I am throwing a Sweet 16 Party for our foreign exchange student from China at my home. All the guests (15 -20) are from mainland China and the birthday girl has requested Chinese food. I need a Chinese caterer that won't let me down with an audience that knows its stuff. Proximity to the College Park area is a plus.
I ended up using Tony Lin's in Rockville. They did an excellent job -- the dishes were very nicely packed in foil trays that fit right into warming trays when I got home. The foil trays were carefully packed into boxes, so there was no mess and it was very, very easy. The food was great, abundant, and a big hit with the kids. I worked with Jennie from the restaurant, who was super nice and everything went very, very smoothly. Judging from the amount of noise the kids made at my house, it's a very good thing I kept the party at home rather than having it in a restaurant.
Tony Lin's Restaurant
12015 Rockville Pike Ste G, Rockville, MD 20852
A couple more things. My wife explained this to me last March when we were back in Shanghai visiting her old friends. The proper amout of food for a banquet is one cold dish and one hot dish per person. We had maybe 6 banquets when we were over there, and that was a pretty typical order, never as little as one dish per person. A ton of food is proper host etiquette. Also, a noodle dish is in order for birthdays. Long noodles for long life.
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Sorry, I don't know of a restaurant that definately does, but I know some do (I went to a Chinese New Year's party with a whole roasted pig). I don't know of any good PG Chinese Restaurants, but I do know a few in MoCo. Why don't you try Hollywood East in the Wheaton Mall? Silver Fountain in Aspen Hill or Oriental East in downtown Silver Spring might all be possiblities. Note, even if they don't cater, I'm sure you could also arrange for a huge take out order.
Hollywood East Cafe
11160 Veirs Mill Rd., Wheaton, MD 20902
1312 E West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910
13533 Connecticut Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906
I don't live in your vicinity so I can not help with a caterer, but here are a few thoughts that may help you throw your party.
1. Does it have to be at your house? A banquet at a Chinese restaurant would be a very Chinese thing to do.
2. Ask your guests! No doubt some of them live in your area and already know the good restaurants, some of which may cater.
3. If all else fails, Odenton is about 1/2 hour away. Take a cooler up to Grace Garden and fill it up with take out. You'll need to make arrangements some days ahead of time, but you could do a lot worse than this option.
Also, some trays of fresh fruit and bowls of nuts would be nice. I go to a number of parties with Chinese ex-pats and sooner or later, you find people sitting around the tables nibbling on these snacks and making small talk.
That's all the help I can offer. I hope you create a lot of good memories with your exchange student.
1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD