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Graduation Celebration Dinner in Calgary

illusion. May 14, 2011 06:54 PM

Hey chowhounders!

I'm currently attempting to plan a celebration dinner for a few of us who just completed our undergraduate degrees. The idea I have in mind right now is to find a restaurant that is willing to create a set price menu, as well as allow us to bring in bottles of champagne. They could supply the champagne for us, but I would like to keep the total price for guests as low as possible (no more than $50). The dress code would be pretty formal (cocktail dresses and suits), so preferably somewhere that looks somewhat classy. There would be at the very least, 20 guests, but most likely more. Any suggestions? (or even other ideas for an affordable but fun and elegant celebration are welcome!). I know it's a lot of requirements!

  1. maplesugar May 14, 2011 07:29 PM

    $50/head might be a tough sell at a lot of places... Also keep in mind you're heading in to wedding season so prices usually go up after May 31.

    - You'll save cash if you're willing to have the event Mon-Thurs.
    -Network - are any grads locals with parents who have memberships at Golf Clubs? It could mean discounts on bookings.

    For food & ambiance I'd try:

    -Bonterra Trattoria http://bonterra.ca/food.php

    - Divino http://www.crmr.com/divino/private-rooms/

    - The Ranche http://www.crmr.com/theranche/pdf/The-Ranche-Dinner-Package-January2011.pdf My personal favorite for food & ambiance.

    - The Danish Canadian Club http://www.danishclubcalgary.com/facilityrental.htm

    and finally I know Thomsons at The Hyatt has flexibility in their catering packages - they host a ton of conferences and are used to catering to students and there are a number of rooms available. (We were married there in 2000, and I still have fond memories of the meal) http://www.hyatt.com/gallery/thomsons/functions.html http://www.hyatt.com/gallery/calrccat...

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    1. re: maplesugar
      illusion. May 14, 2011 08:41 PM

      Thanks so much for the quick reply!! I'll start looking into those. We're also willing to do a catered meal or in-home chef if that would work better. Not sure what prices on those look like, but the prices on An Affair to Remember didn't look too bad!

    2. vanderb May 15, 2011 03:44 AM

      I would also suggest trying Niko's Bistro on Kensington Rd. (a couple of doors down from the Kensington Wine Market). I've hosted a couple of Xmas parties there and Niko is always very flexible and works to a lot of different budgets.

      Niko's Bistro
      1241 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P8, CA

      1. AriaDream May 16, 2011 02:23 PM

        You could try Notable. They do private parties and they're on the cheaper end for a fancy place. http://www.notabletherestaurant.ca/pr... That's all I've got really. :)

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