This may or may not be something folks are interested in, so please feel free to provide feedback on the general idea. I was thinking we could meet for a quick supper/drink before the event, which would also allow those who work downtown to avoid having to go back and forth too many times. Also, it's an excuse to sip warm sake on a Thursday night, which is never a bad thing.
Because we'll need a separate reservation, I figured it would be best to keep it as its own event to avoid having to chase folks down for a head count. Again, feedback is more than welcome on the specifics or the idea as a whole.