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ronnie_suburban

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  1. Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 daniellewiley +1 kasw +1 dls* nyokie6 +1 Nina C. +1 LAZ +1 maggiethecat +1 Elrushbo Darcie B white lotus +1 Fresser cat lancaster -68- (63 definite, 5 probable) Only 22 spots remain . . . =R=
  2. LOL . . . If I'm not mistaken, you hadn't made it official I couldn't agree more about the winter. It's been miserably long here, too. It's hard to believe that ramps are only about a month away. Should I count you in for Saturday, then? Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 daniellewiley +1 ka
  3. I'll second that! So glad to hear that you'll be joining us in Chicago. ← I'll third that . . . A quick reminder that for now, I'm only listing attendees for Saturday's event. For those of you who plan to attend other events over the weekend, stay tuned to this thread for additional information and sign-up instructions. Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Bl
  4. Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 daniellewiley +1 kasw +1 dls* nyokie6 +1 Nina C. +1 LAZ +1 maggiethecat +1 Elrushbo -63- (58 definite, 5 probable) 27 spots remain =R=
  5. I had the good fortune to attend a Slow Food benefit at Vie back on February 10. We had a great meal and a great time . . . Roster of chefs: Paul Virant - Vie Sarah Stegner & George Bumbaris - Prairie Grass Cafe Bruce Sherman - North Pond Carrie Nahabedian - NaHa Sean Eastwood - Isabella's Estiatorio & Olo Todd Feitl - Vie, pastry chef In addition to the participating chefs, beverage donations were made by August Hill Winery, Goose Island Brewery, Candid Wines, Fine Vines, Vintage Wines and Vin de Vino. Each of the participants created one passed appetizer and one course, with chef Fe
  6. You got it! Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 daniellewiley +1 kasw +1 dls* nyokie6 +1 Nina C. +1 LAZ +1 maggiethecat +1 -62- (57 definite, 5 probable) 28 spots remain =R=
  7. Duly noted! Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 daniellewiley +1 kasw +1 dls* nyokie6 +1 Nina C. +1 LAZ +1 -60- (55 definite, 5 probable) 30 spots remain =R=
  8. It's certainly not too early for you to ask but it is too early for me to answer Either way, it sounds like you should plan to stay through Sunday afternoon since you'll need the morning for Maxwell Street, brunch or both. I hope to post some details about 'the Sunday plan' pretty soon. Karen, I will add you to the Saturday list for now. Keep an eye on this thread for separate details about Sunday. That'll will be a separate list Done! Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Be
  9. It takes a chef. Good luck finding someone. I certainly hope you do. =R=
  10. Yes he does. You just have to ask. I suggest mentioning your interest when you make your reservation. ~~~~~~~~~~ Some exciting Vie news: Sun Times food editor Janet Rausa Fuller reports in today's edition that chef Paul Virant was awarded the title of Chicago's Top Celebrity Chef at the 2008 Jean Banchet Awards for Culinary Excellence, which took place last Saturday. Vie's Virant grabs area top chef award =R=
  11. Adding another veteran of previous Gatherings . . . Updated list for the Saturday event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 daniellewiley +1 -51- (47 definite, 4 probable) Only 39 spots remain =R=
  12. Rolling right along . . . Updated list: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 HOLLY_L santo_grace +1 -49- (45 definite, 4 probable) Only 41 spots remain =R=
  13. Updated list: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 nr706 +1 hsm +1* rockandroller +1 joiei Jean Blanchard +1 newbie21 hjshorter moreace01 +1 -46- (42 definite, 4 probable) Only 44 spots remain =R=
  14. The policy on kids is that we only cook the naughty ones In all seriousnness, kids are welcome. My son, who is 11, will probably be at all the events. He's a pretty experienced restaurant-goer who's had meals at many 'grown-up' restaurants over the years, including some longer tasting menus at Schwa and Moto. In all such cases, he's eagerly wanted to go to the restaurants and has asked to join us. We've never dragged him anywhere he didn't want to go. So, as long as the kid in question can handle the specific event, it's no problem. Obviously, the burden in these situations, if there is
  15. I'd be curious too, as my many trips to that area have been just terrible, food-wise. I've never found anything of note to eat there but I'll admit that I haven't looked very hard, either. =R=
  16. I'm making it a priority to keep the ground transit requirements during the Gathering as easy and minimal as possible. In fact, one of the reasons Evanston was chosen for the Saturday event is that is very convenient to public transportation (and that it offers many other great resources, too). Without compromising on our dining destinations, geography is an important consideration in the planning. Chicago is a big town and happily, there are great, distinctive places in just about every neighborhood. That said, things are not always going to be right next door to each other. But, I'll do
  17. Dayum!!! This thang is going to be big! Updated list for Saturday's main event: =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 Kerry Beal Marmish +1 moosnsqrl +1 Osnav +1 prasantrin* +1* tino27 +1 Sam Iam +1 -33- (30 definite, 3 probable) Only 57 spots remain =R=
  18. I wish I knew but it's just too early to tell at this point. It's pretty likely that neither the Thursday nor Friday night meals will be in Evanston, though. I think that downtown and/or the north side are the likely venues for those 2 nights but it's not 100% certain yet. In either case, it's not a far trip from the Loop (downtown) to Evanston, probably about 30 minutes traveling via Lake Shore Drive. That said, I hope to post details very shortly about the Thursday night meal which -- if the current plans work out -- would be a lot of fun. =R=
  19. w00t! It's a partay =R= +2 NancyH +1 torakris edsel LuckyGirl +3 Alchemist CaliPoutine +1* Alex tammylc jesteinf +1 nsxtasy +1 -20- (19 definite, 1 probable) I realize that a couple of you responded that you'll be at everything -- which is excellent -- but rather than track all that here, we'll put up a post like this for each event and ask for separate replies for each one. So, please stay tuned to the thread for further details about the rest of the weekend. 'Probables' are totally fine for now and will be for as long as we we're not at capacity on this event. If we get to the point wher
  20. Heartland Gathering Main Event - Details and Sign-up Saturday's Group Meal Event - Capacity is limited to 90 people This event will take place on Saturday August 9, 2008 Immanuel Lutheran Church 616 Lake St Evanston, IL 60201 (847) 864-4464 The cost for this event will be $30 per person attending. This all-inclusive fee will cover the following: Food and beverage shopping/consumption for Saturday evening's meal Rental and lockup charge at Immanuel Lutheran Church (we are being charged a very friendly rate of $600 for all day use of their kitchen and dining facilities) Any surplus funds will
  21. DETAILS AND INFORMATION FOR THE eGS HEARTLAND GATHERING - AUGUST 8-10, 2008 What follows is some specific, initial information about the weekend. More details will be filled in later but this should allow people to determine if attending is feasible, make their travel arrangements and get a feel for what's going to take place over the weekend . . . Full schedule of prospective events for the weekend, subject to final confirmation (exact times to be determined): THU, 7-AUG: Thursday evening - Group dinner for early arrivals (location being negotiated) Thursday, after dinner - Private cocktail
  22. Damn! You could open a deli! That's a beautiful array of meatstuffs. Nice work! =R=
  23. i.e. Make your hotel reservations asap! It's probably going to be a packed weekend! ← Seriously? ← I don't think the Cards being in town will have too big of an impact on lodging across the city. Sure, some rooms -- especially at some downtown locations -- are going to be booked but this is a pretty big city, with lots of hotels, which routinely hosts all sorts of trade shows at which attendance is bigger than the total capacity of Wrigley Field, let alone the few thousand out of towners who are likely to attend these games. But beyond that, I don't believe that tickets for individua
  24. Duly noted. Updated list . . . ronnie +2 hjshorter newbie21 moosnsqrl +1 osnav ? Fresser +1 Lady T tino27 +1 cat lancaster Marmish +1 joiei Kerry Beal Alex Alchemist dls Jean Blanchard +1 rockandroller +1 elfin +1 CaliPoutine +1 NancyH +1 LuckyGirl +1 Sam Iam +1 torakris prasantrin +1 santo_grace +1 Elrushbo nsxtasy +1 snowangel tammylc Palladion ? jesteinf +1 SundaySous LindsayAnn maggiethecat +1 LAZ +1 ? docsconz ? nr706 +1 hsm edsel kasw +1 HOLLY_L Cathy2 mrs_devilkitty ? devilkitty ? daniellewiley + 1 Nina C. +1 ? sweintraub +1 ? -71- =R=
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