As I see all the Summerlicious messages on the board, I'd thought Id throw in my 2 cents about the subject. With the recent blows that our tourism and hospitality industry took, I think it's not a bad initiative to have come up with Summerlicious and Winterlicious. However and I do mean however, this is aimed at the tourist crowd, even if a lot of locals will flock to it (not me!). You see, if to pay less to go to a restaurant, I have to go through smaller portions, sour service and in some cases, as some of our reviewers have attested, fruit flies, I'd rather abstain. Yes, I'd prefer to wait a bit, save my money and spend more on a memorable meal.
One(and especially a Chowhound) has to ask him or herself the following question: What makes the restaurant going experience worth our while? It's not a bargain, it's not to have a discount at a certain period of the day, week or year. No, it is to have an exceptional experience, in terms of sights, sounds, surroundings, company, and of course exquisite taste, outstanding freshness of ingredients and amazing service. And this, ladies and gentlemen, should not have limits in choice, price, or time.
If I'm on a budget while I'm travelling, of course, I will want to maximize my expense and sometimes go for a bargain (though I've been known to spend a lot for food while in Europe or elsewhere). That is legitimate and thus, I see the point in Summerlicious or Winterlicious as far as the tourism industry is concerned.
However, If I go to a restaurant when in my hometown, since I can cook at home (and so can most of my friends), I do not want to be limited in my choices. I want a great service, I want something that is out of the ordinary and that will make me long for more.
When I go to an establishment, it is with the knowledge that whatever average price they charge, I am willing to pay. If I do want to spend less, I might make different choices than if I have more funds available. The constant is that I can always expect the best that I can get.
I don't blame my fellow Chowhounds for going and trying out these promotions. It is good that some of us go and inform our community of what it is about and of it limitations.
However,and I am sure a lot of people will think the same, being a Chowhound is being free of boundaries and standards, and trying whatever we want, whenever we want, no matter what the trend or promotion of the moment is. And that is why I did not read or see Harry Potter but that is another story and I do not want to digress! LOL.
Thanks for reading,