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merlot143 Aug 13, 2007 08:18 AM

I'd like to have a catered dinner party for my birthday. Ideally I would rent a private room and hire a lovely caterer for the evening (seems more special than just eating out with your friends). Barring that, I'll book a table/private room in a restaurant somewhere and have them cater the dinner. Can anyone recommend an appropriate place? Budget: relatively modest. Cuisine: Mediterranean, preferably. Thanks :)

  1. OnDaGo Aug 13, 2007 09:08 AM

    my company had a dinner at a private event space "Chef Gallery" it is quite small, only seats 12 (perfect for you) and is done up like a victorian parlour. They are only open for special events and bring in different chefs depending on the clients requests. http://www.chefgallery.ca/exclusive.asp

    For our party they took care of everything: 5 course meal, serving staff, wine pairings pre and post cocktails and dessert on thier patio. $150 per person (Tip & Tax included). The chef would come out and introduce each course and then they would explain the wine pairings. It was very elegant. I am sure they could be flexible depending on your menu & wine requirements.

    Contact them at: info@chefgallery.ca

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      midtowngirl Aug 13, 2007 09:25 AM

      That website is very mysterious! Where is the Chef Gallery? Has anyone tried one of their "Chef Gallery Dinner" events?

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        merlot143 Aug 13, 2007 09:26 AM

        Thanks for the link. This is not a divisable-by-10 birthday, so I'm not ready to blow the budget yet. But it sounds quite special, worth checking out. Thanks again.

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          OnDaGo Aug 13, 2007 10:21 AM

          I would contact them and give them your budget.. like I said ours was 5 courses with nice full glass wine pairings for each and cocktails. If you want a simpler menu and no pairings I am sure it would be less.

          At a typical restaurant you will also have to take into account Tax and tip which will add another 1/3 to your bill (here that was all included). So a $15app, $35 dinner & a dessert with 3 glasses of wine (it is a birthday!) at a regualr restaurant and you will hit the same price...

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        LemonLauren Aug 13, 2007 09:37 AM

        Not quite Mediterrenean, but Quince has a pretty lovely downstairs room/lounge, and their food is phenomenal, service professional, and located on subway.

        http://www.quincetoronto.com/index2.html

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          merlot143 Aug 13, 2007 10:10 AM

          Quince looks lovely. The downstairs might be too large for our little group. They're new. I'm assuming you've been?

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            LemonLauren Aug 13, 2007 11:41 AM

            i have, though just for dinner upstairs. the downstairs area had a table set-up to seat 12 when i was there, and the rest of the downstairs was a bar/lounge with couches and comf chairs, really nice looking ambiance for coffee/drinks after dinner. am planning on using the space for an engagement party...pending engagement!

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