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Mom's 80th - in Victoria

cgriff Oct 11, 2007 06:11 PM

My dear mother has many friends, and I'd like to invite 50-60 of them for a birthday bash to celebrate her 80th on November 3rd!

I was raised in Victoria and know it well, but have lived in Vancouver for over 30 years now... When visiting my folks I always take them out for a nice dinner, and we've had great success with Paprika, Lure, Zambri's, the Oak Bay Marina (in a pinch), to name a few. Mom has a couple of dietary concerns (celiac and egg allergy), but most chefs respond positively if alerted when reserving a table.

However, where to go with such a big crowd? Dad checked out the Fireside Grill (ex-Maltwood), and they do have an upstairs room that could work, and a set menu would be about $35+(ish) per person, with drinks being extra.

I've been casting about for other options that could be considered, but its a bit tough being over here on the mainland... I suppose we could have a catered event, however, I think we would prefer a restaurant, but probably not a hotel.

Any suggestions/comments would be most welcome, and my Mom says hi!

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    Dubby Jo Nov 8, 2007 08:51 AM

    Where did you end up going, and how was it?

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      mlgagnon Oct 18, 2007 03:26 PM

      I have not been there, but what about http://www.dunsmuirlodge.com/dine.html?

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        victoriafoodie Oct 27, 2007 10:36 AM

        I have been to two conferences at Dunsmuir Lodge. The food is very good and the view is spectacular!

      2. victoriafoodie Oct 17, 2007 08:43 PM

        The Latch restaurant might work. They can accommodate large groups as the place is an old house with many interconnected rooms - not just a big banquet room. The decor is old-fashioned and the grounds are lovely with beautiful gardens. I have no idea of price or whether they can accommodate so many people but it might work, and I have been there before with 80-something-year-old grandparents and they really liked it.

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          anewton Oct 11, 2007 08:00 PM

          Have you looked into whether or not the Canoe Club can cater an event for that many? They have a nice upstairs area separate from the rest of the restaurant/pub...it is pretty large and may be available. If you ask me, the food at the Canoe Club is better than the food at the Fireside Grill.

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