ChristopherSK wrote:Brian, philly byob's are also extremely laid back so you could arrive in a batman costume and you would receive nothing but smiles. (Just don't wear a Dallas Cowboy shirt or accoutrement....) As Jonathan and I and others recently dined at Will, I am confident that they could find a way to accommodate a group of us, and to make it easier on them, they might create a multi-course dinner around wine choices. However, I must give a "second" to Jonathan's suggestion of Laurel as I would really enjoy dining there. Does anyone on the board have good relations with Laurel's management to see if they would be willing to host what could very well end up being 8 to 14 people on a Friday evening?
Fortunately, as I am semi retired, enjoy research, I have dug a bit deeper and we might have a locale and theme, that works quite well. This proposal is based on a few nice conversations I just had with Brian, and the restaurant. I asked Laurel about dress code, and conveyed that a few of would be in casual attire. She said that many people are business casual, but that there is no dress code and they would be thrilled to have us. They can accomodate a group up to 8 people but not larger. This would be an outside table. There is no awning so there is no cover in case of rain. If that should occur they would reschedule or cancel with no repercussions. As there is not much rain in Sept. I don't think that's a very big risk. As weather forecasts are usually pretty acurate we could simply pick an alternate place if rain look likely a few days out. Personally I think maxing out the group at 8 folks is not a bad idea anyway. With that number it's easier to keep track of what you have sampled, easier to talk with most of the people, and leaves enough wine for a decent pour and enough in the bottle to possibly revisit it. Brian also maxing at 8 isn't a bad idea. If anyone wants to go bigger we could choose another location or see if they could do a table of 4 inside to supplement our group. The meal is a 7 course meal for $!05 + tax and tip. The seating would be at 7pm and they dont need to have another seating after us. They go home at midnight so they can pace the meal to our wishes.
Next up for theme, I have communicated with Brian and Chris a bit on this to try for some consensus. If anyone else wants to chime in please do. As I kind of suspected Brian has mostly new world, and Chris leans toward old world. I thought a fun theme might be sort of a juxtaposition. Considering a few different palates, I think that a Cal Bordeaux blend vs French Bordeaux blend shootout would be a blast. When Brian and I spoke, we thought either single blind or ideally double blind would be fun and very educational. I If we did do double blind,to avoid anyone knowing most of the wines each of could simply lay their claim to either bringing a French or a Cali and only know their own pick brown bagging before arrival. If others like it might be fun to do a $50 US sparkling wine vs Champagne blind flight to start out. If anyone likes this sub theme, I think choosing this pricing is the most fair way, since most tete du cuvees would have an unfair edge. If others like the first theme only great. If folks want to both great. I am bringing 2 btls, and will bring a bubbly either way. If we do a champagne flight blind I could provide both or do 1 bubbly and 1 red probably old world.
Sorry this is long. Alot to cover. If folks like the theme and restaurant great' lets run with it, if not chime in. Chris, Myself, and Brian are all good with restaurant and Brian likes theme and serving blind. What say others ??