I just got this email. Does anyone have any suggestions for her?
I work for an agriculture-oriented non-profit in Montana and I would love to try to organize a cash mob oriented around local foods! We have some restaurants that do a good job of finding and providing local food and we think that a quick influx of cash might help other businesses to see that this is something that people from our town really support! What we are thinking is that we would work with the restaurant to have them do a special two-course, local foods dinner (appetizer + entree or entree + dessert) for $12-15 (we have a lot of college students and so I think a lower price might help here).
I have a few questions though… Have you ever heard of cash mobs organized at a restaurant? My concern is this: Particularly since it will be our first shot at cash-mobbing, I have no idea how many people would show up! I would hate to tell the restaurant to prepare for 30 people and have 70 show up and have the restaurant run out of the local food special AND I would hate to tell the restaurant to prepare for 70 and then only have 15 people show up and have the food go bad. So I guess I have two questions… one is just a basic, do you have any ideas for me? The second is… have you ever heard of people RSVP’ing ahead of time or something like that so you have an idea of how many people to expect? I can imagine various pros and cons of RSVP’ing, but… I’m not sure how else you could give a restaurant an adequate estimate…