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Images of Dark & Delicious with Comments From the Crew: Praise and Suggestions

There is no particular order and no captions for the following images. They’re just the best of the best that I shot.

It’s the suggestions that make Dark & Delicious each subsequent year, so you’ll see them here as positive feedback.

This is a blog entry to let others do the talking. I’m going to upload some of the images I took. I asked my vintners, foodies, and volunteers to provide the content. I believe that my opinions mean nothing, as compared to what others have to say. I only expedited the night, and have no other perspective, save keeping the lamp lights burning…

The following came in as unsolicited, and very valuable.

John Aver, Aver Family Vineyards: Last night was fabulous. We had so much fun, thank you both (Jo and Jose) for all the energy you put into putting on such a great event. We can’t wait for next year’s!

Pamela Meador, Super Volunteer – two days:  Had a wonderful time – both Thursday and Friday. It was nice meeting you, your group and your family. I hope “The Painting” found a good home. I took some video for John Aver – I went around asking people and vendors if they were Dark and Delicious. Can’t comment on the quality of the Video but I had a good time doing it. Look forward to next year.

Christy Bergman, Great Volunteer: Thanks for letting me volunteer for the super fun D&D event last night!

Ray & Trish Hein, Great Volunteers: Thanks so much for allowing both Trish and me to participate and volunteer at the D&D event. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would like to be considered again next year.

Ray’s recommendations:

  1. The timeslots for volunteering were perfect. They allowed ample time to work and enjoy the event.
  2. A few attendees suggested that in addition to the great directions that it would make sense to have a list of recommended hotels, and if possible a worked out discount rate for D&D attendees. We heard this from a couple from Washington State who were unfamiliar with the area, and from a group who had driven up from the South Bay in LA. (Makes sense to do this and have that as part of the website)

[We did have a hotel with blocked rooms, but time ran out for posting. It was sent via Email to all the vendors, but will extend to consumers next year.]

Ray’s silent auction suggestions:

  1. On the bid sheets it would be good to note the minimum (increment) from the prior bid. Some people out bid each other 1.00 on items.
  2. Throughout the night have the DJ promote the Silent auction every 30 minutes or so. And, then alert people @ 15 minutes, 5, and 1, before the end.
  3. It would be good to have an ID for the items on the bid sheet that could then correspond to the receipt given to the winner.
  4. Last, during the night I’d have the DJ promote items that “would be personally signed” by the winemaker where possible. Jim Concannon was gracious and came over and signed his donations and it was a great touch and highly appreciated

Lisa Lavagetto, Chef Ambassador, Ramekins Culinary School: Thank you so much for including us in your wonderful event. We had such fun and met so many wonderful people, and tasted some great food and wine. I think our praline bars went over well as we gave out 750 bars by 8:40! Once again, we loved being a part of your event!

Aileen Casanave, Esq, Volunteer Extraordinaire: Each winery was very informative and the representatives from the food and wineries seemed to be having just as much fun as the guests!! The mixture of food and dessert was very balanced. The match of wineries to food vendors was on spot. I don’t think anyone ran out of food and the pouring continued until the very end. Everyone I talked to had an absolutely fabulous time!

Harry Stewart, Great American Barbecue: We would like to extend a hearty thanks for inviting us to this year’s Dark and Delicious event. Response to our offering was very spirited and lively. Many party goers sought us out after hearing about us from other attendees. In addition many with vendor badges lined up for a taste. Such a great variety of food and wines had me giddy strolling around and sampling all that I could. Hopefully we can be involved next year or at any other similar event. Its not often while vending an event can you enjoy the event as much as the attendees, that was the case with Dark and Delicious. A job well done and well received on all levels.

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These are a result of my query.

Jon Brown, Pedroncelli Winery: Great event! Brian, from our partner restaurant Bistro 29, and I had a blast. People enjoyed the fact that Pedroncelli Petite Sirah was incorporated into the food dish we served. I know that the incorporation wasn’t the theme necessarily, but everyone did seem to appreciate it. My only suggestion is to have other plastic utensils (i.e., forks) for dishes that require a little more attention. Also, maybe small paper plates or bowls for saucier dishes. Thanks for all your hard work. Looking forward to attending next year!

Bob Smith, Jazz Cellars: The live music was hard to hear due to the acoustics of being in an airplane hangar. But, the DJ music was awesome and people were having a great time… it was hard to sit still – I did see some people dancing. This was a great event and everyone that I talked to was having a great time!

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2 Responses to “Images of Dark & Delicious with Comments From the Crew: Praise and Suggestions”

  1. Chris says:

    Jo,

    Thank you for a fantastic event! I was there thanks to your generosity and will come back again and recommend to others from Washington and all over.

    Regarding the hotel for out-of-towners, if this is the same venue next time, the Waterfront Plaza Hotel in Oakland is ideal. We stayed there via a Hotwire rate and it couldn’t have been more convenient, less than 10 minutes door to door. We drove, but a taxi service or shuttle for event attendees would be another idea.

    For the event itself, as an attendee, the only improvement I’d suggest is more seating. There were a few chairs in the center aisle and I realize space is always at a premium, but a place for folks with old bones to get a load off would be helpful.

    Thanks again and hope meet you again soon when we can chat a little more. I know Friday you were up to your eyeballs!

    Cheers,
    Chris

  2. Jo says:

    Chris, you’re most welcome.

    I’m certain that D&D 2011 will be equally great, and I welcome you’re return.

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