No holds barred dinner for 80?
- TorontoJo May 17, 2009 09:38 AM
Hi New Orleans 'Hounds! I'm doing some research my company's annual holiday party. Our party is in a different city each year and this year, I'm really pushing to have it in your fair city. I would really appreciate getting some thoughts on what restaurant you think best captures the flavor of New Orleans -- looking for spectacular food, excellent, but non-pretentious service, a great wine list and of course the ability to accommodate 80 people for a sit down dinner.
My preference would be a restaurant that specializes in local cuisine, rather than a generic "fine dining" menu. I would also prefer a spot where we could buy out the whole restaurant, but if you think someplace huge like Commander's Palace is the way to go, I would certainly be open to suggestions! As a reference, the last few years have been: Primo in Orlando, No. 9 Park in Boston, Blackbird in Chicago, Perigee in Toronto.
Thanks in advance for your help. I'm really hoping for this to work out!
re: edible complex
We called for resv. on a Fri. evening and were told that the earlier seatings were blocked for a prirvate party. The earliest they could seat us would be l 9:30. Thus, I assume they would be able to handle a large party. BTW, after mentioning that we come in regularrly and asked if they couldn't help us out???, they gave us a table at 7. It's nice that they appreciate the locals( And thank goodness for computers!).
Drago's could probably handle it. Not fine dining, but the oysters are good that time of year and it is casual.
Though I had no hand in putting it together, Broussard's hosted a private party for 250 about 18 mos. ago. It had been many years, since we had dined there, so while we were familiar with them in the past, did not have any recent experiences.
The courtyard was opened to this party only, and then the masses were seated in a private room inside. Though a rather large group, I thought that the staff did a wonderful job. The interior room was a bit crowded, but then there was a very large projection screen for several DVD's on the organization and some of the retiring officers.
Their cuisine is based strongly on the cuisine of New Orleans. Here is a link to their menu: http://www.broussards.com/menu_daily....
Broussard's Restaurant & Patio
819 Conti St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Calcasieu - Donald Link's new private event facility. http://calcasieurooms.com/
I have never been to a scheduled dinner there, but we went to the grand opening and were very impressed. The food will be similar to Herbsaint or Cochon (if you have any experience with those restaurants).