Hi all-- well after two years it looks as if my Lovely Tasting Assistant (LTA) and I have finally decided to become lifelong chow partners.
We're getting married pretty quickly (end of Feb) so we don't have a lot of time to put this together. We're having a small wedding 30-40 people and are looking for a post-wedding banquet. Our short list is as follows:
-- Empress Pavilion
-- Ocean Star
-- That other "Empress" next to Ocean Star... never eaten here, but have seen many weddings there when I've been through)
-- Mission 261 (never eaten here either, but it looks beautiful)
Food budget not to exceed 2-3k.
I've heard from a Chinese caterer friend of mine that often the restaurants will give you a cake as part of the package. Is this true?
I've done some research but am wondering what current opinions are. Wedding will be at a friend's garden in North Hollywood, so Chinatown is more preferable to MP, but as always we will drive for good food... especially if we can use this as an excuse to expose our lao wai (foreigner) friends and relatives to the culinary glories of the San Gabriel Valley!
Also, since I'm Jewish and she's Taiwanese, we'd love to do a culinary melding of the culinary cultures, but I don't know how well that platter of Langer's pastrami would travel... anyone have experience reheating the stuff? Also a Sunday wedding is a problem for Langers since they are closed... drat! We just might have to move the wedding to Monday :)
(Before anyone asks, there will be no stinky tofu at the wedding... Cantonese food will have to sub for Taiwanese food in this instance!)