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[EAST] Pre PAX East 2012 Dinner - ORDERS IN!

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  • tvethiopiatvethiopia Registered User regular
    Creamsteak wrote:
    Personally, in large groups I find doing whatever makes the restaurants life easier is highly effective at making my life easier. This is one of the many obvious lessons I learned from working in a restaurant. Preparing 75 pre-planned entres and sides is trivially easy. Preparing 75 seperate meals unprepared is chaos and will highly increase the odds that the people will take longer to be served and that the kitchen will be overwhelmed. Overwhelmed kitchen => overwhelmed waitstaff => unsatisfied customers.

    I went in on Fish & Chips personally.

    this is precisely why i am waiting for a little extra cash to buy some prepaid tickets rather than just snagging free ones now.

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  • zerzhulzerzhul Old General Registered User, Super Moderator, Moderator, SolidSaints Zerzhul mod
    tvethiopia wrote:
    Creamsteak wrote:
    Personally, in large groups I find doing whatever makes the restaurants life easier is highly effective at making my life easier. This is one of the many obvious lessons I learned from working in a restaurant. Preparing 75 pre-planned entres and sides is trivially easy. Preparing 75 seperate meals unprepared is chaos and will highly increase the odds that the people will take longer to be served and that the kitchen will be overwhelmed. Overwhelmed kitchen => overwhelmed waitstaff => unsatisfied customers.

    I went in on Fish & Chips personally.

    this is precisely why i am waiting for a little extra cash to buy some prepaid tickets rather than just snagging free ones now.

    I'm in agreement with this. I honestly don't think there should be a "freestyle" option at all unless there is some sort of extreme circumstance. Seeing it in the lead is confirming my suspicion that the option could cause problems.

  • MxWoodMxWood Registered User regular
    zerzhul wrote:
    tvethiopia wrote:
    Creamsteak wrote:
    Personally, in large groups I find doing whatever makes the restaurants life easier is highly effective at making my life easier. This is one of the many obvious lessons I learned from working in a restaurant. Preparing 75 pre-planned entres and sides is trivially easy. Preparing 75 seperate meals unprepared is chaos and will highly increase the odds that the people will take longer to be served and that the kitchen will be overwhelmed. Overwhelmed kitchen => overwhelmed waitstaff => unsatisfied customers.

    I went in on Fish & Chips personally.

    this is precisely why i am waiting for a little extra cash to buy some prepaid tickets rather than just snagging free ones now.

    I'm in agreement with this. I honestly don't think there should be a "freestyle" option at all unless there is some sort of extreme circumstance. Seeing it in the lead is confirming my suspicion that the option could cause problems.

    I think its a good thing to have, I do think it should be limited though, I mean if 75 people all buy it, thats bad but only because its going to make the dinner a bit longer and more hectic, I can understand why people don't want to pay 24 dollars though for a 10 dollar item. I find the choices can be bad because they'll limit people to things they might not like/want

  • Susan69Susan69 Registered User regular
    This is a restaurant, I'd guess that if they didn't think they could handle 75 people potentially all ordering whatever they wanted off of the menu, then they wouldn't allow the freestyle option. I agree with MXwood in that the worst that could happen is just that the food takes a bit longer to come out. And we already know not everyone is getting a freestyle ticket.

  • acumen101acumen101 Registered User regular
    RE @zerzhul 's concern, I did get the okay from the restaurant to have people of our group order as they want, outside of the ticket they bought, but it will be on their own tab. Despite it being in the lead, it is less than a third of all tickets purchased.

    RE @creamsteak 's concern, I am closing ticket sales 10 days before the event, so I can call the restaurant and tell them what to expect and why 5 pm is a rolling start time and not everyone is expected at once (the MMT will be showing up a bit after 5).

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  • CreamsteakCreamsteak Registered User regular
    The other bit to think about is if everyone suddenly wants to close their tabs out @7, things may get a bit hectic. It's a little easier if you pay with cash instead of a card, so maybe some people will want to take that into consideration.

  • KellyShepard087KellyShepard087 Registered User regular
    Creamsteak wrote:
    Personally, in large groups I find doing whatever makes the restaurants life easier is highly effective at making my life easier. This is one of the many obvious lessons I learned from working in a restaurant. Preparing 75 pre-planned entres and sides is trivially easy. Preparing 75 seperate meals unprepared is chaos and will highly increase the odds that the people will take longer to be served and that the kitchen will be overwhelmed. Overwhelmed kitchen => overwhelmed waitstaff => unsatisfied customers.

    I went in on Fish & Chips personally.
    I amm of the same mind. I work at the Opeyland hotel here in nashville and our restaurant doesn't have a pre-set/pre-sale dinner option so we constantly get parties of 20+ wanting to order off limited or full menu. So much heticness!

    Also, yay! More for Team Fish 'N chips!

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  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    "MxWood wrote:
    I might pass the cheeseburger off to a friend and then join Team Get Whatever I Want.

    I believe you meant, "Team Get Whatever the Hell I Want, Bitches!" [Edit: LIKE OYSTERS]

    But seriously, here's a crazy idea: the restaurant menu is posted online, yes? How giving the freestylers a way to pick what they want ordered off the menu ahead of time? Maybe have folks PM you before the close date, or even give them a number that the restaurant can attach to their order.

    Even if only some attendees do that, it would still help the restaurant out a lot by decreasing the ad-hoc orders that night.

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  • MathrymMathrym Registered User regular
    "MxWood wrote:
    I might pass the cheeseburger off to a friend and then join Team Get Whatever I Want.

    I believe you meant, "Team Get Whatever the Hell I Want, Bitches!"

    But seriously, here's a crazy idea: the restaurant menu is posted online, yes? How giving the freestylers a way to pick what they want ordered off the menu ahead of time? Maybe have folks PM you before the close date, or even give them a number that the restaurant can attach to their order.

    Even if only some attendees do that, it would still help the restaurant out a lot by decreasing the ad-hoc orders that night.

    I can't see why the restaurant would disagree with this since it would make their lives easier that night. Like I mentionned to Lex before, I like her Oyster idea and would join in the "Assault of mount Oyster" campaign.

    Anybody else?

  • acumen101acumen101 Registered User regular
    I will call the restaurant about that and see if that's something they can handle. Also, it further validates the people who got the free style ticket. I doubt that anyone on here would not take this dinner seriously, relatively speaking, but better to be safer than sorry.

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  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    #Team Oyster for the Massachusetts Win!!

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  • acumen101acumen101 Registered User regular
    Oh yeah, 4 tickets left!

    I can see if I can get more space if need be, though.

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  • gigabraingigabrain Some guy...yknow Registered User regular
    Thats it...I'm starting a Team Clam Chowder to compete with Team Oyster.

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  • MxWoodMxWood Registered User regular
    "MxWood wrote:
    I might pass the cheeseburger off to a friend and then join Team Get Whatever I Want.

    I believe you meant, "Team Get Whatever the Hell I Want, Bitches!" [Edit: LIKE OYSTERS]

    I believe you meant scallops wrapped in bacon.
    Maybe I'll try an oyster... It would be new.

  • Captain Spaulding IICaptain Spaulding II [E] Marlborough, MARegistered User regular
    Wow, looks like I caught it just in time this morning. Looking forward to representing Team Fish and Chips with pride!

  • mentok1982mentok1982 I could never leave you PAX baby. BaltimoreRegistered User regular
    acumen101 wrote:
    Oh yeah, 4 tickets left!

    I can see if I can get more space if need be, though.

    I need at least one and possibly 4 tickets, so I think we will need more space for sure.

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  • acumen101acumen101 Registered User regular
    mentok1982 wrote:
    acumen101 wrote:
    Oh yeah, 4 tickets left!

    I can see if I can get more space if need be, though.

    I need at least one and possibly 4 tickets, so I think we will need more space for sure.

    As soon as you get a firm number, PM me with the details

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  • LexiconGrrlLexiconGrrl Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    gigabrain wrote:
    Thats it...I'm starting a Team Clam Chowder to compete with Team Oyster.

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    CHOWDAAAAAAAH!!!

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  • KellyShepard087KellyShepard087 Registered User regular
    Wow, looks like I caught it just in time this morning. Looking forward to representing Team Fish and Chips with pride!
    Yay more Fish 'N Chips peeps!!
    (m)

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  • peetsnackpeetsnack Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I am about 90% positive I just snagged the last ticket. I hope that you didnt already increase the limit.

    Edit: oop. also fish and chip.

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  • squeakyboysqueakyboy Registered User
    I am definitely interested in going if more tickets open up.

  • KellyShepard087KellyShepard087 Registered User regular
    We should have a runny tally of the teams and counts somewhere...That would be epically awesome.

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  • klokateer9047klokateer9047 Registered User
    NOOOOOOOOOOO

    Damn it. Next year for sure.

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  • acumen101acumen101 Registered User regular
    I'm going to call the restaurant today/tomorrow to see about getting another 25 seats, so stay tuned!

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  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    acumen101 wrote:
    I'm going to call the restaurant today/tomorrow to see about getting another 25 seats, so stay tuned!

    Holy @#$%@#$ I had no idea these would go so fast. I'm going to order as soon as more are made available and I'll just have to best guess for the fiance.

    Yeah I know it sounds silly but we don't live on the same clock at all. This seemed like something we could put away for a bit later so...

  • ButterySaltButterySalt Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    I need 2 tickets -- I dropped off the forums for a couple days and missed it.

    Edit -- I may need 4 tickets -- reaching out to people today.

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  • klokateer9047klokateer9047 Registered User
    acumen101 wrote:
    I'm going to call the restaurant today/tomorrow to see about getting another 25 seats, so stay tuned!

    Me and my friends will be forever indebted to you!

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  • acumen101acumen101 Registered User regular
    So...yeah. I just increased capacity...BY ANOTHER 25!

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  • LokialeLokiale Registered User
    acumen101 wrote:
    So...yeah. I just increased capacity...BY ANOTHER 25!

    *cheers!*

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  • jdixon1972jdixon1972 Registered User regular
    OMG, OMG, OMG!!!! (OK, i've been watching to much gossip girl.) Thank you for adding the extra capacity. I thought I was going to miss out this year. I don't remember last year selling out that quickly! Guess our event is going to get more popular every year!

  • nataliepinataliepi Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    acumen101 wrote:
    So...yeah. I just increased capacity...BY ANOTHER 25!

    THANK YOU!

    I saw that they were sold out and almost had a panic attack. :P Team Freestyle, anyone?

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  • Sentient6Sentient6 Registered User regular
    Just snagged a ticket. Majorly looking forward to it, and hoping to be just a little less awkward than last year.

  • MxWoodMxWood Registered User regular
    Sentient6 wrote:
    Just snagged a ticket. Majorly looking forward to it, and hoping to be just a little less awkward than last year.

    Yeah I said like 5 words last year during the dinner... =\

  • nataliepinataliepi Registered User regular
    Sentient6 wrote:
    Just snagged a ticket. Majorly looking forward to it, and hoping to be just a little less awkward than last year.

    It was not that awkward!

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  • tvethiopiatvethiopia Registered User regular
    well, i've abandoned my concerns about sticking with the preset options. just picked up a couple of free style tickets to make sure i don't miss my chance waiting for my next paycheck!

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  • FrugusFrugus Podcaster Registered User regular
    Woot, I got me some tickets! I will now mingle with all of ye.

  • willowtasticwillowtastic Registered User regular
    Just picked up three frestyle tickets. I was going to go with the preset options, but I don't want to miss out because I'm waiting for money to come through. Looking forward to it!

  • MoociferMoocifer Artsy Broad Registered User regular
    I'm officially going! And I'm dragging my boyfriend and two friends along too. I snagged free tickets to make sure we could all get seats. Woo!

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  • redfield85redfield85 Registered User regular
    FISH & CHIPS REPRESENTTTTTT!

    Can't wait. My own people are seemingly bailing on me, so it will be another year of PAX: The Year of the Redfield. Bar crawl is near this, right?

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  • klokateer9047klokateer9047 Registered User
    edited January 2012
    Oh god. I want to get 4 freestyle tickets for me and my group but I wouldn't want anyone to miss out just in case :(

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