Recent lesson learned: I do not have a future in event planning.
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been trying to organize a blogger meet-up at Mike Isabella’s new restaurant Graffiato. Well, that did not happen. The place is still riding high on it’s new success and we were unable to secure reservations.
However, being the resourceful blogger that I am, I turned to my fellow meet uppers and together we found an alternate solution.
Many email and Twitter conversations led us to a reservation at Carmine’s in Chinatown, but upon further contemplation we decided to go for happy hour at Ella’s Wood Fired Pizza and attempt to score a table while enjoying $3.50 sangria.
We started out with a group of twelve, but extenuating circumstances (probably paired with the fact that I suck at event planning) dwindled that number down to five. No matter though, that just gave me ample time to chat up these ladies!
My dates were Gretchen, Jess, Katie and Allison. We chatted at the bar until our table was ready, which took a bit. The restaurant is tiny, and it was packed. By the time we were seated, we were all ravenous. Not to ravenous not to harass the waiter for a group shot though.
Thanks for the picture Katie!
I had an orange and strawberry spinach salad and a margherita pizza. I ate every bite of everything, which is becoming a habit of mine. I should probably quit that, but last night was oh so worth it.
I was definitely glad we switched out plans, as the menu at Ella’s was a lot more affordable than Carmine’s – and delicious to boot! I’ll definitely be back for that awesome happy hour as well.
All of our eating and chatting spawned a genius idea. Are you ready for it? You’d better be, because it’s going to be a thing.
Monthly DC blogger dinners!
We’ve arbitrarily picked the third Wednesday of every month to be the official blogger dinner meet-up day of choice. We’re starting out August 17th at Graffiato (attempt number two will be a success). I’m going to get the reservation set up way in advance, and we’ll settle out the final number of attendees the week before. Get ready, because it’s really happening this time.
Should the Wednesday time slot prove to be inconvenient for a lot of people, we can change it, but it seems like having a set day will make it much easier for planning. Yes?
If you live in DC and have a recommendation for a place to go, feel free to suggest it! Someone else should probably do the planning though, because as you can tell – I’m keeping my day job.
Are you a good event planner?
The utter failure at planning this dinner makes me slightly nervous for the cookout I’m hosting this weekend… We shall see.