Feb 19, 2009 at 9:45 pm #1234199
There are many Minneapolis, MN, area hikers on this forum. Let's get together some evening and enjoy a great meal at the Fogo De Chao! ( http://www.fogodechao.com/ at 6th and Hennepin). We could do it some Saturday or Sunday noon and enjoy the same food at reduced noon time prices, or do it for supper, either night. I'm open to any of the 4 options. We could meet other places too.Feb 21, 2009 at 11:30 am #1479573
I'm just south of TC in Lake City so would be interested in Sat or Sunday.Feb 21, 2009 at 3:26 pm #1479625
I'm up for it…most any time but Tuesday evenings (standing commitment elsewhere).
Heh…perhaps we could use the first meeting to create/plan an overnight like the recent Pt. Reyes outing for the west-coast contingent!Feb 21, 2009 at 6:20 pm #1479655
Well we got 3 interested, I'm going to ping a couple of other BPLers who live in the TC. I'm hoping we can get 4-6.
I found out at Fogo De Chao they do not do lunch meals on weekend, so to do it on a weekend, it will be Sat or Sun evening, which of those two do you all favor — I'm open to either.Feb 21, 2009 at 6:27 pm #1479658
Of the choice of Saturday or Sunday evening, Sunday is better for me most weekends. Midday either day would be better, though, so maybe a different venue?Feb 21, 2009 at 7:01 pm #1479668
I'll double check, but I think they open at 4pm. Check out the web site, http://www.fogodechao.com — once you tried this place, you'll never be satisfied with any other steak house. It is such an incredibly great experience. They have quotes from 115 reviews here and I agree with them,
I'll buy the first bottle of red wine for the group too.
I pinged 3-4 others who have a Minneapolis locale, let's hope they join this thread.Feb 21, 2009 at 7:30 pm #1479678
@katlinxLocale: Minneapolis, MN
Hello Fellow TC'ers,
I'd love to get together. I'm hiking the PCT starting this April, so it would be fun to talk gear.
I'm free Sunday (afternoon or early evening works best for me) or Wed/Thursday (Feb 25-26) work for me too. I'd be coming from St. Louis Park (Hwy 100/Excelsior area).
KatalinaFeb 22, 2009 at 5:44 am #1479733
Saturday is better for us but we are pretty flexible.Feb 22, 2009 at 7:01 am #1479736
Jim ColtenBPL Member
Aaaaahhh, Fogo … sure, but I'll probably need about week's notice so I can start fasting;-)
I'll need to check available dates for the next few weeks.
Planning a weekend get together would be great!Feb 22, 2009 at 7:13 am #1479738
We have 5 so far, more can join, but let's plan for Sunday, March 8 as the first event. It will be sometime after 4 pm, I will book Tuesday. Should we just go for the first reservation we can get that Sunday evening as long as it is before 7pm (anywhere between opening which is around 4pm and 7pm but first slot available)?
Note, I changed date to March 8 for Dan.Feb 22, 2009 at 7:26 am #1479740
@mn-backpackerLocale: Land of 12,000 Loons
Sounds like fun – I'd be up for it, but I am out of town Feb 25 thru Mar 1.Feb 22, 2009 at 7:29 am #1479741
Sunday March 1 in the 4-7 pm time frame works well for me. I'd say take the first time available.
Dan, will you be back from your travels by late afternoon on March 1? I'd be open to moving the time to later if it works better for all.Feb 22, 2009 at 7:52 am #1479743
Jeremy GBPL Member
replying from my phone, hope this works… this is aa great idea!! Matt and I got together for lunch a few weeks ago, and it would be great to meet everyone else! mar 1 or mar 8 work for me… I'll be watching this thread. I'm glad I caught this as I don't normally watch it on the weekend. cheers!Feb 22, 2009 at 8:10 am #1479744
I'd be thrilled to meet fellow backpackers! Thanks for the note and invite, Roleigh. Let me know which date works best for the group. Both days work for me.
Cheers!Feb 22, 2009 at 12:35 pm #1479797
Count my wife and I in. I'll keep watching for final times etc.Feb 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm #1479802
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
You people(BPL members)should have a great time! The West coast crew had a meet and greet at Pt. Reyes,Ca. I think we had 14 BPL members. It was so nice to meet and talk to people with such common interest like backpacking and GEAR. Have fun!!!Feb 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm #1479829
@mowLocale: Minnesota, USA
This sounds like a lot of fun. Count me in – Sunday the 8th? I'll keep an eye on this thread for the final details.Feb 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm #1479850
@ljohnson53Locale: Central Oregon
This sounds like a great idea. I'll be out of town on the 8th, so the 1st would work for me and my wife.Feb 22, 2009 at 4:28 pm #1479860
It looks like the 8th works for more than the 1st. I am in favor of us meeting at least every 8 weeks except during summer times when we're hiking.
I myself love an excuse to go to Fogo De Chao — I just don't want to go by myself. Personally I'm up to meeting BOTH Sunday evenings, so if enough want to do that, count me in for BOTH. But doing the head count so far, March 8 seems to be more preferred.
Once we meet, perhaps you all can come up with another place to meet subsequent times.
I just think for us to have a grand time though that if we have at least 4-5 show up, I'm willing to do both.
For sure it looks like a great head count for the 8th. I'm still going to wait until Tuesday to do booking as it seems some people don't follow email until weekdays. I pinged everybody I could search through forum searching who is from TC — there are about 3 who will see emails first thing Monday.Feb 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm #1479867
Sounds good – my master planner (gf) is out right now but I'll get back to you folks. I should be fine for that day.Feb 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm #1479877
I'm good for March 8…will await your confirming the time after you've talked with the restaurant.Feb 22, 2009 at 5:41 pm #1479880
@mn-backpackerLocale: Land of 12,000 Loons
March 8th works for me – I just put it on my calendar.
The question, however, is do I admit to anybody that I'm going to meet with a bunch of weirdos obsessed with backpacking that I only know from the Internet?Feb 22, 2009 at 5:48 pm #1479885
Just tell them, wait for the blank stares and come home with trips planned and gear ideas galore! Those who matter won't care and those who care don't matter.
Edit: I will definitely be there. If it is in the afternoon, I will be bringing my girlfriend (non-bpl member), who can also talk gear with the best of them.Feb 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm #1479933
Fogo de Chao is one of those places where everyone is having so much fun with their own party and fantastic food that nobody is aware of any other table and what they're doing.
Nobody will give a second thought to us all, I bet. But all of us will most likely give many thoughts to enjoying the evening. Have any of you all ate at the Fogo de Chao yet? It's not only nationwide but international (although only the USA an Brazil).Feb 22, 2009 at 8:08 pm #1479939
Jeremy GBPL Member
just wondering what kind of money we are talking for a fogo de chao evening out… just wondering how many meals I need to skip prior to then (to save up money) to be able to convince my wife that we can afford for me to go out to eat with a bunch of people that I have never met at a nice restaurant…
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