Dinner for 100 in Walnut Creek
I need to feed 60 high school students + 40 adults on a Thursday night, preferably not too far from the Walnut Creek Marriott. Preferences:
1)Cheap - I need to get out the door for around $15 a head
3)Service able to handle a large group efficiently
5)Any cuisine is fine, but it would be nice if it was somehow representative of the Bay Area
Looking on Yelp within a four block walking distance, there are
While they are good for groups according to yelp, you'd have to call to see if they seat 100.
I thought maybe at least this info can start the discussion. Have you considered getting a conference room at the Mariott and a cheap caterer?
One other thing I would consider is heading someplace near a BART station in Oakland, Berkeley, etc. Oakland would be better, as I would prefer to avoid transfers. Most of the kids will have chaperones who can drive them, but a few will come from schools that will not allow them to ride in people's cars. As a result, we could have 90% of the kids get rides and 10% take BART. As they will be from out of town, I would want the BART journey to be simple.
I host this event every year. Until last year it was 24 kids plus another 20 or so adults. Last year I was asked to enlarge the event. Never really anticipated how much more difficult that would make everything. We used to do it on our campus and at a local law firm, but now we're stuck in a hotel. As a result, our costs are way up. I'm loath to increase the entry fees, as the kids and their schools are paying.