Oh. Dear. Lord. Holiday lunch for 55 people.
Yep. It's that time of year. An assistant at my work skipped town without finishing some of his projects, like setting up the office holiday lunch. Which is in 3 weeks. For 55 people. And because we work for a nonprofit in San Francisco, the total budget is $27 per person, including tax and gratuity.
I'm not in charge or setting this up, but the person it fell to asked for my help, and I'm asking you. My first thought was Crossroads Cafe, which would have been perfect and within budget, but it's booked.
Other specifics include:
-A restaurant in the Mission or accessible via BART
-We will not drink any alcoholic beverages, so the budget need not cover it
-No Italian, specified by the big boss
Again, we work for a nonprofit, so we're looking for a place that has a nice feel to it, but doesn't need to be Financial District fancy (like Town Hall or Perbacco, which would also be too expensive and booked already).
Hmmm, Luna Park? It's open for lunch, not sure if it's already booked though, but it may be able to work with your guidelines. Osha Thai would work if they can book that many people, especially if you do a preset menu.
I'm not sure how big the space is at Tao Cafe http://www.taocafe.com/ but there is some kind of upstairs space, and I really liked the atmosphere and the Vietnamese food.
And, maybe not big enough or fancy enough, but the people at Florida Street Cafe seem anxious to please, and they're a nonprofit themselves. http://www.floridastreetcafe.com/
I am a huge fan of Lotus Garden in the outer Mission and they are definitely open for lunch and would meet the budget. I think they could accommodate 55 if you took the entire restaurant.