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  1. 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 post here and let me know? I have absolutely no problem meeting folks at the market but if it's just going to be a handful of people -- who will also be at either Thursday or Friday night's events -- there may be no reason for me personally to be in Evanston on Saturday morning.

    Instead, I could just meet everyone at the church at around 1 pm, after the Niles tour.

    Thanks,

    =R=


  2. 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=


  3. Ronnie - can you remind us - what equipment/supplies are available at the Church? 
    I remember that somewhere upthread someone (Ronnie?) mentioned the possibility of bringing small appliances or other equipment that the church kitchen might not have. I'll be in need of one or two large strainers or colanders (medium to fine mesh), and one or, preferably, two, blenders. Would a Chicagoland someone be able to bring any of these? Thanks!

    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 conditioned. Right now, the forecast for next Saturday is 79 F and partly sunny, so while that could obviously change, hopefully the weather won't be an issue. In any event, prepare to dress accordingly.

    None of the venues we considered had air conditioned kitchens and the few that had air conditioned dining rooms were much smaller than it appeared we would need. Unfortunately, from the 86 people who originally indicated they would attend on Saturday, we're currently down to 46 (paid and confirmed) and will probably end up at around 50. Had I known our group was going to be this much smaller than originally expected, we might have considered other options. Oh well, such is life. :wink:

    =R=


  4. 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

    prasantrin* +1*

    Jean Blanchard +1

    santo_grace +1

    HOLLY_L

    NancyH +1

    nyokie6 +1

    nsxtasy +1

    Sam Iam +1

    Elrushbo

    stuart_s

    daniellewiley +1

    Amy Viny +1

    white lotus +1

    cat lancaster

    ricain + 1

    REB +1

    DutchMuse + 1

    -40- (38 definite, 2 probable)

    8 spots remain for Thursday's dinner

    31 paid and confirmed

    Thursday Drinks at The Violet Hour

    =R= +3

    HeatherM

    Alex

    tammylc +1

    jesteinf +1

    edsel

    tino27 +1

    Lady T

    prasantrin* +1*

    Marmish* +1*

    newbie21

    Jean Blanchard +1

    santo_grace +1

    HOLLY_L

    NancyH +1

    nyokie6 +1

    nsxtasy +1

    Sam Iam +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    stuart_s*

    daniellewiley +1

    Amy Viny +1

    Aaron Deacon

    cat lancaster

    ricain + 1

    karen m

    -43- (40 definite, 3 probable)

    17 spots remain for Thursday's cocktail session :smile:

    36 paid and confirmed

    Updated list for the Friday night dinner at Lao Sze Chuan:

    =R= +4

    prasantrin +1

    torakris

    tammylc

    CaliPoutine +1

    Alex

    Sam Iam +3

    Fresser

    NancyH +1

    nsxtasy +1

    jesteinf +1

    tino27 +1

    HeatherM

    santo_grace +1

    Kerry Beal

    edsel

    Cathy2

    nyokie6 +1

    stuart_s

    HOLLY_L

    white lotus +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    LAZ

    daniellewiley +1

    karen m

    hsm

    Amy Viny +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    DutchMuse +1

    -51- (51 definite, 0 probable)

    29 spots remain for Friday night's dinner at Lao Sze Chuan

    45 paid and confirmed

    Updated list for the Saturday dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church:

    =R= +4

    NancyH +1

    torakris

    edsel

    LuckyGirl +1

    Alchemist

    CaliPoutine

    Alex +1

    tammylc

    nsxtasy +1

    Kerry Beal

    Marmish +1

    prasantrin* +1*

    tino27 +1

    Sam Iam +3

    nr706 +1

    hsm

    Jean Blanchard +1

    newbie21

    HOLLY_L

    santo_grace +1

    daniellewiley +1

    Cathy2

    nyokie6 +1

    LAZ +1

    maggiethecat +1

    Elrushbo

    white lotus +1

    Fresser

    cat lancaster

    Lady T

    Amy Viny +1

    karen m +1

    ricain + 1

    elfin +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    -64- (62 definite, 2 probable)

    26 spots remain for Saturday's group meal :smile:

    46 paid and confirmed

    Again, please take a look at the above lists -- and the lists at EventBrite.com -- and let me know if I have failed to record your status accurately.

    Thanks! :smile:

    =R=


  5. 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=

    Activities for Sunday August 10 . . .

    Several people have asked about Sunday's activities and we have a plan so exciting that I'm not sure I'll be able to wait for it.  We will visit the Maxwell Street Market, one of Chicago's truly distinctive culinary and cultural treasures.  Even better, we'll have none other than David Hammond to lead us.  Mr. Hammond is an expert not only about the Maxwell Street market and its history but also about Mexican regional cuisine.  His 6-part "Beyond the Burrito" series, which appeared in The Reader, Chicago's alternative newspaper, is a fantastic resource on the regional cuisines of Mexico -- and where prime examples of these cuisines can be found throughout Chicagoland.  Having Mr. Hammond at the helm should make the experience particularly enjoyable and informative, as he will provide context for much of what we'll see and taste on our tour.

    We will begin at about 10 am by meeting at predetermined spot near the market.  These details have not yet been finalized.  The tour should take about 3 hours and will consist of plenty of walking.  It's a rain or shine event and admission is free.  As such, there's no need to sign up and payment is not required.  You'll have all sorts of opportunities to buy food and beverages (and tube socks) from the local vendors during the tour.  No set meal will be provided but the eating opportunities will be vast, excellent and varied.

    While it is a few of years old, Hammond and some friends assembled a video record of the Maxwell Street Market, which can be viewed by clicking here:  Gorilla Gourmet: Maxwell Street Mexican.

    Additionally, the aforementioned pieces (and more), penned by Mr. Hammond, on Mexico's regional cuisine can be found be following these links:

    Mexican Regional Cuisine Index:  http://dchammond.com/index.php?id=6

    Two Takes on Yucatecan Cuisine = http://www.chicagoreader.com/features/stor...aurants/070316/

    This should be a great, inexpensive way to wrap up our diverse weekend of eating and cooking.


  6. The "best" Italian beef is a subject of serious contention here in Chicago but I happen to agree completely with LAZ that Al's on Taylor Street is the very best of them all.  It is, without question, my personal favorite.  However, there are other folks who post in this very forum -- friends of mine, in fact (are you listening, molto e? :raz:) -- who think that Mr. Beef or Johnnie's is better.  Go figure! :biggrin:

    Well, I did limit it to "the best place downtown." :biggrin: 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 giardiniera are indeed excellent but still not as good as Al's. I do, however, like their sausage a bit more than Al's. And Johnnie's fries are downright lousy, whereas Als' are among the best available in the area.

    As I said, this is a contentious topic of discussion :biggrin:

    =R=


  7. 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.

    Thursday Drinks at The Violet Hour

    =R= +3

    HeatherM

    Alex

    tammylc +1

    jesteinf +1

    edsel

    tino27 +1

    Lady T

    prasantrin* +1*

    Marmish* +1*

    newbie21

    Jean Blanchard +1

    santo_grace +1

    HOLLY_L

    NancyH +1

    nyokie6 +1

    nsxtasy +1

    yellow truffle +3

    Sam Iam +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    stuart_s*

    daniellewiley +1

    Amy Viny +1

    Aaron Deacon

    cat lancaster

    ricain + 1

    karen m

    -47- (44 definite, 3 probable)

    13 spots remain for Thursday's cocktail session :smile:

    Updated list for the Friday night dinner at Lao Sze Chuan:

    =R= +4

    prasantrin +1

    torakris

    tammylc

    CaliPoutine +1

    Alex

    Sam Iam +3

    Fresser

    NancyH +1

    nsxtasy +1

    jesteinf +1

    tino27 +1

    HeatherM

    santo_grace +1

    Kerry Beal

    edsel

    Cathy2

    yellow truffle +1

    nyokie6 +1

    stuart_s

    HOLLY_L

    white lotus +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    LAZ

    daniellewiley +1

    karen m

    hsm

    Amy Viny +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    DutchMuse +1

    -53- (53 definite, 0 probable)

    27 spots remain for Friday night's dinner at Lao Sze Chuan

    Updated list for the Saturday dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church:

    =R= +4

    NancyH +1

    torakris

    edsel

    LuckyGirl +1

    Alchemist

    CaliPoutine

    Alex +1

    tammylc

    nsxtasy +1

    Kerry Beal

    Marmish +1

    prasantrin* +1*

    tino27 +1

    Sam Iam +3

    nr706 +1

    hsm

    Jean Blanchard +1

    newbie21

    HOLLY_L

    santo_grace +1

    daniellewiley +1

    Cathy2

    nyokie6 +1

    LAZ +1

    maggiethecat +1

    Elrushbo

    white lotus +1

    Fresser

    cat lancaster

    Lady T

    yellow truffle +3

    Amy Viny +1

    karen m +1

    ricain + 1

    elfin +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    -68- (66 definite, 2 probable)

    22 spots remain for Saturday's group meal :smile:

    Again, please take a look at the above lists and let me know if I have failed to record your status accurately.

    Thanks! :smile:

    =R=


  8. 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 very limited time, until we get this party started . . .

    Here are the current numbers:

    Blackbird: 31 paid/44 reserved

    The Violet Hour: 36 paid/50 reserved

    Lao Sze Chuan: 45 paid/54 reserved

    Group Meal: 45 paid/71 reserved

    As you can see, several folks who indicated they planned to attend have not yet purchased their tickets. If you've changed your mind or cannot attend, you do not need to post here. I simply want to remind those who still plan to attend that the window to purchase tickets will soon be closing.

    Thanks,

    =R=


  9. I believe we are staying in the downtown Marriott, but I am not quite sure.  We will definitely be downtown though.

    I like beef and I love sausage.. and you speak of them in the same sandwich? I must know where to find one!  Also, can anyone suggest any downtown coffee shops/pastry places that would be nice for a late night snack?

    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 the heat. All of this combines to create a drippy, messy sandwich that is far more than the sum of its parts. Lean forward to eat it. At Al's on Taylor, eating beef is facilitated by the fact that there are no seats, just a chest-high stand-up counter.

    After you eat your sandwich (get the fries, too -- skin-on, from fresh potatoes), stroll across the street to Mario's, the best Italian lemonade in Chicago. This is a refreshing, frozen, slushy drink that starts with just fresh lemons, cane sugar and water. There will also be strips of lemon peel and likely a few pips in your cup, so you know it's real. You can stop there, if you like, or get a flavored version.

    Bear in mind that all the flavors -- even chocolate -- begin with the same lemon mix, so get a flavor you think is compatible with lemon. Most of them mean added flavoring syrup, but a few come from fresh fruit, including watermelon, cantaloupe, tutti-frutti, coconut, pineapple and pina colada. For a short period in late summer, there is peach, and aficionados await it eagerly all summer.

    Half a mile from the Marriott is Tempo, an all-night coffeeshop with great omelets.

    Al's No. 1 Italian Beef

    1079 W. Taylor St., Chicago

    312/733-8896

    Mario's Italian Lemonade

    1068 W. Taylor St.

    No phone

    Tempo Cafe

    6 E. Chestnut St.

    312/943-4373

    The "best" Italian beef is a subject of serious contention here in Chicago but I happen to agree completely with LAZ that Al's on Taylor Street is the very best of them all. It is, without question, my personal favorite. However, there are other folks who post in this very forum -- friends of mine, in fact (are you listening, molto e? :raz:) -- who think that Mr. Beef or Johnnie's is better. Go figure! :biggrin:

    And the recommendation of hitting Mario's afterwards is also a great one. The line can be long at times, but it moves fast and it's well worth it, IMO.

    =R=


  10. There is only 20 people cooking out of 70 attending the dinner?

    Come on people, we can do better than that!!

    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=


  11. 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 but will get to it asap.

    Thanks,

    =R=


  12. You're probably looking at somewhere around $25 for a cab from the Hyatt Regency Chicago to Evanston, and if it's not prime commuting time, it will take about 25 minutes.

    Given the current state of local road construction, I would allow at least an hour get north by car or taxi on Saturday morning.

    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.). Later in the day on Saturday, it might take you 45 minutes.

    I drive both routes all the time on weekends (although I generally avoid it during the day during the week). There's no way it will take you an hour unless you get lost. Not on a Saturday morning. No way. Try it this Saturday morning and you'll see for yourself!

    This may be true but it's still best to allow extra time because one never knows if there will be a change in the construction pattern or an accident. And since some attending are out-of-towners, getting lost is a realistic possibility. I'm sure the last thing any of us want is to make fellow attendees wait for us to begin an event because we didn't budget enough travel time.

    This is Chicago during construction season. My advice is to allow plenty of extra travel time and should you arrive early, have a book or some other diversion at the ready.

    =R=


  13. 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=


  14. 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

    HeatherM

    Alex

    tammylc +1

    jesteinf +1

    edsel

    tino27 +1

    Lady T

    prasantrin* +1*

    Marmish* +1*

    newbie21

    Jean Blanchard +1

    santo_grace +1

    HOLLY_L

    NancyH +1

    nyokie6 +1

    nsxtasy +1

    yellow truffle +3

    moreace01 +1

    Sam Iam +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    Darcie B

    stuart_s*

    daniellewiley +1

    Amy Viny +1

    Aaron Deacon

    cat lancaster

    ricain + 1

    karen m

    -50- (47 definite, 3 probable)

    10 spots remain for Thursday's cocktail session :smile:

    Updated list for the Friday night dinner at Lao Sze Chuan:

    =R= +4

    prasantrin +1

    torakris

    tammylc

    CaliPoutine +1

    Alex

    Sam Iam +3

    Fresser

    NancyH +1

    nsxtasy +1

    jesteinf +1

    tino27 +1

    HeatherM

    santo_grace +1

    Kerry Beal

    edsel

    Cathy2

    yellow truffle +1

    nyokie6 +1

    stuart_s

    HOLLY_L

    white lotus +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    LAZ +1

    daniellewiley +1

    karen m

    hsm

    Amy Viny +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    DutchMuse +1

    -54- (54 definite, 0 probable)

    26 spots remain for Friday night's dinner at Lao Sze Chuan

    Updated list for the Saturday dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church:

    =R= +4

    NancyH +1

    torakris

    edsel

    LuckyGirl +1

    Alchemist

    CaliPoutine

    Alex +1

    tammylc

    nsxtasy +1

    Kerry Beal

    Marmish +1

    prasantrin* +1*

    tino27 +1

    Sam Iam +3

    nr706 +1

    hsm

    Jean Blanchard +1

    newbie21

    moreace01 +1

    HOLLY_L

    santo_grace +1

    daniellewiley +1

    Cathy2

    nyokie6 +1

    LAZ +1

    maggiethecat +1

    Elrushbo

    Darcie B

    white lotus +1

    Fresser

    cat lancaster

    Lady T

    yellow truffle +3

    Amy Viny +1

    karen m +1

    ricain + 1

    elfin +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    -71- (69 definite, 2 probable)

    19 spots remain for Saturday's group meal :smile:

    Again, please take a look at the above lists and let me know if I have failed to record your status accurately.

    Thanks! :smile:

    =R=


  15. 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 . . . .

    Offal 'Nasty Bits' Menu

    first

    chopped chicken liver ravioli

    second

    pickled beef tongue, fried bologna, tomato, horseradish

    third

    roasted hudson valley foie gras with preserved grapefruit, sherry-braised radishes,

    sea beans and lychee-espresso

    fourth

    braised rack of lamb with fresh soybeans, spring radishes, pickled feta and lovage

    fifth

    crispy veal sweetbreads with cashew butter, rye waffle, black mission figs, black olive honey and cashew ice cream

    Vegetarian Menu

    first

    cardamom tofu, jicama, snow peas, fried chocolate, nasturtium

    second

    gouda, watermelon confit, dandelion greens, wild rice granola

    third

    eggplant pave with eggplant consome

    fourth

    cornbread, buttermilk, boiled peanuts, sugar snaps

    fifth

    avocado cremeux with local blueberries, hyssop and chartreuse granite

    It looks like it's going to be quite a spectacular meal at Blackbird.

    Thanks again, Toby, for arranging this for us! :smile:

    =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

    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 who have signed up will drop out, especially since we still have 6 "probables".

    Thursday Drinks at The Violet Hour

    =R= +3

    HeatherM

    Alex

    tammylc +1

    jesteinf +1

    edsel

    tino27 +1

    Lady T

    prasantrin* +1*

    Marmish* +1*

    newbie21

    Nina C.* +3*

    Jean Blanchard +1

    santo_grace +1

    HOLLY_L

    NancyH +1

    nyokie6 +1

    nsxtasy +1

    yellow truffle +3

    moreace01 +1

    Sam Iam +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    Darcie B

    stuart_s*

    daniellewiley +1

    Amy Viny +1

    Aaron Deacon

    white lotus +1

    cat lancaster

    ricain + 1

    karen m

    -56- (49 definite, 7 probable)

    Only 4 spots remain for Thursday's cocktail session :smile:

    Updated list for the Friday night dinner at Lao Sze Chuan:

    =R= +4

    prasantrin +1

    torakris

    tammylc

    CaliPoutine +1

    Alex

    Sam Iam +3

    Fresser

    NancyH +1

    nsxtasy +1

    jesteinf +1

    tino27 +1

    HeatherM

    santo_grace +1

    Kerry Beal

    edsel

    Cathy2

    yellow truffle +1

    nyokie6 +1

    stuart_s

    HOLLY_L

    white lotus +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    LAZ +1

    daniellewiley +1

    karen m

    hsm

    Amy Viny +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    DutchMuse +1

    -54- (54 definite, 0 probable)

    26 spots remain for Friday night's dinner at Lao Sze Chuan

    Updated list for the Saturday dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church:

    =R= +4

    NancyH +1

    torakris

    edsel

    LuckyGirl +1

    Alchemist

    CaliPoutine

    Alex +1

    tammylc

    nsxtasy +1

    Kerry Beal

    Marmish +1

    moosnsqrl +1

    Osnav +1

    prasantrin* +1*

    tino27 +1

    Sam Iam +3

    nr706 +1

    hsm

    Jean Blanchard +1

    newbie21

    moreace01 +1

    HOLLY_L

    santo_grace +1

    daniellewiley +1

    Cathy2

    nyokie6 +1

    Nina C. +1

    LAZ +1

    maggiethecat +1

    Elrushbo

    Darcie B

    white lotus +1

    Fresser

    cat lancaster

    Lady T

    yellow truffle +3

    Amy Viny +1

    karen m +1

    ricain + 1

    elfin +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    -77- (75 definite, 2 probable)

    Only 13 spots remain for Saturday's group meal :smile:

    Again, please take a look at the above lists and let me know if I have failed to record your status accurately.

    Thanks! :smile:

    =R=


  17. BTW Ron, you can take us off the list for the Saturday shindig.  Still in for everything else though.

    Can I add a plus 1 for the Fri dinner?

    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 "probables".

    Thursday Drinks at The Violet Hour

    =R= +4

    HeatherM

    Alex

    tammylc +1

    jesteinf +1

    edsel

    tino27 +1

    Lady T

    prasantrin* +1*

    Marmish* +1*

    newbie21

    Nina C.* +3*

    Jean Blanchard +1

    santo_grace +1

    HOLLY_L

    NancyH +1

    nyokie6 +1

    nsxtasy +1

    yellow truffle +3

    moreace01 +1

    Sam Iam +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    Darcie B

    stuart_s*

    daniellewiley +1

    Amy Viny +1

    Aaron Deacon

    white lotus +1

    cat lancaster

    ricain + 1

    karen m

    -57- (50 definite, 7 probable)

    Only 3 spots remain for Thursday's cocktail session :smile:

    Updated list for the Friday night dinner at Lao Sze Chuan:

    =R= +4

    prasantrin +1

    torakris

    tammylc

    CaliPoutine +1

    Alex

    Sam Iam +3

    Fresser

    NancyH +1

    nsxtasy +1

    jesteinf +1

    tino27 +1

    HeatherM

    santo_grace +1

    Kerry Beal

    edsel

    Cathy2

    yellow truffle +1

    nyokie6 +1

    stuart_s

    HOLLY_L

    white lotus +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    LAZ +1

    daniellewiley +1

    karen m

    hsm +1

    Amy Viny +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    DutchMuse +1

    -55- (55 definite, 0 probable)

    25 spots remain for Friday night's dinner at Lao Sze Chuan

    Updated list for the Saturday dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church:

    =R= +4

    NancyH +1

    torakris

    edsel

    LuckyGirl +1

    Alchemist

    CaliPoutine

    Alex +1

    tammylc

    nsxtasy +1

    Kerry Beal

    Marmish +1

    moosnsqrl +1

    Osnav +1

    prasantrin* +1*

    tino27 +1

    Sam Iam +3

    nr706 +1

    hsm +1

    Jean Blanchard +1

    newbie21

    moreace01 +1

    HOLLY_L

    santo_grace +1

    daniellewiley +1

    Cathy2

    nyokie6 +1

    Nina C. +1

    LAZ +1

    maggiethecat +1

    Elrushbo

    Darcie B

    white lotus +1

    Fresser

    cat lancaster

    Lady T

    yellow truffle +3

    Amy Viny +1

    karen m +1

    ricain + 1

    elfin +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    -78- (76 definite, 2 probable)

    Only 12 spots remain for Saturday's group meal :smile:

    Again, please take a look at the above lists and let me know if I have failed to record your status accurately.

    Thanks! :smile:

    =R=


  18. One thing I'll add to Ronnie's comments: at this point in time anybody who wants to function in the world of ecommerce really needs to have a working PayPal account. There are now so many transactions that require PayPal -- everything from millions of eBay transactions to donations to the eGullet Society -- you're eventually going to run across one. So by setting it up now you're preparing for the next time you'll need to complete a PayPal transaction.

    My paypal boycott is going just about as well as my microsoft boycott. :wink:

    =R=


  19. 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.' Unfortunately, there is no better alternative.

    So, please do not wait until the last minute to purchase your tickets or open a paypal account. It doesn't look like we're maxed out on any of the events, except for the dinner at Blackbird, but if you try to sign up and are delayed in doing so for 'security' reasons, please send me a pm to let me know and I will hold your spot(s) for couple of extra days, until you get the situation resolved.

    Thanks,

    =R=


  20. At Ronnie's suggestion, I took the interactive map I made of lunch options after the Farmers' Market and before dinner, and turned it into a 5-page, printable pdf file, which should be downloadable here. Let me know privately if you have any trouble getting it.

    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 easily downloadable to your mobile devices. And of course, those 'old-skoolers' who want print outs can simply make them for themselves before they depart for Chicago.

    Again, here are all the links:

    Evanston Lunch Map (.pdf), (Direct link to Google maps)

    Shopping Map - eGS Heartland Gathering 2008

    eGS Heartland Gathering Map - 2008

    21 days to go! :smile:

    =R=


  21. Heartland Gathering Bread Class

    Friday, August 8th

    Well, folks, we're only about 3 weeks away and we haven't been able to secure a location for a full-day workshop.

    Just a suggestion: A few years ago, I stayed in the Residence Inn, and our "mini suite" had a full kitchen with a range. There are also other long-stay type hotels in the area that also offer kitchens with ovens. So you might look into renting a room at a place like that (or two, which would get two kitchens with two ovens).

    As I recall, we booked our Residence Inn room through the Marriott web site and we wound up there because it was as cheap as anything else. So you could sleep there and have the workshop too.

    That's a very clever idea!

    I believe that Tom may have already investigated this possibility and found it to be unacceptable but perhaps I'm mistaken.

    =R=


  22. Ronnie - Would you remove my name from Saturday's group dinner list?

    'Tis done; glad you'll still be attending other parts of the weekend.

    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 "probables".

    Thursday Drinks at The Violet Hour

    =R= +4

    HeatherM

    Alex

    tammylc +1

    jesteinf +1

    edsel

    tino27 +1

    Lady T

    prasantrin* +1*

    Marmish* +1*

    newbie21

    Nina C.* +3*

    Jean Blanchard +1

    santo_grace +1

    HOLLY_L

    NancyH +1

    nyokie6 +1

    nsxtasy +1

    yellow truffle +3

    moreace01 +1

    Sam Iam +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    Darcie B

    stuart_s*

    daniellewiley +1

    Amy Viny +1

    Aaron Deacon

    white lotus +1

    cat lancaster

    ricain + 1

    karen m

    -57- (50 definite, 7 probable)

    Only 3 spots remain for Thursday's cocktail session :smile:

    Updated list for the Friday night dinner at Lao Sze Chuan:

    =R= +4

    prasantrin +1

    torakris

    tammylc

    CaliPoutine

    Alex

    Sam Iam +3

    Fresser

    NancyH +1

    nsxtasy +1

    jesteinf +1

    tino27 +1

    HeatherM

    santo_grace +1

    Kerry Beal

    edsel

    Cathy2

    yellow truffle +1

    nyokie6 +1

    stuart_s

    HOLLY_L

    white lotus +1

    LuckyGirl +1

    LAZ +1

    daniellewiley +1

    karen m

    hsm +1

    Amy Viny +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    DutchMuse +1

    -54- (54 definite, 0 probable)

    26 spots remain for Friday night's dinner at Lao Sze Chuan

    Updated list for the Saturday dinner at Immanuel Lutheran Church:

    =R= +4

    NancyH +1

    torakris

    edsel

    LuckyGirl +1

    Alchemist

    CaliPoutine

    Alex +1

    tammylc

    jesteinf +1

    nsxtasy +1

    Kerry Beal

    Marmish +1

    moosnsqrl +1

    Osnav +1

    prasantrin* +1*

    tino27 +1

    Sam Iam +3

    nr706 +1

    hsm +1

    Jean Blanchard +1

    newbie21

    moreace01 +1

    HOLLY_L

    santo_grace +1

    daniellewiley +1

    Cathy2

    nyokie6 +1

    Nina C. +1

    LAZ +1

    maggiethecat +1

    Elrushbo

    Darcie B

    white lotus +1

    Fresser

    cat lancaster

    Lady T

    yellow truffle +3

    Amy Viny +1

    Aaron Deacon

    karen m +1

    ricain + 1

    elfin +1

    Fat Guy

    REB +1

    -81- (79 definite, 2 probable)

    Only 9 spots remain for Saturday's group meal :smile:

    Again, please take a look at the above lists and let me know if I have failed to record your status accurately.

    Thanks! :smile:

    =R=

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