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First Semi-Annual Amazing Foodie Scavenger Hunt


It is summertime!  The sun is out and it is time for you to get out too.  On July 12, the Mid-Michigan Food Club is holding the first semi-annual Foodie Scavenger Hunt! In this crazy event, you will have the chance to team up with fellow members of our club and then travel around town in a mad-dash to find a bunch of food-related items based only on some cryptic word clues and a photograph!  After a few hours you must make it to a final meeting place (also a secret) where the winning team will get a free drink as well as a gourmet dinner for them and a “+1” courtesy of Michael King, our resident home-chef.  If this sounds like a bunch of fun that you cannot imagine missing out on…then please READ ON… J

Here is the basic plan for the day:

A.   Before the hunt:

a.  We will meet at the CATA bus stop in the Frandor parking lot by Panera’s at 9:30AM sharp.  Please don’t be late as the success of this event depends on starting on time.  Don’t be that person!

  i.  In the case of inclement weather, we will meet inside of Panera’s. 

b.  Each team will consist of three members, assigned randomly after everyone arrives.  To make this a more social event, you will NOT be permitted to pick your team-mates.  Meeting new people can be part of the fun!

c.  One team member will have to volunteer to be the driver in their personal car.  Your fellow team members will each pay you $3 (for a total of $6 to the driver) for the cost of gas. 

d.  Each team will need a smart phone that can take and text pictures.  If you don’t have one, don’t worry.  I will make sure that you are on a team that does have one.

e.  Teams will leave in their respective vehicles at 10:00AM sharp.

B.  During the hunt:

a.  Just prior to departure, one “clue packet” will be handed to each team.  Each packet will contain a picture of each the items your team is to locate, along with a written clue.  Your team must locate five of the seven items that are provided in the packet.

b.  After each “find”, the team must have a picture taken of them with the item as a team.  If the whole team is not in the picture, the picture does not count.  Otherwise, how do we know that your team didn’t break up to “divide and conquer”?

c.  Each picture must be texted to me (Danielle) for the team to receive credit for that “find”.  The phone number will be provided in the clue packet.

d.  You must travel together as a group.  No “divide and conquer” strategies.

e.  No communication with members of other teams is ALLOWED.  I mean, come on, do you really want to help the enemy??!

f.  You can use GPS, your smartphones, the interwebs, your team members’ knowledge, or “the man on the street”.  Everything is fair game once the contest starts, so long as you all stay together, use only one car, and follow all of the other rules of the hunt, you are good.

g.  If you feel that you simply cannot locate five of the seven items and you want me to tell you where a particular item is located, you can use your one and only “Phone a Friend”.   I will answer your question but your team will incur a 20 minute penalty which will be assessed upon your arrival to the final stop.

C.  Finishing the hunt:

a.  After your team has successfully located and been photographed with five of the seven items in the clue packet, your team will be texted a clue to final location where the all teams will reassemble and prizes will be awarded.   

b.  The first team to arrive at the final destination after having successfully completed all aspects of the hunt will be deemed The Winner!

c.  The cut off time is 1:00PM.  If your team has not finished by 1:00PM simply text us that you are not worthy and simply to want to come home.  Don’t worry, you will still be invited to the final stop.

d.  If at any time you want to give up and come home, let us know and we will text you the final location.

D.  To the winners go the spoils…

a.  Each member of the winning team will receive a free beer (or your favorite beverage) at the final stop.  Hint, hint, they serve alcohol J 

b.  Each member of the winning team, along with one guest of their choosing, will be treated to a wonderful dinner in either the Italian, Chinese, or Thai style, courtesy of our own illustrious home chef Michael King.  The only requirement is that the winning team agrees on the style of food and a date that works for Mike and everyone else.  If you have ever been to one of his home meals, you know you want to be the winning team!

c.  2nd (and maybe 3rd) prizes will be based on the number of teams who participate.  These will be announced at the beginning of the competition. 

WARNING/DISCLAIMER/IDIOCY INDEMNITY CLAUSE:  Each team is strongly advised to obey local traffic laws and to not act stupidThe co-organizers of the club are NOT responsible for any tickets you get, laws you break, or accidents in which you (or a member of your team) are involved.

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  • Tawnya

    What a blast!

    3 · July 12, 2014

    • Michael

      I sent out an email to see if this weekend would work, but it seems like it won't. I'll send out another email shortly to see if the next weekend works.

      August 12, 2014

    • Tawnya

      The 22nd is bad for me unless we do it late - like 6:30 or 7pm. Sat or Sun are good with me that weekend. :)

      August 12, 2014

  • Jodie

    I had a great time. Thanks for organizing it. Can't wait for dinner!

    2 · July 12, 2014

    • Darren

      Thank you for coming Jodie! I am so glad that you had a great time :)

      July 12, 2014

  • Darren

    I want thank everyone for coming out to the hunt! I hope that you had a good time as "guinea pigs" on this first of what he hope is many scavenger hunts! Please post any/all suggestions that you may have that could make this better this fall.

    2 · July 12, 2014

  • Cheryl

    I am sorry, had a minor emergency this morning and couldn't make it. I hope it was fun!

    July 12, 2014

    • Darren

      That is a bummer Cheryl :( I hope everything is OK!

      July 12, 2014

  • Sarah

    Don't think so. Have been trying to get a hold of anyone to pick me up but no luck. dont want to hold you all up. And I appear to be near the start point, no idea how many more waves. I'm sorry. We usually get a notice, I. The apartment & the garage when something is going to block us off like this. The cones they were setting up last night didn't look like they would trap us. There's a few of us standing on the porch stewing a little bit at the moment.

    July 12, 2014

    • Darren

      I am soo sorry that you couldn't make it Sarah :( I hope that you can the next time!

      July 12, 2014

  • Karen

    nice job darren, danielle, and mike! we all had a blast!

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Sarah

    I'm trapped by the color run! There wasn't a notice posted that outr garage/street would be blocked. Left Danielle a message

    July 12, 2014

    • Darren

      Oh no! Do you think you will be able to still come?

      July 12, 2014

  • Brennan A.

    I just found out I can make this! I was going to be the 24th person but somebody backed out! help we still need one more person

    1 · July 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I couldn't make it till 10-10:30 an this seems like a 9:30 sharp event.

      July 11, 2014

    • Darren

      Sorry you can't make it - but welcome Brennan!

      July 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to bring a friend, but it doesn't appear you can RSVP to bring a guest. Would they need to join the meet up group?

    2 · July 10, 2014

    • Danielle

      Yes you can bring a friend. I will change your RSVP to yes. If your friends wants to join that would be great but they don't have to.

      1 · July 10, 2014

  • Dan

    I am bummed to miss this but my chair set-up a conference call at 10 a.m.

    July 7, 2014

    • Darren

      That is too bad. Sorry that you cannot make it.

      1 · July 9, 2014

  • Liz

    This sounds like fun, but unfortunately coincides with Common Ground. :-(

    July 6, 2014

  • Jennifer Y.

    Wish I was in town for this. Hopefully you will plan a Part 2.

    2 · July 1, 2014

  • Kristen

    Love love love this idea. Will be leavin' on a jet plane that day, so will have to wait for the next one. Also? The IDIOCY INDEMNITY CLAUSE is perfect.

    3 · June 26, 2014

  • Claire V

    Damn this looks fun! Wish I didn't already have plans that day.

    June 23, 2014

    • Danielle

      That sucks. Cancel your plan damn it! Welcome back.

      3 · June 23, 2014

  • Natalie

    Sounds fun but I'll be doing the color run that day.

    1 · June 16, 2014

  • Dan

    Sweet! This looks like a blast. Great idea!

    1 · June 15, 2014

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