|community dinner attendance||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David M. Dobkin (dmdobkinpacbell.net)|
|Date: Thu, 25 Jun 1998 18:40:45 -0500|
Rob Sandelin wrote: > In the study of why people attend or not attend community dinner, I would have to add into the mix, the reputation of the cook. We have a guy who is becoming a culinary legend, when he is the cook the place is packed. There are some people that cook and people actually cross themselves off the list and skip dinner that night. > Another factor in noise is how you handle the behaviors of your children. > > Rob Sandelin > Sharingwood Cohousing > Snohomish, WA I'ld like to add to Rob's observation about the quality of the cook. I've observed that, as time goes on and our community becomes more established, that the novelty of common dinners (and we have 3/week) wears off a bit and that these intangibles (good food!!!) come more into play. Also, an observation that I've made is that the element of suspense/surprise is also a factor in our very high meal attendance . We post a menu board prior to each meal. If the menu is posted by cooks days in advance, it gives folks the option of deciding to attend or not. If the menu board is posted on the day of the meal, the element of surprise becomes a factor. No time to decide. Might as well just eat dinner here. In our community, lack of advance information means higher meal attendence. That's my take. Any other Berkeley cohoers care to respond? David Dobkin The still unnamed Berkeley Cohousing Community Berkeley, CA
Community dinner attendance Rob Sandelin, June 24 1998
- community dinner attendance David M. Dobkin, June 25 1998
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