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  1. Based on what I perceive as lukewarm interest, would propose that we plan for a spring event instead. It will give people more time to plan and we can make sure that we have more flexibility in choosing a date. Sorry that I thought about this too late in the game to really make it work.
  2. I checked this morning and the available dates are: Sunday 8/4, Saturday 8/31, Sunday 9/1, Sunday 10/20, Saturday 10/26 and Sunday 10/27. 10/13 has now been reserved. Let me know if there is still any interest given the current availability. They are accepting reservations for next year through the middle of July at this point. That might be an option. Also, I could reserve my community center (although in Gaithersburg it is probably too far north for many would be participants).
  3. Don I will check the schedule at Carderock later today and outline currently available dates. When I find out what is now available could you create a survey to see which dates work the best for everyone? This would allow the group to create a consensus on a date but also allow us to judge the general interest within the group to having a picnic at all. If a only limited of people are interested, it might better to have a get together at someone’s house or someone’s community club house instead . Let me know if you could help. --- [Yes, of course I'll do whatever people want. DR]
  4. Looking further forward, the rest of September is booked and the first October date is the 13th, followed by the 20th, and the 26th and 27th. Obviously, I started on this endeavor a little later than I should have. Let me know if there is any interest in later dates.
  5. Just looking at the Carderock website this morning, (last year’s picnic location) available dates are July 20, 21, August 4, 31, September 1. With the understanding that any of these dates could be taken at any time. Is there any interest?
  6. Is anyone interested in attending a DR picnic this summer? I checked the Carderock website and it appears that there are still a few weekend days available. Post any interest and I would be happy to reserve (and pay for) the site. Paul
  7. Is this gathering still being considered? Technically the first date in the poll is tonight but I did not see a confirmation for any date.
  8. I selected the days that work for me +1 in the poll above. Dinners on the 18th, 19th, 24th and 25th would all be fine. If that doesn't work with the consensus we would be eager to get together another time.
  9. We received the attached email outlining the effects that this has had on Fiola. In support we will be eating there with a reservation at 6:30 this Friday. If anyone else is doing the same ask to speak with the Newman party. On Saturday, September 29, 2018 9:35 AM, Fabio and Maria Trabocchi <rewards@c.pxsmail.com> wrote: Dear Friend of Fiola, As you may have heard, Fiola has been in the news lately and not in a particularly helpful way. On Monday night, a group of protesters found out that Senator Ted Cruz was at the restaurant for dinner. A large group entered the restaurant suddenly and were joined by others already inside the restaurant who may have been patrons or protesters in waiting. Together they surrounded the senator’s table and chanted slogans at him and his wife. They were politically motivated, loud, and disruptive. They were also potentially a danger not only to the senator but to our other customers and to our property and so, as is our policy, our managers called the police and eventually escorted the senator outside away from the protesters when it was safe to do so. We managed to hide him in the kitchen until the protesters left and he finished his dinner and left, thanking us for our hospitality. We have no idea how the protesters knew to come to Fiola to protest, but some in the media have suggested that we intentionally leaked his presence to the protesters. How insane to imagine we choose to host an attack in our own restaurant! As crazy as that idea is, the negative effects of the repetition of this false statement is unprecedented in our careers. We had to take down our social media temporarily because we received thousands of hateful comments. Our reservation lines are inundated with calls from people who are taunting our staff and threatening to destroy our restaurant. Maria and I have personally received death threats. We would have never thought such a thing was possible in the restaurant business. Fiola is being blamed simply for being the location for the attacks as if we ourselves were the attackers. While anyone may disagree with the politics of Senator Cruz or Senator Corey Booker or anyone else in the spotlight, we know you understand that we operate a restaurant in a city where politics is the main industry. We cannot stay open if we don’t welcome everyone regardless of party affiliation. We take our hospitality seriously and dole it out generously to all comers. Under difficult circumstances and without regard to who was being attacked, our staff did the best they could to handle a horrible situation that they, as hospitality professionals, were not prepared to handle and tried to offer the kind of care that any of you would like to be offered if you were in such a situation. As always, we are proud of our team. And we want to make it crystal clear that would never participate in or would condone a protest of anyone of any political stripe inside one of our restaurants. We are now living in the aftermath of this PR disaster. The restaurants will be getting security guards for the time being to avoid similar instances. We are re-training the staff at all our restaurants on what to do in the event this happens again. We are trying to run a restaurant that was besieged this week with the sort of vitriol that is the story of divided politics in America now. It will be challenging, but we are not afraid of working hard, and our entire team is committed to coming back even stronger. We will come back no matter what it takes. If you are receiving this email, you are a friend who comes to see us when you want a good meal and warm hospitality. You are a friend of Fiola, and we take that friendship very seriously too. As a friend of Fiola, you may ask what you can do to help. We are writing to explain what happened and with a request. Simply, please come to Fiola now and through the Fall and holiday season. Not to the neglect of our other restaurants but to come with friends to enjoy the original Fiola soon. As you know, our menus change daily and some amazing items are coming into season now. Please come celebrate the end of the rain (please!) with us, have a cocktail before heading to the Capital One Arena, or make jury duty less dreary by having a Presto lunch at the bar. We promise that Fiola is better than ever, and with your support we will emerge from this challenge quickly. Please contact our reservations team at reservations@fabiotrabocchi.com or visit www.fioladc.com, and we will welcome you with open arms. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for allowing us to serve you over the years. Our most fervent desire is to be able to continue to do so for many more, and so we ask that you come back soon and show us your support now when our staff could really use it. Sincerely, Fabio and Maria Trabocchi
  10. I will be attending, bringing a selection of cheeses made at the Washington State University Creamery, my alma mater (the university but not specifically the creamery).
  11. I looked at the website again today: https://www.recreation.gov/camping/carderock-recreation-area-pavilion/r/campsiteDetails.do?arvdate=07/21/2018&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=111899&siteId=401320&lengthOfStay= and it appears as if a number of dates are still available. Let me know if you would prefer that I book a date? Are Saturdays or Sundays preferable or does it matter? If you have already booked the site (July 29th has been reserved) than never mind. Paul
  12. My wife and I have reservations for the main dining room at 5:45 tomorrow (2/21). If any DR people are there, please stop by our table and say hello. I have shoulder length hair and a beard and if you can't find me ask to find the table with a reservation for Newman. Hoping to see other DR people and am looking forward to a great meal.
  13. Info regarding Carderock. Carderock Picnic Pavilion The picnic pavilion at the Carderock Recreation Area is a large covered pavilion, open on three sides, that accommodates a maximum of 200 people. Convenient and ample parking is available for all attending your event. There are 30 picnic tables in or around the pavilion and electricity, in the form of 4 110-volt outlets, is available for your use. There are 2 large grills outside the pavilion and a large fireplace within the pavilion. Water and comfort stations are located nearby. There is an adjacent field area for activities of all types. You must provide the sports equipment, though poles are provided for volleyball or badminton. The Carderock Picnic Pavilion is available by permit only from Recreation.gov. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance. The cost for the permit is $250.00 for Monday - Thursday and $350.00 for Friday - Sunday, and on federal holidays. No rain dates or partial refunds will be provided Here is a listing of general rules and regulations for use of the Carderock Picnic Pavilion. A more complete listing of park rules and regulations is available. The permit allows use of the pavilion between sunrise and sunset only. The park closes at dark, which is one half-hour after sunset. Only beer and/or wine may be served in unbreakable containers. Alcohol is not permitted outside the pavilion area Catering is permitted, however no vehicle access will be provided to the pavilion. They must be able to operate without running a generator or vehicle. The use of portable gas equipment is allowed. Permission is required to post signs or banners at the pavilion or on the roadways. The park is a "Trash Free Park" and trashcans are not provided. Trash must be picked up and the area left in a clean condition before departure. Fires may be built in established or portable grills only. All fires must be extinguished before leaving the park. Parking or driving on the grass is not permitted. Parking is restricted to designated parking lots and parking may not be reserved. Car pooling and/or charted buses should be considered for groups of 100 or more. No live bands, disc jockeys, etc. are permitted. Any volume amplification must be at a sound level that does not carry beyond the pavilion or interfere with the use of the area by other park visitors. No vending, gambling, raffles or collection of fees of any kind are allowed on park property. No amusement type rides and/or generators are permitted. (i.e. Moon Bounce, pony rides, dunk tanks, etc.) For further information, please e-mail the Fee Supervisor Shaun Lehmann
  14. Forgive me if this has been the subject of a previous discussion but many a meal at an ethnic restaurant has been complimented by a dish of chile sauce. In the past when purchasing what I hoped would be a comparable condiment at an Asian market,I have always come away with something that I felt was too salty. Is there a style or brand of chile sauce similar to what you might be served at a typical Chinese restaurant? Thanks.
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