Is it time for another eyeball??? Itâ€™s been nearly a year since the first Market Manila Eyeball, held at Galileo Enoteca where 30+ of this blogâ€™s readers got together for a really nice lunch. Despite apprehensions on both Marketmanâ€™s part and that of the some readers about heading into a restaurant to have lunch with 30 total strangers, it turned out to be a wonderful get-together with such an interesting, erudite and amusing bunch of food-centric folks. We had readers from a wide range of ages, professions, parts of the city (and two from a Southern province), levels of fitness, etc. and everything worked out just great. This year I am thinking of an eyeball that is a pot-luck dinner instead of a restaurant meal. That way, readers who attend can bring a favorite dish (along a pre-determined theme, of course) and we can all eat a terrific, reader-supplied â€œbuffet.â€ If the pot-luck idea doesn’t work out, I need to find a suitable restaurant instead. But first, I need to determine if there is enough reader interestâ€¦
I am tentatively targeting a Friday or Saturday evening in early November and it is dependent on the number of readers who would like to attend as well as finding an acceptable venue, probably in the Makati area. Though 65-68% of Market Manilaâ€™s readers live outside the Philippines and another 10-15% outside Metro-Manila, I canâ€™t readily plan a slew of dinners in say, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Sydney and Singapore to have a broader guest listâ€¦my apologies to those of you abroad who have been such faithful visitors and commenters on this site. At any rate, this is a first pass to see if there is any interest in a second eyeball. If you think you might like to attend The Second Market Manila Eyeball then please leave a comment here. Based on the response (or lack of it), I will try to book a date and place and will then do a follow-up post in a couple of days to solicit a final list of interested participants; you will need to confirm attendance by separate email to ensure you have a seat. Please understand that I may have to limit the total number of guests to keep things manageable. Thanks!!!