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  1. Done! Updated list . . . ronnie +2 hjshorter newbie21 moosnsqrl +1 osnav ? Fresser +1 Lady T tino27 +1 cat lancaster Marmish 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 ? -68- I should have some details posted in the next day or 2 . . . =R=
  2. That's what I meant by my description of it - when we walked up to it, I thought "what a dump" - but once inside - nsxtasty's description is pretty accurate. I loved the food there. ← Me too. I've never been to Thailand but TAC is my very favorite Thai in Chicago, though there are several others I really enjoy, too . . . Spoon, Sticky Rice, Elephant Thai among them. =R=
  3. Updated list . . . ronnie +2 hjshorter newbie21 moosnsqrl +1 osnav ? Fresser +1 Lady T tino27 +1 cat lancaster Marmish 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 ? -66- =R=
  4. Updated list . . . ronnie +2 hjshorter newbie21 moosnsqrl +1 osnav ? Fresser +1 Lady T tino27 +1 cat lancaster Marmish 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 ? -64- =R=
  5. Bravo! I love this. I hope you enjoy the day. =R=
  6. Updated list . . . ronnie +2 hjshorter newbie21 moosnsqrl +1 osnav ? Fresser +1 Lady T tino27 +1 cat lancaster Marmish 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 -62- =R=
  7. Ronnie, your thread link is broken. Is there another BoKa thread, or was it merged with this one? ← I think it was merged here. =R=
  8. Done! Updated list . . . ronnie +2 hjshorter newbie21 moosnsqrl +1 osnav ? Fresser +1 Lady T tino27 +1 cat lancaster Marmish joiei Kerry Beal Alex Alchemist Jean Blanchard +1 rockandroller +1 elfin +1 CaliPoutine +1 NancyH +1 LuckyGirl +1 Sam Iam +1 torakris prasantrin +1 santo_grace +1 nsxtasy +1 dls Elrushbo snowangel tammylc Palladion ? jesteinf +1 SundaySous LindsayAnn maggiethecat +1 LAZ +1 ? docsconz ? nr706 +1 hsm edsel =R=
  9. Updated list . . . ronnie +2 hjshorter +1 ? newbie21 moosnsqrl osnav ? Fresser +1 Lady T tino27 cat lancaster Marmish joiei Kerry Beal Alex Alchemist Jean Blanchard +1 rockandroller +1 elfin +1 CaliPoutine +1 NancyH +1 LuckyGirl +1 Sam Iam +1 torakris prasantrin +1 santo_grace +1 nsxtasy +1 dls Elrushbo snowangel tammylc Palladion ? jesteinf +1 SundaySous LindsayAnn maggiethecat +1 LAZ +1 ? docsconz ? nr706 +1 =R=
  10. Below is a list of folks who've expressed interest (on this thread) in attending at least some portion of the Gathering in August. Please take a look at the list and let me know if you're on it -- and in the proper form. If not, I will make changes to indicate your correct current status. Please let me know if you're in, out or not sure. Also, please let me know how many you expect to be. If you plan to be solo at some events and with companions/family at others, please indicate the larger number. We'll get more specific with these numbers down the road, when the detailed planning begins
  11. Thanks, Heather I'll try to get this sewn up asap, so people can start making their lodging and transportation arrangements. =R=
  12. I'm sure people have their favorites and for some attendees, coming to Chicago will be a big enough trip that staying near the Saturday venue may not be important. But, I'm going to hold off on making any recommendations on lodging until the Saturday venue is confirmed. And when I do make those recommendations, they'll be based largely on geography. Since I live here, I'm not very knowledgeable about how individual places are. Hopefully, some others can provide solid guidance on the lodging front. =R=
  13. Actually, there's an update in this week's Time Out Chicago . . . The comeback kid by Heather Shouse. Looking back at my Top 5, I can't believe how much it's changed. I'll have to update it one of these days. =R= Edited to repair link
  14. Prospect #2 is an excellent prospect. I went to see it today and I think it would be a great venue for us. It's definitely more 'deluxe' than Prospect #1 but it's likely to cost a bit more, too. The proprietors are putting together a proposal, which they said they'd submit to me by early next week. Several people have indicated that they would like to lead culinary workshops/demos during the Gathering (one of those suggestions appeared right here on this thread!). Since it's very likely that the workshops/demos will take place on Saturday afternoon, I'm doing my best to secure a venue whic
  15. I'm glad you asked The venue is excellent and would definitely work very well for us. However, it was a "pinch" less than perfect (for a few reasons that are not worth getting into here). I have an appointment to see another space this coming Thursday and will keep everyone updated. =R=
  16. Nice job, Martin. How long did that take, from beginning to end? =R=
  17. You are correct. I hope to provide much more detailed information about the prospective venue -- and the surrounding area -- by sometime tomorrow. That said, it's probably worth pointing out that folks are free to shop wherever they like as it pertains to the Saturday group meal. If you have a favorite spot in town that isn't near where the event ends up being held, that doesn't necessarily preclude you from shopping there. In fact, even if the Saturday meal does happen at the prospective venue, there isn't going to be one nearby, central hub where absolutely everything necessary for the me
  18. Ok folks, it's "official." The dates for the Gathering will be August 8-10, with some additional "bonus" events likely to be planned/taking place on either side of that weekend. Again, I'm going to scout the prospective kitchen location for the big Saturday meal this coming Friday. I'll report back here with some additional details shortly thereafter. Stay tuned . . . =R=
  19. You've probably seen this blurb at Metromix.com: There's some additional discussion about it here, at LTHForum.com. =R=
  20. Do you mean the one on Damen, or the one in Marshall Field's (I refuse to use that other M-word)? ← LOL! I think they mean the one on Damen, which is in the former Scylla space. I personally don't know yet if it's officially open. =R=
  21. Earlier today, I spoke to my contact at the prospective Saturday venue and she assured me that both dates will be held for us until we make our choice. I plan to re-visit the location in the next couple of weeks and make sure it's suitable for us. In the meantime, as Alex posted above, based on posts here, it looks like August 8-10 are the dates preferred by most people who actually have a preference. I'll give it a couple more days but unless that trend changes, we'll probably end up doing this August 8-10, with the big, collective meal being on Saturday August, 9 -- that's only 31 weeks fr
  22. Thanks, Alex. I was planning on bumping this myself this week. Yes, those seem to be the preferred dates. Happy new year, everyone I have an excellent lead on a facility for the Saturday afternoon/evening event. Let's try to choose the date by early next week and I'll see about locking us in at the venue. Sound good? =R=
  23. I go back a ways with both of the gentlemen I named in the subject lines of this thread, so you may want to just throw this whole thing out the window and wait for the next account, which could be slightly more objective. We're not exactly friends but our paths have crossed numerous times in the course of my food geekdom over the past few years and my interactions with both guys have been consistently positive. So, for me, it's exciting to see these 2 Trio and Alinea alums reunited and running the show together at Powerhouse. I've actually been somewhat unenthused about finer dining lately b
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