Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Algonquin Dinner Club 2 Year Anniversary Party May 8 2008

Come one, come all to eat, drink doubles and be merry at the Algonquin Group's 2nd anniversary party at Big Fish this Thursday at 8:00 pm. In honor of this celebration, Big Fish has kindly offered to serve us complimentary appetizers. There will be a cash bar featuring the new Algonqtini!

Although it's not a formal dinner, it is still critical that you RSVP by Thurday at 10:00 AM so that we can let Big Fish know how many to expect.

The Algonquin Tribe of Miami: A group of highly intelligent, engaging, devastatingly good looking, charming, altruistic and modest professionals who found each other wandering around in the haze of South Beach and South Florida. Some were found in bars, others in restaurants, some on airplanes, in gas stations, at music festivals, online dating sites, under a rock and others in conference rooms and golf courses. Each member of the tribe has joined the modern-day Monday migration in search of bringing food, drink, intellectual conversations, witty banter and Mondays to a new culinary heaven. This group has been in existence since May 8th, 2006 when the 5 original tribe members (Elizabeth Persons, Joanna Popper, Stella Barba, Constantine Gorges and David Greff) converged on Sylvano's on Alton Road for the first fete. This group is a rapidly growing bunch that presently has more than 600 members.

The group was named after the Algonquin Round Table which was a celebrated group of New York City writers, critics, actors and wits. (The Miami group is was equally critical, dramatic and witty). Gathering initially as part of a practical joke, members of "The Vicious Circle," as they dubbed themselves, gathered for lunch each day at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929. At these luncheons they engaged in wisecracks, wordplay and witticisms that, through the newspaper columns of Round Table members, were disseminated across the country. Daily association with each other both at the luncheons and outside of them inspired members of the Circle to collaborate creatively. The entire group worked together successfully only once, however, to create a revue called No Sirree! which helped launch a Hollywood career for Round Tabler Robert Benchley. In its ten years of association, the Round Table and a number its members acquired national reputations both for their contributions to literature and for their sparkling wit. Although some of their contemporaries, and later in life even some of its members, disparaged the group, its reputation has endured long after its dissolution.

So, we are looking forward to gaining a national reputation and perhaps even an Algonquin revue coming out of our group, maybe even this party Thursday night. We also expect to have a long undisparaged group and reputation.

The restaurant is just two blocks west of Brickell avenue on the south side of the Miami river. For directions on getting to Big Fish, click on this link:

Please remember to RSVP by Thursday am to
See many of you tonight at the dinner and all of you Thursday for the Double Pleasure Week!

Also note- May 12 and 26 are still open for

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