I rarely ever schedule a Wine Group of Orange County Meetup except for the VinoTrain every now and then on rare occassions. But this is the 20th Anniversary of TrainWeb.com and I want to invite everyone in this Meetup to attend. Since it is our 20th Anniversary, we are only charging $5 per person to attend an event that will provide more than $25 in food per person. But, it is limited to the first 100 RSVPs. We already have over 48 YES RSVPs from the SoCal Rail Travel Meetup Group.
Please come to this event and meet the owners of the VinoTrain, a 1940's vintage railcar that runs 3 times or more every month from Los Angeles Union Station to the Downtown Santa Barbara Wine Trail serving champagne and wine on both the trip up and down for less than $200 per person. My wife and I will also be at this event. Not only are we the very original founders of the Wine Group of Orange County, but we also own the new 40 acre Silver Rails Vineyards and should have our first year of production available by next year.
If you love wine and have an interest in rail travel, then please do come to this event and meet your fellow wine and rail travel enthusiasts! A small group of us who love both rail travel and wine meet at the Twisted Vine once each month.
The SoCal Rail Travel Meetup Group Annual Christmas Party will be held on Monday, December 5, 2015, 5pm-8pm, at The Old Spaghetti Factory (where we have had the Christmas Party for the past few years).
Free appetizers and soft drinks will be available starting at 5pm but the actual event and dinner does not officially start until 6pm. So, even if you can't arrive until 6pm, please RSVP and come anyway! You won't miss anything other than maybe the free appetizers and some pre-party mingling.
Because this party is also celebrating the 20th Anniversary of TrainWeb, founded in 1996, the cost will only be $5 per person attending. TrainWeb will pick up the rest of the cost of this event. (Alcoholic beverages not included, but may be purchased at the event.)
This is the biggest event each year for the SoCal Rail Travel Meetup Group and we expect this to be one of the biggest since it is also the 20th Anniversary of TrainWeb! Where we only have about a dozen or so that show up for our monthly meetups and rail outings, we have filled the room at each annual Christmas Party. This year we are setting aside space for 100 attendees expecting that a good portion of the members of this Meetup group, along with their family and friends, will attend this TrainWeb 20th Anniversary Party.
The menu selections will be the same as the prior year with appetizers served when you arrive before the sit down dinner. As mentioned above, the cost of the meal will be only $5 per person in advance which will also include the appetizers, soft drinks, iced tea or coffee, and Spumoni ice cream for dessert. Wine, beer, or cocktails will be extra that you can pay for to your server when you order at the event. If you wait to pay at the door, the cost will be $10 per person (assuming we don't reach the 100 person limit for this event). Paying in advance really helps us to confirm the count for the restaurant and is greatly appreciated. The sooner you RSVP the easier it will be for us to finalize the plans for the event! Come early to join us in the bar at 5:00 PM for a drink and to mingle before dinner. Unlike prior years, the Spaghetti Factory is now open all day so it is OK to come early. We won't be locked out until 5:00 PM as we had been in prior years.
Appetizers served at 5:00 PM:
Sicilian Garlic Cheese Bread: A generous portion of fresh baked bread topped with a tasty blend of garlic and three melted cheese served toasted with a side of marinara sauce. Also Shrimp, Spinach & Artichoke Dip: A hot cheesy blend of Bay Shrimp, spinach and artichoke hearts sauteed with brandy, cream, fresh herbs and Romano cheese. Service with toasted rustic bread.
The meal choices will be as follows:
1. Spaghetti w/Marinara or Alfredo: Fresh onions and garlic simmered with diced tomatoes, red wine and Italian seasonings.
2. Meat Lovers Treat: Sicillian meatballs, Italian sausage, and spaghetti with rich meat sauce.
3. Chicken Marsala: A seasoned breast of all natural chicken with a mushroom and Marsala wine sauce, alongside spaghetti with Mizithra cheese & brown butter.
You will be asked for your selection when you RSVP. Be sure to mention the meal choice for each person in your party. Each meal will start off with a crisp salad and fresh baked bread and finish off with their signature spumoni ice cream for desert.
Payments will be fully refundable until about a week before the event. Online payments can be by Mastercard, VISA, or American Express. If you wish to use PayPal, use your PayPal Credit Card or PayPal Debit Card, or send your PayPal payment to [masked] and put your meal selections in the comment field. If you want to pay by check, mail it to: Stephen Grande, 5753 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road G-621, Anaheim, CA 92807. If you mail in a check, please be sure to provide me with your full name and your meetup.com ID or email address so I can credit the proper account. I'll set your RSVP to YES as soon as I have received your payment.
We are all looking forward to seeing you at the party!
Refunds offered if:
Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.