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SandyCat Nov 13, 2012 12:56 PM

Anyone know of a good option for a group of 100+ in Orlando? I know it's really reaching, but I figured I'd rely upon my fellow hounds for a last resort! Maybe if anyone has been to a wedding recently that had great catering, even? Or good passed small plates is potentially fine...

Thanks in advance, everyone!

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    SandyCat Nov 13, 2012 02:36 PM

    Oops, looks like it's going to be more like 150+! Again, I know it's a long shot, but any leads would be appreciated.

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      Big Bad Voodoo Lou Nov 13, 2012 03:41 PM

      What part of Orlando? It's a big town, spread pretty far, and you have lots of suburbs and smaller outlying towns outside of the resort areas. I'm also not sure if you need a dining location or just a caterer for an event outside of a restaurant.

      Years ago, when I was planning my wedding, we looked at Buca di Beppo, a "family-style" Italian chain with two Orlando locations (one of them is listed in Maitland, which is north and east of downtown Orlando). They can host banquets and have all kinds of menus and pricing options for large groups:
      http://www.bucadibeppo.com/restaurants/fl/orlando/banquets/
      We ended up not going with them because it was too far from where most of our guests were staying, but I'm sure they would have done a great job.

      Maggiano's is another great Italian restaurant (chain) that catered my cousin's wedding in Kissimmee. The restaurant are located in Pointe Orlando (on International Drive, near the Convention Center), and have four big banquet rooms.
      http://www.maggianos.com/EN/Pointe-Or...

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        SandyCat Nov 14, 2012 09:53 AM

        We'll be at the Peabody Orlando, so definitely near all the convention locations.

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          Big Bad Voodoo Lou Nov 14, 2012 01:26 PM

          You're practically walking distance from Maggiano's!

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      Rona Gindin Nov 14, 2012 04:55 AM

      Maggiano's can definitely accommodate a group that size, but you can also do a buyout of a another restaurant. On the VisitOrlando.com website, you can choose a part of town, such as International Drive (near the convention center), and see which restaurants appeal. Wedding venue places might be good too. Bella Collina out in Montverde is beautiful but pricey. Another option is Casa Feliz in Winter Park. Or, work backwards: Call a caterer (Cuisiners, Big Wheel, Puff n Stuff, Aruthurs are reputable) and ask about venues in your price range. You can often get venue ideas from their websites. (This VisitOrlando.com link might help. http://www.visitorlando.com/things-to-do/weddings/

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      Good luck.

      www.RonaGindin.com

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        SandyCat Nov 14, 2012 09:54 AM

        I will definitely check these out, thank you! Keep 'em coming, folks!

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        mridealism Nov 14, 2012 10:40 AM

        I would check out Emeril's Tchoup Chop at the Royal Pacific. They do large parties and buyouts all the time.

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          sarge Nov 15, 2012 06:12 AM

          I had reservations once at Wolfgang Puck's in Downtown Disney and got a cancellation phone call informing me that it had been bought out for the evening

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            SandyCat Dec 3, 2012 01:25 PM

            We decided on the Tchoup Chop! It looks like a pretty space with a much better menu than anything else we were looking at. Will report back on the experience!

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              Rona Gindin Dec 5, 2012 04:51 AM

              Tchoup Chop sounds like a great choice. The decor is fantastic and Chef Greg puts out a creative, top-quality menu. Enjoy! (and report back, please, the good and the bad)

              www.RonaGindin.com

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