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Halloween - Change - TITANIC!

amysuehere May 6, 2008 12:08 PM

Well, looks like the theme for this year's serious blow-out is "Titanic" and holy-cow is it already getting pricy.

Here's the scoobie so far. We're all dressing Titanic (duh), but some are survivors and some are victims. We've rented a balcony room at the Driskill for people watching and the renewal of vows (holy CRAP, the ROOM ALONE is $550!!!)

We'd like to have a nice dinner, or go to different places for each course (that sounds more fun). The obvious choice would be to have dinner downstairs at the Driskill, but I'm concerned now that I don't know anything about the new chef. Of course, there's no rush yet to make reservations, but...

We would like to hit multiple venues during the course of the night, but 6th is probably VERY young for us (we're 40's). We were thinking of one of the stops being the Peacock Lounge, but want to keep with the theme of the party.

This is going to be our last super-big (cost-wise) Halloween, so (mostly) money is no object.

Thoughts?

  1. Nab Nov 21, 2008 08:28 AM

    You're not getting off the hook on this one, amysue -- don't think we forgot.

    Give us a download !

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    1. re: Nab
      amysuehere Nov 21, 2008 09:05 AM

      My apologies and I promise to write the evening up soon. Didn't get to go to as many places as we'd hoped, ran short on time. Here are some pics to keep you satiated until I can talk about the dining...I think it's hilarious the only restaurant shots, there isn't any food on the table.

      http://s429.photobucket.com/albums/qq...

    2. amysuehere Jun 11, 2008 01:57 PM

      AAARGH!!!

      Someone's beat me to the punch! SOMEone's rented Parkside's patio for the FULL evening (from 5 - 2!).

      Any other patios/decks (not Z Tejas) that can fit the whole nautical/1912 theme?

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      1. re: amysuehere
        Trojanbabe Jun 12, 2008 05:39 AM

        Can't offer much help but dang it looks like a fun filled night! What a great idea!

      2. Kaya_n_Austin May 15, 2008 01:27 PM

        What about the huckleberry dessert at Roaring Fork? Can't remember exactly if it is a bread pudding or a cobbler but it's served with vanilla bean ice cream. It's been a while but at the time I remember thinking it was yummy.

        1. amysuehere May 15, 2008 10:45 AM

          Okay, folks. Now I just need to know your favorites at each place.

          First: Louis 106 for appetizer soup or salad
          Second: Parkside for appetizer, soup or salad
          Third: Eddie V's for the main course

          PROBLEM: Starlight and Driskill close to early to make dessert. I need a dessert place after Eddie V's, figure around 10:00

          Retire to Driskill - Nightcaps on the balcony.

          C'mon guys - what are the standout dishes for each stop? Best spot to reserve in each place?

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            Carter B. May 15, 2008 11:16 AM

            I've already mentioned the raw bar at Parkside. Both kinds of oysters we had there were top notch (Olympia and another one I can't recall).

            It's been ages since I've been to Louis 106 and I remember liking their mussels.

            As for dessert, is 1886 Cafe at the Driskill open? We've enjoyed their lemon chiffon cake multiple times. Else, I suggest returning to Parkside if permissible and trying their vaunted doughnut holes (haven't had them) or the snicker's influenced dessert (had it and it was pretty good. B+ range). You might check to see if Trio is open or maybe even the lobby bar at the Four Seasons. The dessert I had at Trio I recall being good but I'm having a hard time placing it.

            1. re: Carter B.
              amysuehere May 15, 2008 11:21 AM

              Nope, Starlight and the Driskill are closed by the time we get out of Eddie V's.

              Thanks for the ideas. I look foward to Parkside. I've never been there before. Absolutely to the oysters.

            2. re: amysuehere
              amysuehere May 15, 2008 12:29 PM

              Anybody had dessert at Old Pecan Street lately?

            3. amysuehere May 7, 2008 07:44 AM

              Here's first blush:

              Eddie V's
              Parkside
              Louis 106
              Saba (Blue Water - get it?)
              Fado (just for a beer)
              Starlite
              Driskill

              maybe Three Forks (because of the interior design)

              Thinking about having a course at each location, but this may actually be too many places. What's your favorite at each place? Also thinking of ending at the Driskill, so we can retire to the balcony and people watch with dessert/drinks.

              1. c
                Carter B. May 6, 2008 12:28 PM

                Parkside for the oysters (and other raw bar choices) should fit in well for anyone stuck drowning on the Titanic.

                Not sure about other interesting Titantic themes. It might be interesting to talk the Drafthouse Ritz into showing Titantic and having a couple of themed entrees for that.

                Sounds like a fun idea. I'm curious to hear other's replies.

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                1. re: Carter B.
                  amykragan May 6, 2008 12:41 PM

                  That would be awesome! I know they do private events and you could work with them to customize your meal. Nice suggestion Carter!

                  1. re: Carter B.
                    amysuehere May 6, 2008 01:08 PM

                    Hmm. And they're right down the street, too...

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                      sighmesigh May 6, 2008 01:12 PM

                      or one of the earlier film versions like A Night to Remember.

                    2. amykragan May 6, 2008 12:28 PM

                      I was looking forward to the 7 deadly sins report, but this one should be interesting as well!

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                      1. re: amykragan
                        amysuehere May 6, 2008 01:11 PM

                        7 deadly sins got too complicated...couldn't figure out how to do it where if one of us wasn't around we'd get the dreaded "What are you?" that's SOOO annoying....plus everyone wanted to be lust. LOL

                        Ohh!!! Love the idea of Parkside. Maybe another course at Eddie V's? Carriage ride to each of them?

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