We were featured on the front page of Meetup.com on March 17th, 2012. Cool!
Is there anything better than catching up with friends and meeting new friends over a good meal? Nope! This Meetup group offers a great way to meet people while trying out new restaurants in the Denver metro area. Most of our meals will be in the northern half of town, but we'll travel south every once in awhile.
What Should You Expect?
I'll do my best to post menus for the restaurant in the event information whenever they are available. I'd advise you to check out the menus before submitting your RSVP, just to make sure that the food and the prices work for you. We may try some crazy food, and we may eat at some expensive places sometimes. Besides, if you already know what you want when you get there then you have more time to visit with everyone, right?
We'll experiment to find the best time to start dinner, but most of the time it will be between 6PM and 7PM. If you're late and we're done eating feel free to sit down and order but don't be surprised if everyone wants a bite (just kidding). Just let us know in your RSVP what time we should expect you and we'll save you a seat.
All of the events are for people at least 18 years old, including your guest. If the event is kid friendly I'll note that in the description, but otherwise assume the events are for adults only.
Please take pictures at the events! It's a great reminder of our dinner, and you can upload them when you get home (or by using their iPhone app). It's really easy to upload pictures and videos, too.
What does an RSVP Really Mean?
We also ask that you keep your RSVPs up to date. Most of the time we'll make lunch or dinner reservations based on the number of people who say "yes" to an event. That means that the restaurant puts a table together and reserves a server or two to take care of us. If you say "yes" to an event and don't show up, you are inconveniencing the restaurant. It's also embarrassing for us because the restaurant knows that we're unreliable. If you're not sure you'll be there, say "no" as your RSVP and a seat will not be reserved for you at the meal.
If you show up to lunch or dinner without a "yes" RSVP you cannot join us at our reserved table. Even if someone with a "yes" RSVP is late they still reserved a seat so it may sit empty while you sit at another table. Showing up unannounced is definitely not cool and it will count as a no show.
If you RSVP "yes" for an event but then neglect to show up you are a "no show" and you only get two of those. If you RSVP for a guest and your guest doesn't show up, that is also a "no show" for you. If you do it once I'll send you a reminder email, and if you do it again you will be removed from the group.
I'll confirm our reservation with the restaurant at the cut-off time listed for that event. That means that you can't change your RSVP after that point. Even if Meetup lets you change it I'm going to go with the RSVP list as it was at the cut-off time. This cut-off time is usually an hour before the event, but it might be earlier than that if the event is far away. I need time to call the restaurant and print name tags before I leave for the event, so that's why there is a cut-off time.
There are no "maybe" RSVPs. Don't RSVP "yes" until you're sure you're actually going. If you RSVP "yes" then we will be expecting you no matter what you put in your comments.
If you're going to be more than 15 minutes late please let me know! It's best if you can be on time but I understand creative work hours. The goal here is to all eat dinner together but sometimes that's tough.
If you aren't going, you don't even need to RSVP. A "no" RSVP and a lack of RSVP mean the same thing. Don't worry about giving us an RSVP for every event. However, if you RSVP "no" for an event then you won't get any more emails about it (so you might want to RSVP "no" just to stop some email).
Can I Change My Mind?
Of course you can! But sometimes it comes with a penalty. It may seem like a smart move to say "yes" to an event right away and then change your RSVP to "no" when it turns out you can't go after all. Unfortunately, that means an event fills up right away and it's actually full of people "squatting" on spots who have no intention of going. That also means that other people who actually want to go won't get to go because they'll make other plans. Please, only RSVP "yes" if you intend to go to the event.
I'll check the "yes" RSVPs three days before the event and note who is on the list. Then I'll compare that list with the list of people who actually showed up. If you were a "yes" three days before but then you changed your mind, you'll get hit with a half of a no show. What that means is that you'll only be able to do that four times before you're removed from the group. If you change your mind less than 24 hours before the cutoff time for an event then it's a full no show. This includes events that do not have a waiting list.
In other words, don't say "yes" until you're sure you'll be there.
If the Restaurant is a Sponsor, What does that Mean?
Some restaurants are enthusiastic enough about our visits to sponsor us with a discount or free stuff. I'll have a nametag for you if you have a "yes" RSVP so make sure you get yours (it's how I keep track of who shows up). Use that nametag to get the discount for that evening. Sponsorships only apply to our Meetup events unless it says otherwise.
You don't have to wear your nametag, but it makes it a lot easier for everyone to remember your name. You have to give it to the cashier or server in order to get a discount so you might want to hold onto it until the end of dinner.
How do we Pay?
I'll try to get separate checks for everyone at the restaurant, but sometimes that isn't possible. We'll work it out, though, no worries. Bring cash or use a credit card, it'll all work out.
One more thing -- we'll never charge a fee for a Meetup unless we have to book a room or pay another fee at the restaurant. That means that most of the time you only pay for your meal and that's it. Keep Meetup free for members!
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