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Private Room in restaurant for potentailly disastrous wedding party

LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 05:34 AM

My difficult urban Jewish family (who hate each other) and my partner's crazy redneck farmer family (who are scared of my family) will be joining us in NO for our April nuptials. We are looking for a fun restaurant that has a private room for about 18-20 people. We would like to keep the food costs to approximately $50 - $80 per person because we assume that they will all drink their weight in booze. I come from a serious food family, and the food needs to be very good, but not necessarily fancy. I would love some help finding a great space for this event.

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  1. uptownlibrarian RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 05:48 AM

    Best Chowhound post ever.

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      chris in illinois RE: uptownlibrarian Jan 25, 2010 05:11 PM


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        jeanmarieok RE: chris in illinois Jan 27, 2010 02:02 PM

        Love it!! Best wishes for your happiness. Wedding day is just one day, it will pass....

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          sunflwrsdh RE: chris in illinois Jan 27, 2010 04:38 PM

          thirded:) and I would love to see the movie!

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            ChristinaMason RE: sunflwrsdh Feb 1, 2010 10:34 AM

            plan your seating carefully and have a wonderful time. people have survived worse! :)

            love this post.

      2. Gio RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 05:50 AM


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          CharlieH RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 07:56 AM

          Most if not all the old line restaurant's Antoine's, Arnaud's etc. have private rooms, the Rib Room has them, Commanders has a few, Muriel's has the second floor, Donald Link has Calcaseiu, might be too large though, the Bistro at Maison De Ville is small enough that they might give you the whole restaurant, Meaux Bar and Wolfe's, if it has reopened might also. I am guessing that one or more of Emeril's places has that option. ch

          1. edible complex RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 11:38 AM

            Galatoire's has second floor rooms and the food prices are not out of reach.

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              kukubura RE: edible complex Jan 25, 2010 12:54 PM

              I was going to post Galatoire's because nothing says "potential disaster" like Galatoire's! Hell, they wouldn't even need the private room, just do it right in the dining room! REALLY looking forward to a wrap-up post on this one.

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                edible complex RE: kukubura Jan 25, 2010 02:21 PM

                better yet, there's the glass front private dining room overlooking Iberville at Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse!

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                  Bill Hunt RE: kukubura Feb 2, 2010 06:15 PM

                  Only on Friday afternoon! [Grin]


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                nola1421 RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 12:21 PM

                Congraulation to you. Love what you posted. Leave the family members at home (Just kidding) and go have a good time in NOLA.

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                  collardman RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 12:22 PM

                  Clarification...That is food costs $50-80 and a cash bar, correct? $50 is probably the lower threshold for decent food. The other problem is that most places do not have separate rooms for groups that small. They can sit you in a side area but that may not give you the privacy you want if the yarmulkes and Stetsons start to collide.

                  Most of the places wher I've held dinner meetings in private rooms are in the burbs...Andreas and the Steak Knife are two that have decent food at a decent price with full privacy small rooms. And upstairs at Ralphs on the Park may fit very well but could be more toward the upper end in cost. But the rooms and view are great.

                  However, if there is a risk of someone being pushed over an upstairs balcony railing you might want to look elsewhere (tounge firmly in cheek)

                  1. LittleNorthwest RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 01:29 PM

                    Just to clarify, we were planning on coming alone but we realized if we didn't let them come and ruin our party for 2, they were going to ruin our life for 2. And, I just found out that to my absolute horror that my (original two) parents honeymooned in NO.

                    Thanks for all of your help so far, I forgot to mention the other twist...we need a wheel chair accessible restaurant.

                    1. Arnauds is not accessible
                    2. Calcasieu is booked
                    3. August is booked
                    4. Galatoires looks very disaster
                    5. Luke is too German (Although my mom likes it)

                    I feel like I should make this a contest and the winner can join us for desert or maybe take home one of my siblings.

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                      texasredtop RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 01:35 PM

                      Best of luck to you dear. My best advice doesn't have to do with a restaurant. Elope and move away from them far enough that it takes them two planes to reach you. You'll have a much happier life. Let us know how it turns out. If you decide to sell tickets to watch the hoopla, I may consider a drive over to NO. :-)

                      If you ever get tired of your own family, you can always have mine. I'll chip in a little cash for you every month too!!!

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                        edible complex RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 02:23 PM

                        Galatoire's has an elevator.

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                          hazelhurst RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 03:15 PM

                          Just curious....as a term of art(?) what is "very disaster?"

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                            LittleNorthwest RE: hazelhurst Jan 25, 2010 03:23 PM

                            Very disaster = over inflated sense of importance, haughty ambience and prices that would piss off my father.

                            But, I think it looks like a fun place for the two of us to go and the menu looks lovely.

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                              edible complex RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 04:09 PM

                              what's your price point then? Galatoire's has reasonable pricing.

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                            argylew RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 09:25 AM

                            I was going to suggest Commander's until I saw the wheelchair requirement. Commander's has private rooms the right size, but they are upstairs and there is no elevator.

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                              jenhen2 RE: LittleNorthwest Apr 7, 2010 08:05 AM

                              NOLA has a room on the 3rd floor that is WC accessible. Went to a wedding there two weeks ago that was awesome. Service was amazing and food was great!

                            2. Proud2BWLVRebel RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 03:59 PM

                              I agree, this is the best Chowhound post I've ever read. Is your family kosher? That could only add to your delima. LOL and your partner's redneck family is afraid of your urban Jewish family? Usually it's the other way around. Seriously I wish you all the luck in your lives together.

                              1. edible complex RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 25, 2010 04:11 PM

                                perhaps you should start in the Seance Room at Muriel's.

                                Muriel's Jackson Square
                                801 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

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                                  TaTee RE: edible complex Jan 25, 2010 05:35 PM

                                  Please post your choice of restaurant, time and date. We all want to 'accidently" be there.
                                  You are a brave soul.

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                                    midcity RE: TaTee Jan 26, 2010 05:18 PM

                                    Hear, hear.

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                                  cereed007 RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 26, 2010 05:37 AM

                                  we had our rehersal dinner at Ralphs in the park. They were very reasonable for their private dinning rooms.

                                  1. CEfromLA RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 26, 2010 08:58 AM

                                    We'll be in town for 8 days in April; we'll watch for fireworks!

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                                      Hungry Celeste RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 26, 2010 09:57 AM

                                      How about Napoleon House? Upstairs, in the "emperor's apartment" that overlooks Chartres Street? The food isn't cutting edge or stupendous, but it is passable-to-good. Another option, if you want to shut them all up with a killer view, is Galvez (in the space where Bella Luna used to be). It overlooks the Mississippi River and easily has the best view in town. Food is Spanish, but tapas might be a way to keep everyone happy. http://www.galvezrestaurant.com/event... (see the photos of the view at the website


                                      Now, if you're really serious about the food, why not Calcasieu? It's chef Donald Link's special events venue, located next to Cochon restaurant & the Cochon butcher shop in the Warehouse district. The website lists several sample menus, with multi-course options from $45 to $85. It might fit the bill, as his food isn't what you call "fancy", but it is typically Louisiana and delicious. http://www.calcasieurooms.com/menus.html The venue has various rooms of different sizes.

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                                        EatingEmily RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 08:46 AM

                                        What about Domenica Restaurant? It's in the Roosevelt. They have a beautiful private dining room that comfortably seats 24 people.

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                                          dfunction RE: EatingEmily Apr 7, 2010 07:04 AM

                                          Hi EatingEmily: I am looking for the same type of thing you are.... Would you mind giving me some more info on the Bistro at Maison de Ville? I have heard good things about the restaurant & Chef Greg. Concerning private parties and menus, does he allow multiple entres, or is it a set menu? Do you have any contact info/email address for Chef Greg? Do they have a full bar etc? Thanks for your help! (Also, i'd love to hear how everything works out after your event!).

                                        2. LittleNorthwest RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 10:29 AM

                                          So, after many calls and some seriously disappointing news that our first choice of the Calcasieu wine room is booked already (and almost everything else is not wheelchair accessible), we drilled down through all of your helpful suggestions.

                                          The winner by a long shot is the Bistro at Maison de Ville. Chef Greg and I spoke and we are going to work together to create a menu that will fit our budget and taste. He was so warm, helpful and fun on the phone (this bodes well for NO). I also warned him about our special needs and he said that loud drunk Jews don't scare him. He actually seemed excited (way more than I am).

                                          On the personal drama piece...the Rednecks aren't sure if they can come because (and this is just my speculation based on 2+ years with the Redneck) Mama redneck is scared of planes (and any food that doesn't come out of a can) and Daddy redneck probably doesn't want to spend 24 hours driving down with his batsh**t crazy wife and mother-in-law. Mama redneck actually asked what state NO is in, no kidding.....I am sort of relieved, but wish they would come to break up the horror of my family.

                                          The Jews are all on board and have been blowing up my phone with demands about how to entertain them and who I should also be inviting and do I really want to marry this (wonderful/amazing/gift from God) redneck sheygetz plumber.

                                          So, there is another question....

                                          Where do we drink? I will need to be drinking three meals a day and I like delicious fried food (I'll eat cardboard if it's fried right) and mollusks with my fancy cocktails/expensive wine/cheap beer/bourbon for breakfast and lunch. Any recs?

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                                            BayouTeche RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 10:40 AM

                                            Excellent choice on the Bistro! One of my absolute faves in the Quarter.....an under-appreciated gem. As to bars, my personal go-to's:

                                            Quarter -

                                            Chart Room
                                            Napoleon House
                                            Herme's Bar

                                            Marigny -

                                            Spotted Cat
                                            Apple Barrel

                                            CBD -

                                            Sazerac Bar

                                            Warehouse -


                                            Uptown -

                                            Ms. Mae's
                                            Bridge Lounge
                                            St. Joe's

                                            Mid City -

                                            Finn McCool's


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                                              texasredtop RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 01:49 PM

                                              As for the time they are going to be demanding from you during this stay, I would conveniently get a 3 day migraine and you and future hubby can run off and do some fun things without all the (I'm sure) well meant advice. This is your time, agree with them to shut them up and then do it your way. Otherwise you'll be catering to all of them until they wear you out. I just don't want their drama to sour your feelings about NO. It is too special of a city to remember it in a negative way.

                                              My favorite fried food is at Casamento's but they are closed part of the year so make sure they are open before you head that way. Deanie's in Bucktown is a fried food lovers dream although I never cared so much about it. I loved fried food too but when in NO, there are so many other great things that I don't miss it much.

                                              My two favorites are the boudin balls (fried!!) at Boucherie and the bbq shrimp at Mr. B's.

                                              I have to tell you, this is one thread that I can't wait to get the report back on. Don't leave us hanging when it's all over.

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                                                CEfromLA RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 01:58 PM

                                                I like the Carousel Bar at the Monteleone Hotel and I have a warm spot in my heart (and a dent in my liver) for the Monsoons at Port of Call....

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                                                  CharlieH RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 02:06 PM

                                                  Glad I could be of assistance, I really like the Bistro at Maison de Ville, and they have had some tuff times of late, and I am not sure Chef Greg really gets his due.

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                                                    lawstudent RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 04:01 PM

                                                    I like the Pirate Bar in Pirate's Alley behind the Cathedral. It's a nice quiet hidden spot to take a break from reality. You can try absinthe. I hated it, but it was nice to watch the nice bartender make it. Congratulations and have a marvelous time! I agree with the sneaking away as often as you can. There are plenty of places to get lost in New Orleans!

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                                                      midcity RE: lawstudent Jan 27, 2010 04:12 PM

                                                      Yeah, I know people say that it's all touristy, but I like the little show they put on to make the absinthe--and although it is $10 a pop, an absinthe or two will do a good job of anesthetizing the situation.

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                                                        Niki in Dayton RE: midcity Jan 28, 2010 05:32 AM

                                                        And since Old Absinthe House is $14 a pop for absinthe (without the show), Pirate Bar is a better deal, too.

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                                                          kukubura RE: Niki in Dayton Jan 28, 2010 01:31 PM

                                                          Oh there can be a hell of a show at Old Absinthe House. I had one of the craziest nights of my life there, the night before my wedding. Absolutely insane. Considering it ended with a trip to the police station I don't think it's for everyone, however. (As Tom Waits might say "Those who love action, maybe.") I don't think I can tell the story here, however, but here's a pic from part of it...

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                                                            Niki in Dayton RE: kukubura Jan 29, 2010 10:43 AM

                                                            Sounds like a story I'd like to hear! I was of course, referring to the absinthe-pouring ritual, but there *was* a pirate convention in town the last time I had a drink there, which of course added to the ambience. This may get deleted, but my husband remarked that the pirate wenches were quite well fed, and I told him, of course, what's a pirate without his booty!

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                                                              kukubura RE: Niki in Dayton Feb 3, 2010 03:33 AM

                                                              It's indeed a good story. Alas it's not ready for primetime.

                                                              Will have to check out the pirate thing next time.

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                                                      texasredtop RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 05:47 PM

                                                      I remembered another fried food place I liked when reading someone else's post on another thread - Bozo's. It's in Metairie. I haven't been there since Katrina but I'm sure others have and could tell you if it's still any good.

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                                                        mrsdebdav RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 28, 2010 07:06 AM

                                                        Oh God, I love you! Funny and drinking at every meal! You are my heroine! Are you for real, or is this a put on? I mean, this is at least ten times funnier than the funniest writer evah - Jill Connor Browne. I'm Jewish, NY, not a red neck, but man I appreciate this so very much.
                                                        God bless you both, and may your life be full of laughs and booze, not necessarily in that order.
                                                        And if you could post pix with commentary after the event, may you be doubly blessed and may all your children be as lovely and funny as you are.

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                                                          mmmNOLA RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 2, 2010 02:03 PM

                                                          Cure has great specialty cocktails, and I think your Jews would like it - http://curenola.com/

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                                                          eat3bites RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 11:20 AM

                                                          I second the Chart Room, especially during the day when Will is behind the bar. It's the best hometown bar in the Quarter in my opinion, and offers some of the best people watching if you get a table in the doorway

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                                                            edible complex RE: eat3bites Jan 27, 2010 01:44 PM

                                                            and coldest, cheapest beer and best, cheapest bloody mary's in the Qtr.

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                                                              midcity RE: eat3bites Jan 27, 2010 03:34 PM

                                                              Where is the Chart Room? I don't think I've ever been to it.

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                                                                uptownlibrarian RE: midcity Jan 27, 2010 03:54 PM

                                                                Corner of Chartres and Bienville. I'm starting to wonder if I don't know some of these folks in real life from hanging out there. None of you is the pirate guy are you?

                                                            2. FoodChic RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 04:51 PM

                                                              Can I come? I'll pay to witness this! I think this could possibly be the BEST event I would ever attend!

                                                              As far as recommendations go, how about something totally different like a private party with a chef cooking for you? In the Marigny there is a place called the New Orleans Cooking Experience. They will customize an event for you and your family. Great courtyard for the location and they will accomodate any special menu's etc. I'd think for 20 people they could organzie a lovely event for $80 pp. Just a suggestion.


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                                                                runwestierun RE: FoodChic Jan 27, 2010 06:04 PM

                                                                I think you have it all wrong--I think you should be shooting to please the Rednecks with cocktail weinies and a game of toilet seat horseshoes, and then sit back and watch your family react. Good luck honey!

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                                                                mrsdebdav RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 27, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                                Seriously, sell tix. We'll all pay to be there. I nominate you for Queen of Chow.

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                                                                  CEfromLA RE: mrsdebdav Jan 28, 2010 06:40 AM

                                                                  We'd like two tickets please.

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                                                                    Proud2BWLVRebel RE: CEfromLA Feb 2, 2010 04:19 PM

                                                                    Oh I just realized that I will have been dirvorced by my husband of 28 years when y'all are tying the knot. Since our honeymoon was going to NO to watch Alabama play Miami, and lost the national title that year, I should have realized what I was getting into! I wanna come I wanna come :)

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                                                                  meremortal RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 28, 2010 06:55 AM

                                                                  Your post topic triggered an immediate flashback -- I attended a disastrous pre-wedding party (for a cousin who was getting married out of the country) at Tujague's. There's a private-ish back room. The food wasn't the best I've had, nor was it the worst. But the staff seemed okay with the drunken, coked-out freak show that showed up for the event, so there's that.

                                                                  My best advice: wherever you book, tell the reservationist exactly who/what you're bringing to the table. Arrive early and drop an up-front tip ($20 is a good gesture, more if you're expecting a serious debacle) on your waiter. I've done this before at a hotel and restaurant where my terrible, socially-stunted in-laws were staying, and the staff really went out of their way to accommodate the crazies -- all with a wink and a nudge to us. They were great sports -- gave us shots when we arrived, before the tee-totaling parents showed up, poured "special water" martinis in our water glasses at dinner. The restaurant deserves to know what's headed their way, and they can make your life much, much easier.

                                                                  1. decolady RE: LittleNorthwest Jan 30, 2010 01:05 PM

                                                                    This has to be one of the best posts I've ever seen! Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials and best of luck with all the crazies. Sounds like you have things on track to be the best they can. Please do report back after the event.

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                                                                      wwhite RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 2, 2010 01:23 PM

                                                                      I'm told that Coop's Place has great fried chicken. The rednecks should love this dive, but the Jewish folks may turn up their noses (no pun intended). Just outside the FQ, Luke has an excellent happy hour with 1/2 price drinks and $0.25 oysters from 3-6 p.m. daily. Can't beat that with a stick.

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                                                                        betheroo RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 2, 2010 05:07 PM

                                                                        Honey, you need to hire a facilitator...kind of like Julie, the cruise director on Loveboat. This person can plan all the stuff, be the point person...take the heat....listen to the complaints, and generally take the pressure off of you for the decision making and blame....(pssst, this means no guilt!). This is once in a life time for you and your intended, and there is no reason you should ruin your memories with the stress of making everyone happy. Whatever your budget is, take half of it and get a wedding facilitator (preferably with a Master's in Psych) and hand it over.
                                                                        No kidding.
                                                                        Oh, and best wishes to you and your beloved!

                                                                        1. Bill Hunt RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 2, 2010 06:14 PM

                                                                          The first spot, that pops into my mind, is GW Fins. They have a very nice, but private dining room. They are heavily into local seafood, and have a nice wine list to match. Anybody keepin' Kosher? That might be a slight issue, but the head of catering should be able to work with that, with the exception being the wine.

                                                                          I think that I have two fairly recent reviews of that restaurant on this board. Check them out, to see if they meet with your requirements.

                                                                          BTW - the door can be closed, so any inter-family interaction will NOT get out to the main dining room.

                                                                          PS - GW Fins is wheelchair accessible (M-I-L), and the private room is on the "ground" floor. No problems there.

                                                                          Enjoy, and it will be much better, than you can imagine.


                                                                          PS - going back almost 40 years, we had such a wedding. The difference was that it was my red-neck Jewish/Methodist family and my wife's Uptown Catholic family. GW Fins was not around back in those days. Still, we're days away from our 39th, so things do work out. [Grin]

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                                                                            CharlieH RE: Bill Hunt Feb 3, 2010 08:09 AM

                                                                            They've already booked.

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                                                                              Bill Hunt RE: CharlieH Feb 4, 2010 08:06 PM

                                                                              For them, that is good. For you, not quite so good. Still, you have some very good recs. for others. I am certain that those will fill the bill.

                                                                              Now, you MUST promise to fill us all in on the choice - and on how the event goes.

                                                                              Good luck,


                                                                          2. LittleNorthwest RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 5, 2010 01:54 PM

                                                                            Horror of Horrors. This is turning into my (our) own personal hell. We're thinking about eloping from our elopement. More of the Rednecks want to come and the Jews are getting more passive aggressive-controlling.

                                                                            Thank you for all of your love and support, I am this close to telling my family that it is canceled and inviting all of you.

                                                                            We will be doing the ceremony at the French Quarter Wedding Chapel and the we'll be walking to the Bistro at Maison de Ville (thank you Charlie H for the suggestion!). We'll probably stop off for a toast on the 5 block walk over, not sure where yet - just look for all the short people and the bride with the blue tutu dress and zebra heels.

                                                                            We might also need to do some type of rehearsal nightmare dinner as well and would like to do it somewhere cheap, that has great local fare and local color. I'm aiming for something divey that will gross out all of our parents and will thrill all of the siblings. Oh and also brunch on Sunday for the whole megilla- I heard that there was a good 11am beer & oyster place.

                                                                            I have also made reservations for dinner at August, and need some other good high & low suggestions for the two of us to enjoy.

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                                                                              Suzy Wong RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 5, 2010 04:29 PM

                                                                              Any children in your party? Or all adults?

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                                                                                LittleNorthwest RE: Suzy Wong Feb 5, 2010 06:11 PM

                                                                                All adults and nobody is kosher.

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                                                                                grnidkjun RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 5, 2010 05:26 PM

                                                                                Oh my, I'm getting stressed just reading about it.. family gets so overbearing at times like these. I'm suddenly thinking sneak off to the Gold Mine for a flaming dr. pepper.. that will take the edge off!!

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                                                                                  betheroo RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 6, 2010 06:06 AM

                                                                                  Okay, here is another suggestion. ( I still think my idea of paying someone to be the scapegoat is excellent, but to each her own! LOL)
                                                                                  Elope, then tell each side of the family they can host a reception for you in the respective hometowns. You get the wedding you want, they can plan an event to please themselves....voila! Ball bounced back in their court!
                                                                                  At any rate, bless your hearts, it makes me sad that you are having to worry so much about this. I am going to go kiss my Mom and my MIL for being so great all these years. Never realized how good we had it!

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                                                                                    uptownlibrarian RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 6, 2010 07:13 AM

                                                                                    I'm thinking about this rehearsal dinner thing - divey is easy, but I'm not sure how much space you'll need or if you would want a separate room or whatever. How many people? What about a rehearsal lunch at Mena's Palace on Chartres? I was involved in a wedding where the bride and groom's immediate families, about 16 of us, ate lunch there one afternoon and they just shoved some tables together and accommodated us with no trouble.

                                                                                    What about Port of Call or Coop's?

                                                                                    Buffa's on Esplanade has a large (non-bar) back room, and they might work with you. It's a bar that serves good food.

                                                                                    Maybe the upstairs at Yo Mama's for burgers, and tequila? They do crawfish boils too, so maybe they could do one for your dinner! That would be fun.


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                                                                                      underworld gourmet RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 6, 2010 09:03 AM

                                                                                      If you're worried about the cost, the best way is simpy to sell tickets to the rest of us--we have to cover our own food costs plus one of your family guests. I'm in. And my g.f. too, so you've got two folks covered. And we have to promise to be quite and just watch.

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                                                                                        texasredtop RE: underworld gourmet Feb 6, 2010 09:44 AM

                                                                                        Or she could set up hidden cameras and we could each pay $20 for the video.

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                                                                                          CEfromLA RE: underworld gourmet Feb 8, 2010 12:09 PM

                                                                                          I'd like two tickets!! Where are you registered; I'll even bring a gift (and a video camera)!

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                                                                                          kukubura RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 6, 2010 12:23 PM

                                                                                          If you really want to whittle down your invite list do what we did: Skip the French Quarter Wedding Chapel and get married by Priestess Miriam at the Voodo Spiritual Temple instead. That should scare a lot of them off!

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                                                                                            Bill Hunt RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 6, 2010 07:16 PM

                                                                                            You know, we'd not be that bad a group.

                                                                                            I feel for you. Luckily for us, my family was extremely tiny. My mother knew that I was marrying up, and my wife's giant family seemed to like me. Other than my wife's godfather, who escorted her down the aisle, having a soon to be fatal heart attack at the reception, all else was smooth.

                                                                                            BTW - Bistro Maison de Ville is a very good restaurant. I did not know that they had a private area though.

                                                                                            When you mentioned the rehearsal dinner, Cochon sprang to my mind. I do not recall anything private, but the other aspects of that venue fill the bill from my end. Can you get the whole place on one of their off nights? Maybe others know that answer. Cochon will not be high on the gross-factor, but those chairs will be tough on the tush!

                                                                                            For that walk, have a good friend bring some tennis shoes in a bag, and slip into them. The sidewalks and some of the streets, can be very uneven. Do not want a trip to the ER.

                                                                                            Now, you have to make a firm promise - when it's done, you must post the details. If you keep it sorta' food oriented, you might be able to sneak it past the mods. If not, then please post a link in this thread, so we can relive the event.

                                                                                            Most of all, have fun, relax and enjoy the event,


                                                                                            1. re: LittleNorthwest
                                                                                              uptownlibrarian RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 7, 2010 05:54 AM

                                                                                              LittleNorthwest, did you have someplace in mind for your toast? If not, I suggest the Hermes Bar at Antoine's, on St. Louis St. They have a nice house champagne. It's in the same block (700) as the Bistro and one street over, so I guess it would be a little bit of a backtracking, but it's a nice, classy place to have a toast I would think.

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                                                                                                uptownlibrarian RE: uptownlibrarian Feb 7, 2010 05:59 AM

                                                                                                And also, please, please let us know when the big day is. I'd love see your blue tutu and cheer for you as you go by!

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                                                                                                ChristinaMason RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 8, 2010 05:52 AM

                                                                                                Tell everyone the details of the ceremony and reception are secret. Don't budge on it. The less advance information they have, the less they can criticize the restaurant choice, the menu, the neighborhood, etc.

                                                                                                Just tell them to be in NO by the designated time and the details are a surprise. Then you can plan your menu and venues and peace. Give them dress code pointers if they insist.

                                                                                                Oh, and stop taking calls/emails from passive-aggressive family members. You are a saint to even include them. Both sides will inevitably find fault with something, so rather than trying to please everyone, do your best to pick what YOU would enjoy. This goes for food and drink as much as everything else. You've heard it before, but it's true; you can't please everyone. They will deal. And remember, they love you.

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                                                                                                  jujuthomas RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 8, 2010 11:33 AM

                                                                                                  Ok. Seriously, best thread ever on chow. Would love to come to NO to cheer you on, and to watch for fireworks! many, many years of happiness with your betrothed! :)

                                                                                                  if you seriously want to horrify some parents and thrill the sibs go over to the clover grill on bourbon. best freekin burgers I've ever eaten and the most hilarious flaming wait staff ever. the first time there our server was a huge young black guy who took our order while singing to Madonna! I know it isn't what it was pre-katrina, but the burgers are still slammin! :)

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                                                                                                    decolady RE: jujuthomas Feb 8, 2010 12:47 PM

                                                                                                    LOL. I love going to Clover Grill.

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                                                                                                      jujuthomas RE: decolady Feb 8, 2010 06:37 PM

                                                                                                      such an experience. I took my sister last visit to the city. she was skeptical, but agreed that it was the best burger she ever had. a great memory of a great trip. :)

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                                                                                                        carol land RE: jujuthomas Feb 9, 2010 05:55 AM

                                                                                                        Good luck. Remember its ultimately about the two of you - not them. Savor the experience and tune the relatives out.

                                                                                                  2. re: LittleNorthwest
                                                                                                    CharlieH RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 9, 2010 06:25 AM

                                                                                                    For the rehearsal you could look into Bachanal, its actually a wine store that also serves food sometimes, I think they are open for lunch now everyday, they have a gorgeous courtyard, very lush, that they use in conjunction with guest chefs for sepcial events, and you could do a crawfish boil, or bbq kinda thing there pretty easily. Otherwise, I would go for Parkway tavern, they have a small funky courtyard kinda space that works well for groups of about that size. I am guessing you could do either for 25 a head or less, with a cash bar.

                                                                                                    For Brunch why not one of the hotels that has a buffet going, that could be the most painless solution, not really recommending anyone, but Begue's, Le Pavillion, and the Intercontinental come to mind. And for something realy whacky, why not the Casino, you can lose people there, for weeks, seriously.

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                                                                                                      Cwiley RE: LittleNorthwest Mar 3, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                                                                      Sounds like you have the food under control, and to be honest it is hard to get a bad meal in New Orleans. If you need recommendations for locations for lodging, I can recommend the Drury Inn & Suites on Poydras (504) 529-7800. It is on the street car line, within walking distance to the FQ (but not in the FQ) and has free breakfast and happy hour for guests. They have security, a private parking area and are incredibly reasonable and friendly. We stayed here and had family stay here for our wedding in April 2 years ago & have recommended it to everyone since.

                                                                                                      Def. go to dinner with just the 2 of you before all the madness starts. We went to Luke on the Wednesday before the wedding and it helped us keep our sanity through the next three days. Keep a wine bottle handy in the hotel room for emergencies and have a blast. You're gonna give everyone a weekend to remember for sure!

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                                                                                                      johnstubbs RE: LittleNorthwest Feb 16, 2010 04:30 PM

                                                                                                      I assume you'll want to keep everyone in the French Quarter or the close-in CBD. Sounds like the last thing you need is to worry about transportation.

                                                                                                      Low budget rehearsal: Upstairs at Yo Mama's is a great idea. The burgers and baked potatoes are great and everyone feels comfortable drinking tequila here, which should keep you entertained. And regardless of how far this thing spirals downward, you will not approach what these guys have seen before.

                                                                                                      Other high budget: Bayona, Le Foret, Meritage

                                                                                                      Mid range: Luke, Domenica, Green Goddess outdoors

                                                                                                      Romantic for the two of you: Stella (expensive), Louisiana Bistro (mid), Green Goddess indoors (mid)

                                                                                                      Good cocktails: Bar Tonique, French 75

                                                                                                      Classic: Napoleon House, French 75

                                                                                                      Let the adults behave like children, kick back with your beloved and have another drink. Best of luck.

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                                                                                                        rubyslippersnola RE: LittleNorthwest Mar 7, 2010 01:00 PM

                                                                                                        I did an event at Deanie's Seafood in the quarter- it wasn't fancy but the quantity and quality were impressive to my guests. It was about $45 per person in Food Costs. Hope that helps!

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                                                                                                          RisaFu RE: LittleNorthwest Mar 13, 2010 08:30 PM

                                                                                                          Pleaaase do let us know how it turns out. I'm a Baltimore transplant to Louisiana, planning a NOLA wedding next year- also with a crazy Jewish family (mine) and my fiancé's family from Kentucky.... so I feel your pain!

                                                                                                          1. LittleNorthwest RE: LittleNorthwest Apr 7, 2010 08:01 AM

                                                                                                            I leave for NO one week from today....I have had some serious indigestion over the last week (potentially due to an over abundance of the bread of affliction/matza), my dress is lost in the mail and the tailor can't find his suit...oy. My family is getting better and worse all at once (gift of private yoga therapy & a valium refill).

                                                                                                            Chef Greg set us up a lovely menu and (weather permitting) we will be in the courtyard. We have dinner for 2 at Cochon on Thursday, lunch at for 2 at Galatoires on Friday - is a jacket really required?. Dinner at August on Sunday with my (preferred) parents.

                                                                                                            Where should I go for the Friday night throwdown with my siblings? We want great no frills/cheap food and good entertainment after. Is rock-n-bowl a good idea? Also, we love to dance (but aren't picky about the music).

                                                                                                            The wedding is on the 17th - so keep your eyes out for our short dark and motley crew in and around NO. I am looking forward to giving you all the restaurant report.

                                                                                                            930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA 70130

                                                                                                            Galatoire's Restaurant
                                                                                                            209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                                                                                              FoodChic RE: LittleNorthwest Apr 7, 2010 08:25 AM

                                                                                                              Hey, I'll be in town then and also arrive one week fromt today! Can I come spy on the party?

                                                                                                              Don't worry about your dress. I had the same issue when UPS went on strike the day after my wedding shop sent my dress from Chicago to Seattle. It showed up two days before the wedding.

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                                                                                                                hazelhurst RE: LittleNorthwest Apr 7, 2010 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                For Friday night, Rock-n-bowl sounds like just the thing but I admit I don't go rollicking these days and try to get my dance quota taken care of during carnival. Might be someplace out by Da Lake..someone younger can help I am sure.

                                                                                                                Jackets are not required at Galatoire's before 5:00 but your betrothed will feel more comfortable in one (if not physically comfortable then mentally so) Friday Lunch is an amalgam of locals, some regulars and some social climbers, plus the curious who want to see The Show and there are a few Just Plain Addled who wandered in unprepared. The regulars and the climbers will all be dressed up. It'll be a forest of seersucker.

                                                                                                                Galatoire's Restaurant
                                                                                                                209 Bourbon St., New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                                                                                                  latasche RE: hazelhurst Apr 7, 2010 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                  +1 on rock-n-bowl. It's definitely lots of fun and will have a live band. I would make a reservation for lanes if you plan on going. As far as food - I don't recall ever eating there and am assuming that you will be eating somewhere else first? For cheap, no frills dining with the siblings, Port of Call comes to mind. The wait will be long, but the monsoons are strong and the burgers are good. One downfall is that it's not near rock-n-bowl and you'll need to take a cab. For dancing and general raucous fun with the siblings, the Goldmine in the French Quarter might be an option. The dance music is good and everyone will be dancing. You can also sample their signature drink - the Flaming Dr. Pepper. As a warning, the crowd at Goldmine can often be on the younger side (i.e. college kids) and the size can be overwhelming. Its best to go after you have already had a few drinks. Another option for dancing in the Quarter would be One Eyed Jacks on Thursday for 80s Night. Best of luck! Looking forward to the follow up report!

                                                                                                                  Port of Call
                                                                                                                  838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

                                                                                                                  One Eyed Jacks
                                                                                                                  615 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                                                                                                    hazelhurst RE: latasche Apr 7, 2010 01:34 PM

                                                                                                                    There's always Ye Olde College Inn which flys below the radar but, like the sign says, "Good Food"

                                                                                                                    Spots in the Quarter never came to my mind just because I don;t go to anything anymore except those ocoasions at Carnival when someone drags me to prior crime scenes like The Dungeon.

                                                                                                                    Ye Olde College Inn
                                                                                                                    3000 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                                                                                                    1. re: latasche
                                                                                                                      roro1831 RE: latasche Apr 8, 2010 05:44 AM

                                                                                                                      Rock and Bowl has a cover band that Friday night, which while fun, isn't good New Orleans music. That being said Rock and Bowl is always fun, and as mentioned above, you can eat at Ye Olde College in, which then gets you a discount at Rock & Bowl as they have the same owner. It's been a while, but that's what they used to do, you could show your receipt from College Inn when buying tickets. There is also many places to grab a bite on and just off of Carrollton, Cooter Brown's, One, Basil Leaf, Boucherie, Matt and Naddie's, Dante's Kitchen etc. You can catch the street car down St Charles to one of the restaurants and then cab it to Rock and Bowl. Rock and Bowl does have food, but it's deli stuff, roast beef poboys etc. The street car ends at Claiborne which is about a 6 block walk from Rock & Bowl, but I honestly would not recommend that walk at night.

                                                                                                                      Matt and Naddie's Restaurant
                                                                                                                      937 Leonidas Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                                                                                                      Dante's Kitchen
                                                                                                                      736 Dante Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                                                                                                      Basil Leaf
                                                                                                                      1438 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

                                                                                                                      8115 Jeannette St, New Orleans, LA 70118

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                                                                                                                  runwestierun RE: LittleNorthwest Apr 20, 2010 12:49 AM

                                                                                                                  Hello LittleNorthwest. I have been thinking about you, hoping your wedding was beautiful, hoping no one ate the centerpiece off of your table

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                                                                                                                    chris in illinois RE: runwestierun May 4, 2010 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                    Is anyone else wondering if half of the wedding party might just be at the bottom of some swamp, thus the lack of a response??

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                                                                                                                      Bill Hunt RE: chris in illinois May 6, 2010 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                      Unfortunately, and as so often happens, the survey process completes, and we wait, and wait and wait, never to hear how it worked out.

                                                                                                                      At some time, the reservations were the most important aspect of several lives, and then the next day - well, not so much.

                                                                                                                      We may never even get a clue. Did anyone read the Times-Picayune during that period? Any mini-riots in the FQ? Any international incidents?


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                                                                                                                        chris in illinois RE: Bill Hunt May 6, 2010 09:56 PM

                                                                                                                        I hear you Bill, unfortunately I must admit that, at times, that I have been guilty of neglecting to report back.

                                                                                                                        No one's perfect I guess. I hope they had a hell of a time. It's been three years since I've been to NO and not a week goes by that I don't dream of her sublime cuisine.

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                                                                                                                          Bill Hunt RE: chris in illinois May 7, 2010 09:48 PM

                                                                                                                          I do agree. I owe the board two major posts with many restaurants, and have not done my part.

                                                                                                                          Sometimes, life happens.


                                                                                                                          1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                                                                                            runwestierun RE: Bill Hunt May 7, 2010 10:18 PM

                                                                                                                            Oh look what I found, she just reported somewhere else. She is still keeping us hanging, Lord! I cannot stand the suspense!


                                                                                                                            1. re: runwestierun
                                                                                                                              Bill Hunt RE: runwestierun May 10, 2010 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                              Now after everyone's efforts, I feel that she has a fiduciary obligation to update her thread. Heck, inquiring minds [SIC] want to know. I think that our case would stand up in court!

                                                                                                                              Still, hope that all went well.


                                                                                                                              1. re: Bill Hunt
                                                                                                                                Tonto RE: Bill Hunt May 10, 2010 07:46 PM

                                                                                                                                She did under Glorious Mess,but with some Cliff Hangers

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                                                                                                                    michparent RE: LittleNorthwest May 8, 2010 08:42 AM

                                                                                                                    I agree that this might be the greatest post ever. The Bistro is awesome. Greg is the best. Happiest wishes for a great day!

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                                                                                                                      deanwhite15 RE: LittleNorthwest May 9, 2010 08:58 AM

                                                                                                                      Yep Best Chowhound post ever!

                                                                                                                      Wish I was there for that meal. Sounds all too familiar and comfortably uncomfortable.

                                                                                                                      Untimely but I would have suggested August (they have an awesome penthouse private room), Begue's, bachanal (set it up ahead of time) or parkway (which has an awesome courtyard and they love to cook outside).

                                                                                                                      Best of luck to yall and keep me posted if you recorded this gathering. Sounds like a hoot and a precursor of our own.

                                                                                                                      Begues's Restaurant
                                                                                                                      300 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130

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                                                                                                                        EliseT RE: deanwhite15 May 15, 2010 06:54 PM

                                                                                                                        I am sad I missed being able to recommend some good places. I got married at Mike Andersons and had a second-line. Maybe it will help the next person. The Columns is fantastic.

                                                                                                                        If the Jewish people don;t keep kosher I would also say have a crawfish boil as no weaponry is available except for teeny claws.

                                                                                                                        Our only disaster broke out during the bachelor party, which had to split into two groups after something about strippers.

                                                                                                                        Then before the wedding my maid of honor almost decked my brother over the boutoinnierres.

                                                                                                                        After the wedding, a whole keg of beer was left so I figured, I can do a to-go cup and we filled buckets with beer and walked down to Jackson Square. We got drunk and sang, and the police tried to arrest us for being "buskers"

                                                                                                                        No place to get married like NOLA!

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