My dear mother has many friends, and I'd like to invite 50-60 of them for a birthday bash to celebrate her 80th on November 3rd!
I was raised in Victoria and know it well, but have lived in Vancouver for over 30 years now... When visiting my folks I always take them out for a nice dinner, and we've had great success with Paprika, Lure, Zambri's, the Oak Bay Marina (in a pinch), to name a few. Mom has a couple of dietary concerns (celiac and egg allergy), but most chefs respond positively if alerted when reserving a table.
However, where to go with such a big crowd? Dad checked out the Fireside Grill (ex-Maltwood), and they do have an upstairs room that could work, and a set menu would be about $35+(ish) per person, with drinks being extra.
I've been casting about for other options that could be considered, but its a bit tough being over here on the mainland... I suppose we could have a catered event, however, I think we would prefer a restaurant, but probably not a hotel.
Any suggestions/comments would be most welcome, and my Mom says hi!