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Evening Party w/Speaker for 150 in/near Downtown DC

ClevelandDave Aug 10, 2009 07:35 AM

I'm involved with a non-profit organization that would like to have a reception w/speaker for about 150 people on a Monday evening in October. Looking for a nice venue, vegetarian food display (not a full dinner, just apps), beer/ wine for around 30-45 per person. Must be in or near downtown- Penn Quarter, Downtown, Dupont, Conn/Mass Ave etc.

Does anyone have any suggestions of a cool/interesting restaurant that has a space that has a space that could be partitioned off for a group that size that would make the space available on a Monday for that price, all inclusive? I just can't think of a partitioned space that size or a restaurant willing to block off four hours on a Monday and I thought some chowhounders might have some ideas.

Thanks!

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    MakingSense Aug 12, 2009 11:53 AM

    Try the National Press Club. Nice rooms and they can do pretty much any kind of food you choose. This is what they do - speaker events just like this.

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      HilkaryIC Aug 11, 2009 11:24 AM

      Does it have to be really nice? When Town Tavern in Adams Morgan was Nolan's, it had a very nice upstairs reception room. I'm sure they still do rentals, I just haven't been to it since it became Town. On a monday night you won't have to deal with the typical AdMo crowd and parking wouldn't be a problem.

      Otherwise- look at Tabard Inn, Hook in Geogetown, and Clyde's in Gallery Place.

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      1. re: HilkaryIC
        ClevelandDave Aug 12, 2009 06:48 AM

        Good ideas...thanks!

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        MrsWheatie Aug 10, 2009 08:54 AM

        Have you tried hotels, like Kimpton Group or W? They might cut a deal if you state you are a non-profit.

        Also scroll through this guide
        http://www.gatheringguide.com/event_d...

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        1. re: MrsWheatie
          ClevelandDave Aug 10, 2009 09:34 AM

          Yea, W is too expensive with their new restaurant (same is true for the Newseum) and Kimpton's public rooms are too small...

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