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SQL Saturday #119 Update

Chicago’s third annual SQL Saturday will soon be upon us, and as food and beverage coordinator it’s my job to obsess over what’s on the menu.

SQL Saturday food offerings seem to have evolved over time. The first few I attended offered pizza, which is of course a great way to feed a large number of people. While very cost-effective, pizza is also not all that exciting. This did not go unnoticed; it seems there was a shift to more local food specialties that aren’t pizza. Lately I’ve seen more local offerings like amazing barbecue in Kansas City and excellent bratwurst in Wisconsin.

BeefThis year I’m happy to announce that lunch for SQL Saturday Chicago will be Portillo’s! We’ll have Italian Beef sandwiches, Mostaccioli, and Grilled Veggie Sandwiches for those who have requested a vegetarian option. Be sure to bring your appetite!

Also if you haven’t already seen, our schedule has been posted! We have some excellent speakers lined up. Now is a great time to start thinking about what sessions you’d like to attend.

Pre-Cons
If you’re looking to extend your weekend a bit, we have two excellent pre-cons lined up for Friday, May 18:

  • Rob Farley (blog | @Rob_Farley) is offering T-SQL in SQL 2012 – new skills for a new exam
  • Allan Hirt (blog | @SQLHA) and Ben DeBow (blog | @BBQSQL) of SQLHA are presenting Real World System Design for the SQL Server DBA

These pre-cons are priced at $99 each and can be booked by emailing sqlsaturday119@sqlsaturday.com.

We’re looking forward to another wonderful event! Can’t wait to see you there in two weeks!

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By Bob Pusateri

Bob Pusateri is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Microsoft Certified Master of SQL Server, speaker, blogger, volunteer, and author who loves finding new and exciting ways to break and fix things. He works as a consultant and architect, specializing in data, virtualization, and cloud technologies.

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