She noted that if we agree ahead of time to a pre-determined meal, and then less people show, the people that do show will be left to pay the difference. Obviusly, moral suasion (like the fed) can be used against no-shows, but it may be easier to create the menu AFTER we arrive. How has it been done at other chowhound gatherings? I am all for placing the ordering responsibility on one or two persons still.
Being brave enough to offer my e-mail address in my postings, I will volunteer to take a head count at my e-mail address