Sara and Jonathan both post about the new cafe in Midtown Harrisburg, Jackie Blue (formerly Double Jack's Tavern). The food sounds good and check out Jonathan's photos (it's pretty modern in there!). I've gotta check it out sometime.
Following are a few tips/observations on New Year's Eve dining that I thought I'd share with the general public. Several years of working 12/31/xx have brought some wisdom (hopefully)...
1. Please remember that, at many restaurants on New Year's Eve, you are not the only person dining there and that you've (hopefully) reserved a specific time/seating for a reason. Show up on time, and don't act like you're the only guest front of the house staff has to serve. If you lose your reservation because you're late (likely after 15 minutes from the agreed upon time have elapsed), don't complain to us. If you do us the courtesy (like any thinking person would) of calling ahead to say that you'll likely be x minutes late, most restaurants willl gladly hold your reservation out of the grasp of those who just walked in looking for an open table.
2. Please do not extend your stay at a restaurant longer than it needs to be, especially on New Year's Eve. You need to realize that many restaurants book their guests on this night in seatings that begin at a set time. We exist to serve our guests, but we really need you to leave at least 15 minutes prior to the next seating.
3. If the restaurantn is offering a set menu (often with several options for you to choose from), please do not go overboard with no butter this, or hold the mushrooms that. Better yet, just order your dining choices without trying to make any modifications. If you've made reservations, you'v elikely been informed of our offerings for the evening. Front of the house staff is always told by the chef not to suggest modifications to New Year's Eve dinners for a reason: volume (and on the server side, to avoid dirty l;ooks and muttered curses by the kitchen staff).
These are but a few of the many suggestions that I could make. See the waiter's post for more great tips.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that
states cannot ban interstate wine shipments to homes if they permit
in-state vintners to ship directly to consumers. So beginning Nov. 1,
the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has decided that Pennsylvania
wineries are forbidden to ship wines to homes in the state. Lawmakers
are working on measures to allow out-of-state wineries to ship to
consumers, but until they decide what to do, consumers will no longer
be able to get wine shipped to their homes.
Way to resolve inconsistency, guys.
The PLCB’s non-solution was not a surprise. They’ve made a big deal over the last 5-6 years (since J. Newman became Chair) about making the State system better and, thus far, that’s only included allowing state stores to open on Sundays (an idea far too long in coming); opening a few discount stores (not readily accessible to most Pennsylvanians); and increasing the quality and quantity of selection (some improvement, but there’s still a lot we can’t get w/o an SLO of a case or more). Why must the LCB still limit our freedom of choice by banning these wine sales?
Don’t even get me started about the retail beer distribution system in PA…