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Fun and inexpensive dinner/event for ~100?

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Hi all,

I'm looking to host an event for ~100 people next July as a rehearsal dinner. Cambridge could be ideal as a location, but open to locations in Boston or Western suburbs (Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham). We're trying to keep costs down (<$50 per person). Would love to have great food - casual / creative is fine (e.g. bbq, brick oven pizza).

To this end, does anyone have suggestions about:

1. Locations that could accomodate ~100 people and would be inexpensive/free to rent out - outdoor or in a park is great as long as there is some sort of shelter in case of inclement weather. I've seen that you can rent some of the boathouses along the charles, which is the kind of thing that would be great - but even that is stretching our budget.

2. Restaurants that might be able to host an inexpensive event of this size - could be dinner or cocktail event with appetizers

Creative ideas (e.g. renting out a very casual restaurant, taco truck, etc.) are very welcome!

Thanks so much, chow-ers! I've searched the Boards and been digging everywhere, so would love to hear your ideas!

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  1. Redbones BBQ in Davis Square caters and also has a downstairs room but not sure how many that holds. Also Chef Greg of Speed's Hot Dog fame does catering. Check 'em out!

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    Redbones
    55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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    1. re: mtm7654

      East Coast Grill and Blue Ribbon BBQ both also cater.

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      East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
      1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

      Blue Ribbon BBQ
      910 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

      1. re: mtm7654

        talking about speeds; what about the new restaurant in the fenway?

      2. you could do a 10 course banquet at, say, Hei La Moon within your budget and they can even set up "games" for you where different tables compete for prizes

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        Hei La Moon
        88 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

        1. Not sure about prices, but I think Summer Shack near Alewife can handle very large parties.

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          Summer Shack
          149 Alewife Brook Parkway, Cambridge, MA 02140