After my second LimsterFest dinner last night (The review is in Dana's capable graphically talented hands)I have experienced a larger 12 person dinner and an intimate 6 person dinner.
My conclusion of the two extremes are:
With a larger crowd, you get to meet more Chowhounds at one event, a plus for a newcomer like me. Unfortunately you don't get too much individual time with each other and it's often hard to hear the chatter going on around. You also get served in a more "banquet" style which possibly enables one to taste a larger number of dishes and some specials ones not on the regular menu.
With the smaller (6) crowd of last night, we got to speak with everyone and learn more about their personal lives, food likes and dislikes, their Chowhound experiences, etc. It's nice to share our personal sides, and not just our "internet personalities." We also literally tasted the food and wine together, and shared our thoughts about it around the entire table.
Rochelle did a great job organizing the event and we ordered literally EVERYTHING on the menu including all the desserts, something we've never don't before. On top of that, Limster treated us to his homemade truflles. Plus we were at the table for 3+ hours which I can't remember ever doing, either. It's a shame more Chowhounds didn't attend. Maybe Panchitas??
What fun, thanks.
PS: It was Ravenswood Winery that made lots of choices of Zinfandels, Rochelle.