Another successful Smunch! Sitting outside and enjoying the last of the nice weather in Phoenix was a great way to spend Saturday morning. More new friends came to hang out with us (even from Canada!) and the @walkingOH tshirts designed by Becci made their debut. While there wasn’t nearly as much drinking as last time, there was still plenty of fun to be had. Thanks to Local Breeze for taking care of us!
As Nathan mentioned on the comment card he left at Caffe Boa, bellinis (and mimosas) did rule this month’s Smunch! While the food wasn’t quite as heckarad as I had expected, the unlimited bellinis and mimosas really perked the event up for many smunchers. The morning was fabulous for sitting out on the patio, it was great to see Tonia back in town and we met more first-time attendees.
A big thanks to Caffe Boa for dealing with our huge group and for serving up a rather large number of drinks, and thanks to Cartel Coffee Lab for providing post-Smunch coffee. Hopefully people who hadn’t been to one or both of these great Tempe businesses enjoyed finding some new spots to visit.
Overall, I think it was a great first adventure for Smunch outside of CenPho!
Yikes! Your friendly Smunch coordinators just realized that Ignite Phoenix 6 tickets go on sale at 10:00am on Saturday March 13. That’s only 30 minutes before the official beginning of Smunch at Caffe Boa.
If you are planning on attending Ignite Phoenix 6, please be aware that tickets for Ignite Phoenix 5 sold out in a matter of hours, so tickets may be all gone by the time Smunch is over on Saturday. Please plan accordingly if you want to get tickets! There’s plenty of options for wifi along Mill Avenue, so you could arrive early with your laptop and grab your tickets as soon as they go on sale. Or if you’re planning on riding light rail, be sure to bring your mobile broadband device of choice and buy the tickets while you ride!
As light rail fans David Bickford (PHX Rail Food) and Tony Arranaga (Light Rail Blogger) have pointed out, Caffe Boa is literally just steps from the Mill Ave & 3rd St light rail station. Putting that together with the likely effects of unlimited mimosas, it seems that taking light rail to Smunch is a definite win all around.
Tracie and I will be parking at the 19th Ave & Montebello Park and Ride and leaving from that end of the light rail around 9:15am, as we like to get to Smunch a little early to make sure all is well. If anyone else wants to meet up with us at the Park and Ride or hop on along the way, let us know!
Also, if anyone is going to be riding light rail from the east side and wants to coordinate a group, that would be great too.
Judging by all the fun had at FEZ on Saturday, Smunch was a big winner this month. Charlene even wrote a blog post about it for her blog Social Media DIY Workshop. Smunchy’s getting more famous all the time!
Finally, don’t forget to show FEZ some Yelp love if you haven’t already. I finally got of my slacker ass and wrote up a review here. We gotta help support our favorite local biz!
Zoinks! We figured that with Valentine’s weekend and the Olympics, lots of people wouldn’t have time for Smunch, but that seems to be an incorrect assumption. The Smunch Tweetvite is at 23 ‘yes’ responses, which is approaching the size of the largest Smunch ever (December’s delightful morning at Postino Central). I know FEZ is pretty damn good and I’m glad to see people excited to enjoy the food and a great crowd of people. See everyone tomorrow!
New pics from Saturday’s Smunch at The Turf Pub are up on Flickr and Facebook! Despite the not-so-comfortable and slightly dangerous high-top chairs (at least two different and sober people knocked chairs over), Smunch at Turf was a good time. The crowd started small, but grew to 28 at last count.
It was great to see Mike, Collin, Nathan and Mauraa make it to their first Smunch and make new friends Patrick, Mark and Deborah. I’m happy to see Smunch heading into the new year achieving the two goals that myself, Tracie and Tonia started it with…to get people together for fun and conversation and to highlight great places to eat brunch, the meal that gets nowhere near the respect it deserves.
So far, we’ve been to some great places around town, but there’s plenty more to be found. Do you have suggestions of little known (or well known) restaurants that rock a weekend brunch? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter (@smunchphoenix)!
This month’s Smunch at Postino Central looked like it would be be the best one yet and it didn’t disappoint! The final count was 32 smunchers, making for an event which filled half the restaurant. Postino had reserved 4 tables for us, but we quickly expanded to 5, 6 and finally 7 tables. It was great to see a lot of regular smunchers and many new faces.
As far as the food goes, I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone. I certainly loved my French toast and peach bellini. Also, if you didn’t try the honey cucumber lemonade, get some when you go back! It’s light and refreshing, both with or without champagne.
As often happens, Smunch kept going long after the eating was over. This time, the party stayed at Postino with a lot of after-brunch drinking, including several pitchers of beer.
Pictures of Smunch can be found in the Smunch Flickr group or on the Smunch Facebook page. Have Smunch photos you want to share? Join the group or page if you haven’t already and contribute your images!
Happy holidays and we’ll see you next month for the first Smunch of 2010!
As part of Smunchy Smuncherson’s effort to support local goodness, Smunch is now listed on Brian Shaler‘s snazzy event scheduling tool Eventification. If you’re not familiar with Eventification, head on over there and check it out. Many of the events which can be found there are targeted at the techogeeky crowd, but Smunchy’s getting in there to help broaden the horizons!
You don’t need to RSVP on both Eventification and Tweetvite…just one is fine. Check out Smunch on Eventification!