Food at the Mini-Conference

The Mini-Conference will be held March 10-12 at Salt Fork State Park. We’ve been there before. In our follow-up surveys, we have heard two concerns: (1) nearby restaurant options are not available, and (2) the service in the Park’s restaurant is sometimes slow – due to the fact that we all show up at the same time and overwhelm the service staff.

To address these concerns, this year we have added more options to eating in the restaurant.

First, we have added more planned group meals to avoid the wait time in the restaurant. In addition to the Saturday night banquet, we have added a scheduled dinner on Friday night and lunch buffets on both Saturday and Sunday. The full menus can be viewed on the Mini-Conference/Meals tab at area53.org, but here are the main courses and costs for each of the meals. The cost included a 20% service charge for the wait staff.

  • Friday night, 5:30 pm: Chicken Picata with Lemon-Caper Sauce ($25)
  • Saturday lunch buffet: Pot roast with carrots, celery and onions ($20)
  • Saturday Banquet, 6:00 pm: Honey Glazed Ham, Roast Turkey Breast and gravy ($35)
  • Sunday lunch buffet: Meat/Cheese Lasagna ($20)
  • Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available on request.

    The meals, unfortunately, cannot be offered on a walk-in basis. The cutoff for registering for these meals is February 24. We have to provide Salt Fork with an estimated number who will be attending each meal on that day. If you have not yet registered, please go to the website or mail the form in.

    Second, we have expanded the Hospitality Room offerings, which will be open whenever the Mini-Conference is not in session. The Committee is planning food at all meal times, on a donation basis. The menus have not been finalized, but we think anyone who eats there will be pleased.

    We hope to see a good turnout as we seek to develop an informed Area 53 group conscience to support our Panel 67 Delegate, Frank G. Check out the topics – posted on the Mini-Conference/Conference Committee tab on the website.

    Come on out and to be part of the process that guides the future of the A.A. Service Structure.

    Stephen S, Panel 67 Mini-Conference Chairperson

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