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AlbertaHound Feb 12, 2007 04:38 PM

Looking for a place to hold a reception for 60-90 people, including small space for live music. Any recommendations for a venue that would, of course, feature good food?


  1. audio Feb 12, 2007 10:34 PM

    A friend of mine held their wedding reception at the Kennedy School and it was great. The have the "Gym" which is very spacious and also a nice outdoor area. Although it's not high end food, the hors d'oeuvres were actually really good and I don't believe they were normal items from the menu. I do remember some kind of mini blue-cheese bacon burgers that were delicious.

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    1. re: audio
      Nettie Feb 13, 2007 08:44 AM

      Yeah, McMenamin's has a lot of good rooms that size (see also Edgefield: http://www.mcmenamins.com/index.php?l...). But I can't say that the food is very remarkable. I don't think that they'll let you use outside caterers, either.

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      AlbertaHound Feb 13, 2007 09:14 AM

      Thanks a lot for the good ideas. Unfortunately, the ubiquity of Mcmenamins does make it less enticing when considering them for a special occasion. Keep 'em coming.,..thanks!

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      1. re: AlbertaHound
        Nettie Feb 13, 2007 04:01 PM

        There are some good restaurants that have private dining rooms, but I can't think of one that handles that large of a group. For example, Tabla has a private room, but I think it only holds about 20.

        Maybe going for a cool hotel venu and a good caterer would work for you. What about the Jupiter Hotel? I don't know if they make you use their catering. Some other places that I think do make you use their catering are Pazzo/Hotel Vintage Plaza, and Jake's Grill/Governor Hotel. I know the Art Museum can also be rented out for events. The Embassy Suites downtown, which is the old Multnomah Hotel, might have interesting meeting rooms, but I don't know about the food there. I wish I had more ideas for you!

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        pearlinsider Feb 13, 2007 10:15 AM

        What kind of reception? Formal or casual?


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          AlbertaHound Feb 13, 2007 02:46 PM

          Casual - although is there really a place in Portland that qualifies as "formal-only"?

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          1. re: AlbertaHound
            pearlinsider Feb 13, 2007 03:40 PM

            One spot you might want to check out is the remodeled Bridgeport Brewery. Their upstairs area would certainly hold 60+ people. It's a neat space.

            I'll think of more ideas... drawing a blank right now!


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            Roy Feb 13, 2007 04:44 PM

            Other than the hotels, who can handle large parties, you might check with caterers. They usually know about venues as well as menus. Talk to the guys at Simpatica catering.

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