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Teatro Calgary - Experience with Private Functions?

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I am looking for a venue to host my team's Christmas Luncheon. Given the industry, we have been put at guidelines of approx. 50/per person, totalling 2500 for my team.

I have my heart set on Teatro becasue the Opera Room is beautiful......unfortunately with our budget restrictions I can only order from the Food Station menu which is failry limited

Prime Alberta Beef on a Fresh Baguete
Seafood Selection
Risotto in a Grana Padano Cheese Wheel
Fruit platters
Dessert Platters

I can make this work for my budget, but I am worried about the food. Does it seem sparse to you? THey dont offer a christmas menu at all. Has anybody had these items? Shoudl I jsut go elsewhere and forgo the rooom???

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  1. We had our wedding at Teatro just a few weeks ago (August 1st) and they did a fantastic job. We had our cocktail reception in the Opera Room and the food there got rave reviews, and the dinner reception for 75 people or so in the main dining room was well done - great service and excellent food.

    While we didn't order the things you mentioned as we did not have food stations, I'm sure that they would do a great job and I highly recommend them, at least for weddings.

    1. it does seem a little sparse to me -- I would expect a couple of salads or at least a green salad. I haven't eaten in Teatro in a long time so can't make a recent comment on the food. Have you looked at Murrietta's? They have a very nice private room (not sure how many people are in your team) or Centini's has an elegant private room. Not like the Opera room, but very nice in it's own way.

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      1. re: sweeterpea

        Sweeterpea... forbsie1 said he wants to spend "approx. 50/per person, totalling (sic) 2500 for my team".

        I can't think of too many private rooms that can accommodate 50 people...

        1. re: Chow_Down

          I think you would be surprised. The opera room at Teatro can host up to 100. Divino has two private rooms one for 100ish one for 40ish. Downstairs at the Trib would be a good option too.

      2. I attended a co-worker's fortieth birthday party at Teatro that had the same menu you mention - the room had great ambiance and the staff provided amazing service and the food stations were ideal for a mix & mingle, drink-in-hand sort of evening.
        I am not sure if that is what you are looking for in a "Christmas Luncheon" but it worked perfectly for the function I was at and the menu more than satisfied the revelers in attendance.

        1. I enjoyed the chef's table there a few months ago, and the food was EXCEPTIONAL! perfect in fact and the service was superb... I wouldn't hesitate to book a private party there.... BUT
          as a vegetarian, if I were attending your lunch... I might be a little saddened, at the lack of any vegetables at all on the menu *

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          1. re: CookieGal

            lol, as a vegetarian in Calgary, I'd think you'd be used to eating risottos at the city's higher-end restos...

          2. Thanks everyone for your feedback - i've gone ahead and booked the room! After a second conversation with the restaurant, they were more willing to add items not traditionally included, such as roasted vegetables (they were initially strict with staying true to the listed options).

            At our party there will be gift opening and games of sorts, so the buffet allowing for mingling is ideal.

            Thanks again! Cant wait to see the beautiful room at Christmas!

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            1. re: forbsie1

              I think you'll be pleased with your choice - I've attended two larger private functions there and they were both spectacular!

              1. re: Wasabilover

                Great - I'm excited to have our event there. FYI to anyone who books large functions - today I went to a luncheon put on by the Calgary Stampede. They have several nice venues already (we had a Christmas party in the Rotary House, a log cabin and absolutelybeautiful setting in winter) and they've redone some areas. The Arabian room is where we had our lunch and there was a very nice wide view of the downtown skyline, the food was absolutely delicious - creative apps, a delicious plated lunch, and excellent desserts. Excellent service, too. Quite a change from the usual fare I've had at events on the grounds (beef on a bun, anyone?)

                1. re: forbsie1

                  Thanks for the tip, forbsie. I was just coming to Chowhound to look for venues for a large private function in January!