Good day, kind Feastlings.
First, I want to say thanks for the response we got yesterday- I know we all feel like we need a drink right now- between the pandemic and politics and economic jitters, anyone who’s sleeping soundly is a very lucky anomaly. So to those of you who came out to show your support after yesterday’s beseeching to give the big box stores a rest and come to your friendly local bottle shop, thank you. I think we’re going to make payroll this week without dipping into the savings again, so it’s a good day. I plan on spreading the love by choosing a couple of small, independent businesses that are important to me personally and going out of my way to support them this weekend, the same way you did with us.
I know that those of you attending today’s Zoom tasting (this one) will want a passcode, so here’s the whole list of what Zoom gives me:
Doug Levy is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: FEAR NOT.
Time: Oct 31, 2020 02:00 PM Arizona
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 854 9510 7284
I’ll also mention that since a number of you wrote to ask yesterday that if you look at the wine list,
you’ll see wines priced at the restaurant price, which is retail plus a $12 corkage for 750 ml bottles ($6 for half bottles and $24 for magnums,) so by and large, if you subtract $12 from the price you see, you’ll know the retail price. And yes, incidentally, that’s a deal. Restaurant markup ranges from 2.5 to 4 times the wholesale price, rather than the retail standard 1.5 plus a paltry corkage. I once saw a bottle that we had on our list for $38 on another restaurant’s list- a Tucson restaurant, mind you, not New York or LA- for over $80. So when we DO open up, you’ll still be getting a value even when you buy a bottle with dinner.
I’m also including a link to the Thanksgiving menu for you who plan ahead
and for you who don’t, I’ll send a reminder in three weeks when your procrastination needs to come to a halt. Here’s the current menu as well, and a reminder that we’ll have meals ready tomorrow to accompany Cynthia Meier’s lecture on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the Learning Curve
and you can see the Rogue Theatre production of it (the one Cindy directs) besides.
I don’t know if you’re picking out local businesses to support as well, but every time I think restaurants have it tough, I think of the Rogue and realize how fortunate we are.
So we’ll see you at the tasting today, and there’s still time to order and pick up your samples if the spirit moves you.
Thanks again, boatloads.