Arrivals Dinner

Edwin Buck edited this page Jun 18, 2017 · 38 revisions

Arrivals Dinner

Sunday, June 18 2017, 6:00 pm EDT

A TPC (f.k.a. YAPC) tradition. The night before the first full day of the conference, the conference attendees -- not the conference organizers -- organize a dinner whose focus is

  • to get you a good meal and drinks after a day of travel; and

  • to enable you to meet your fellow attendees in a relaxed and friendly environment.

This is an arrivals dinner but not necessarily the arrivals dinner. It's also a tradition that others who prefer smaller crowds and/or a more vegan-friendly menu organize an Alt Arrival Dinner.

Venue: Zikrayet Restaurant and Lounge

2006 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria, VA 22314

Restaurant specializes in Lebanese cuisine and is located on south side of Eisenhower Ave across from USPTO Conference Center.


  • 5:30 pm EDT: Assemble either in Conference Center near Registration Desk or in Lobby at Holiday Inn.

  • 5:45 pm EDT: Walk or car-pool to Zikrayet.

  • 6:00 pm EDT: Buffet opens.

  • 7:30 pm EDT: Our buffet setup will close at this time, but you will still be able to order à la carte from Zikrayet's menu.

  • 10:00 pm EDT: Venue closes.

Buffet Menu

Appetizers (Mezza)

  • Hummus
  • Sambousik
  • Grape Leaves
  • Mousaka

Dinner Entrees

  • Chicken over Basmati Rice (Chicken Ouzi) with yogurt sauce
  • Baked Kafta (ground beef w/onions, parsley and spices) with potato and tomato stew served with a side of Basmati rice.


  • Fattouch


  • Assorted Lebanese sweets


  • Soft beverages – unlimited consumption
  • Cash bar


$20 per person + 10% tax and gratuity


  • Randal Schwartz
  • James E Keenan
  • Abigail
  • Lee J
  • David Farrell
  • Tom Browder
  • David H. Adler
  • Matthew Persico
  • Lloyd Fournier
  • Chip Salzenberg
  • Nancy Grace
  • Charlie Gonzalez
  • Dylan Hardison
  • Larry Wall
  • Gloria Wall
  • Lewis Wall
  • Desmond Daignault
  • Bruce Gray
  • Gabriel Munoz
  • Ryan Bladorn
  • Dave Friedel
  • Jay Hannah
  • Stuart Johnston
  • Curt Tilmes
  • Mike Greb
  • Hunter Greb
  • Heidi Greb
  • TJ Greb
  • Mark Gardner
  • Curtis Poe (Ovid) (depends on how tired I will be from an international flight)
  • Henry Van Styn
  • Andrew Grangaard, Tommy Stanton (won't arrive until 9-something)
  • Drew Taylor (might arrive late)
  • Deidre Foster
  • Daniel Dragan
  • Michael Hamlin
  • Tracey Clark
  • Ben Lind
  • Edwin Buck
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