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Mr Taster's getting married! Help me with my Chinese banquet.

Hi all-- well after two years it looks as if my Lovely Tasting Assistant (LTA) and I have finally decided to become lifelong chow partners.

We're getting married pretty quickly (end of Feb) so we don't have a lot of time to put this together. We're having a small wedding 30-40 people and are looking for a post-wedding banquet. Our short list is as follows:

-- Empress Pavilion

-- Ocean Star

-- That other "Empress" next to Ocean Star... never eaten here, but have seen many weddings there when I've been through)

-- Mission 261 (never eaten here either, but it looks beautiful)

Food budget not to exceed 2-3k.

I've heard from a Chinese caterer friend of mine that often the restaurants will give you a cake as part of the package. Is this true?

I've done some research but am wondering what current opinions are. Wedding will be at a friend's garden in North Hollywood, so Chinatown is more preferable to MP, but as always we will drive for good food... especially if we can use this as an excuse to expose our lao wai (foreigner) friends and relatives to the culinary glories of the San Gabriel Valley!

Also, since I'm Jewish and she's Taiwanese, we'd love to do a culinary melding of the culinary cultures, but I don't know how well that platter of Langer's pastrami would travel... anyone have experience reheating the stuff? Also a Sunday wedding is a problem for Langers since they are closed... drat! We just might have to move the wedding to Monday :)

(Before anyone asks, there will be no stinky tofu at the wedding... Cantonese food will have to sub for Taiwanese food in this instance!)

Thanks 'hounds!

Mr Taster

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  1. OMG! =D I can't offer any help, but let me be the first to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    1. No suggestions, although I look forward to the report.

      Congratulations!

      1. What about chicken soup w/kreplach? Not too far from won ton soup. Congrats - guess the 6 months in Asia sealed the deal!

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        1. re: Debbie W

          You know what they say.... traveling together can make or break a relationship... we were together literally 24/7 for nearly 7 months (the only time we were apart was when we were visiting her mom and dad and they made us sleep in separate rooms). We had our share of fights of course, but in the end they sort of melt away.

          Anyway, enough sentiment... on with the food reports!

          'Hounds? Banquet me up proper!

          Mr Taster

        2. Woot! Congrats!

          Look at this thread; should give you some ideas.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          Empress in Monterey Park wasn't good at all the last time i ate there.

          Mission 261: i've heard good things about it.

          Ocean Star: was so great in '03 but the quality of food is declining plus I heard the one of owners was very nasty to wedding guests.

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          1. re: trojanita

            This thread you refer to was the most relevant one I could find in the Chowhound archives, though note that the initial post is 6 years old... that's why I'm hoping for some more updated info about these places from 'hounds who have recently visited.

            Thanks!

            Mr Taster

            1. re: Mr Taster

              Hiya mr. taster,

              If you scroll further down the thread, there are responses from this past month.

              I went to a wedding banquet at hop li in arcadia last november. Not very elegant but the food was very good. Just please avoid the San Gabriel Hilton. :)

          2. Mazel Tov!

            My Girlfriend threw me a fantastic 40th at Ocean Seafood in Chinatown a few years ago. While I never go there for dim sum and rarely for dinner the banquet was, to my great surprise, flawless. Size was about what you want and pricewise (she told me later) far "more affordable" than the places she looked in SGV that I generally haunt.