For MIL's birthday, we decided that instead of one of us cooking for 17 people or going out to dinner given the fact that SEVEN of us are under the age of 5 and would be bored with a nice long meal that we would try to hire a chef to come and cook her birthday dinner at one of our homes.
We are looking for a chef who would propose a menu, propose wine pairings then would do the final cooking /assembly here. We don't mind shopping for food and wine. If the chef would let MIL watch in the kitchen while (s)he is cooking, it would be awesome. Small cooking pointers to the whole group would even be more appreciated. Mostly, we want good food in a friendly place where there is a big playroom for the kids and beds for them to sleep when they are tired.
It would be for 10 adults, and only 3-4 of the children will be eating the adult food (the rest are too young).