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A Wedding Venue with GOOD food?!

HI!
I'm looking to get married in the fall of 2012. I am trying to find a venue and finding it to be a difficult process - wondering if any of you can help me. We have about 200 guests and I'm looking for a place that is beautiful, naturey, outdoor ceremony and classy. My top pick is The Garrison but they are basically out of dates and we'd rather not wait till 2013. Any ideas? Our budget is approx $150 pp but we'd obviously prefer to spend less. We're also looking at The Kittle House in Chappequa which is lovely but I fear the room is too small. Thoughts??

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  1. Have you considered Le Chateau in South Salem? It meets some of your criteria--don't know about their prices or the size they can accomodate.

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    Le Chateau
    RR 35, South Salem, NY 10590

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    1. re: otisman

      Thanks Otisman. Unfortunately they max out at 175 guests. Appreciate the suggestion though!

        1. re: intrepid

          I was just going to say the same thing!!

      1. Have you checked the various Abigail Kirsch venues? Can't remember what their capacities are, and their costs may be too high, but their Tarrytown and Bot. Gdn spots are lovely and they're a pleasure to deal with.

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        1. re: Westjanie

          Thanks! I've always thought AK was out of my price range but perhaps I'll reconsider.
          Thanks!

          1. re: pasta845

            I think AK is out of your price range if the $150pp incl tax and tip otherwise it might work.

            1. re: rolise

              Doesn't the Garrison have a sister resto near-by? In westchester to fit your criteria in terms of food and size only you have: whitby castle, wainright house (tented) & only if cornerstone is catering it, Lyndhurst also tented and not sure of who caters there now but it used to be good (2 years ago), the capital theater (3 years ago--forgot the caterer but it was a spectacular event. Also for just under 200 the cv rich mansion (2 years ago) did a custom event for our company and it was superb. Not sure of the budgets though...good luck. Let us know what happens please!

              1. re: cubanat

                Wow thanks for all the great suggestions! I'll look into them!

                1. re: cubanat

                  Tavern at Highlands Country Club is the sister restaurant of Garrison, and they do weddings too. It's got a different vibe, which I prefer. The ballroom is very nice and the food is excellent.

                  http://highlandscountryclub.net/taver...

                  1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                    I agree with everything you said ice cream. We went on your recommendation and really enjoyed the food and ambiance. I posted some photos of our dinner. We were seated in the enclosed terrace the ballroom is through the french doors. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/706836.

                    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                      the ballroom is the very first xaviars restaurant...georgeus

            2. we had an awesome experience at Tappan Hill Mansion; my son's wedding in July; everything you are looking for, but I know nothing about price, but food, everything was outstanding

              1. Abigail K will run you $200+
                Kittle house is nice, but a bit frumpy.
                I got married at Le Chateau in the outdoor space at sunset-fantastic. The service was great and the only thing I needed to worry about was the band. They took care of everything else.
                For $150 a person, you are not going to get 5 star food.

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                Le Chateau
                RR 35, South Salem, NY 10590

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                1. re: AdamD

                  Did we find out if the $150 was inclusive of tax and tip? big difference. we did an event at tappan hill and it was $150 pre-tax & tip but it was also a friday in february and they had another party in the other room. food was super. service was better. a little hungry afterwards but the dessert display was incredible.

                2. The food at our daughter's wedding earlier this year at C.V. Rich Mansion in White Plains was wonderful - surpassing our expectations. We loved the atmosphere of the mansion and so many of our guests raved about the food and the service. They were very willing to work with us on price, although some of that was undoubtedly due to the off-season date.

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                  1. re: sdmarkow

                    Sounds good. Tight on time this week but planning to follow up/visit a great deal of these places. thanks all!

                  2. Blue Hill at Stone Barns! (not actually sure what their prices are, but its beautiful and the food is phenomenal)

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                    Blue Hill Cafe
                    2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

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                    1. re: julseydesign

                      From what others have written here, the prices at Blue Hill at Stone Barns seem to be more than double the OP's budget of "$150 pp but we'd obviously prefer to spend less."

                      Here's what someone else wrote about Blue Hill at Stone Barns recently:

                      "So I am looking to possibly book a wedding at Blue Hill Stone Barns but have reservations. It is almost $250pp, with a site fee of $2500. With tax and tip, if you fill the room up, it's $365pp. They raise the price about $10 per year, and the site fee has gone up $1k within 2-3 years."

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804020

                      1. re: Elisa515

                        I looked into Blue Hill and they quoted $450. Did i read this wrong?

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                        Blue Hill Cafe
                        2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

                        1. re: pasta845

                          I was just reposting what someone else said. If you click on the link, you can write directly to the person who gave out that info. Maybe it varies by time of year, or size of total party, or...something else?

                    2. We had our wedding at Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt. We thought they did an excellent job. It was back in 1999, so I can't say if they are still as good as when we were there. We had the ceremony outdoors.

                      1. We recently went to an event at Tappan Hill (I believe it's Abigail Kirsch) The atmosphere was stunning and the service was impeccable. The food was out-of-this world from a sea bass that had a nice truffle flavor to it to the most delicious salty chocolate caramel wedding cake.

                        Not sure what this place costs but one of the best weddings (food and service-wise) that we have ever been to.

                        Never been to a wedding at Crabtree, but we love the restaurant, so I can only image how wonderful a wedding must be there!

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                        Crabtree
                        226 Jericho Tpke, Floral Park, NY 11001

                        1. Does it have to be in Westchester and the environs and, if not, what are your parameters?