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Jan 14, 2013 01:52 PM

Winery Birthday Lunch

I'd like to plan a special lunch at a Napa/Sonoma winery for my sweetheart's big birthday. Would like recommendations of wineries that will do catering for perhaps 12-20 people. Excellent food and surroundings a must. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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  1. What is your price range?

    There are not a lot of restaurants that can accommodate that size of a group unless you are willing to buy-out the whole restaurant. 12 is going to be a lot easier than 20...

    I used to organize a lot of events for about that size and here are your choices in Napa:
    - Uva Trattoria (a sort of locals favorite, but far from exceptional - just convenient).
    - Kitchen Door (you can "share" their restaurant; i.e., they will section off an area, but it is not private and with an open kitchen, a bit noisy).
    - Restaurant Allegria (like Uva Trattoria, acceptable but not exceptional)

    Sonoma is a little easier; Depot and El Dorado Kitchen are better bets...

    1. I was hoping to have the event at the winery itself, rather than a restaurant, if possible.

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      1. re: gorforitnow

        For a winery event, your best bet is to contact local caterers to find out which wineries they have been able to cater at; they will have a better list of which wineries have that capability and facilities.

      2. I would take a look at Etoile Restaurant at Domaine Chandon to see if the menu & price range will work for you. It is a very pretty spot. They can definitely handle a party of 12 to 20 people.

        1. If the weather's nice, the terrace at Paradise Ridge is spectacular. They work with several caterers.