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30th birthday party ideas?

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Hi all,

I'm looking for an idea for a unique, food related, LA area 30th birthday party. It would happen in November, for about 40 people, Ideally it would allows everyone to talk to a lot of people, especially people they don't already know. It can be anything from renting a room at a Korean BBQ restaurant, to a cheese tasting somewhere, to making your own pizza at the apartment to a trip to a fruit-picking farm. Would love to hear any thoughts you have.

Zach

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  1. You can always hire out a Chef's Inc., kind of place, like corporates do, and give them your favorite meal as a menu, and then have you & your friends prep & cook it, all the while socializing and sipping wine.

      1. re: JackonCrack

        Definitely no more than $50 a person, and probably less than that. Preferably something where everyone pays for themselves.

        1. re: zpincusroth

          If you are spending other people's money please make sure you know your audience and what they are comfortable spending. What about a cooking challenge....break your guests into teams, have each person bring an ingredient and you provide the recipe and the cooking gear (1 team gets a bbq, another a wok, a third a blender) the entire bday mean is prepared by your guests. Best in show gets a prize.