I'm planning a wedding reception and having a really hard time finding a caterer. So much so that I'm thinking of switching locations and just doing it in a restaurant. So first off,
1) Is there any caterers in the LA/ Orange County area that will do a Chinese buffet AND bring glassware/ real chopsticks or forks etc??? Or does anyone know of a Chinese caterer besides Joy/Grace/Dragon/Hotel Banquet Catering that has decent prices (keep in mind the venue doesn't have a full kitchen- only a warming oven)?
1.5) I'm also open to non-Chinese food. Are there budget caters that can do a full service buffet with formal dinnerware (forks, knifes, glasses), tablecloths, and non pasta food for about $30-40 per person?
2) Has anyone done a Chinese banquet or been to one at a restaurant that was just in a partition area instead of a private room? What did you think of it?
I'm having only having about 70-100 guests and the restaurants I like are all for a lot more people. There is one restaurant in my area in particular that nice and offers banquet menus at a very reasonable price. BUT Im having a hard time imaging how it will be like with only a partition separating my reception with the rest of the restaurant's customers.
The partition is high enough so that you can't see people but it is obviously not a wall. It basically looks like a pretty room partition that you can buy for your house to just block the view. If anyone has gone to a reception like that, can you tell me if it bothersome for you or the other guests? was the rest of the restaurant too noisy during speeches and that sort of thing? There is a dance floor and the manager assured us that we can be as loud as we want on our side.
My finance's side is white and I'm pretty sure none of his family or even friends have attended a Chinese banquet so I'm not sure if they would be put off even more by the partition than my guests.
I want a pretty formal elegant reception... is that even possible with a partition like that?
If you made it all the way down here. Thanks!