For those who participated in last year's 24 hours of chow, they know it took much advance planning, logistics, and bargaining. Thus, it is not too early to start thinking about the plans for 2003.
We have a few things in store for this year, and at some point the fedora'd one and I are going to inflict a really over-the-top idea on you. Until then, I want to mention a few things. First, I want to organize a couple of warm-up events, half-day's so to speak, although they do not necessarily have to be 12 hours. Second, I want to propose the first of these events, Taste of Western Avenue.
Last Friday, the chowhounditas and their trusty sidekick, Quinn, hooked up with Ultimo at Top Notch Beefburger (really good, but not quite top-notch). Taking them there, we cruised Western Ave. We saw great place after great place. I realized one could have a blast without ever leaving Western Ave, or at best, wandering a block or so left or right. So, the plan is eat Western Ave. From north to south.
We will have a world of choices, from Pakistani on one end to Irish bars on the other. In between there are such stalwarts and Don's Humberger, the 24 hour Rib Inn, Kevin's Hamburger Heaven, Spoon Thai, Quencher's Saloon, Margies, etc., etc. etc.
I am thinking of a date in early March. As last time, there are advantages and disadvantages of weekend vs. weekdays. If we did a week day, perhaps, March 5th which is a Wednesday. If we do a weekend, it could be March 8th (the following Saturday).
This will be a chowhound fundraising event. There will be a admission charge to participate (a min goodwill donation of $10 or a min. mecharndise purchase of $25) that will go to chowhound. In addition, we will produce some kind of keepsakes and such to sell for additional chowhound funds. Other ideas on fundraising will be apprecieated.
If you want to participate E-MAIL me. I will try and structure this based on the amount of people participating. Like the first chowathon, there is no requirement that you stick around the whole time. One advantage of sticking to Western Ave is that we will be easy to find. Western Ave. is also very accessible to public transportation.
Use chowhond for ideas ABOUT the event, i.e., suggestions of places to visit on or near Western Ave.