<b>Sign in for the the PPD will start at 5:30. Dinner starts at 6:00!</b>
We will be checking names. If you have purchased a ticket from someone, please PM Saldek or TOGSolid so that we can update the guest list.
<B><U>How do I get to Barca's?</u></b>
Barca's in on 11th, between Pike and Pine. It's an easy 10-15 minute walk from the Convention Center.
Barca Bar and Lounge
- Google Maps location
A couple buses also run from the area to within a block of Barca's. Check the google map link for more detailed times and bus numbers.
A couple people were talking about splitting cab fares- check near the end of the thread for more info about that.
Ladies and gentlemen, ready your wallets!
2012's PPD will be at the same Bat Time, same Bat Station as last year:
- Barca Bar and Lounge
- Google Maps location
- Thursday, August 30th 6:00 - 8:00PM
: $24.59 For full buffet access! We inquired about doing the meal pre-order like last year, but the caterer's initial prices were already discounted for full buffet service and we'd only end up saving maybe a dollar or so. That's a lotta extra work for not a whole lot less off so have fun going back for seconds and trying whatever you want!
GIVE US YOUR MONEY
There are 120 tickets so get yours now!
THE BUFFET MENU
Prosciutto Stuffed Pork Chops - Boneless pork chops stuffed with Prosciutto and Provolone. Topped with seared mushrooms and Marsala reduction.
Orange and Bourbon Chicken - Fire grilled chicken topped with buttery bourbon whiskey and orange reduction.
Italian Polenta Cakes - Polenta topped with marinara sauce, julienne strips of fire roasted Portobella mushrooms, feta crumbles and blanched spinach.
Honey Balsamic Salad - Fresh garden greens blended with tomatoes, English cucumber, spring onions and feta cheese. Served with Balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Buttermilk & Garlic Mashed Potatoes - New crop baby red potatoes are mashed with fresh garlic, buttermilk and cream.
Basket o' Bread - It's bread. I guess you can butter it or something.
--Good news for those who have been asking about gluten-free: Both meat dishes are gluten-free!
--There will be a bartender on the mezzanine
so we don't have to go downstairs to get drinks! Soda and water will be provided free
--Also, for those interested, Barca's Happy Hour runs from 5-7pm: $4 wells and $1 off draft beers
The mezzanine is reserved for us, however there will be seating available on the main level, too.
The food will most likely be set up upstairs; I'll update once Barca's and the caterer have finalized that.
A lot of locations were scouted by some awesome PAers and it came down to two selections. I ultimately decided on Barca because the choice was to either make it all ages and have it be pricey, or risk it being 21+ and keeping it affordable with better food choices. Either choice kinda hoses people but since ultimately the dinner tends to attract mostly 21+ people anyway, I figured that keeping it cheap with better food would be the better idea.
The good news for anyone that went to the dinner last year is that Barca has had ventilation installed since we were last there!
We will not be needing volunteers! Just show up, stuff your face, and start drinking!
Does the dinner conflict with the Triwizard Drinking Tournament?
Nope! The dinner is specifically arranged to not conflict with the crawl. It's also setup to happen in the same area as the crawl so that it's just a short walk to your starting bar.
A lot of people who do the Triwizard come to the dinner also so that we can all get a meal in before we all get shit-housed. This is a great time to meet and greet some of your fellow house members while you're still sober! If I remember correctly, Barca was a starting bar last year so some people didn't even have to leave their seats
There are a few people interested in getting a group together to walk over from the hotels (starting from the Hyatt, I believe). If a meet-up time is decided on, I'll post it here. It's about a 15 minute walk on Pine to 11th.
Don't feel like walking? The #10 and #11 buses will drop you off less than a block from Barca. (schedules will be available closer to the dinner, but both buses run fairly frequently).
Also thanks to @Beta_Angel
for answering my newbie questions!