Waterbury, CT-Area Rehearsal Dinner
I currently live in Atlanta, but I will be married in Waterbury, CT this spring. I am having difficulty finding a place to hold my rehearsal dinner (approx 60-85 people, sit-down). Does anyone know of any restaurants in or around the Waterbury area that could accomodate a group of that size (either through private dining rooms, or off-site catering)? Quality of food/ambience is a priority, but I'm under no illusions about the difficulty of finding those in this area, so I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks so much.
I second JohnnyCT - check into Dolce Heritage in Southbury. We had our wedding reception there and the food was simply stupendous. Don't go under the assumption that us "small towners" can't cook - Carole Peck's in Woodbury is nationally reknowned and she's in a town of less than 10,000. Just because it's "city" doesn't make it better - the very wealthy area of Woodbury, Roxbury, and Washington gave rise to some of the nations's finest dining establishments. I have traveled all over the US (yes, to Atlanta too!) and my little corner of the world has restaurants that rival any other area of the country.
"Quality of food/ambience is a priority, but I'm under no illusions about the difficulty of finding those in this area...."
Wow, you are under no illusions. Ok, I don't know why you are under the impression that Connecticut has no fine dining, that is simply not true.
Lisboa is a Portuguese restaurant in Waterbury that has been writen up in the New York Times several times. I haven't been there in a while, I heard they have remodeled the inside and their website says they can accomadate groups up to 100.
Carmen Anthony Steakhouse of Waterbury is another place that gets written up a lot in CT media, but I have never been there.
I'm sure there are some good places just outside of the city, maybe someone else on the board knows. Southbury, Woodbury, etc..? Check out Heritage in Southbury, they are a resort that does weddings.
My wife and I had a small after ceremony reception at Carmen Anthony's Fishhouse in Woodbury with about 40 people 6 years ago and they did a wonderful job. I'm not sure if the Waterbury location has the space for a reception but the food and service have always been top notch.