You are Invited to the EOGN Dinner after the RootsTech Conference in Salt Lake City

Do you think you will be hungry after the RootsTech/FGS Conference in Salt Lake City? Would you like to have dinner with a large group of genealogists? If so, join us for dinner! You are invited to join other genealogists for dinner on Saturday evening after the close of the  RootsTech 2016 conference. Rumor has it there will also be a few door prizes.
This dinner will be held at 7:30 PM, immediately after the close of the RootsTech2016 Conference on February 6. You are invited whether you subscribe to the newsletter or not. Bring your friends and family also.

NOTE: This dinner is unofficial. That is, it is sponsored by myself and is not affiliated in any way with the conference. If you have questions (or complaints) about the Saturday evening EOGN Dinner, please contact me directly at Please do not contact the conference organizers as they are not involved with this dinner and probably won’t be able to answer your questions anyway.

We will meet at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown between 6:30 and 7:30 pm on Feb. 6, shortly after the close of the RootsTech/FGS conferences. You are invited to join us for an informal gathering before dinner when the bar opens at 6:30 pm. Dinner will be served at 7:30.

The location is a very short walk from the conference site. In fact, even wheelchairs will be able to travel the very short distance from the convention center to the dinner location. We have a reserved banquet room at the Radisson. It will be a genealogists-only evening! Dinner will be buffet style and you can sit with friends or not, as you wish. I suggest you sit at a table with a least a few strangers, then convert them into new-found friends during the evening.

The agenda is simple: there isn’t one. There will be no presentations, no programs, and little of anything else in the way of organization. This is a chance to sit with friends, even new friends, and to relax over a meal and discuss genealogy. If you know anyone who has ever attended a previous EOGN Dinner, ask them if they enjoyed it.

We will meet at the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown, the same location as previous dinners after the RootsTech conferences. It is convenient, has a lot of room for us, and past meals were delicious. The menu will be buffet style and will include:


A bakery basket foccacia, pane carasau & grissini bread sticks, olives and extra virgin olive oil

Butcher blocks of cured Italian meats, prosciutto di parma milano salami, spicy capicolla

Chopped salad with hearts of romaine, frisee, radicchio, pear & gorgonzola cheese

Heirloom tomato, mozzarella & pesto

Entrees – you choice of:

Cannelloni with ricotta & spinach, plum tomato sauce and fontina cheese

Chicken breast with garlic, artichokes & saffron risotto

Sliced sirloin of Black Angus beef with balsamic glazed cipollini onions and roasted cauliflowers, dried grapes & pine nuts


Individual Tiramisu


A cash bar will be available starting at 6:30 pm and will remain open throughout dinner. In addition, fresh brewed Lavazza regular and decaffeinated coffee, assorted Rishi teas, and lemonade or iced tea will also be available at no charge with dinner.

Last time, almost everyone commented on the good food served by the Radisson.

Reservations are required. Only those with advance reservations will be admitted. Payment must be made in advance. The charge is $55 per person and payment may be made with VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card, or PayPal. The $55 charge includes everything at dinner except for sodas and alcoholic beverages. Those will be available at the cash bar.

 Door prize? Who said door prize?

You could win a door prize. No promises here but I suspect there will be a door prize or two awarded to some lucky attendees.

The fine print:

OK, here’s how to attend the dinner: You absolutely MUST have a reservation in advance. No exceptions.

In fact, you need to make the reservation online and then print your own ticket(s) on your printer or save them on your smartphone and bring the ticket(s) with you. If you don’t have a printer or smartphone available, I can still check on your status at the door but that will take a few seconds. Having a ticket with you simply gets you admitted a few seconds earlier with no delays. If you are bringing a spouse or other invited guest, make sure you make a reservation for everyone in your party. It will be embarrassing to tell your spouse that you are going out to dinner with others while your spouse is left alone in the hotel room because “you forgot!” If there are two of you, you need two tickets. Past experience has shown that these reservations fill up quickly. However, if we don’t fill the reservation list earlier, reservations will close on Monday, February 1, at 12 midnight Mountain Time. I have to call the restaurant and give them an exact final headcount in the morning. There will be no last-minute additions (unless someone cancels and you can obtain their ticket). I’ll see you at dinner.

Bring your appetite! You can learn more and purchase tickets by clicking here.


I’d love it! I can’t come to the main event though. Have a great time!


Date confusion? Feb 6 or Feb 14? Both are stated above!


I’m flying out from RootsTech that evening. Hate to miss it. Y’all have a great time!!


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