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Informal Dinners Off-Base

Air Force Protocol
from 'Til Wheels are Up'

Informal Dinners Off-Base

When planning a dinner for DVs from other parts of the country/world, consider going to restaurants with "local flare" and menus unique to your geographic area. Some of your local restaurants feature wild game on their menus -- but be sure to coordinate with the project/escort officers, especially for foreign DVs, before trying something like that!

Never take DVs to a restaurant you haven't tried out yourself first! Sometimes those with a great reputation can be a disappointment, so put it to the test yourself. Make sure the manager and maitre d' understand who your guests are and how important it is to you for them to be treated well. Even when you go to the famous restaurants, they're so used to shuffling people in and out they don't always take that extra care if they're not made aware of the situation. Many of these places are so popular and busy, it doesn't matter to them who their guests are -- if you walk our unhappy, there's always someone waiting to get your table!

If you're paying for the meal with contingency funds (remember the ratio test!), make prior arrangements for the restaurant to bill your office. Also make sure they have your tax exempt number because tax cannot be reimbursed. Contingency funds can be used to pay for alcoholic beverages, but a final check where the wine and beverages are more than the food would be questionable.

Another thing to remember on the cost -- ask what the service charge will be -- make sure that cost is included in the estimate or you may end up with a bill you can't pay without going in for after-the-fact approval; a difficult, uncertain process.

Make sure up front that the maitre d' and waiter/waitress know that there is a set price for the meal, cocktails, and wine. Otherwise, you could end up with an overly ambitious waiter offering your guests a $75 liqueur after dinner and you're not going to be able to pay for it!