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Sep 11, 2006 11:18 PM

Chowhound's big meal?

So, I'm going with brazilian food for the rehearsal - 25 people at Muqueca on Cambridge St - very chowhound. But now I need a place for 60 people roughly, Arlington/Cambridge/Somerville/Allston, possibly boston.

Don't want chinese. One family is from taiwan. In fact, no asian, if we can avoid it. Korean might make it under the wire. Prefer something very chowhound... inexpensive, not foodie, authentically delicious. The bride is a professional cook at a top fine dining place in boston - but doesn't have any ideas for this either.

Suggestions? Be creative. African, European, regional, middle eastern?

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  1. I'm trying to think if Addis Red Sea could fit 60... Helmand is a possibility.

    1. What about The Middle East. Depending on the day and time you choose they could probably arrange a room, they have plenty of space. Or what about that armenian place, Karoun Restaurant
      839 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02460? They even have belly dancers! The food is as authentic as I have had for armenian.

      1. I'm assuming this is an off nite when the restaurant would be willing to turn over the whole place to one party. Could Europa or Cafe St. Petersburg handle 60 for eastern European? Ole in Inman, Sol Azteca in Newton or Brookline for Mexican. I bet the Mexican place in Allston on Comm Ave. would do it, name is escaping me. The back room at the Beacon St. Tavern? Tasca?

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        1. re: Joanie

          You're thinking of Zocalo...but what's Europa?

          1. re: tatamagouche

            The Russian place in Brookline Village.

            1. re: Joanie

              Interesting options, I will need to investigate them. Thanks

            2. re: tatamagouche

              Seems to have been renamed Stoli...

            3. re: Joanie

              Just so you know; Cafe St. Petersburg has a function room that holds 100, and it has three Prix Fixe menus at $65, $80, and $100 per person. Very nice, but perhaps a bit rough for a chowhound =/

            4. How about catering from Blue Ribbon with a separate location for the actual event - should be plenty of churches, halls, etc to rent for an evening and the informality of BBQ and catering is sometimes nice for a large group - people feel more free to circulate and move than in a restaurant.

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              1. re: tdaaa

                I thought of this one and it is still a last resort, because it would require 'resetting' the entire hall after a lighter reception for a larger crowd.

              2. Do you guys think that the Summer Shack give a discount to a group that size?