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post #1 of 19
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We got an invitation to an auction from 5pm. Til 7pm. 

There will be a No Host Bar and this menu:

 

Passed Hors d’Oeuvres

Stuffed mushrooms, mini crab cakes, sesame chicken and mini tenderloin Wellington

Hors d’Oeuvers Stations

House smoked beef brisket BBQ sliders, caramelized onions and waffle sweet potato chips, bacon wrapped chipotle shrimp, bleu cheese tortilla slaw and Parmesan chicken strips with marinara sauce

Mini dessert sampling table

 

The price is $25 per person.  Is too much to pay?  Maybe I just don’t get out enough.

post #2 of 19

I don't think it's because you don't get out enough kgirl.....I think it has more to do with your living in Arizona...america's mecca of retirees( tied with Florida). Actually $25 seems pretty inexpensive to me considering the menu, but I've been living in California all winter where everything, especially food, is stupidly expensive.......

 

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post #3 of 19
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Lqtm… you know it Joey, I can just see DH and I trying to even get CLOSE to the stations for something to eat, let alone the passed trays.  Those never seem to come around too often, we may wind up starving AND paying fifty bucks for it!!

From what I’ve heard, this is suppose to be some big whoopty-do thing. 

But I gotta’ tell ya’, I’m dying for something really delicious to eat, this watching every calorie is getting old, quick.

post #4 of 19

another thing to consider is how much would it cost you to order just TWO appetizers in a mid range restaurant in Tucson or Hawaii?    just curious, Is this a fund raising event? If it is then $25 is a giveaway.......

it's only money.....have fun!!!!!!

 

joey

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post #5 of 19
Thread Starter 

True, True Joey!  One Ahi or Tako Poke app is like, what? 

$12.95 or more in Honolulu…

Tucson, meh, but I seem to recall a killer platter of mussels in marinara for just coins   

post #6 of 19
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Those never seem to come around too often

I have passed hors d'oeuvres trays at big events before. The secret: find out from what door the waiters holding the trays are coming out from, and stay close to that door. I could definitely point out who knew the secret at the events I worked at. lol.gif

post #7 of 19
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 The secret: find out from what door the waiters holding the trays are coming out from, and stay close to that door.

 

 

What a fabulous idea, why didn’t I think of that one?  So FF, would you pay $25 per person for an event like this?  It’s going to be in just an ordinary, dull ballroom.  But Joey’s right, the old timers will be out in force!

post #8 of 19

What's a no host bar?

 

$25 is two, maybe 2.5 full appetizers where I live. You won't be sitting down to full appetizers, though. You'll be plucking bites off of trays on the fly.

 

Like you , I probably don't get out much, so paying $25 for what will probably amount to a few bites of food seems like a lot.

 

But if it's for a decent charity, I would pony up.

post #9 of 19

Could be a good gimmick. Arazona a lot of retired like here in Florida  You have those that can afford and those who watch every penny, so you must be good and give value for the dollar. Keep in mind at $25.00 pp you certainly will not attreact any early bird typs diners. You may attract some upper scale though.

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post #10 of 19

It depends on what your expectation of the evening is.  Are you going out simply to eat food or to mingle and socialize and do something different than the everyday hohumdrum?  If you're looking just to eat some yummy food you might be better off going to a restaurant where you won't have to share your food.  Hors dourvres and passed canapes are not a sit down dinner, they're just for a taste and there's nothing less graceful than seeing a person chase down a waiter or set up permanent residence at a buffet when it's supposed to be a social event.

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post #11 of 19

Key words...open bar and auction.

The admission fee is to just get people in the door.

The real object is to get you a bit tipsy and thus grease the wheels for bids on things like spa visits and rounds of golf on killer links.

Agree with Terry, if it's something I deem worthy (and have the expendable funds) why not?

Anyone interested in a numbered print of a dog pointing out a quail?

It is nicely framed!!?

 

mimi

post #12 of 19
Thread Starter 

A No Host Bar is not the same as an Open Bar,

I only wish that was the case, I mean if it was,

UH BABY, I’d be there in a flash!  drinkbeer.gif

Terry, No Host is where you buy your own drinks

PLUS pay the 25 smackers a piece to get in the door, OY!

post #13 of 19
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It depends on what your expectation of the evening is.  Are you going out simply to eat food or to mingle and socialize and do something different than the everyday hohumdrum?  If you're looking just to eat some yummy food you might be better off going to a restaurant where you won't have to share your food.  Hors dourvres and passed canapes are not a sit down dinner, they're just for a taste and there's nothing less graceful than seeing a person chase down a waiter or set up permanent residence at a buffet when it's supposed to be a social event.


I was just about to post a similar response.

 

For just mingling, and socializing, I think it's a great deal. If you want more bang for your buck (I sometimes do too) I'd take my 25 and sit down, but that's a good passing menu. I'd definitely sign up for it.

“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.”
Oscar Wilde

 

 

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post #14 of 19

Oh-no!

Don't expect this mimi to pay for booze at an auction!

At least a couple of coupons lol.

The menu looks good, but give me a table and a few chairs and we might stay and play.

Does this mean that no one wants my print ;-)

 

mimi

post #15 of 19
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Yeah, Ya’ know Mrs. P. I don’t know if there’s going to be anywhere to sit, but I’m still on the fence about this shindig.  I haven’t heard of anybody we know that’s going to it and for $25 EACH, we can go into town and get a nice three course meal and have to be concerned about else’s germ-y fingers having been all over the food. ‘um, do you want this piece or this piece of crab cake Martha?’  EW!

There will be passed as well as stations of food and it’ll probably be mucki-mucks there, so I think it’s like a networking/social/raise money something or another…. I should probably call today and find out more details, eh?

post #16 of 19

I'm guessing, but when you check, it will be a fund raiser for some cause. Dig deeper and the food will be a minor part of the event, in priority order:

  • Raise money for the XYZ cause
  • Be seen spending money for the XYZ cause (showing your compassion for XYZ)
  • Hob nob with those willing to spend money for the XYZ cause.
  • Be seen hob nobbing with those who spend money for XYZ cause.
  • Engage in some politicking 
  • Enjoy an adult beverage or two
  • Grab a bit now and again when you are not hob nobbing or politicking.
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post #17 of 19

no Kgirl, î didn't mean to imply that you would be mowed down by sneaker wearing old folks trying to get to the buffet. What I meant to convey was that since you've moved to Tucson, where there are lots of 'penny conscious' retirees may have affected your view of food pricing vs. value. a $25 hor d'oeuvre party is not steep

to me, the are lots of great reasons to go to those kinds of events and while the food is an enticement, it's usually not my motivating factor ..the fund raising cause itself is worth the 50 bucks, the people watching is always worth a few fun chips, it's almost always interesting to get out of your comfort zone and interact with a room of total strangers, which an be really fun too as you can goof on people if you like, and if you come away with making just one new fast friend, you'll be waay ahead!  besides, what is the absolute worst thing that can happen?  It's not a Carnival cruise!!!!!!

go have some fun.....eat, drink and be merry....it's only Monopoly money anyway...

 

joey

ps. of course if you do see some sneaker wearing octogenarians looking to run you down, put on your New York City walk!

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post #18 of 19

$25 per person for a fund raising auction is cheap.  Yes, if you want to figure it out, in terms of what you will get to eat, it's not such a great deal, but it isn't bad either.  You can easily get enough to eat to keep you satisfied, if not full (this depending on the amount of alcohol you consume at the event!).  But it isn't really about the cost of the food.  This is an event and, by the sounds of it, something you don't do very often.  The $50 you spend for an evening out will be well worth it.  I always find these auctions fun, both to work and to be a guest at.  The people watching alone is worth the price of admission.  The auctions are always fun to watch, even if you don't bid on anything, and sometimes these events also include silent auctions which are fun to be apart of and give those of us with less money a chance to blow some on a good cause.  In Chicago, these events usually start at around $75-100 per person with many charging much more.  Even in Wisconsin, where I live now most of these fundraising events cost $50+ per person.

 

Sure, if you want to view this strictly in terms of "what I get for my dollar" going out to a restaurant might seem a better deal.  But you can do that any time.  My suggestion...dress yourself up to the nines, grab yourself a cocktail, nosh on a bit of OK food, and have yourself a blast.

post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by ED BUCHANAN View Post

... Keep in mind at $25.00 pp you certainly will not attreact any early bird typs diners...

chefed, you tickle my funny bone!

From what I've seen around these parts anyway, the early-birds will have already eaten and be in bed by the time DH and I hit the bar...

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