New Zealand Pre-Trip Dinner (OPEN TO ALL)!! – Global Travelers Going Out Group
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*** It’s a great day for a pre-trip dinner. See you tonight! ***
UPDATE #5: There are still 8 spots left. You may claim a spot by arriving early with exact cash. Also, there are usually 2 no-shows for this event, so you just might be able to join us. Make sure to come early with exact cash. Tickets are $40 each at the “door.”
UPDATE #4: Just a reminder, I’ll be at the bar with a red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK on it. Don’t forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. See you there!
UPDATE #3: The early-bird price has ended and the ticket price is now $40. I look forward to seeing you there!
UPDATE #2: There are fewer than 10 early bird spots left and the price will increase from $35 to $40 when the early bird spots are gone or by Sun. Aug. 12th (whichever comes first). To be fair to those who want to join in and are ready to make payment, I’ll be removing those that haven’t paid by Sun. Aug. 5th. Make payment to lock in the early bird price and your spot (see the “Payment” section of the event posting). If you’ve already made payment, the PayPal email you received is confirmation that we’ve received your payment (no need to message me asking for ticket confirmation). This UPDATE has been emailed to the yes RSVPs. I hope to see you there!
UPDATE #1: For those that made payment or deposit for the New Zealand trip itself, this meal is free for you… to RSVP (if you haven’t already), send me a message through my Meetup profile, and I’ll manually add you to the RSVP list. I hope to see you there!
Let’s enjoy an all-inclusive 3-course meal!
This event is open to our entire group as a paid event, but it is FREE (not transferable) to those who have signed up and made payment for the upcoming Winter Adventure Getaway — 9 Breathtaking Days in New Zealand!! trip in March.
This is the perfect time and place to ask questions and find out more for anyone who is thinking about attending this trip. I will even refund the cost of the dinner to anyone who RSVPs yes for the trip AFTER our dinner! Don’t forget, the first price increase for the trip occurs Sat. Sept. 1st.
(Shrimp & Garlic Pasta)
I’ve made special arrangements with the popular Blackfinn restaurant for dinner! All taxes, tips, and gratuities are included. For those that haven’t been there before, Blackfinn is a lively, modern restaurant and bar that offers craveable food in a high-energy atmosphere, alongside an extensive list of craft beers and signature cocktails!
We will check in and hang out at the bar starting at 6:30pm. I’ll be the one with the red flag (1 foot x 1 foot in size) with the word “ACK” on it! We will be seated and dine on tasty cuisine while talking about our upcoming exciting trip and getting to know each other, starting at 7pm! Anyone interested in discussing the trip further can stay and discuss from 8 – 8:30pm or as late as everyone wants to stay. So bring your questions! Our 3 course meal consists of:
- Caesar Salad (romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan cheese, house-made ciabatta croutons, and Caesar dressing)
Entrée (choose one)
- Lime-Seared Salmon (fresh Atlantic salmon, lime-peppercorn glazed, over corn salad with portobello quinoa and steamed green beans)
- Pan-Roasted Chicken (two pan-roasted chicken breasts served with rice pilaf, steamed broccoli, and a side of BBQ sauce)
- Goat Cheese, Beet, & Berry Salad (goat cheese, beets, fresh strawberries, apples, spiced pecans, dried apricots, sunflower seeds and mixed greens, topped with grilled chicken, and served with honey-champagne vinaigrette)
- Shrimp & Garlic Linguine (sautéed shrimp, garlic, white wine, fresh tomatoes, and basil tossed with lemon-butter sauce)
- Stir Fry (vegetarian; wok seared rice noodles, tossed with broccoli, snow peas, red and yellow peppers, mushrooms, carrots, green onions, and rice noodles)
- (The restaurant reserves the right to make changes to the menu if needed)
Dessert (served family style)
- Homemade Cookie Bar Bites
- Brownie Bites
Please note that since the New Zealand trip is a joint trip with the 30s & 40s Going Out Group and the Global Travelers Going Out Group, members of those groups are also invited to this event. The average age will likely consist of those in their 30s.
We’ve got an early bird special for this event of $35! The first 25 paid sign-ups, or those who pay by Sun. Aug. 12th get the early bird price! After that, the ticket price will go to $40. We have a LIMITED number of spots so make sure to RSVP early AND make payment to secure your spot and get the early bird price! To make payment, please follow the steps in the “Payment” section of the event posting.
Come join us as we spend a great evening having dinner with others from our group in anticipation of our New Zealand trip!
METRO & PARKING
The closest Metro is Farragut West (Orange, Blue, Silver lines), about a 2 minute walk, and Farragut North (Red line), about a 4 minute walk. I suggest Metro / cabbing / Uber’ing if you can. I also recommend using wmata.com for travel planning. Don’t forget to account for Metro, traffic, and parking delays. If you are driving, you will need to find street parking or a garage. I recommend using parkopedia.com for garage parking planning.
PayPal account not required. Please follow the steps below (if payment by smartphone doesn’t work, please try your computer). Your RSVP is not guaranteed without payment, and your email receipt is confirmation that we have received your payment (please check your spam folder and email settings). You can also log into your PayPal or credit card account online to verify payment. Payment at the door will be permitted only should the event not sell out. Our events do sell out, so I recommend you secure your spot online early. If you make payment for less than the current ticketed price displayed without prior correspondence, your RSVP will be removed.
- Select “Yes” (checkmark)
- Enter the number of guests coming and click “Finish Payment on PayPal”
- Verify correct dollar amount for number of people you’re paying for. Modify if appropriate, click “Pay Now” (or “Pay Online Now” button at the top of the event posting)
- If you don’t have a PayPal account, enter your payment information
- If you have a PayPal account, simply log in, and pay as you normally would via PayPal
Please be on time. If you are late (arrive after the start time of 6:30pm), you risk the possibility of not being able to join us for some or all of the event. I will have a master list of all those that have paid. It’s not required, but I recommend printing out your payment confirmation email as a backup (if you are not on the list, you will be required to show it). When you check-in, your RSVP will be listed under the name of the PayPal or credit card account used to make payment. Typically, this is your LEGAL name as shown on your driver’s license. Sometimes, it may be under a company name if you set up your PayPal or credit card account that way. If you are not sure what it is, please log into your PayPal account (it will say “Welcome, [your account name]” at the top) or your credit card account to find out. If you are RSVP’d under someone else’s payment, please use that name for check-in.
Since this event is paid for in advance, all sales are final unless the event is canceled or rescheduled. If the event is canceled or rescheduled, an UPDATE will be posted at the top of the event posting, and the UPDATE will also be sent as an email to the yes RSVPs. A full refund will be submitted no later than Wednesday of the following week. For rescheduled events, you must let me know within 3 calendar days of the UPDATE email if you are unable to make the new date… no refunds will be given after that time. Send me a message via my Meetup profile (do NOT comment on the event posting). Thanks for understanding. =)
TICKET RESELL / TRANSFER
Similar to a concert ticket or a football game ticket, you are free to sell / transfer your ticket to someone else if you are unable to attend. I suggest posting in the comment box for the event, that you have a ticket for sale / transfer. Work out any payment between yourselves, and have the seller only send me (the organizer) a message through my Meetup profile (do not comment in the comment box of the event posting) letting me know the first AND last name, and Meetup profile link (if a member) of the person taking your spot (please also copy them on the message). To obtain their Meetup profile link, go to their profile from the mobile website or your computer (not the app), and copy & paste the link from your browser. I host a lot of events and groups, so please let me know the event name and group name the ticket transfer is for. You must let me know by the RSVP close time of 3:30pm on the day of the event.
If you are unable to attend an event, unfortunately a credit towards another event is not possible. Many credit requests are made, and it’d be nearly impossible to track which person has how much credit left from what event to be applied towards which upcoming event or events. It’s especially challenging since the ticket price for most of our events vary.
Should inclement weather (e.g. snow storm, hurricane, etc.) affect our event, we’ll need to reschedule or cancel. If any one of the following is not available for service due to inclement weather, we’ll need to do so: Metrorail is not running to all stops; Uber (X, SUV, etc.) is not running or available at no more than 2x standard rates; venue(s) are not open. I’ll post an UPDATE to the top of the event posting by 4pm on the day of our event with the details.
If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair, dietary for events with food included, etc.), let me know in advance (a week or more before the event) and I will do my best to accommodate (message me through my Meetup profile, do NOT comment on the event posting). If you let me know the day of the event, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to help. Thank you for understanding and I appreciate the courtesy of a heads up!
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