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a nice brunch restaurant near Columbia, MD for a Baby Shower

nannyred7 May 22, 2012 10:34 AM

Would like a private area so we can do the shower 'thing' but would like a really nice (on the elegant side) brunch that at least serves Mimosas and Marys

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    FoiGras May 23, 2012 03:36 PM

    King's Contrivance Restaurant doesn't specifically serve brunch, but they handle private events from wedding receptions, showers, various private events. They could probably provide a menu that would suit your needs. The mansion is beautifully appointed and the grounds are lovely. Your event could be held under an outdoor tent (weather permitting) or in one of their many private rooms. You may want to peruse their website. It is definitely more elegant then Victoria Gastro Pub. But, the Pub is quite nice. FoiGras

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    1. re: FoiGras
      bigterp1 May 25, 2012 07:19 PM

      Just got a postcard from King's Contrivance announcing their new brunch. Sounds ala carte. I may have to try.

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        stacylyn May 28, 2012 04:53 AM

        I did a baby shower brunch at Elkridge Furnace Inn a few years ago. It was quite nice. I love Victoria's, btw...but if you're looking for "elegant," I wouldn't put it in that category!


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          nannyred7 May 29, 2012 08:16 AM

          Is Elkridge Furnace near Columbia? about how far and in what direction? Not too familiar with the area, lived in Montgomery County many years ago, but Darling Granddaughter for whom the shower will be honoring lives near there as do family and friends. Trying to do this from Florida.

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            Zevonista May 29, 2012 08:22 AM

            Not too far; a few miles. Depends on where in Columbia you're coming from, but it definitely won't take long to get there. It's to the east of Columbia, off of Route 1.

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              nannyred7 May 29, 2012 08:38 AM

              Thanks. Do you know if is a buffet or a la carte? Do they have a website?

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                Zevonista May 29, 2012 08:41 AM

                They have a set brunch (not a buffet), but I'm sure if you call them, they'd be happy to work with you.


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                  FoiGras Jun 6, 2012 11:24 AM

                  I second The Elkridge Furnace Inn. It is a beautiful restaurant with lovely grounds. There is a website--just Google the Elkridge Furnace Inn. FoiGras

              2. re: nannyred7
                melpy Jun 6, 2012 10:20 AM

                I'd say no longer than 15 minutes from pretty much any part of Columbia. Route 100 to route 1

            2. re: bigterp1
              nannyred7 May 29, 2012 08:34 PM

              Please let me know what you think of the Brunch. Thanks for your help.

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            ronandaim May 22, 2012 05:26 PM

            We hosted a bridal shower brunch at Clyde's a few years ago and it turned out really nice. We only had about 25 guests and everyone was able to order from a small menu. It was very reasonable.

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              nannyred7 May 23, 2012 03:30 PM

              Thank you. This has been wonderful - as trying to do this from Fl is difficult

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              Jeserf May 22, 2012 05:24 PM

              I went to a girlfriend's non-baby shower baby shower brunch at Victoria Gastro Pub - it was lovely and the food was fantastic. I highly recommend it - not sure of the private room situation, but the place is large and the service was excellent.

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                melpy May 22, 2012 05:30 PM

                Depending on size they have two rooms that can be closed off. Excellent food.

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                  nannyred7 May 23, 2012 03:26 PM

                  Thanks, it does look nice from their website and melpy said that they do have two rooms that can be closed off.

                  1. re: Jeserf
                    dining with doc May 28, 2012 12:49 PM

                    2nd Victoria gastropub. They have private rooms, will work with you to plan a menu, food is good...they get it. ask for Torrie and she will work with you over the phone and by email to plan it out

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                      FoiGras May 28, 2012 07:57 PM

                      Still-not elegant atmosphere. Maybe good enough on the food side, but....?
                      I actually really like the Pub, but really feel that the OP is looking for a more sophisticated atmosphere--hence- King's Contrivance//
                      Elkridge Furnace Inn (but it isn't Columbia in it's area)--What about Cafe de Paris? I can't recommend it as I haven't dined there in a very long time. Am not awhere if they even serve brunch. If memory serves me, it was an elegant dining venue. FoiGras

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                        nannyred7 May 29, 2012 08:12 AM

                        Thanks. will look around on their website. appreciate all the help.

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                          dining with doc May 29, 2012 09:25 PM

                          the private rooms at Victoria could be decorated nicely and it is not what I would call not elegant. i still think you should check it out. They could do a nice job

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                            nannyred7 May 29, 2012 09:34 PM

                            thanks, I will

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                      HollisB May 22, 2012 11:53 AM

                      Hmmm. Maybe Portalli's in Ellicott City.

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