This group will be combined with the DENVER WINE MEETUP mid September 2010. It's getting tedious to post in 5 places on meetup and I have found that folks are on multiple meetups. If you are a current member of this group, your profile will be removed as the group is shut down. Please move your profile to be a part of the best wine experience in Denver:
If you are NEW or a current member, please go to http://www.denverwinesocial.com
to join Denver's largest Wine and Food Group: The Denver Wine Meetup with over 1100 members!
The Denver Dinner Social Meetup hosts monthly dinners, happy hours and wine tastings for young/mid professionals. We will explore a variety of restaurants and cool venues from casual to upscale and try several different cuisines. Wine tastings will focus on a grape or region.
Demographics: The group is open to everyone. The demographics are mostly late 20's/early 30's to late 40's and both singles and couples attend our wine parties. The group includes the spectrum of foodies and wine lovers. All events are adults only, over 21.
Calendar: I will only post "Denver Dinner Social" events and joint events with another group I run "Denver Wine Social" as "scheduled" events you may sign up for in the calendar. Other events will be posted as "note" that are FYI that you can decide to attend on your own as they are not "specific" to our group.
Expectations: The hostess doesn't have control over every item at an event. Every restaurant is different with how they handle pours of wine and food portions along with facilities and waitstaff. Particularly on a busy night when wait staff has a lot of tables. For wine socials....they are designed for folks to socialize and meet new people over wine....If your intent is a more intense wine exploration, a guzzle fest or to eat dinner size portions, please check out the International Wine Guild, the American Wine Society or Argonaut Liquors. If you arrive late to a wine event within a half hour of closing down, please don't complain about what is left. If the group is not a fit for you, please find another group instead of whining to me and others.
Pricing: We are keeping the price to under $30.00 (for wine and food pairing socials) and payment is being done through Eventbrite/paypal which makes it much easier to handle the list, name tags, etc. If you think this is high, go to your local wine bar and order 2 glasses of wine and an appetizer and total the bill with tax and tip....you are at $26-30.00, and you are paying for going to a bar without an event full of cool people. For comparison, the wine events held by the International Wine Guild and Wine Society are over $50.00 although they have an education element to it. For dinners, these will be separate tickets unless it is a special dinner I put together for the group which may require advance payment. On all events that are not paid in advance you are expected to tip appropriately. Wait staff works hard for those tips. Dinner time for a group is typically 18-20% and most time is added to the bill.
Payment All wine social specific events will be ADVANCE PAYMENT. We will not accept payment at the door. We use Eventbrite/Paypal for tracking and payment which has SSL security and we don't see your credit or checking account information. You can use AE, Visa, MC and your checking account for Echeck. We have advance payment only for several reasons:
1. "Meetups" and many groups in Denver have members that RSVP that they will show and then they don't....for most groups that are not advance pay, 40-50% no shows in some groups
2. The restaurant needs a headcount to plan for the amount of food, wine and staff to handle the event.
3. It's difficult enough to check in and hand out name tags and wine lists to folks (50-70 people in a 20-30 minute time span) as the show up let alone try to handle money.
Last Minute Show Ups Are NOT Allowed! Please get on the wait list. Wait list people have priority before someone that has not been on the wait list. Please do NOT show up at the door expecting to attend the event. Paid attendees, please do not bring an unpaid guest. It's not only not fair to those on the wait list but it puts a stress on me and the restaurant accommodating extra people that are not a part of the food/wine count. I will turn away people that just "show up" last minute.
Refunds: For events that require advance payment, please email me right away! Refunds will be provided for illness. We are coming into FLU season. If you have the FLU or suspect you have the FLU, PLEASE email me and we will credit you towards a future event. If you have the FLU, you may still be contagious....it can be contagious up to a week or more in your system: http://www.denverpost.... You won't be able to enjoy/taste the wines and foods and you will not be at your "best" for meeting new people....so please stay home, get well, and we will see you at the next one! For most events, if you can give me notice 12-24 hours prior to an event, I may be able to refund. After an event, I can't. The restaurant prepares food and wine for a certain number of people in bulk for the party and they charge for it.
Allergies Please let me know if you have allergies to certain foods. I sympathize with you as I am allergic to a few items myself. I know the top three are "mold" based foods (blue cheeses/gorganzola), gluten and peanut. So please let me know in advance....this is something we can try to accommodate in most situations.
If you have any questions or suggestions for places that we have not had a function that hold a larger group of 70-100 people please feel free to email me by clicking on my profile.