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Napa for Surprise Birthday Party...but where?

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We are looking for a good restaurant or winery to host a surprise birthday party. Taking into consideration of having closely available a place to stay overnight. Not that we want to spend a fortune but we can entertain the idea of having it at The French Laundry. Wondering if our chow hound friends have had some great experiences recently or in the past at a fav restaurant or winery. There will be approximately 50 guests.

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  1. Interesting fantasy. It's seems it's tough enough to get a French Laundry reservation let alone buy out the place for a surprise party. What would it cost for 50, $20-30,000 minimum?

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    1. re: wolfe

      LOL!!! Perhaps that was dreaming on my part. Thanks for bringing me back down to planet earth.

    2. So what is your budget?

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Probably in the neighborhood of 8,000 -10,000. I say probably because I'm actually working with a friend of mine on this and I think this would be the budget in mind. If I'm grossly off, I'll let you know.

      2. You may find this post on caterers helpful: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/834570.

        I am not too too familiar with Napa, but with that many people (unless you are hosting it on a Tuesday). Most of the restaurants in Napa or small you'd effectively have to buy them out to be on site.

        1. The Cask Room at Merryvale Winery is terrific. I believe you'd have to use a caterer, though. Merryvale could probably help you with that. There are a lot of them in the valley.

          1. Pine Ridge Winery does private dinners in their caves.

            http://www.pineridgevineyards.com/#pr...