      Thanks John. Wow. I didn't even know Scarf was still alive either.

                                                      1. re: john gonzales

                                                        And Russkar is a true hound to the nth degree.

                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                          It's been awhile:

                                                          http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SC...

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            I met Russ through this board through this board and we had many a good time. That branched into a couple more good wino/foodie friends. I also belong to some wine groups that offline every couple of weeks. So I'm game to meet some new folks.

                                                          2. re: john gonzales

                                                            Lack of axe-murdering PROOF confirmed, though, rumors abound.

                                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                              The abounding rumors is definitely not a good sign.

                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                chianti and fava beans anyone

                                                        2. re: Will Owen

                                                          I don't know about a cheap hall.

                                                          And how much would cheap ?

                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                            Maybe we could get it catered by Ricky's Tacos; we all love Ricky!

                                                            1. re: VenusCafe

                                                              can you. Relieve that I have yet to make it to Ricky's Joint ??????????

                                                          2. re: Will Owen

                                                            Btw, does anyone happen to have a link to the previous incarnation of a Hound Get Together from 2003 ?

                                                            Thanks.

                                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                                              You can't rent La Casita del Arroyo for $100 an hour but need event insurance...

                                                            2. re: kevin

                                                              I like the idea of a restaurant.

                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                As the organizer, you should do a tasting and report back.

                                                              2. I have sent an email to Billingsley's. They have a good westside location, a parking lot, aren't killing it with business these days, and I think they have a full bar that can be the profit motivator. Will await their reply.

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                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                  They "had" a parking lot. Expo line has swallowed 90% of it. They've had to go to valet parking only.

                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                    ok. Thanks man. And are you hinting at the possibility that we can hold the potluck at the restaurant while making up for it with the full bar ?

                                                                    Thanks again for the leg work.

                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                      The Chow Fiesta was held in 2003 at the Karaoke bar Broadway 11 during their normal lull on Saturday mid afternoon. If I remember there was a fee for the room and the bar was open but mostly we had free reign. I did not set it up so I have no more details than that. It's memorable for me because it is the day I met my future wife.

                                                                      1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                        Wow.

                                                                        That's awesome. I never knew that. Congrats.

                                                                        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                                                                          And do you happen to know who set that one up ?

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            That was my first outing so I wasn't sure of who did the set up, I have a thought but not enough of a certainty to out them here.

                                                                        2. re: kevin

                                                                          Yes. This is perfect!

                                                                      2. If you guys want to head to Monterey Park I might be able to offer a full bar with kitchen access too, it'd probably have to be on a slower day when the bar is open but we could probably section off a part of the bar for ourselves as long as we buy alcohol.

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                                                                        1. re: Johnny L

                                                                          Let me send out my email shortly. So we can begin to coordinate the event and see who's down.

                                                                          And also I'm up for whatever the consensus is which I will be down for.

                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                            If you are up AND down, please count me in AND out, depending on the day in which we do or don't do it.

                                                                            1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                              OY!!!

                                                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                Yeah, I don't quite understand this statement by Bob.

                                                                                But I'm pretty sure he's not down for the potluck/restaurant chow meet , right ????

                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                  depending on the way each word is meant, up and down could mean the same thing.

                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                    I'd be up and down for it, if I am free, and if you pull it off. Sounds great!

                                                                                  2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                    My pea brain had to read that like five times and still I couldn't quite comprehend it.

                                                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                      will there be naked sushi?

                                                                                      can i volunteer again?

                                                                                      1. re: TonyC

                                                                                        Only if I get to be the naked Langer's platter.

                                                                                        Mr Taster

                                                                                        1. re: Mr Taster

                                                                                          Hold the tongue

                                                                                2. My email is on my profile, if you click on my name if I'm not mistaken.

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                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                    what about a potluck at a park?

                                                                                    1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                                                                      Perhaps. But do to the weather and other constraints, it just might not be a possibility.

                                                                                      But we will have to take a look at the consensus.

                                                                                    2. re: kevin

                                                                                      You're really making it happen! :-)

                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                        We'll see. I was hoping someone else would step up to the plate.

                                                                                        I just thought it was a nice idea, just saying.

                                                                                        But I didn't want to be the one to set it up.

                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                          Spoke to Vito tonight, they have a huge private room and would do it, would be a reasonable per person price ($30ish). We could have meatballs and martinis (and more).

                                                                                          1. re: yogachik

                                                                                            Sounds like a great idea. You know I like Vito's.

                                                                                            Depending on the consensus. I'm up for it.

                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                              Sounds promising, if we're passing on the potluck. Where is Vito's?

                                                                                              1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                Ocean Park Blvd. adjacent to the N side of the Santa Monica airport.

                                                                                              2. re: kevin

                                                                                                Sounds great!

                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                  I work near Vito's and our office have had many meals catered by them and we've had a few vendor dinners there. The food is pretty solid. My only caveat is that the restaurant service is just adequate. They are slow and waiters seem befuddled. Nothing bad but need to have some patience and a sense of humor.

                                                                                                  1. re: Jase

                                                                                                    That's where the martinis come into play. :)

                                                                                        2. You guys can email me your thoughts at my email posted under by screen name handle.

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                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                            Kevin, I set up the Chow Fiestas at the karaoke place years ago.

                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                              Count Zoe and Mme Zoe in for Vitos - great choice, olde worlde flavor but good food.

                                                                                              1. re: ZoeZ

                                                                                                Sweet. So far unofficially based on the number of concurrences it looks like it will be Vito's in Santa Monica.

                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                  I'd like to be in. Do we have a date yet?

                                                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                                                    Not yet. But due to popular demand, we are working towards January.

                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                      Hoping for a weeknight. I'm gone fri 1/17-sun 1/19.

                                                                                                      Vito's is open 7 nights for dinner. Could we look at Mon Jan 20, Tues Jan 21 or Mon Jan 27?

                                                                                                      Are we planning to order from Vitos menu and have a get-together or might they be willing to host a pot-lucky type thing?

                                                                                                      We probably should collect deposits, maybe $10 per person or so, to protect the place and the organizer.

                                                                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                                                                        i'd have Vito's make the food.
                                                                                                        no host bar.
                                                                                                        all three dates work for me.

                                                                                                        1. re: westsidegal

                                                                                                          I wouldn't be able to do SM on a weeknight coming from S OC.

                                                                                                        2. re: nosh

                                                                                                          They won't do a pot luck! Personally, I think a Sunday night is best, for those driving into the area.

                                                                                                          1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                            I'd go for a weekend too since I'm in OC, would love to make it and meet some LA area hounds.

                                                                                                            1. re: PHXeater

                                                                                                              If the restaurant will permit a Sunday dinner, I could see that.

                                                                                              2. sounds like fun-count me in

                                                                                                1. Has a date been selected. Globe-trotting Chowhound Delucacheesemonger will be in L.A. January 24th through the 27th. I'll ask him if he might be interested in coming if it happens to be that weekend.

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                                                                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                    I'd absolutely be in if Delucacheesemonger were able to grace us with his presence!

                                                                                                    1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                      I posted right above your post, or something.

                                                                                                    2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928960

                                                                                                      1. That would be fine with me to set it up towards the end of January if Dean and Deluca Cheeser would be there at that time.

                                                                                                        For now, since I'm pretty lazy and the most disorganized person not to mention lacking in the requisite intellect to set up one of these events. Yogachik had mentioned and discussed and others have agreed (maybe more than a half dozen hounds) in holding the event at Vito's which is a restaurant, so that would rule out a potluck and be around $30 bucks per person for some eats not including drinks, of course.

                                                                                                        Vito's is on Ocean Park in Santa Monica.

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                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                          And they'll do happy hour drink prices all night ($5ish a drink). I can't do that last weekend in January, but think a Sunday is the day to do it.

                                                                                                          Decide on a date, and I'll set it up.

                                                                                                          1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                            Are we talking Guido's?

                                                                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                                                                              Nosher, its Vito's on Ocean Park we're talking about.

                                                                                                              And sorry I missed out on impromptu SGV dumpling excursion.

                                                                                                        2. I'd love to come. It would be nice to pair the names with the "handles."

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                                                                                                          1. re: perk

                                                                                                            The "love handles"?

                                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                              Oh man. Yes. Too many "love handles" at this point in time.

                                                                                                          2. I would like to come too. As long as its not on a Friday.

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                                                                                                            1. re: Kalivs

                                                                                                              Thinking to fit most requests it will
                                                                                                              Be on a weekend either Satur or Sunday.

                                                                                                            2. I would definitely be interested, but it would have to be a weekend for me.

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                                                                                                              1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                Yep.

                                                                                                                That's why I'm thinking for most hounds the weekend would be much betta.

                                                                                                              2. Just bumping this as it is my civic duty.

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                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                  I think the "before the next Holiday" now means before Valentine's Day.

                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                    Do we have a date nailed down yet?

                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                      Not yet.

                                                                                                                      There's an incompetent organizer here: me.

                                                                                                                      But I think most likely towards the end of January.

                                                                                                                      Btw. Happy New Years everyone. :)

                                                                                                                      And drink copiously and responsibly.

                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                        Happy New Years Kevin!

                                                                                                                        I drove past Puro Sabor and El Criollo today. Have you ever been to either of these restaurants? I remember a few years back several hounds were rather enthusiastic about Puro Sabor. Are we definite about Vito's?

                                                                                                                        1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                          The concept of the meeting is fine, yet Vito's does not cut it.
                                                                                                                          Pizza is pizza, period!
                                                                                                                          And I don't eat Pizza.
                                                                                                                          Next.
                                                                                                                          Let's get a place that serves real food, in real time, and that is not heartburn heaven!

                                                                                                                          1. re: carter

                                                                                                                            Um, Vito's serves more than just pizza........ Seriously, the only real important factor is does the place we decide on have a bar?! Lets keep our priorities in order, shall we?

                                                                                                                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                              Hear, hear!

                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                Yes, it does have to have a bar.

                                                                                                                              2. re: carter

                                                                                                                                Vito doesn't serve pizza. We're talking about Vito on Ocean Park at 28th, not the pizza place.

                                                                                                                                What's important is a big private room that will do a buffet with good food, charge a reasonable amount per person, and has a full bar (with happy hour drink prices). If someone can produce that, which Vito has, go for it.

                                                                                                                            2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                              Hi Kevin-
                                                                                                                              I'd be happy to help in the planning. Maybe, I can find a free and realitively neutral location for a pot luck or, organize a yummy dim sum party..
                                                                                                                              LTM
                                                                                                                              Kitchenqueen

                                                                                                                              1. re: Kitchen Queen

                                                                                                                                Look, I hate to jump in, but this is going to go on forever. Kitchen Queen, if you want to take over some planning, then be a second opinion and help facilitate from there.

                                                                                                                                It is going to be very difficult to find a venue for a potluck. Needs to have a kitchen for warming stuff up or preparing or finishing or even cooling. And there is the mess.

                                                                                                                                There appear to be two possibilities for venues for a get-together well-established on this thread. Vito's is an Italian restaurant in W.L.A./Santa Monica that seems to have offered a buffet-type spread with good prices. O'Brien's, a bar-restaurant on Wilshire in Santa Monica, has offered their menu and venue. Or at least these are available.

                                                                                                                                Other decisions are day of the week and time.

                                                                                                                                So we can bat this around forever -- this will be post 130 -- or at some time some decisions need to be made. So it is time for a public vote. Vitos or O'Brien's. Sunday seems to be the preferred night of the week. Hounds should probably express preferences only if they are likely to come. Chow events I've attended or read about seem to have very generous participants, but there needs to be financial commitment or the sponsoring/planning hounds or the facilities may take a bath. It seems to me the latter stages of January is the earliest we can pull this together, probably February (I'm gone Feb 5-11). So should I start a voting thread for "Early 2014 Hound Meet-Up Meal" and are these the choices?

                                                                                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                  Please do. Sorry about the indecvieness.

                                                                                                                                  I always thought it was a great idea.

                                                                                                                                  But I didn't step up to the plate and you are right we can go in circles with this thread and not actually have it come to fruition.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                    You are right; time for decisionmaking. Need to keep in mind which Sunday is the Super Bowl; don't want to conflict with that.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                      Super Bowl Sunday, February 2 2014

                                                                                                                                    2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                      Sunday evenings would be difficult for those travelling a long distance who have an early Monday morning wake up.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                        JAB -- You wrote above that you couldn't do Santa Monica on a weeknight. No restaurant is going to give us a Friday or Saturday. The two places that seem to be realistic possibilities so far are Vito's or O'Brien's. (Which hounds have the contacts at either place?) I'm thinking maybe Sun Jan 26 or Feb 16?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                          I have contacts at O'Brien's. I will be out of town on Jan. 26, but here on Feb. 16 for sure.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                            I'm the one who can set up Vito - just tell me the date.
                                                                                                                                            I vote for Sunday Feb 9th or 16th, at like 5:30

                                                                                                                            3. I'm new but would love to come!

                                                                                                                              1. my vote is for Vito on Feb 16.
                                                                                                                                That just seems to work for many of us.
                                                                                                                                February is also a month that needs brightening!

                                                                                                                                1. Maybe early evening on a Sunday? That helps those who get up early Monday for work, and selfishly, me....who goes to work at 9 pm on Sunday nights. I'd like to be included, and would be happy with either venue. And happy to prepay whatever.....

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: perk

                                                                                                                                    Working at 9pm on Sundays ?????

                                                                                                                                    Really ?

                                                                                                                                    Damn. :(

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                      yea, i'm in radio.
                                                                                                                                      weird hours.

                                                                                                                                  2. Ok, we will look at sun, feb 16, at 5:30. Yogachik, please check with the restaurant about availability and price. Wayno, do the same with O'Briens. The rest of us, please reply below if you plan to attend and how many, and if you prefer one over the other.

                                                                                                                                    I will start. I am in for one. Either is ok.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                      Ok.

                                                                                                                                      Yogachik, thanks for all your help, let's go
                                                                                                                                      With the 530 start time on the 16th of February.

                                                                                                                                      And thanks Nosh for restarting the thread and getting us to move on this one.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                        I'm good for either one on Feb 16th at 5:30, party of one.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                          I will call Willie at O’Brien’s. I assume he’ll ask about the expected crowd, which is obviously uncertain at this point; but, I would speculate that, with friends and significant others being dragged along, we may have a turnout of 30 – 60 people (which is clearly a pretty broad range). If based on prior experience or a better crystal ball, others think I’m off, please let me know. I also assume we don’t expect him to close the place for our “private party,” but he’ll probably give us a section of the place to ourselves. Most importantly, I will ask what type of specials/discounts he’ll offer, but if anyone else has any suggestions for info to impart to him or questions to ask him, please let me know. [Their every-Sunday discount is a burger and a beer for $10 from 6 – 9:00 pm.] I will call him either tonight or tomorrow (before he starts dealing with the NFL Playoffs crowd in the bar). O’Brien’s has a pretty informative Facebook page if you want to learn more about their offerings and see plenty of pix.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                            fantastic, wayno.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                            Feb 16 works for me. Anywhere is fine. 1 person RSVP. YAY! Thanks guys! ;-)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                              Looking forward to meeting you.

                                                                                                                                          3. Yes, I'll be there.

                                                                                                                                            1. Feb 16 @ 5:30 sounds grreat to me

                                                                                                                                              1. Another Suggestion: Wine Expo in Santa Monica. $20 for 20 wines.

                                                                                                                                                I have not talked to them, but they have been very flexible in the past. They have offered their deal for me in the past : $20 for 20 tastes of wine... $26 after tax and tip.

                                                                                                                                                Their food is limited. I think they might let us bring in pot luck or in past years, they had gourmet hot trucks. We could figure out some alternative for non drinkers.

                                                                                                                                                I'm in for two ... 5:30 pm Sun Feb 16 whatever the location.

                                                                                                                                                1. Feb 16th 5.30 is good for Mme Zoe and me, ZoeZ

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ZoeZ

                                                                                                                                                    Well. It's settled the date is now Febr.16 at 530pm. Since about 7 or more hounds chimed in in concurrence.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                      Good work!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                        WOO HOO

                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ZoeZ

                                                                                                                                                      Zoe: it will be so lovely to see you ladies again. It has been a long time!! Happy New Year!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                        You guys met before ???? :)

                                                                                                                                                        Very cool.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                          Yes, several times, many years ago! Looking forward to meeting you, too, Kevin! Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                          Likewise! We have to keep the Scandavian contingent going-:)) In the meantime getting our fill of Scand.TV - Wallinger, Anika Bengzon etc. Look forward to seeing you.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ZoeZ

                                                                                                                                                            Swedes and Danes here!

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jessejames

                                                                                                                                                              Swedes, Danes and Norwegians here!

                                                                                                                                                      2. VenusCafe and MrBistro are signing up for Vito's
                                                                                                                                                        5:30 on Feb 16th.
                                                                                                                                                        Not certain that O'Brien's hamburgers and sports will be as accommodating.

                                                                                                                                                        1. I'm in for one. Will arrive at whatever location you all decide!

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: perk

                                                                                                                                                            Perk. That's the spirit.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Edited version: I sent a query to Mrs. O, suggesting that this had been described as a reasonable sort of place. She went to look online (as I had neglected to do) and declared it Very Expensive. I looked too, and concur. So maybe after the weather improves we can have another potluck in a park or something, and we'll see y'all then.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                              which place very expensive?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                Vito's. $16-$20 pasta is out of our comfort zone, and that's just the pasta. Mrs. O has also said that while she likes Italian okay it's not ever destination food for her; she'd rather spend that sort of money on great Chinese.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                  I generally agree.

                                                                                                                                                                  As someone who makes and cooks fresh pasta at home, which is an outrageously cheap and inexpensive thing to do, it's never seemed reasonable to me that an Italian restaurant can get away with charging $16 for a bowl of simply dressed fresh noodles when I can get a great bowl of equally well made, fresh noodles at a Chinese restaurant for $5.

                                                                                                                                                                  Mr Taster

                                                                                                                                                            2. For the record, I am down for either place.

                                                                                                                                                              However, my oldest son is playing in a club basketball league in the valley and his games are on Sundays, so I can't commit at this time.....but I will speak with his coach and see if I can get a heads up as to the game schedule on that day and get back to you.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                Using your kids to get out of buying me a drink. The shame.

                                                                                                                                                                Seriously, I remember those days and all of the things that I missed out on because of my kids activities and I wouldn't change a thing.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                  HAHAHAHA! You caught me!! Seriously, that drink is still good, even if I can't make this CH event.... We will just have to figure out another way & time to meet up. And I'm sure Kevin would love to join us....he still owes me another martini!

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, it is with much chagrin that I am at a time of life where I must defer my houndly proclivities to those of my sons, who have become serious athletes in record time. Although the cab duties of a parent will surely get old, the joy and pride of watching my boys enjoy and succeed in their chosen sport bring me endless satisfaction. Happy to hear you understand :)

                                                                                                                                                              2. It is beginning to look to me that a bar-restaurant venue like O'Brien's may be preferable to a restaurant like Vito's -- people can come and go as they please, we don't need to be as concerned about accurate numbers of attendees, and for some -- kevin -- the drinks seem as crucial as the food. While I recall mention of a buffet-type set-up at Vito's, this would still require more coordination and complication. So unless there is major and fairly quick dissent (my regrets, yogachik, and I invite your thoughts) I'm thinking O'Brien's on Main St. in Santa Monica on Sunday, Feb. 16. Wayno -- are they willing to extend happy hour for us? Assuming not, my proposal is we start at 5:00 to give more time for happy hour discounts and snacks. My suggestion is someone -- kevin? -- bring stick-on name tags that we can mark with our screenname and first name. Thus we have an informal meet and attach faces to monikers where people could drop in and linger as long as they like. And no big risk to a restaurant setting aside a lot of space and putting out a buffet and taking a bath if few partake, people are in charge of their own intake and checks (sharing food encouraged), and if anyone needs there are considerate 'hounds there to drive home those who party enthusiastically.

                                                                                                                                                                My plan would be to continue this thread and get people's feedback and opposition, if necessary, and hopefully have people indicate they are coming. Then, about two weeks before the event, I will start a new announcement thread to get real, timely commitments and numbers.

                                                                                                                                                                wayno, my email is on my chowhound profile page -- maybe we should connect.

                                                                                                                                                                O'Brien's men u is here: http://www.obriensonmain.com/menu.html

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                  Best proposal so far. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: maudies5

                                                                                                                                                                    Agree

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                    Here's what can happen at Vito, and I agree that it may be more formal than what we want:

                                                                                                                                                                    $38/person for Caesar Salad, choice of their Spaghetti della Casa (chopped shrimp in a pink sauce) or famous Spaghetti and meatballs (smaller version), choice of fish or chicken. Sit down (buffet takes too much space). Happy Hour drink prices ($6.95 martini/ $5.50 wine)

                                                                                                                                                                    They can do the 16th at 5:30 - people would have to paypal me in advance, then I'll pay the bill that night. This way, we have a headcount.

                                                                                                                                                                    I also like the idea of something more casual - so am open to O'Brien's plan.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                                                                                      yogachik --

                                                                                                                                                                      thank you for your efforts. Your contact with Vito's got this from a thought to a reality.

                                                                                                                                                                      But close to $40 pp plus tax and tip and not including drinks is an investment, even if it is a value. For this effort, I think a much lesser buy-in would greatly encourage turn-out.

                                                                                                                                                                      I invite you and other potential attendees to express your choices. But for me, I'd rather have a more informal get-together meeting where I could order a happy hour appetizer and maybe a burger or shepherd's pie and be in for $20 rather than deal with a sit-down meal for twice that.

                                                                                                                                                                      If others disagree, now is the time to post.

                                                                                                                                                                      I'm really glad you are open to attending the alternative plan. If we don't go for Vito's, I really apologize if going in another direction affects your relationship with them.

                                                                                                                                                                      Opinions?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                        38 includes tax and tip, fyi. I could ask for them to remove tables, but that becomes something else altogether.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: yogachik

                                                                                                                                                                          My main reason for going is to meet all of you. I've enjoyed reading all your posts so much!! So' my preference is to keep the price down, and not to actually sit down and eat (that feels like a pennance when we're having a good time mingling, to have to break for dinner!).
                                                                                                                                                                          I mean sitting is fine, but randomly, like at a cocktail party.
                                                                                                                                                                          So, my new vote is for O'Brian's. It fits the bill. We order individually, as we go. And, let's have the freedom to come late--leave early--easy peezy.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: yogachik

                                                                                                                                                                        I am going to speak to Willie today, at O'Brien's. I was flying and otherwise traveling most of yesterday. I suspect we'll just have free rein on the menu, which offers a variety of very good items - far from just burgers - that are made well and reasonably priced. So, there shouldn't be any minimum per person commitment. But I hope to verify all this. Since the NFL season will be over ('kept for maybe the meaningless Pro Bowl), we shouldn't be facing much competition for the space and our crowed will probably be very welcome.

                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                        What's the parking situation like for O'Brien's?

                                                                                                                                                                        It's really cute that you expect anything from Kevin.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                          O'Brien's has a tiny lot. Street parking on Wilshire is probably hit or miss. Probably okay on Arizona and then walk a block or so.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                            Confusion....isn't O'Brian's on Main St. North of Rose Ave. In Ocean Park not on Wilshire?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                              There's two locations.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                            Why would that be cute ????

                                                                                                                                                                            Ok. Folks.O'briens is also perfectly fine for more casual eats.

                                                                                                                                                                            I really liked Yogachiks suggestion and extensive legwork on Vito's on Ocean Park but O'briens on Wilahire in Santa Monica is perfectly fine too.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                              Let me just say that I'm duly impressed with how you've gotten your proverbial fence painted while remaining firmly ensconced on your perch at Tana's.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                What fence ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                  I oh so do like that phrase "firmly esconced".

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm in awe of his delegation skills.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jase

                                                                                                                                                                                      Delegating is active. He pulled it off passively.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's always better to have a self motivated proactive team than be a micro manager LOL!

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                  It's at Wilshire and 23rd. And I've never had a problem street parking. Esp on a Sunday. When it's free around there.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                  I can handle the stick on name tags.....and some markers.
                                                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to Staples today anyway....so I'll pick them up then. You're off the hook, Kevin.....

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: perk

                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok. Thanks.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                    SUNDAY Happy Hour Westside Suggestions
                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Wokcano Santa Monica - all day Sunday Happy Hour. They can give us a separate area. However, area is outdoors. If group is large enough(20 or more), they might give us back room open to patio.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Wine Expo Santa Monica. back Room of wine bar can accommodate up to 20. If we don't like the 20 wines for $20 deal, they will probably be flexible on other arrangements. Food menu is limited. Attraction is they might let us go with the original pot luck idea. But no warming facilities.

                                                                                                                                                                                    3. Michaels Restaurant Santa Monica. (Mon- Sat, not Sundays though). More formal location. Will put aside a separate area for us. I did a similar event here last week. In addition to the $5, $6 happy hour deals, there are $12 pizzas, etc. Good food. If the group is large enough (25 plus), they might give us the upstairs private room. There is normally a room charge, but we might cut a deal. Bar is dark, upstairs is brighter, with original art and a private bar and dedicated bar tender.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                      While the O'Brians menu is somewhat boring and, except for beer, not very diverse for hounds, the price is right, so we are on for either location.
                                                                                                                                                                                      O'Bs does have a full bar, right?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                                                                                                                                        O'Brien's does have a full bar, with a fine selection of whiskeys and beers. And I wouldn't really call the menu "boring;" pretty typical pub fare, but well done, but certainly not trying to push any creative envelopes. I will post separately about the brief convo I just had with Willy and more tomorrow after I speak with him more extensively.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The proverbial commitment needs to be set: ie where we are going, time etc and the biggie: prepay or pay at the door. Mindful of a doings ten years ago at an Indonesian restaurant where the organizers got stuck with people eating but not paying. Needs to be settled before the event somehow so that doesn't happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. What I'm trying to figure out is what happened to the fellow who offered his apparently spacious house back when we were talking potluck? And then as the thread wrapped its way down the road all of that seemed to be either ignored or forgotten … I've been back over it a few times and still can't see exactly where anyone said, "Thanks but let's do a restaurant," or anything of that sort.

                                                                                                                                                                                        And for the record, SCARF is not only alive, it's got a Facebook page for expediting such projects as this.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                          Gonzalez graciously offered up his home upthread always like prolly when the thread first got underway.

                                                                                                                                                                                          But he mentioned to
                                                                                                                                                                                          Do the restaurant thing and then maybe towards the early spring or late winter he might be we willing to offer his backyard for an actual potluck.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Though I don't want to put words in his mouth and I'm very sorry in case I do or did.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                            Gotcha, kevin. Trouble with this format is that answers to an ongoing conversation can show up 'way down-thread in the middle of another exchange, so it can be really hard to keep track.

                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, I think we'll stick around up here in Pasadena, Mrs. O playing with horsies etc., and let WildSwede be the Token Easterner. Or maybe one of them. O'Brien's grub looks delicious to me, but the vegetarian offerings are pretty sparse.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                                                                                                            Seems like the latest version is meeting at O'Brien's with no pre-pay commitment. This seems like the best bet without worrying about sticking someone with a bill. They have the space to handle various sizes.

                                                                                                                                                                                            That said, food sounds like it will be secondary to the social aspect. And there's nothing wrong with that.

                                                                                                                                                                                          3. Please make this happen before end of Jan as I am moving out of state come Feb 1. Want to hug/thank all you hounds for making my LA life the most delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: maiweezy

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'd like to meet as many hounds as possible and would be available any Sunday in January. I think they're set on Feb. 16 though :(

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Well....we now have name tags and sharpies! That's progress, right? And, just as an aside, I'm fine with O'Brien's. As others have said, we could debate it (that what hounds do, after all) forever.....but it's probably time to decide and nail it down.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. How about Pitfire pizza on Washington? You can order what you want, have some pizza, share some pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                it's not pricey, the food is good, and they have expansive seating. Reservations or permission isn't necessary.

                                                                                                                                                                                                How many people is this going to be?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodiemahoodie

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Re Pitfire: FYI, for another meetup, I have an "in" there and prolly could get deals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: buhhh

                                                                                                                                                                                                    you are not permitted to use chow hound in any way to get "deals."

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Aren't we asking for deals for bringing in a large party? I don't think buhhh was implying leveraging CH.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I asked whether we could get happy hour prices as one line of a post and the entire entry was deleted by the mods.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh, I see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I misunderstood your post earlier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I understand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Can we do another one of these when Clifton's reopened downtown?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: wienermobile

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sure. Why not ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. First, I send regrets that I cannot make it to this gathering. Kudos to all Hounds who are attending, for sharing the Chowhound Spirit!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Second, I'm not clear on the concept... It says "Potluck" in the original thread title, so I'm assuming everyone is bringing a different Chow-worthy dish to share with the group. (Someone brings Langer's pastrami, someone else contributes La Espanola paella, whatever...)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    But it seems more and more like if the gathering is gonna take place at Restaurant X, wouldn't the management at Restaurant X want everyone to only eat THEIR food?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Exactly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can you truly not make it ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Or just would rather remain anonymous ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Original idea was a potluck. Would be a great possibility in the future. But mechanics difficult -- need ovens/stoves/microwaves for finishing/warming dishes, space, serving/eating dishes/utensils/glasses, ice. Many want alcohol. Don't want anyone left with responsibility for clean-up. How many to cook for? Probably need a commercial kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Idea morphed into a meet-up at a restaurant. But menu and expense an issue. Plus timing -- attendees would have to be there at a set time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Current proposal going forward is the bar/restaurant. Social lubricant. Time and cost investment flexible and individual.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Like the Clifton's idea for the future. Another great future possibility -- Grand Central Market. Lots of space, lots of choices, I think some beer and wine offerings.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks. nosher. You're doing great in getting the ball also rolling on this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Now I'll step out of the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                            no way are you stepping aside, kevin. as the OP, you assume complete financial, legal, and practical responsibility for the success of the event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            don't step aside -- step up!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Grand Central presently closes a 6 PM, in future, depending on city approvals there will several new on and off sale places-think it was 7 apps. Presently there is one on sale and one off sale. The CUP's indicate 10 & 12 seats except for Horse Thief which has 100 plus (132 ?) Horse Thief is asking approval to stay open til 2. As part of the Grand Central package the theater at 3rd and Broadway will have bars, dancing, ect. Don't know when this will be finished.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: avar

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Bars. Dancing. And drinks ??????

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. OK, this is the website for the O'Brien's on Wilshire and 23rd in Santa Monica. Website menu seems incomplete -- no burgers listed, no happy hour listed. Sunday special of a burger and beer for $10 from 6-9, so something is off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://obriensla.com/Home.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Look, as I posted about a week ago, if we keep debating and suggesting different venues and formats and menus, it will go on forever. I agree the focus is meeting other hounds, socializing, and attaching faces to screennames. The more flexible in terms of time and price commitment, the better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          So I really think we are at the point of locking down O'Brien's, settling on Sun. Feb. 16 from about 5, and having as many as possible attend. If this works, everyone has fun, and neither the establishment or any of us get burned, then a dinner or potluck (probably need a commercial kitchen) would certainly be in the offing ion the future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wayno -- Have your contact update the menu and happy hour info on their website, please.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our fearless leader is supposed to have a list of e-mail addresses in order to coordinate this offline. Just sayin....

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I only have a few email addresses.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Anyhow, since now Nosher has been elected our leader, please email him at your leisure. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nope -- do NOT do that. And it is nosh, not nosher.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My role was facilitating a decision. I will be out of town the week before the event.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin, up to you, Wayno, and good hounds like perk who have stepped up to help.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think I just heard the wheels fall off the wagon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm still waiting on my homemade cafe Sua dua. Mr. NS1.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sorry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The name Nosher w the er at the end.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My bad and apologies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wait.... So you won't be able to make the event ??????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ok, so O'Brien's it is Sunday, Feb 16th at 5:00 pm? Right? If so, am in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PHXeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It sure looks like it at this point.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As you know, Kev, I'm out of town, but I did just get Willy (O'Brien's proprietor) on the phone, but only for a brief chat - we'll speak in more detail tomorrow. But he did confirm that the place is available for our group on Feb. 16. There also will be music there that night, which isn't a bad thing. I'm hoping/expecting this will be a non-prepay situation, where folks order what they want and maintain their own tabs, just as if it was a gathering of NY Giants fans during a football game (O'Brien's is the place where Giants fans meet to watch their shitty [this year] team). As someone above noted, this is more of a social gathering than a culinary event, but the menu presents pub food that's quite well done and with a sense of pride in the product. And a nice selection of beers and whiskeys. Hopefully, I'll be able to post more details tomorrow after I return to LA - such as whether those in our group will be getting some type of good deal or special menu items, and whether we'll have a section of the premises allocated to us; he asked me to call tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any other questions you want addressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kudos and thank you especially with you being out of town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I hope we're not put in a room. Too bad about live music-- so hard to talk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: buhhh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wouldn't think live music would start until mid-evening...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the work Wayno.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I guess. Now I owe you a drink too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I get back a couple days before. i plan to be there on sun feb 16. but i will not be able to take any responsibility or do any follow-up more than a week leading up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i'm very much looking forward to it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            i plan to start a new thread to give details, a website link to O'Briens, and start getting commitments and a head-count at the beginning of feb.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unless I missed it, no one has mentioned that February 17 is Presidents Day, the end of a 3-day weekend, and thus many attendees might not even have to go to work on Monday!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: carter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carter, you making it ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: carter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you, that's right!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Boo Hoo, I wanted to meet ipsedixit!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buhhh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Me too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: buhhh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is ipsedixit not coming? ;{

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Kate is always hungry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If he's not gonna be attending, then I ain't either. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kevin, you yourself started this thread, for Pete's sake!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  kevin, be circumspect. that kind of post can sink the whole thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A little joke. Come on guys. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. count me in for o'briens

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: yogacat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wait, so we have a yogachik and a yogacat?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I should be able to attend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just curious, has anyone "met" a 'hound only to find out that they already knew each other in real life? I generally keep various aspects of my life separate. Would be weird if someone I already knew (not from CH) showed up. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Dad??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That would be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Has that happened before ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Did you and chris know each other before ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Glad to have you attending The Offalo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now what's JL and apse's excuse ??? In solidarity with them I shouldn't show up either. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    kevin, you are just looking for any excuse to get out of this, aren't you? :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You were the one who spearheaded this initiative to begin with, remember?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you must know (and I don't think you have a right to know, but I will play nice and tell you anyways) - I cannot make it to this event because I will be unavailable at that time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nope. It's none of my business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was just messing with you. Giving you a hard time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My apologies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: J.L.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My apologies man. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sort of. I had someone doing some work at my house and we found out we already "knew" each other from a chowhound discussion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Didn't you already know Gonzalez too ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Slow down there Speedy, who is Gonzalez?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Johngonzales.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Interim update: Talked to Willy last night from the STL airport. He’s excited at the prospect of our gig being at O’Brien’s. He is fine with our group just proceeding ala carte – everyone keeps their own tab. No pre-orders or pre-pays required. He is going to email me what he can do in the way of discounts/specials for our group, and I’ll pass it along upon receipt. The music that he has booked for Sunday night is Irish music, and he says it should not be intrusive/overbearing. We can have the run of the place; we’ll not be restricted to a room (though we’re not buying it out for exclusive use either). I gave him the same speculative estimate about a head count that I posted here a few days ago: we – between hounds and significant others/friends who may get dragged along – may be a group of between 30 and 60. But maybe that’s a terrible guess. I guess it would be polite on our part if we can refine that somewhat for Willy’s benefit and, thus, I’m asking that those who plan to attend reply to this post to say that they are going and how many will be in their party (but declinations – i.e., “not going” – are not necessary).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kevin, any time you wanna get back involved, brutha, just say the word. Or meet me for a drink at Mastro’s, Montage or the Grill on the Alley, and we’ll plot further.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You did a much better job than I ever could have done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Agreed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mastros sounds great. That is if they'd let a lowlife like me in for a round.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          JAB +1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You know what sucks? There's no way to edit posts, as in to keep a running total of RSVP's. Perhaps someone could do it in a spreadsheet by monitoring this thread?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Is there a final date, Wayno? I missed that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              TIA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The consensus seemed to be Feb. 16 at 5:30, so that became the working assumption.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Let's create a new thread with all the details and then each person says Yes and No and then how many.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What does TIA mean ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks In Advance

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PLEASE EXCUSE THE CAPS (I KNOW IT'S OBNOXIOUS).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE CHOWHOUND MEETUP ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH AT O'BRIEN'S AT 5:30PM USE THIS LINK TO RSVP:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.evite.com/event/0049POPNCP...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PHXeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thx, PHX, for setting this up. This is even better than the new thread that Kev suggested.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      anything to help the cause :). A new thread with the link and info in the title wouldn't hurt either since this thread has gotten very, very long.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: PHXeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah. Just noticed this too. Thanks a bunch Phxer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        yeah, usually my ideas are terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        no joke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it looks like we are good to go everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Agreed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it looks like only two are going so far.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You and me buddy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Uh-oh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That's what I was afraid of.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Don't be scurd.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Give it some time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I need to decide if I'm bringing Mrs. Offalo or not before I RSVP.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Please do as Mrs. JAB is coming.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I forget. But is Mrs Offalo a hound too ? Or she could care less about our collective food fanaticism. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The latter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How does she feel about being known as Mrs. Offalo? That's kind of hard to, well, swallow.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My desiccated, brow beaten face just formed a half smile upon reading this. .)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's an offal thing to say...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: chrishei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              A laughed even harder at this one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              But Offalo. You may just be an offal person dragging your non hound wife to such an event. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chrishei

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chris, you gonna be on board for the festivities ??????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Maybe - probably 50/50 for now

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bob, you possibly attending ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Or is duty calling you to Shunjis ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No worries, of course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I do plan to go, drink some beer and meet some hounds. As for eating at O'Brien's...well, that's just not gonna happen.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fair enough.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What houndly eating spots are nearby?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Not that much. Rustic Canyon, Melisse..... And that's about it for the immediate environs. FIG is at Wilshire & Ocean. Water Grill is nearby.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JAB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tar & Roses too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It looks like a lot of these places don't open until about our meet up time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Gjelina & Superba Snack Bar are not to far away. Sweet Rose Creamery, Huckleberry and Milo and Olive are just blocks away

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes, I was thinking on Wilshire.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Pacific Dining Car and Milo and Olives are the closest joints nearby that can be construed as being houndly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yea, I forgot about M&O, mainly because I don't go there.... It's always crowded, small & not very comfortable seating. I like their bakery items, though they are overpriced, same for the sister store Huckleberry....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I completely agree with your sentiments on MandO and Huckleberry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              komodo venice is 0.1 miles south of O'Brien's if you're in the mood for a Cobb (Macaubb) salad & (miso) steak ($10; $11)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              235 Main Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Venice 90291

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: vickie2172

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Different O'Brien's. this gathering is at the one on Wilshire.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Ciao Bob

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            She probably feels the same as Mme Zoe being known as Mme Zoe-:)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Who wants to bet $5 that Kevin isn't going to show up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Will you show up to collect ????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As measly as $5 is, I wouldn't take that bet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. re: PHXeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now that the 16th has been selected, just heard that CALTRANS, sorry for the ALL CAPS treatments, but that is its name, not my selection of their name, will have all northbound lanes of the 405 closed for 80 hours over the Presidents Day weekend.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So while Valley people, like me, might be able to get there, we may have to stay until Tuesday to get home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But since I have an LA Philharmonic concert that day any way, there is no way I would be able to make it any way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://thesource.metro.net/2014/01/14...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I don't make this stuff up folks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: carter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AHHAHAHAHAHHA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The joys of living in Santa Monica.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ns1, you attending the Chow meet ?????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        nah

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1) generally speaking, i like my anonymity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2) santa monica is like an island surrounded by traffic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ok, no worries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ns1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Shoot, now I'm having second thoughts about attending myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Just wear a mask if you want to preserve your anonymity. But you gotta be there. O'Brien's does have pretty darn good fish and chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I will devour the fish and chips and a couple Macallen 12s to wash it down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: carter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        405 will be open northbound (at least until midnight?) but will be restricted in lanes. Can use Sepulveda -- may have to. Sunday eve before a Monday holiday day off -- how bad could it be? And you can sleep in the next morning.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Remember -- back when Carmegeddon happened, everyone was so scared off that traffic was fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yup, I think we should scare everyone away with carmageddon on a regular basis.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Can use Sepulveda -- may have to. Sunday eve before a Monday holiday day off -- how bad could it be?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I once used Sepulveda to try to avoid the 405 at like 10pm. Ended up stuck on Sepulveda for half an hour. So theoretically, it could be terrible.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You Rock, Wayne! Thank you for doing this! Wildswede will be there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I didn't do much, but try to do the RSVP thing on the eVite that PHXeater so prudently established (if you haven't already).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have published a new thread giving the details of the get-together and linking the evite here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931378

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Please link to the evite and rsvp when you are pretty sure you'll attend, so we know and can give the venue an estimate of numbers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              How many threads do we need?? Are we that lame? Phxeater already set one up....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                His thread is much more descriptive than mine though, and he's a better known LA hound, so nosh for the win! Will delete mine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: PHXeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But Phxer you stepped to the plate and created the Evite thing something of which your fearless leader would never have been able to accomplish.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: PHXeater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I really didn't mean to step on your toes, PHXeater. I apologize. I had posted upthread that I was going to create an announcement and rsvp thread near the end of the month, but events preceded me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was not offended in the slightest :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. sevrog, you attending, buddy ?????????

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or is it possibly going to be past your bedtime. ????? :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interesting how our most loquacious and otherwise frequent contributors have seriously avoided this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Indeed. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I complete understand them preserving their anonymity.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: VenusCafe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Like the plague..... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: VenusCafe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, maybe they're on the threads that branched off from this one and/or hopefully visited the eVite page and indicated that they are attending.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With all this hullabaloo, I'm pondering whether I should show up myself. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You fuckin' better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Wayno

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        With that kind of fuckin' vernacular, I'll feel right at home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          To be honest, I'm thinking we may have peaked too soon. The event is four weeks away, and recent activity on this thread is down and the thread I started for the event itself only has one response.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm glad we settled on O'Brien's. Even if there are just a few of us, we can get a drink or beer and/or burger or dish and meet and stay for an hour or the entire evening. I intend to be there. kevin, you need to be there -- no more jokes about backing off (it hurts momentum and attendance). Wayno will be there, I assume, because he arranged things with the venue. The hound bringing the name tags and sharpies hopefully will be there. I really hope we have a good turnout -- there are a lot of you I'd like to meet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll be out of town the week before, with very limited internet access, returning a couple days before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nosh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ok, Nosh.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think at least a solid 10 people will show up at the very least.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See you then, buddy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. I'm the hound bringing the name tags and sharpies. i will be there, and will make sure to get there early so we have them. I think there's some confusion about which links led to rsvps. The one that I used had at least a dozen people listed as coming.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: perk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks Perk.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It is much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: perk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I think the date on the 16th is good since we will have a couple weeks available to detox from the Super Bowl.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I believe it's just 1 week. Get detoxing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      [Edit: Oops, it's 2 weeks. Don't mind me, I'm drunk.]

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TheOffalo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        S Bowl is Feb. 2nd I believe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: perk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The "other" link (which was just a truncated version of the correct link) should not actually work, so there shouldn't be multiple RSVP lists out there, fortunately. This is the link that works: http://www.evite.com/event/0049POPNCP....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Note that CH will truncate the *displayed* URL after the third "P" in the random alphanumeric string at the end. If you needed to copy the full URL, you can right-click (or Control-click on a Mac) the link and choose Copy Hyperlink (or similar).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Right now we're at 23 Yes and 9 Maybe, so already a decent response.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. The date and place has been picked, and an Evite link has been established.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you'd like to attend, please click through to the Evite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.evite.com/event/0049POPNCP...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At this point, we're going to lock this thread and ask all those attending to take further planning and logistics off line.