Keeping the tradition going, we’ll have our usual Friday night BYOB kick-off dinner. This year, we are making some important and key changes, so please be sure you read below.
First, we are adding a special glass, etched and made especially for Friday, to be handed out when you arrive to the restaurant. You can then be assured of a terrific stem for your wines. We want to thank Neudesic and Mark Jones for supplying the custom glass for the night. We will ask each dinner attendee to donate $10 in exchange for the glass, with this $10 being donated directly to Laura’s House. With an expected group size of about $80 guests for the dinner, we will raise another $800 for the charity. The $10 is factored into the total cost, which I explain below.
Next, we will be moving the dinner to Sol Agave in San Juan Capistrano. For those of you who attended Falltacular in past years, you remember the Best Western off the 5 Freeway. Well, Sol Agave is 2 mins from there, just up Rancho Viejo Road that runs alongside the 5. Like Falltacular, Sol Agave started small a few years ago, with just 8 tables and a plan to use their orginal location as a place to help create food and staging for their food trucks, and earn a little money through the seated format to pay the building rent. What they found was when people discovered their food quality and elevated cuisine, they blew up in popularity, which led them to expand across the parking lot into what is a 300+ capacity restaurant. Jill and I know the food, it is excellent and the space is big enough for the 80 of us. We look forward to them being our partner for this year, and know you will find it as good as we do. We will need to increase the cost to $60 per person this year to cover the change of venue, and when added with the $10 for the glass, the total per person is now $70. I recogniz this is an increase from 2017, and I respect and appreciate your understanding.
Finally, I have made the decision to avoid the chaos this year of trying to collect cash from all of you at evening’s end to close the Friday dinner check. Instead, I am asking everyone that attends (and that means the wait list is now confirmed as in) to pay me in advance. You can pay me the $70 per person in one of two ways:
PayPal me the funds to my account, which is firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail me a paper check made payable to Frank Murray III, $70 total per person to the following address:
Dr Jill Murray c/o Friday Dinner
28281 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 225
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
I will keep track of the funds I receive and note that to the Event file for those who want to confirm I received their funds. NOTE–none of this $70 is for my profit. $60 pays for the meal, the other $10 goes to Laura’s House directly, with a single donation from me once the weekend is over.
There will be no corkage so you can BYOB and as many bottles as you like. This is a core tradition of the dinner.
Location–Sol Agave Restaurant @ 31111 Rancho Viejo Rd, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Questions? Let me know. Again, pre-aid attendance is required. If you change your mind at this stage, I understand and you simply don’t need to send any funds.