No, it wasn't, really. A bunch of us just happened to gather, from Switzerland, England, USA, and parts hither and yon (especially yon) in Ireland, and have a night out on the town. The presence of a restaurant booking and food was completely coincidental, and conveniently avoided the usual finger-pointing and indignance. Much kudos to Gemma for the barest hint of organisation and to Dr. P for producing the rather excellent DSP cookbook, "Srv It Up".
Captions so far provided by Megan.