Alright! Contracts are all in place and everything looks like it's a go to open up registration for the 4th annual Pre-PAX Dinner !
This year is a little bittersweet since it's ElectricTurtle's and my last time hosting this event
(we're moving to Arlington, Virginia this Friday). We've been able to secure the Naval Reserve Building for the second year in a row, and we're very excited to introduce a new catering partner: Skillet Streetfood, a mobile joint
. Dude, they make freakin BACON JAM! kthxbye. This year dinner will be from 5pm - 8pm, and the Triwizard Drinking Tournament
will kick off from the Pre-PAX 2009 Dinner.
This year, there's a bit of a twist since there are 3 ticket types available for purchase; read them carefully and choose the one that best fits your situation. Just trying to give you guys options because we know that travel plans can change! Also, the menu right now is a teaser menu (though, the burger will be on the final menu) because Chef Josh of Skillet uses seasonal ingredients. As soon as he sets his late summer menu, we'll post it here (UPDATE:
Final menu posted below). Skillet likes presenting options, so instead of having people pre-order their entree selection, Chef Josh suggests you check out what he's got cookin' in person and make your decision at the Airstream window! Don't miss this chance to mix and mingle with the most HARDCORE of the hardcore PA/PAX fans, and enjoy fun surprises (to be revealed later)! Don't miss the Pre-PAX 2009 Dinner
! What: Pre-PAX 2009 DinnerWhere: Naval Reserve Building (NRB) When: 5pm - 8pmBuy Your Tickets And Get More Info Here!Choose Door #1, 2, or 3 (Ticket Guide).1) RSVP + FOOD
- This is the whole shebang. You get to show up to the event and eat a delicious meal prepared by Skillet Streetfood. This ticket is ideal for people who know they're coming and want to attend the MOST AWESOME Pre-PAX Dinner ev4r. NOTE: Purchasing this bundled ticket is cheaper than buying both of the individual options below.2) RSVP ONLY
- This is meant for people who want to secure their place, but aren't sure whether or not their mode of transportation will allow them to arrive in time. Yes, it's cheaper, but should really only be used if you're not sure if you're ride will get you to the ball in time, Cinderella. Or you can just show up and hang out with the cool kids! If you actually want to, well, you know, EAT at the dinner, you'll have to buy a FOOD ONLY ticket to accompany this one. Those who buy RSVP ONLY tickets will get a private email advising how to purchase FOOD ONLY tickets.RSVP ONLY UPDATE:
I talked to the catering company, and we've amended the contract such that people who want to bring a "sack dinner" with them from home or another restaurant/food establishment can do so! Yay! So, if the price of a FOOD+DINNER ticket is too much, and you and your friends wanna have a pizza delivered to the NRB for your Pre-PAX Dinner experience, YOU CAN DO EEEET!
It's a cheaper alternative, and you'll still be able to hang with your friends at this event!3) FOOD ONLY
- You can ONLY get this kind of ticket once you've gotten an RSVP ONLY ticket. This kind of ticket is ideal for those who are sure they can come to the event, and previously bought an RSVP only ticket. Again, this ticket is not sold without an accompanying RSVP ONLY ticket. Those who buy RSVP ONLY tickets will get a private email advising how to purchase FOOD ONLY tickets.Kickass FINAL Menu - Choose from 1 of 3 entrees and enjoy a delicious dessert!):
the burger -grass fed beef, bacon jam, arugula, cambazola, brioche, handcut FF (beef option)
glazed mediterranean chicken with feta and olive tapenade over couscous (poultry option)
summer lasagna -fresh pasta, ricotta, basil, fennel tomato sauce, summer veggies (vegetarian option)
lemon curd, with lavender shortbread and fresh whipped cream (dessert is included with food ticket)
watermelon ginger fresca (sold separately at the NRB to keep ticket prices down)
Again, we're sending out a call for volunteers; if you'd like to help out at the dinner, please PM ElectricTurtle or me (Astayonix). Just as last year the only appreciation is the thanks of a grateful PAX nation, because the dinner is designed only to break even, there is no room in the budget to discount or comp dinners. Thanks!
W00T PAX 2009!!
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=CALLING ALL FOLKS WHO DIDN'T GET WHAT THEY WANTED TO EAT!!
After a very lengthy discussion with Skillet Streetfood about their dissapointing performance at the Pre-PAX09 Dinner, we've worked out a refund system. What they've agreed to do is take $5 from each individual who didn't get what they wanted to eat or didn't like what they ate and either:A)
Give them that refund in the form of a Skillet Streetfood voucher to give them another chanceB)
Give them that refund in the form of a $5 donation to Child's Play CharityC)
Give them that refund in the form of a $5 credit back onto their individual credit card.
Only those who ordered FOOD-type tickets will be eligible for the refund, and even though it's $5, it's representative of 33% of the price you paid for your food. There were some root causes identified. Primarily, they sent a relatively unexperienced crew to work the dinner. I told their rep I don't know what possessed them to send anything but their most seasoned crew for such a time sensitive event. She didn't have a good answer. Their performance did not give us the strong finish we would have liked, but at least they're trying to make it right by offering this refund. Those who bought FOOD-type tickets will be getting an email from me shortly asking which of the 3 options they would like their refund to come in.Now
, for those of you who were served quickly, got exactly what you wanted, and loved it, please don't request the refund. This is only meant for those who weren't able to get what they wanted to eat (Skillet ran out of The Burger), or got what they wanted but didn't think the quality was up to par (ET was disappointed with the chicken dish which he'd had before, but was better seasoned). While I am not pleased with the way Skillet performed, I am very glad to have met all of you who came to the dinner to have a good time and be with like-minded folks
. You guys were a BLAST to hang out with, and to the guy who was giving out samples of bacon jam during the wait, you, sir, are a king among men! Beta_Angel has been in contact with me, and I will contact him about continuing the Pre-PAX Dinner in Seattle. I, however, will see you in IRC!