Blog World Expo – John Chow Blogger Dinner


On the last night of Blog World Expo, I hosted the first, and hopefully not last, John Chow Blogger Dinner by inviting some fellow bloggers to dine at Benihanna Japanese steak house. The blogs that showed up include Egontron, Zac Johnson, Darrin Carter, Gary Lee, Ms. Danielle, Mad Whips, Neil Patel, Nate Whitehill and the gang at Unique Blog Design. All together, we had 15 people. Shoemoney showed up to say hi but couldn’t stay.

I told everyone dinner was at 7PM but when I went to make the reservations they told me they were booked out for that time slot so I have to move it to 6PM. This didn’t create too much of a problem since Benihanna is inside the Hilton Hotel, which is right next door to the convention center.

Benihanna is the kind of Japanese restaurant where the chef cooks the food in front of you. It’s fun to watch the chef slices and dice the food while trying to make very unfunny jokes. The food quality is average – it doesn’t have a chance in hell of matching Spago and I doubt they ever intend to. Because of the size of our group, we needed two tables and two chefs. Here are some more pictures and a video.









Dinner for 15 came to, well, I’m not going to tell you. Instead, why don’t you take a guess. The person who come closest to the actual amount of the bill (including tax and tips), without going over, will win a signed copy of An American Hedge Fund. Guess away.

179 thoughts on “Blog World Expo – John Chow Blogger Dinner”

  1. stumps256 says:


    1. DeboHobo says:


      Why is that guys always wear all black to dinner?

      1. DeboHobo says:

        Mine is $1920 US Dollars by the way

        1. Kym Huynh says:

          Whhhhhat?! $1920!?!? Holy… gosh… I’d open a restaurant in a second.

      2. Gary Lee says:

        I didn’t . . . πŸ™‚

  2. I’ll say $475 with tax and tip. Might be a tad conservative but who knows!

    1. I think you are close. Assume that John had to pay roughly $31 a head , anyway including tips and since you were in blog word expo…you had to be generous with the tips. I’d say roughly $500 if not even $600 (that’d be $40 per person with tips included).

    2. John Chow says:

      You’re not even close.

      1. 1250$ knowing john he took them somewhere very nice but not too overly priced

  3. Eduardo says:

    the first to comment? ok, i have no idea of prices there, but i say 1.100 to pay the bill for 15…

    nice time you are having there!!

  4. Steve says:

    I’d say $1103.44.

  5. Who has eaten Japanese food except for Sushi?

    1. Neil Duckett says:

      Living in Japan i can say Yes i have. Lots of the food here isn`t `Japanese` as such, it`s more other Asian food that has the Japanese touch added to it.

  6. Ed Lau says:

    Hahhaa…Gary looks hilariously uncomfortable standing like that.

    1. ms danielle says:

      πŸ™‚ yea for some reason he had to stand in the front…he’s almost 6′

  7. Simon says:

    I’m going to guess $650 USD

  8. sid says:

    Well i costed 2469$… let me know if i reeally won . . NO cheating please 😈

  9. krillz says:

    it didn’t cost you anything, nothing 0 nada!

  10. mariam says:

    I’ll guess $720

  11. Domtan says:

    $898.12, the 0.12 being the tip.

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      Huge generous tip there haha.

  12. girlrobot says:

    it depends, was there alcohol??….i’ll guess $827.

  13. Ray Ebersole says:


    Well, I’d say it was $485 USD

  14. Leo says:

    Nice, sounds like you had a great time John. Now you gotta come back to a bunch of guys in Vancouver who don’t treat you like a superstar πŸ˜‰
    I have to try and make it down next year, but I had to stay up here and work before the writer’s strike sets in.

  15. Dice says:

    I guess $587

  16. Gdog says:

    Some fantastic Blog World coverage you got here–especially the food posts! The worst part about these sit down cook in front of you places is that your clothes ending up soaking up the grease and smell after you’re done eating. That onion trick was pretty neat, I’m surprised he didn’t burn the place down! lol

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      Ah yeah I remember that… I was at a barbecue at my university cooking sausages manning the grill woo for everyone… and afterwards I STANK. I think we’re more safe with Japanese food though… healthy stuff.

  17. outman says:

    How could our blogs in Chinese apply for these services?Seems no way, they only accept websites in English.

  18. I’m not going to guess at the price but those are some delicious looking food pictures! It seems like it was a good party too!

    Hey is is just one long party or is any business being discussed πŸ˜‰ Seriously, we would love to have some updates of what is going on when you have the time.

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      Yah I love how they did the onion. Very cool – prolly tastes like normal onions though lol. Who cares… it looks cool.

  19. Mike says:

    I’d have to say $463.93 roughly…

  20. outman says:

    Glad to see such kind of party among bloggers, and waiting for more!

  21. outman says:

    I guess it’s $555

  22. Mohd Ismail says:

    heart-shaped rice look nice! ;p

    1. ms danielle says:

      wish you were there to hang out!

  23. Alex says:

    420 is my guess

  24. Gyutae Park says:

    My guess would be… $1,136.34

  25. johnny card says:

    hard to guess if their were mega drink orders. $1,200.oo usa.

  26. Hmmm… $100 per person x 10 people = $1000 + $200 tip = $1200???

    But the big question is, “Who paid for the dinner?”
    I bet John did?!?

  27. Shawn Knight says:

    Chef – “what am i making?”
    John – “volcano?”
    Chef – “no, onion!”

    Great Success!

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      Kzackstan approves!!

  28. $827.63 – Boomshakalaka!! – The Winner of An American Hedge Fund πŸ˜€

  29. Googlelady says:

    Wow that will be difficult without knowing what you guys ordered I will guess: $1541

    there but let me give the list of food price lists for those that want to guess lol:
    Crab claw deep-fried bread crumbed crab | $15.00
    Vegetable tempura | $14.00
    Mixed tempura – tempura prawn, fish and vegetable | $15.00
    Tori karaage – deep-fried marinated chicken | $14.00

    A selection of fresh hand-rolled sushi & made to order sashimi

    Benihana special banquet – hibachi chicken and lamb served with onion soup, benihana salad, prawn appetiser, hibachi vegetables & steamed rice. | $43.20

    Benihana delight banquet – Hibachi chicken and king prawns served with onion soup, benihana salad, prawn appetiser, hibachi vegetables & steamed rice. | $45.10

    Seafood deluxe banquet- king prawns, scallops, hibachi bug meat & snapper papillote served with onion soup, benihana salad, prawn appetiser, hibachi vegetables & steamed rice. | $69.40

    white wine selection

    Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc
    bottle | $42.00
    glass | $9.50

    AnnieΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β€žΒ’s Lane Chardonnay
    bottle | $42.00
    glass | $9.50

    De Bortoli Semillon Chardonnay
    bottle | $29.50
    glass | $7.00

    Peter Lehmann Chenin Blanc
    bottle | $34.00
    glass | $8.00

    red wine selection

    TΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β€žΒ’Gallant ΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ‹Ε“JulietΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β€žΒ’ Pinot Noir
    bottle | $34.00
    glass | $8.50

    De Bortoli ΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ‹Ε“Gulf StationΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬Γ’β€žΒ’ Shiraz
    bottle | $35.00
    glass | $8.50

    Moondah Brook Cabernet Sauvignon
    bottle | $34.00
    glass | $8.00

    De Bortoli ΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬”Shiraz Cabernet
    bottle | $29.50
    glass | $7.00

    sparkling wine selection

    De Bortoli ΓƒΒ’Γ’β€šΒ¬” Sparkling Brut
    bottle | $29.50
    glass | $7.00

    Domaine Chandon
    bottle | $60.00
    glass | $13.00

    Charles Heidsieck mis en cave
    bottle | $130.00

    Dom Perignon
    bottle | $350.00


    Caiprioska muddled 42 Below Vodka, with fresh Lime & Raw Sugar
    glass | $13.50

    Japanese slipper Midori, Cointreau & lemon Juice
    glass | $13.50

    Grasshopper Creme de Menthe, Creme de Cacao & Cream
    glass | $13.50

    Google rocks no? πŸ™„

    1. Wow…no comment… 😯

    2. LoL I did not thought about watching the pics and maybe to try find the restaurants site and see the menu.

    3. DeboHobo says:

      You should win just for the effort you put in. brown noser! LOL

    4. Kym Huynh says:

      Oh my dear lordy… I’m impressed haha. Impressed!

  30. I am going to play the price is right and expect everyone to be over… so….

    $1 !

  31. vangardx says:

    hye john, i guess 1585.65
    thanks πŸ˜€

  32. Chris Stark says:

    My Guess is $1221.55

  33. Hafiz says:

    Bleahz lets give this a shot! My guess would have to be $1,888.

  34. Sam says:

    I would say $820.00

  35. 1844.26 , nice spread you had there

  36. GPT Sites says:

    I feel like I am on The Price is Right.

    No, just kidding. My real bid …

    1. k i should have read the comments… i doublt it to


  37. drt says:

    $1650 πŸ˜†

  38. 30 Day Man says:


    Was there much drinkies?

  39. Mike Huang says:

    I’ll guess it was around $400 for dinner.

    Anyways, that looks like one hell of a feast!


  40. Phamen says:

    $1320 I guess πŸ˜€

  41. FIRE Finance says:

    Knowing John, the guests must have paid to dine with him.
    So his cost is $0. He must have made $$ from this dinner πŸ˜†

  42. Carmen says:


  43. Etienne Teo says:

    My guess is $2018.87. I do not like to guess such things but it’s for the fun anyway.

  44. Etienne Teo says:

    Then again if yours a seven course then it should be $1085.99 after tax and tips.

  45. charles says:

    My guess would be around $4150.10 😈

    1. I think that’s too high???

    2. Neil Duckett says:

      Possibly a little high i think!

  46. ONwebCHECK says:

    Hmmm – party here – party there – and so many food πŸ™‚ So I have to ask … was it a hard work or a big party? πŸ™‚ keep on blogging

  47. EDDIE says:

    well, if 15 people. each person will be charge $50. with tips i think will be $850

  48. John Pope says:

    I guess you paid around 699$

  49. Again some interesting pictures πŸ™‚

  50. Rhys says:


  51. joey says:


  52. I think it all depends on the tip. How do we know John tips 15% or 30%? or even more?

    Maybe we should reward without tip first…

    1. John Chow says:

      With 15 people, the restaurant adds 18% auto tip.

  53. I’d say 1650$ πŸ˜‰

  54. tom says:

    I say: Priceless.
    Dinner with 14 fellow bloggers, and having a nice time, Priceless.

    Do I win something for most original guess?

  55. Jasper says:

    $1,250 and 00 cents!!! 😈

  56. Bruno Silva says:

    I’d say something around $1600… what do you say?

  57. Wow someone are writing $2000-$3000$
    Let me make a simple calculation :

    You were 15 , so lets assume 80$ = $1200 plus a wine of $150 = $1350

    (Lol I was the chief of the restorant) πŸ™‚

  58. vince says:

    my bid is 1,5000

  59. blastup says:

    FREE FREE FREE because maby someone give you free passes?

  60. David says:

    I’ll guess $2,120.

  61. Karen says:

    Having looked at those food pictures…I thought they looked, um, less than appetizing, so of course the stuff probably cost a fortune and you’d need a whole bunch of booze to wash it down and lubricate the conversation and hilarity…say one bottle of wine per person plus all the nasty edibles…lemme get my calculator here…$1811.25

    It’ll be interesting to see what it really is.

  62. Moneyblog says:

    $ 624,80.

  63. conrad says:

    I would say,


  64. From the pictures it didn’t look like you guys were drinking, but I am guessing a few of you were, so $577 is my guess.

  65. Mike Saf says:

    Did you finally get your contest prize from Darin?

  66. Roberto Riccio says:

    $751 πŸ˜‰

  67. I’d have to say $1345 who knows what kind of alcohol was ordered… πŸ’‘

    Click for Nick – Free Stuff Sunday

  68. Greg Stratz says:

    Well it depends if you were boozing it up or not? Well I would assume that they knew you were playing and got the most expensive thing on the menu as I would have if i was there so my guess is 2300 +- as dollars. Either way you write it off for taxes so it does not really matter what it came to.

  69. Alex says:

    I’m going to go with $1,413.79.

  70. Saedel says:

    My guess is $815.25. πŸ˜•

  71. Dena says:

    I will guess $516.00 USD. That’s if there was no booze, if there was booze I would guess around $735.00.

  72. Hrm… well, taking the average of the price range per meal listed at their website for that location, times 15 people, plus a certain amount more to assume drinks were served, multiplied by Clark County’s sales tax rate, plus the automatically added gratuity, and I’m placing my guess at $655.60.

    If I’m wrong, I’ll just be content to read Tim’s website. 😎

  73. Lincoln says:

    OMG, Ms Danielle is HOOOT!! 😯

    No wonder Gary wanted to stand next to her. :mrgreen:

  74. Tom says:

    I’ll throw in my guess with $1,233.22

  75. Michael says:


    I have eaten there on a couple of occasions the last time the chef was Mexican, but food is okay.

  76. homemom3 says:

    Okay at first I was only going to state $990 but then John told someone $600 was no where close so my guess is…….

    $1350.00 I’m guessing John likes to even out numbers, no one likes pennies and such. πŸ™‚ Looks really good John.

  77. Zac Johnson says:

    haha, i would guess.. but i saw 😈

    thanks again John, was an awesome night.

    “Nikon… Get Out!” hahaha, highlight of the night!

  78. I’d say about $650 unless you really pigged out πŸ˜‰ You sure know how to eat though thats for sure!

  79. Gerri says:

    Eek.. I thought my first one didn’t go through and I forgot what i guessed πŸ˜‰

  80. Vik Dulat says:

    I am going to say $1894.56.

  81. Daniel says:

    I’m guessing it came up to around $865.46 ?

  82. Teejay says:

    Yummy heart-shaped rice. It reminds me, I haven’t eaten breakfast.

  83. Bryan says:

    Hah the onion volcano was on the Episode of King of the Hill tonight weird. My guess is 1365.00

  84. chipseo says:

    I would say $1379.49 for a round number.

    I would like to know how you are going to read every single one of these to pick the winner πŸ™‚

  85. skiper says:

    my guess $1,655

  86. Samer Bazzi says:

    Bill comes to $462.11

  87. Jeff says:

    I’m just going to make a wild guess: Around $3,000?

    1. Kym Huynh says:

      Those knives and forks and spoons better be gold plated lol.

  88. John Loch says:

    I’ll take a stab at $2370

    Damn that vid made me hungry.

    Time for a little Moet and chook methanks (no really !) πŸ˜‰

  89. debbie says:

    I guess $1163.58

  90. fyws says:

    Where are you live?

  91. Egonitron says:

    haha, we are all wearing black, I didn’t even notice that

  92. lobo235 says:

    I would say $856

  93. bloggernoob says:

    you should start a restaurant blog if you already haven’t done so

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