This will be my 10th conference and I have yet to have a bad dinner experience.
You're either getting senile, delusional, or in denial.
That dinner in MI or perhaps Philly was awful. It was a horrifically substandard stromboli. We've had some good meals, but that one would cost too much if it were free. IIRC the dessert was the only thing worth mentioning.
There was another year one of my companions had to wait on the vegetarian option until every standard meal was served. I'd classify that as a bad dinner experience too. She waited and waited and most of us waited with her out of courtesy.
Another year the vegetarian was a much better option than the standard and I don't recall it being the year of the stromboli.
Anyway, add all that up and I am also skipping the banquet as are most of the others from our club. Too many years with meh to blah meals and memorable experiences in the wrong direction.
I was a little hard on Denny at the beginning, it could just be his palate is shot.