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Office Xmas Party

I know it's a little early, but I'm on the planning committee since I'm a first year at my office. We have about 60 employees, and we're looking to do a semi-nice luncheon. I'm not sure of how much we have to spend yet, but I'm guessing it's between $25-50 per person. It needs to be a place were the food is not too exotic, since there are a bunch of picky eaters. This can be anywhere in LA.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Just make sure the place is big enough to sit us relatively near each other...

      1. re: chica

        What kind of food is it? Big enough?

        1. re: cincodemayo1

          http://www.twin-palms.com/

          You'll find more information on its website. They often hold large parties, with the option of having it inside or outdoors.

          1. re: chica

            Looks great...have you ever planned a party hear? It looks pricey, but doable.

            1. re: cincodemayo1

              No, I haven't planned a party here, but other Chowhounds have.

              I have, however, eaten dinner and gotten take-out. I've always been happy with the meal and service. I'm sure if you give them a call, you can get a quote for a party.

                1. re: cincodemayo1

                  The Twin Palms venue is great, but the food is bad. When they were new the food was good, and I went quite often, but they went way downhill in the last couple of years. If you have people at your office who know food, they will not enjoy it. But then, it's possible that twin palms may have gotten back on track more recently.

                  Trying to think of another venue; do you have parameters for "LA"? I've planned dinners for large groups (but not as large as 60), and always the restaurants will want to set up a limited menu for the group to choose from.

                  1. re: slacker

                    Yeah, we gotta stick to the LA area. And I'm guessing any place we choose will be a limited menu.

                    Another suggestion is Bucco de Beppo. I've been before, and the food is decent, and most of them hold a ton of people.

                    Any other ideas?

                    1. re: cincodemayo1

                      Villa Sorrisso has a pretty big space, I think they have a private room, or could arrange a large section of their dining room for you. It's decent Italian, and they have great drinks too. http://www.sorrisopasadena.com/at_a_g...

                      Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena is in a lovely tented space, you can take a look at the menu: http://www.eatatfirefly.com/

                      1. re: slacker

                        if you want firefly, you'd prob have to book the entire restaurant. they're not that big. parkway grill or arroyo chop house can do it i believe. chop house has a room, i think big enough for your party.

        1. What about Napa Valley Grille, they have several rooms or French 75? Maybe the patio @ Il Moro, weather permitting. Asia de Cuba has a nice view.

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          1. re: Francesca

            We actually did a party recently at French 75, so we probably won't repeat the same place, but I'll check out Napa and Asia and il Moro.

          2. Roy's (downtown near Staples) is a pretty good option. My wife had a holiday lunch there last year and it went pretty well for the picky eaters and foodies alike.

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            1. re: glutton

              It's big enough? What type of food? I'll look into it...thanks!

              1. re: cincodemayo1

                Yes, it is big enough. They have a Asian fusion/Hawaiian menu. In other words, he grills pineapple and throws it on top of some salmon with soy sauce and ginger. it's a celebrity chef, but it's pretty good in the grand scheme of things.