Having combed through the many wedding-related posts on Chowhound, without much success, can I appeal to you all for help?
I am looking for a venue either in Toronto or somewhere west of Toronto (as far as Brantford, let's say), where I can host 70-80 people for a nice dinner in celebration of a wedding. This will not be your typical wedding: there will be no bouquet, bridesmaids, dancing, long speeches, wedding cake, garter events, etc, etc. We will likely have a ceremony beforehand i.e. not at the venue. It should be comfortable, and the food should be great. We are willing to spend 100-200 a head, but with everything included (tax, tip, drinks, etc.).
We have looked at Niagara On The Lake, briefly, but found that even a nice meal at a restaurant (a Ravine restaurant buy-out, for example) means paying a premium for a "wedding" menu (which is essentially the same as the regular menu), a 5,000 set-up fee (for setting what up, exactly, I'm nots sure), and a separate bar package instead of payment based on consumption--basically, all of the commotion we were hoping to avoid by "sacrificing" a dance floor, and all the pageantry.
As we are at the brink of resorting to elopement, your help would be much appreciated. So far, we've looked at Le Select and George. Geore is outside of our budget. Le Select is great--we are looking for other similar suggestions so that we can make a choice. If you have any idea of the "buyout" of your suggestion, that would be helpful to know.