Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Next Round.

 (images via Next)
If you have an ounce of foodie blood in your veins, I am sure you've heard about the ticket sales insanity plaguing an innovative restaurant over the past couple of days.  I knew it was a small miracle that I secured the Kitchen Table for Next's Paris, 1906 cycle and I had grave concerns that I was going to miss out on Next's Tour of Thailand when I learned thousands of eager ticket hungry, refresh-button-hitting, food aficionados crashed the website before it even opened yesterday and forced the postponement of ticket sales.  In that moment I decided to remain optimistic about the sale today, but not to care at all if I missed out.  After all, it wouldn't be the end of the world if I didn't get to taste the fried banana. Right?

Well 16,000 people logged on at the height of ticket sales today.  16,000 people attempting to purchase 2,000 tables...you do the math.  I was one of those 16,000 except I was driving my minivan through Glenview while vocally instructing my children on how to purchase a ticket!  Eventually, I pulled over and realized it just wasn't going to happen for me this time around; the site was limping along at best and all I had was a cell phone, but I still had hope!
And Yes.  I am going to  Next.  Again.
My neighbor Matt and I made a deal to try to get a four top and split it if either of us got through and Matt did!  I tell you, that was probably the best text message I ever received!  Even though I had told myself I wouldn't care if I missed out on the Thai menu I wasn't being truthful with myself; I cared a lot about returning to Next and I am thrilled to death that an agreement made across our  back alley with a longtime friend and neighbor got the job done.  You know, sometimes I just love the suburbs!
Tour of Thailand here we come!  

Oh...and all the tickets sold out in under 90 minutes.
This is going to be the best double date ever!

2 comments:

Angela said...

I'm so excited you get to go! I tried, but am just going to need to wait to see if any nights works for a same night ticket. Can't wait to hear all about it.

Matt Cote said...

We are happy we could repay the favor of you getting us into Paris. Looking forward to a great night and a wonderful meal.

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