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Office Holiday Party in DC for 65

nfwf Nov 14, 2007 06:16 AM

I'm looking for locations in DC where we can hold a lunch time office holiday party. We need a place that can comfortably hold 65 people all together in one room that ideally fits into a nonprofit budget. Does anyone have any recommendations?


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    Elyssa RE: nfwf Nov 14, 2007 06:59 AM

    Not entirely sure if this fits into the non-profit budget but Acadiana has private rooms in the back that are very nice and I believe they can fit 65 people.

    Also I bet you can fit that many people in the upstairs area at Mark and Orlandos. I know they rent out the top floor for parties.

    There is a back/side room area at Old Siam (thai food) in Eastern Market that probably would fit that many. The food is good and cheap, my office (also a non-profit) often time will hold birthday or going away parties there. They also can cater to any vegatarian or vegan officemates you may have.

    I would call and get the info from these places ASAP though since I imagine they book up super quickly.

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      Petitpois RE: nfwf Nov 14, 2007 09:49 AM

      Open Table (www.opentable.com) is a great resource for planning events like this. You can do a search of their database based on date, price and special features (like private rooms). It has saved me a number of times!

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        ktroncoso RE: nfwf Nov 2, 2010 07:56 AM

        Try Ashton, www dot ashtonjs dot com. It's a high end apartment building, but has a beautiful clubroom area with fully equipped catering kitchen that I'm sure many of these restaurants on this site can use when catering your event. I have a contact at Ashton if you'd like to stop by and see the space. I don't think there is a charge for the room/area as the management team there is more interested in gaining exposure with those in the local community vs. making money on their clubroom. The building is right there in Penn Quarter within walking distance to Verizon Center and Metro. A little out of the box, but hopefully this helps?!

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          ktroncoso RE: nfwf Nov 2, 2010 07:59 AM

          You can also try Extra Virgin Italian Cuisine, but it's out in Shirlington, a charming village in Arlington, VA. The space/room would be free; you just pay for food. They have live jazz on most days and the ambiance is very warm and beautiful.

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            Raids RE: nfwf Nov 3, 2010 05:02 AM

            I think the new somewhat casual Italian place in Penn Quarter - Carmine's - might work out for you also - they have a lot of capacity to create different-sized private spaces, and the shared entrees tend to be about $30-40 to feed 4-6 people. All the portions are just massive - normally a drawback, but probably a plus in this kind of situation. The food is all actually really good - much better than you would expect. The Post published a positive review.

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              sweth RE: Raids Nov 3, 2010 07:24 AM

              Haven't been to the one here, but if it's like the Manhattan flagship, it sounds ideal: old-school red sauce Italian served family style, but done very well and (when you have a large group) relatively cheap, and the staff knows how to manage large groups.

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                Raids RE: sweth Nov 3, 2010 08:35 AM

                Yep, it's the same. So far I've had the meatball sub (*barely* split between two people, making it an awfully cheap lunch) and the chicken marsala. Both were not, you know, haute cuisine, but much better than you would expect. The meatballs are huge, but also really well-seasoned. Naturally, because they are huge, they are a little meatloaf-like because of the binding needed, but I like them like that. The marsala sauce tasted rich, and rich with marsala and stock, not just rich with butter. Herbal flavors came through.

                I would certainly take big groups here - the appetizer platters they often basically beg for it. the staff, I thought, was genuinely nice.

                But yeah, for the love of all that is good and right, don't come here with less than four people unless you're going to split a sandwhich or want mad leftovers.

            2. ClevelandDave RE: nfwf Nov 4, 2010 12:37 PM

              Hey folks, this post is from 2007- party's over.

              Besides, the poster never bothered to say where in DC they're located.

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