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Entertaining 30 clients- Searching for a magical experience for them!

larspeart Jun 25, 2013 10:36 AM

Greetings Chowhounders! Every year, I entertain my 30 best clients one night at an annual conference that, this year, is in Seattle. I am completely unfamiliar with the dining scene in Seattle (as I'm not from there), but very excited, as I always hear great things about your local food scene. The goal of the evening every year is amazing food, a great atmosphere, and a chance to NOT talk business for a night. This is the 8th year running now, and we've had some simply amazing experiences at the following places:

Araka- St. Louis
Restaurant August- New Orleans
The Carlyle- Portland
Kevin Taylor- Denver
Restaurant 1789- Washington DC
J.G. Domestic- Philadephia
Locke-Ober- Boston

All great experiences, wonderful places to dine (I highly recommend each of them, if ever you find yourself in those towns).

I am looking to duplicate/improve upon those for this year- My goal is a wonderful night, with great food.

Budget (cut a bit this year- darn recession!): $100 a person
# of attendees: 25-30
Private Dining space/room: Highly desired.
Location: Prefer near the Convention Center, but willing to cab it if a reasonable distance.

If the venue has a great local story/flair to it, all the better. Many of the attendees are (actual) historians, so a bonus there.

Chowhound has helped in each of these events every year in the past- I am so hopeful for the same excellent guidance for this year in Seattle! Thank you!!!

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  1. kaleokahu RE: larspeart Jun 25, 2013 11:10 AM

    Hi, Larspert:

    Hard to beat Canlis for quality + history, but you better call ahead re: your p/p budget and the private dining.


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    1. re: kaleokahu
      dagoose RE: kaleokahu Jun 25, 2013 11:32 AM

      I think they have a menu that's like $85pp? Suppose it depends if that needs to cover drinks and tips too.

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      Lauren RE: larspeart Jun 25, 2013 12:24 PM

      What about booking the entire restaurant for the night? I'm thinking of The Corson Building or Matt's in the Market or something like that?

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      1. re: Lauren
        Gizmo56 RE: Lauren Jun 25, 2013 12:36 PM

        Hmm...would one of those restaurants close down entirely for a maximum budget of $3k?

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        larspeart RE: larspeart Jun 25, 2013 12:43 PM

        These are great ideas so far. Also, I could possibly squeak my budget up to $130 a head, but likely no more. Not sure if that changes the selections though.

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          mrnelso RE: larspeart Jun 25, 2013 10:23 PM

          Dustin Ronspies, at Art of the Table is worth a call.

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