Have you ever wanted to have dinner with Jimmy Song, the famous Bitcoin developer and educator? You’re in luck – Song is hosting a “Carnivory” next Thursday. The tickets will set you back more than $260.00 dollars.
The London Carnivory Dinner will take place on February 7th, and is described as a “Brazilian and Bitcoin Experience”. Hosted by Jimmy Song and Tone Vays, guests will enjoy Brazillian BBQ and receive a free gift. Alcohol is not included. Yours for $262.18 per ticket.
For comparison, dinner at the Ritz London, which features Michelin star dining, costs $195.00 per person. A tasting menu at the Savoy Grill would set you back $128.00.
The Carnivory will be held at Rodizio Rico, a Brazillian-themed restaurant in North London. A quick look on their website shows us that their normal BBQ dinner costs around $36.50 per person. With some quick and simple math, it’s clear that Carnivory guests will pay an extra $225.68 for the pleasure of Song and Vays’ company.
Song and Vays have long been associated with Bitcoin maximalism, including payment remittance using Bitcoin. However, for this event, any method but Bitcoin seems to be the remittance du jour. You can use Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover, or Fiat. Cryptocurrency is not an option.
If you’re thinking you’re out of luck with getting to eat a $37 dollar meal with Song and Vays, you’re mistaken. There are still 24 unsold tickets. The event has since removed the name of the restaurant, Rodizio Rico, from their event page.
The last Carnivory event was held in Prague in October of 2018. The price was similar to the one charged for the one in London – their first Carnivory was held in Chicago, where they charged $313.00. Both were also hosted by Song and Vays.
Public reception to the Carnivory event isn’t all gold and sunshine – there have been plenty of criticism. When Song posted a link to the event on his Twitter, many were quick to criticize organizers for the price.
Song justified the price, however. He believes that it keeps the event exclusive and creates a better networking opportunity for attendees. He claims the guests of the last two Carnivory events were in favor of the most expensive tickets, writing:
“We’ve had great feedback from attendees that the higher price tends to filter for higher quality networking opportunities. Many have told us that it’s a better networking event than conferences which cost 10x as much since dinner is a much more natural place to get to know people than being in the audience to a talk at the same time.”
This event is expected to last 3 hours long, whereas conferences last a day if not two. So it’s up to the guests as to how much networking gets done.
What do you think? Would you pay that much money to eat with Song and Vays? We do meet-ups all the time, in places like Chicago – here’s the kicker – you won’t pay hundreds of dollars for each meet-up. Find out more by visiting our Facebook page and letting us know what you think!