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May 18, 2010 09:02 AM

Rehearsal dinner - Raleigh/Durham, NC

My brother is getting married in Durham on Friday July 9th and my parents are in charge of the rehearsal dinner. Problem is, all of the family is from upstate NY and have never been to the Raleigh/Durham area. Any recommendations for a place for a rehearsal dinner? Thanks in advance.

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  1. How many in your group? Any must haves or must not haves for the menu?

    We have many great restaurants. The size of your group will affect your options.

    1. There are a lot of restaurants and caterers in the Raleigh/Durham area. Can you give us any more information re. price range, number of guests, preferred cuisine?

      1. Here's a thread with answers to this exact question.

        1. anne7134's post brought another detail to mind - where are the guests staying? The Triangle area is very spread out and can be confusing to navigate for new comers. If most of the dinner guests are in Durham, you probably don't want a restaurant in downtown Raleigh.

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          1. re: mpjmph

            Try parizade in Durham. The food is good not great but they do a good jobs with these type events. The room in the back of the restaurant is very comfortable.

          2. I'm guessing around 30 people, maybe averaging $20 per person (maybe more/maybe less). (From upstate NY, not positive but for my wedding 6 years ago is was only $16 a head. Not a fancy place, but not sure what the going rate is somewhere else.) Not sure of what my parents want to spend, just trying to help them out. Regular American fare, most likely buffet style would be alright. No must have/must have nots for the menu. We're staying at the DoubleTree Guest Suites in Durham. The wedding and reception are both at the hotel, so I think they want the rehearsal dinner somewhere else. Thanks for helping.