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Celebratory dinner for 20 in SF or Marin - Appreciate your thoughts

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Celebratory dinner for 20 in SF or Marin - Appreciate your thoughts

jschembri | Oct 14, 2011 10:21 AM

Hi everyone,

My wife and I are trying to plan a special celebration and we need your ideas and suggestions. We want to hold it in a unique and intimate setting (not just a big table in a nice restaurant) and we want exquisite food.

Our first consideration was Boulette's Larder - the space is intimate and the proximity of the kitchen adds a great element to the environment and their food is fantastic. But their prices for a private dinner are astronomical. They quoted me $185 per person plus 29.5% for tax/service. That's $240 per person and does NOT include wine. And changes to their standard menu format (which does not include soup or salad or cheese) may result in even more charges. Those prices are more than we'd pay if we just took everyone to Fleur de Lys! In fact a 4 course meal WITH wine pairings and including tax/service at Fleur de Lys would be $184 per person!

I bring up Fleur de Lys because we're willing to spend those kind of prices for that quality of food but we're also seeking a really special venue/setting. Unique and memorable are more important than coat/tie fancy.

What/where is the solution that provides the specialness of a setting like Boulette's Larder and exquisite food like Fleur de Lys for $175 per person or less? We're also open to a catered dinner at a location which we could choose but frankly, I don't know/trust a caterer that delivers truly exceptional food for a party of 20.

- John

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