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ronnie_suburban

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  1. Ok then. I see that we have a few folks who are still planning to shop Evanston on Saturday morning. But, as long as Tammy has it covered, I'm probably going to attend the Niles tour, since there is no reason for me personally to be there. I may or may not have the family with me (+2) but will notify about that asap. Once on the tour, I'll be happy to take a couple of people in my car, as long as there's room. Of course, I may not have room because I'll have quite a bit of equipment, including a smoker and a large cooler or 2, with me. Thanks, Tom. We will have access to the church begin
  2. RE: Equipment at the church: Freezer Stand Mixer Coffee makers Flat-top grill (that is not so easy to work with) Food processor Lots of dishes and silverware No Microwave No BBQ Grill No wine glasses I will bring a few things, as space allows. I'm bringing my WSM smoker but will probably need it at its capacity for the duration of the prep time. I will also bring some disposable plastic cups, some spices, some paper napkins and/or paper towels and a few other things. =R=
  3. Just wondering . . . who is still planning on shopping in Evanston on Saturday morning? It seems, from the numbers, that many of our cooks are going on the Niles Tour with LAZ, which I have to say, sounds very interesting to me. I suppose that, as Tammy posted above, if all our cooks -- with the exception of one -- are going to be at Lao Sze Chuan on Friday night (or either event on Thursday night), she can distribute shopping funds there and folks can simply shop where they prefer on Saturday. So, please, if you're still planning on shopping in or near Evanston on Saturday morning, can you p
  4. Meat-wise, I've informed my butcher, Dave Zier, that some of us will probably be doing a little shopping at his place next Saturday. Of course, no one is under any obligation to shop there but he does have great stuff, IMO. In any case, if anyone does want to shop there and they might want something offbeat or unusual, please let me know right away, so I can let Dave know to start working on sourcing it for us. Thanks, =R=
  5. ← I will have to check again but I know for sure that there is a 6-burner cooktop, 2 ovens, a microwave, commercial dishwasher, 2-iron waffle station, some plates/tableware, some serving pieces, cutting boards and some utensils. Can't remember if there is a mixer or blender but I will find out. I will try to get a more detailed list together in the next day or so. And if any locals can bring equipment to the church on Saturday, it will most certainly be appreciated and come in handy. Also, I want to remind those who do know and inform those who do not know that the church is not air condi
  6. Updated lists . . . (a few more people have dropped out, via pm) Please note, these lists now reflect how many people have paid and are confirmed. They do not reflect those attendees shown here as 'probable' who have subsequently paid. To check your specific status, please view the 'Attendee Lists' at EventBrite.com (by following the sign-up links provided in the pm's I sent on July 9) Less than 72 hours remain to purchase tickets to these events. Ticket sales will end at 11:55 pm ET on Tuesday August 5. Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +3 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasan
  7. It's official: the Maxwell Street Market Tour with David Hammond will begin at 10 am sharp on Sunday August 10. We will all meet outside the White Palace Grill, which is located at 1159 S Canal Street. I've added this location to the eGS Heartland Gathering Map - 2008 I hope everyone who is participating in the other events over the weekend will join us for this truly distinctive and delicious Chicago experience. =R=
  8. Well, I did limit it to "the best place downtown." For the best beef anywhere, I'd probably give the edge to Johnnie's, although the one-two punch of Al's and Mario's is hard to beat. Taking the components separately, Johnnie's has the best beef and giardiniera and Al's wins on sausage and fries. But as I always say, Italian beef is more than the sum of its parts! PS-I'm also a regular user of the drive-thru at Al's on Ontario. But there I usually get just sausage with sweet peppers, neater to eat in the car. ← Gotta respectfully disagree with you on Johnnie's. For me, their beef and gia
  9. Updated lists . . . (additional people have dropped out, via pm) Please note these lists do not reflect who has paid, nor do they reflect those attendees shown here as probable who have subsequently paid. Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +3 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 REB +1 DutchMuse + 1 -44- (42 definite, 2 probable) Please note, 4 spots are now open for Thursday's dinner.
  10. I want to remind everyone that only a few more days remain to purchase tickets for the big weekend. As of 11:55 pm ET on Tuesday August 5, we will cut off ticket sales. Please do not wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets. I'm going to have an extraordinarily busy week next week (2 of my 3 work partners will be on vacation) and should you have problems making your purchase, I may not be available to help resolve them, if you wait until the last minute. It's definitely best to buy them in the next couple of days, before the weekend is over because once Monday hits, I will have v
  11. The best place downtown to get a beef or a combo would be Al's No. 1 on Taylor Street, a classic Chicago spot in the heart of Little Italy. An Italian beef sandwich (or just "a beef" in Chicagoese) starts with thinly sliced, seasoned roast beef, dripping with juices, layered on a long roll. For a combo, they'll add on a fennel-laced Italian sausage, grilled over charcoal. For the best version, ask for it "dipped." The counterman will also ask "sweet or hot?" which means do you want sauteed sweet peppers or a spicy hot-pepper giardiniera mixture on it. I recommend the latter, if you can take th
  12. Right now, only 43 people have officially signed up for this event, so either a large number of people have changed their minds about attending or many people are waiting until the last minute to sign up. In any case, I'm guessing that we're probably going to end up with fewer than the 71 who have indicated that they plan to attend. =R=
  13. I just want to remind everyone that we are definitely still on for our guided Maxwell Street Market Tour with David Hammond on Sunday morning, probably starting around 10 am. The tour should last 2-3 hours, depending on how often we stop, shop, eat, etc. The only reason I haven't posted more about it lately is because no purchase/ticket is required and there is no attendance cap. However, I didn't want people to think that it was no longer on, simply because I hadn't mentioned it in a while. I will be back to post some salient details about it in the next few days. I'm traveling right now
  14. No, it won't. You can do it consistently in 25 minutes. The only construction on the route is on Ridge Avenue, which is under construction but still has one lane running northbound (it's one lane in Chicago anyway). Heading back to the Hyatt Regency, Ridge is closed southbound, so you will need to take an alternate route (e.g. Sheridan Road), but it will still take you 25 minutes. If you hit every light red (unlikely) it might take you 30, but no more. If you're going to Niles, it will take you a little longer, maybe 35 minutes, if you're going fairly early in the morning (before 10 a.m.).
  15. Hi all, As long as we are no longer capped out on any of the events, I'm not going to post links to the sign-ups here. Instead, if you haven't already signed up, please post here or send me a pm and I will pm you the link to the EventBrite.com sign-ups. And please, regarding the Blackbird dinner, sign up asap, so we can give them a breakdown, as early as possible, on how many of each meal type we'll be ordering. We'll continue ticket sales through Tuesday August 5, as originally posted. Thanks, =R=
  16. Updated lists . . . (additional people have dropped out, via pm) Please note these lists do not yet reflect who has already paid Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +3 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 REB +1 DutchMuse + 1 (+1 now in, due to a cancelation) -44- (42 definite, 2 probable) Please note, 4 spots are now open for Thursday's dinner. Thursday Drinks at The Violet Hour =R= +3
  17. Thanks to our friend Alchemist, we now have the prospective menus for the Blackbird dinner. They are fairly set but as always, subject to minor changes if circumstances require it . . . . It looks like it's going to be quite a spectacular meal at Blackbird. Thanks again, Toby, for arranging this for us! =R=
  18. Ok, got it. I went back an edited the above list. =R=
  19. Updated lists . . . (additional people have dropped out, via pm) Please note these lists do not yet reflect who has already paid Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +3 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 REB +1 DutchMuse + 1 (+1 now in, due to a cancelation) -48- (42 definite, 6 probable) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thursday's dinner, although it's likely that some wh
  20. Updated lists . . . Please note these lists do not yet reflect who has already paid Thursday Dinner at Blackbird =R= +4 Alchemist newbie21 tammylc jesteinf +1 edsel prasantrin* +1* Jean Blanchard +1 santo_grace +1 HOLLY_L NancyH +1 Nina C.* +3* nyokie6 +1 nsxtasy +1 yellow truffle +3 Sam Iam +1 Elrushbo stuart_s daniellewiley +1 Amy Viny +1 white lotus +1 cat lancaster ricain + 1 REB +1 DutchMuse + 1** -49- (42 definite, 6 probable, 1 wait list) Only 'wait list' spots remain for Thursday's dinner, although it's likely that some who have signed up will drop out, especially since we still have 6
  21. This is true. I set up the sign-ups so that either option was available. Unfortunately, it appears that security issues can pop up regardless of the chosen payment method. =R=
  22. My paypal boycott is going just about as well as my microsoft boycott. =R=
  23. we have the green light...we are going to open for business on Wednesday July 30...let me know when you are going to stop in E ← Woo Hoo! Congrats, Eliot! =R=
  24. Hi all, It has come to my attention that a few people are having some trouble with Paypal, which is the site to which EventBrite.com re-directs you to make payments for our events. My own personal experience with paypal is that it can be highly annoying at times but no more so than right after you first set up an account and try to pay for a bunch of stuff. This has already been the experience of a few people who, after trying sign up at EventBrite.com, had their paypal accounts temporarily frozen, 'for their own protection' It can be a multi-step process to have the account 'unfrozen.' Un
  25. Awesome! Thanks so much for all the work you put in! How'd you do it? I think I need to learn that skill! ← Hi all, I want to thank nr706 for performing his documentational magic on that information. Also, I posted upthread that I was going to make hard copy hand-outs for everyone of all the informational maps but I've reconsidered. These documents are large and doing so will waste a lot of paper, toner and time. So, since we are all members of the eGS, I'm going to urge everyone here to fend for themselves and bring the information with them, electronically. The files should be easil
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