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Westside Rehearsal dinner suggestions 50+ people

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mycatlovespopcorn Jul 20, 2006 10:07 PM

Hi all,
New to chowhound and getting married in November. Wondering if anyone has suggestions for a unique, fabulous place for a rehearsal dinner ($40-50/person) for about 50 people. Some kids under five.
thanks in advance!

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    PattiB Jul 21, 2006 07:39 PM

    I was at an eight course food event on the patio at Il Moro recently - it was realy nice. We had about 45 people and a little space, I think you could do 50 +-. Sthe staff was very nice, good service.

    The food we had was all off menu I think and quite wonderful!! The menu is below...

    Antipasti:
    Affetati I Salumi Nostrani e Gnocco Fritto con Cipolline Brasate (Assortment of cured meats with braised onions, rustic bread.)

    Pastas:
    Cappeletti di Magro in Brodo (Hat-shaped pasta filled with braised beef, in capon broth)

    Rigatoni al Coniglio (Tube pasta sautéed with rabbit ragu, vegetables, white wine reduction, and tomato sauce.)

    Tortelloni di Zucca al Soffrito (Pasta stuffed with sautéed pumpkin in vegetable-spice sauce.)

    Entrees:
    Risotto Alla Finanzera (Arborio rice with porcini mushrooms and chicken livers and gizzards, white wine sauce.)

    Baccala in Umido con Polenta (Baked salt cod with white wine and garlic, served with soft polenta.

    Coniglio all’ Agro Dolce (Rabbit in sweet and sour sauce with capers, raisins, and white vinegar.

    Dessert: Torta Dura, Sfrappole e Tortelli di Prugna a
    Ciocc olata - Hard cake with sliced almonds, prunes, and chocolate.

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      Francesca Jul 21, 2006 04:47 AM

      Il Moro is a great idea - excellent food, they just remodeled about 6 mos. ago. I've seen their private party menus, impressive. Very nice patio.

      Congrats.

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        stormin norman Jul 20, 2006 11:42 PM

        We had our rehearsal dinner at Koutoubia restaurant in Westwood...this is a Moroccan restaurant w/ big cushions to sit on and a set menu under $30.00.This was fun and a different experience then your basic sit down.The owner Michel is a bit of a character,and he will push the drinks like crazy to bump up thetab,so be wary.

        1. yummyinmytummy Jul 20, 2006 11:16 PM

          I would suggest the outside patio at Il Moro...it is really nice, the water feature keeps you from hearing the traffic and the food is really good.

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            WestsideLisa Jul 20, 2006 10:54 PM

            The Restaurant at The Getty has a private room available, and I believe the dinners are in your price range. The view is impressive, and the food is great too. Your guests could wander around the museum ahead of time, and there's no charge for that (other than parking).

            I'm looking for a wedding rehearsal dinner location for October, so I've done the research. I wish The Getty was in my budget!

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              mycatlovespopcorn Jul 21, 2006 12:03 AM

              Thanks will check at the Getty. If you don't mind suggesting any other options you found (lower prices work for me too) I'd appreciate them as well.

            2. chica Jul 20, 2006 10:29 PM

              Castaway in Burbank has private rooms that can fit such a large number of people. You may also consider hotel restaurants, like Cut in Regent Beverly Wilshire, or Belvedere at the Peninsula, or Cezanne or One Pico in Santa Monica.

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                Hunter Jul 20, 2006 10:34 PM

                You could do the dinner at Cut or the Belvedere, or you could buy a house in Brentwood for about the same amount. How much do you want to spend??

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                  Hunter Jul 20, 2006 11:04 PM

                  Oops. Just realized you want to spend that much. Guess you've already got the house in Brentwood. Gongraulations!

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                    mycatlovespopcorn Jul 20, 2006 11:56 PM

                    Unfortunately, no house in Brentwood Hunter :) Of course, if I can find a nice place for under $40, I'll take it ...

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                Bria Silbert Jul 20, 2006 10:28 PM

                At one point, I was seriously considering a private party at Monsoon Restaurant on the Third Stree Promenade in Santa Monica. It's exotic and different looking and not outrageously expensive...and no, you don't have to order the crickets and ants that are on the menu!

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