Bridal shower suggestions in Charlotte
Mrs. friek is organizing a bridal shower for a good family friend (soon to be sister in law!) and was wondering where to have it that wouldn't break the bank. Times are tough so it looks like we're going to be footing most of the bill. I thought about Lulu's, but with 20 people or so I think that would break the bank. My only other thoughts were Pewter Rose/Tutto Mondo or Arpa's. Anyone else have an ideas for something like this? She isn't looking for anything heavy, so Pewter Rose's brunch items or tapas at Arpa's were what jumped out at me.
I would recommend NOFO On Liz located on Elizabeth Ave in the Elizabeth neighborhood. They serve Brunch, Lunch and dinner and have a bridal shower friendly atmosphere. They may even have a separate space for 20 showering ladies. The food is not bad, it won't break the bank and I think the ladies will dig it.
I would suggest Trio Restaurant. They are locally owned, reasonably priced and good at handling large groups. They also have Sunday brunch. Their fillo-wrapped sausage is yummy and I'm a big fan of their cobb salad. Women love their many different entree salads and who doesn't love their mulligatawny soup. I know that they will print up special menus for you also. If, for instance, you want to limit the menu to a certain # of items. www.trio-charlotte.com
I know you're a fan of Revolution Pizza. What if you ordered a few pizzas and a couple apps and ate served them "family style" at the table. That way you could control quantities and overall cost. I'm not a big fan of Arpa. I thought it was overpriced for portion size and quality.
Another tapas option is Las Ramblas but honestly, tapas really add up and you can end up spending way more than you wanted. Maybe that's only true with my friends though -- your bridal shower crowd could be more the "ladies who lunch" but never really eat crowd? :-)
What about doing it at home and get something catered by Reid's?
It looks like they're going the catering route. Mrs. friek is currently looking for a place that can cater basically polynesian food - I have no idea who in Charlotte can do that! Things like coconut shrimp, pineapple/chicken skewers, etc.
I still think Pewter Rose or Trio would have worked, but I'm a guy - what do I know?