Wednesday, February 01, 2006

February 2006 Activity -- Making Handmade Chocolates

Activity: Making Handmade Chocolates
Date/Time/Location: Sunday, February 5th, 12:00-2:30pm, Northwest Washington, DC

1. Is this an activity where someone would feel comfortable going alone or is it better to go with a partner? You'd probably want to attend this with at least one friend, as there are very few (if any) single attendees. However, if you are a very outgoing person and are trying to meet people, there is ample time to talk to others at your table.
2. Was it convenient to participate in this activity? Registration on the tastedc web site was fantastically easy. The venue itself (in the house of the tastedc owner) was fairly easy to find because we were all familiar with the area, but may throw others off who are looking for more of a commercial space.
3. Was the activity a good value based on the registration fee? The activity fee was steep ($65) for the 2 1/2 hours -- although it did include unlimited wine and champagne and chocolate samples.
4. What were the participant demographics? There were more women than men and it seemed to be a young-ish crowd (late 20's/early 30's)
5. Logistics: Parking was street parking, and easy in this residential area. The venue itself was rather cramped. Because this takes place in the living space of the TasteDC owner, folding tables are set up in his living room, sunroom and dining room. This makes for cramped quarters. Also note: you will be using the owners personal bathrooms.
6. What should one wear/bring to the activity for maximum enjoyment? N/A
7. Level of physical fitness required (if applicable) : N/A
8. Should participants be there early to get a good seat? It's a good thing we arrived early, as there is a huge difference in visibility depending on where you sit. We got a table right up front and were able to see and hear the chocolate demonstration very well. There is a TV monitor set up that broadcasts the seminar as it is happening, but it was hard to see, and was constantly interrupted by the Taste DC owner talking about wine and promoting his company. Annoying. You may also want to get there early to talk to others at your table.
9. Size group that could be accommodated (if you wanted to organize a group outing. Any size.