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Dinner for a large group visiting Vancouver in May

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biffchan Feb 16, 2011 02:33 PM

Hi Chowhounders
there is a big conference of international educators being held in Vancouver in late May. I'm involved in the British delegation and we normally have our dinner on a Sunday before the conference. There are usually about 50 of us but there is a significant contingent, including me who is a regular on these boards, that like good food!
I know it is always hard with such big numbers to get great food but if anyone has suggestions of good places with a good vibe that would be great. We're probably looking around the $40 mark without drinks and the conference is at the Convention Centre so most people will be scattered around the downtown area and a bit jetlagged so somewhere downtown would be ideal
cheers
Elizabeth

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    biffchan Feb 16, 2011 02:41 PM

    My colleague has literally just emailed to say he has booked the Irish Heather. Any thoughts on this place?

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      fmed Feb 17, 2011 10:13 PM

      The Heather is alright. It may be tight for a party that large.

      1. re: fmed
        peter.v Feb 18, 2011 10:08 AM

        Although, the Long Table can fit that many people over on the Salty Tongue side... I wouldn't be surprised if that's where they've been slotted in.

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        barcosbarcos Feb 20, 2011 11:56 PM

        If they've booked Shebeen in the back it's great for 50 people... They have good whiskey, but no idea on the food there. It's more of a bar than a restaurant.

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          lunchslut Feb 27, 2011 08:31 PM

          The food at the Heather is quite solid though taking a delegation of UK teachers to an Irish themed Gastropub to showcase Vancouver is a bit strange...

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            Sam Salmon Feb 27, 2011 08:42 PM

            " taking a delegation of UK teachers to an Irish themed Gastropub to showcase Vancouver is a bit strange..."

            True enough but remember most Briddish can't pronounce Izakaya.

            1. re: lunchslut
              LotusRapper Feb 27, 2011 08:57 PM

              Hahaha, I thought the same :-D

              I'd suggest go to Sun Sui Wah (Vancouver location) or Red Star (Vancouver location) and book their private rooms.

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