Given the strong response to my previous post on holding a second eyeball, where roughly 60+ folks signified their interest to attend (not to mention spouses, dates, significant others, etc.), I have decided to confirm the gathering. And thanks to Chris, one of my long-time readers and a frequent commenter, who has agreed to hold the event at a restaurant he is connected with in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. I have decided to do this at a restaurant as organizing a pot-luck dinner for 60-80+ people would be a nightmare and after checking on the cost of venues, caterers, etc., it was just getting too hairy. Instead, I would encourage folks to bring a pot-luck dessert so that we have the best of both worlds â€“ an organized and manageable dinner and a spectacularly over-the-top dessert spread. Here are the details:
The Second Market Manila Eyeball
Saturday, November 4, 2006
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
Cost per Person PHP500 plus VAT (that will cover dinner and iced tea or juice)
Cash Bar for anyone who wants more to drink.
Attire â€“ Casual
The restaurant will be closed to other diners and used exclusively for this Market Manila Eyeball. If 40 or less readers confirm, it will be a sit down meal indoors. However, if, as initial indications suggest, we get 60-80 confirmations, then it will be set up both indoors and outdoors, cocktail tables and regular dining. We are still working on the menu but I hope it will be a great meal. More importantly, the eyeball is a chance for everyone to get together and put faces to names and possibly be shocked by how fat and short and old Market Man really is!
If you would like to attend, please email me through the contact section of this website (Marketman@Marketmanila.com) and give me your name, return email address and a cell phone number. I promise I will not divulge this information to anybody and will never use it to pester you to buy shoe deodorant or a 2 bedroom closet in the suburbs.
Since space at the venue is limited, I would ask that you limit any additional guests to a spouse, significant other or anyone truly interested in food and the type of stuff covered in Market Manila. I will confirm by return email that you have a space(s) and I will close â€œreservationsâ€ when I have reached 70-80 people. Please indicate if you will be bringing a dessert of some sort so we can plan the dessert buffet. Please only confirm if you can really make it; no-shows will receive the wrath of Marketman. I look forward to seeing you all on November 4, Saturday.