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40th birthday celebration for 20 women


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40th birthday celebration for 20 women

sablouwho | Jun 27, 2009 11:13 PM

Looking for a place (restaurant, hotel, or even a caterer if the caterer can suggest locations) to host a milestone birthday meal. At most I expect 20 people--ages range from 30s though 65-ish.

Ideal venue (I doubt I can find one that meets all of this!) would have: farmer's market ingredients; solid interesting seasonal food that isn't too frou frou or contrived; ATMOSPHERE and/or a view or indoor/outdoor space that allows guests to linger; good service; ideal location would be West LA-ish but since this is a special occasion, driving is ok (so don't hold back if you know a great place in Malibu, Pasadena or wherever); good pastry chef (since there must be birthday cake) OR are willing to let me bring in a cake on my own

My ideas so far:

Hotel Bel Air (went to check out the restaurant today as I'd never been before, what a beautiful place);

Getty Center (have eaten here before and liked the food well enough)

Inn of the Seventh Ray (never been I see food gets mixed reviews, but location sounds fantastic)

Bel Air Bay Club (was just told they are taking parties by non-members--know nothing except it overlooks the ocean)

Saddle Peak Lodge (I've never been)

Other upscale hotels (good for lingering): Peninsula, Beverly Hills Hotel, Four Seasons, Ritz MDR.

Also, having searched this board it sounds like a lot of people recommend a restaurant in SM called Wilshire.

Please HELP?! Would love to hear from those who have been to any of the above places and/or those who can recommend other possibilities.

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