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Detroit, MI Geek Dinner March 18th

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in Geek Dinner | Posted on 05-02-2008

March 18th is the day of the Heroes Welcomed Launch event in Detroit.  What better way to end a day of festivities around the launch of the new bits than to have a Geek Dinner with a bunch of fellow geeks?  I mentioned this a week or so ago on Twitter and got a good response so as they say, it’s on like a chicken bone!  The plans are now finalized so here are the details.


Date: March 18th
Time:  6:00 PM


Greektown, Detroit  


553 Monroe Street
Detroit, MI   48226
Phone: 313-961-8020

PizzaPapalis is located a few blocks from the Renaissance Center where the launch event is being held.  Those that will park at the RenCen for the launch event can use the People Mover to go from the RenCen to PizzaPapalis.  I think the cost to ride the People Mover is $.50 and it will stop running at midnight (for those that decide to stay downtown). 

Directions from Renaissance Center to PizzaPapalis.

RULES (Updated 3.14.2008)

The rules for large groups at PizzaPapalis is we cannot do individual tabs for food.  Obviously that would take too long anyway for a large group.  So be sure you bring CASH to this event, not credit cards.  For those doing alcohol at the event, you will either pay cash as you order or you can start a tab with a credit card.  These are not my rules but those of PizzaPapalis. 

Who Can Attend?

The short answer is anyone that considers themselves a technologist or a geek.  We also aren’t discriminating based on location either so if you are from Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio or nearby states in driving distance of Detroit feel free to join us.

What is a Geek Dinner?

Although there is no official definition a geek dinner is a time for technologist, enthusiasts, developers, architects and others in the community to gather and talk about technology.  That’s it, plain and simple.  It doesn’t mean you are part of a sacred group or cult, it just means you were hungry on a Tuesday night, needed some place to eat and there were a bunch of people that like technology like yourself eating at this one place so you decided to join them.

How Do I RSVP?

Easy.  Just add a comment to this blog entry or send an email using the contact link on the site stating your intentions of attending and I’ll start to gather a head count from that.  Once I get your RSVP I’ll update the site to keep a list of people attending.  Be sure to provide your blog link if you have one so I can link to you.  Also if your plans for one reason or another change and you can’t make it, do let me know.  It is important to organize an accurate head count to help the facility plan accordingly.

Who Pays For Dinner?

Unless we find a sponsor to pickup dinner for everyone you’ll be responsible for your own meal.  You have to eat supper anyway so you might as well eat it with a bunch of geeks!  See the rules for how this works, with this large of a group we cannot do individual tabs.

How Many People Can Attend?

Currently we have room for up to 80 people. 

Can I Attend The Launch Event?

Absolutely but you have to register.  Just follow the link to the site and register.  The event is free.  There are 18 talks scheduled revolving around Visual Studio 2008 (which I’m giving one on), SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008.

Who Is Going To Be There?

The following people have officially responded they would be there.

Jeff McWherter
Richard Perry
Michael Eaton
Brad Lloyd (AKA AtomicInternet)
Jay Wren
Steven Harman (blog)
Michael Letterle
James Bender
Jeff Blankenburg
Chris Woodruff
Brian Burge
Bill Portman
Jonathon Thorndycraft
Tim O’Hara
Chris Risner
Matt Kelley (student WCC)
Scott Creighton
Randy Pagels
John Chapman
Michael Cojocari
Michael Palinski
Dennis Burton
Jay Harris
Joe O’Brien
Jeremy (meaton’s friend)
David Truxall
John Hopkins
Dustin Campbell
Mike Bobiney
Mike Moore
Ralph Menzel
Vivek Joshi
Alfred Green
David Redding
Joe Wirtley
Jason Follas
Jamie Wright
Vijay Jagdale
Scott Zischerk
Joe Kunk
Rich Hamilton
Dan Hibbits
Eric Maino (Microsoft product team)
Amanda Laucher
Corey Haines
Nate Hoellein
Praveen Pereira
Mike Moore
Brian Sherwin

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Comments (37)

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The Detroit Launch Event and Geek Dinner

I’ll be there, and I’ll be bringing one guest, Nate Hoellein.

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Count me in!!

I’ll be there

I can’t get enough of Detroit. I’ll be there.


I’ll be there chief

I’m there – Vivek

I’ll be there!

Count me in.

I’m there

Thanks Keith…I’ll be there.

PizzaPapalis Rules! I’ll be there.

Unless he changes his mind, one of my non-blogging friends (Jeremy) is gonna come along.

Someone has to come to occasionally shout ‘Ruby’ and ‘Mac’.

See you there.


I’ll be there, just in case Jay Wren forgets his Code Rush installs. Again.


Ditto. I’ll be there as well! -Jay Wren- alone is worth the visit! 🙂

I’ll be there.

Sign me up Keith, I’ll be there.

Heroes Happen In Detroit

I’m in!

My god, can I learn to type.

Count me in WITH the famous Brad Lloyd.

Count me in the the famous Brad Lloyd.

I will be there!!!!!

I am in 100%!!

You know I’ll be there. I’m in.

The pizza on the website looks AWESOME! Assuming I can get the people I’m riding up with to go, I’m in!

I’ll be there. 🙂

Should have room Steve so shouldn’t be a problem. Once you find out officially let me know for sure.

I think we’re trying to organize our dev group (CONDG and some of the other groups and we’ll be taking a bus up to the event. So… assuming I can talk them into it, and there’s room at the table, count me IN!

I’ll see you there, and I’ll be the one trying to make everyone go out for drinks after. I know a place a few blocks away that has trivia at 9pm and if you win you get your tab paid for!!! 🙂

Dinner with the mighty Elder? That’s a no brainer! I’m in!

I’m in.

Count me in, this is my RSVP

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