[Ansteorra] Feast Reservation Manners

Tausha Walker celeste_namron at post.com
Tue May 6 05:02:53 PDT 2003

I understand the point. I'm only objecting because not everyone can do that. Most of the time when I plan to be at an event, I am usually getting paid the day of the event. I don't have the money to prepay. If I don't make the event, I end up spending the money elsewhere. Fixing my car, getting groceries, something I didn't plan for. I normally make the event and honor my reservations. Here lately, I've been without a vehicle of my own. I won't have that problem much longer. I plan on being at a lot of events but I can't always make it. I generally make feast reservations because I like eating feast and because I don't want to leave site to go somewhere mundane and eat. It takes away from the ambiance.

I understand the concept of pre-paid reservations. I'm just asking you to understand that most people that don't make it aren't just blowing it off. If they know beforehand that they're not going to make it, then they cancel. Most of the time it's a mundane problem like the car broke down at the last minute or there was a family emergency, or something like that. They end up having to spend the money anyway. When I have the money to donate, then I do. Sometimes, I buy feast and then end up serving or not eating. Oh well, that's my decision to donate that money. Refunds are a hassle for the person trying to get one and I imagine for the reeve. It may be worth it. It may cut down on feast cancellations. But it would also cut a lot of people out.

          Celeste de Montmorency

----- Original Message -----
From: clarissa <clarissa at supportyou.com>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 00:28:40 -0600
To: "Ansteorra" <ansteorra at ansteorra.org>
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Feast Reservation Manners

> I have lived in kingdoms where all feast reservations were paid
> reservations. I think it worked out very well. Cancellations were much,
> much less. The cook knew how many folks to cook for and knew the feast
> was paid for as well. Folks actually communicated ahead of time (when
> making the reservation) the food allergies they had.
> The small shire where I lived in the East Kingdom could not have afforded
> to lose money because folks didn't attend. Groups typically returned the
> reservation fee if the reservation was cancelled 2 weeks in advance or if
> the event could sell that feast reservation to some one else. Sometimes
> something would come up at the last minute and I wouldn't get to the
> event. C'est la vie! I just donated $5 or $8 to that group.  As a cook, I
> understood that once the food was bought, the group could not get their
> money back. I looked at it this way: I had agreed to let them make
> various food purchases on my behalf by making a reservation and I had the
> responsibility to protect the group from loss incurred by my inability to
> show (regardless of my excuse).
> Its been my experience in this kingdom that the reservation turnover rate
> is sometimes 50% which makes it almost not worth the hassle of tracking
> reservations, quite honestly. Gilli is quite right. If folks can't get a
> reservation, they make other plans and so the group will not replace all
> the no shows when they finally open up feast to the waiting list.  Thus,
> groups can and have lost money on the feast AND a lot of food is also
> thrown away (which breaks my little cook's heart).  Having to absorb
> these losses has the by product of groups setting their breakeven on
> feast much lower than expected attendance, thus raising the fee for each
> of us.
> Clarissa di Firenze
> clarissa at supportyou.com
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