Ok, so in early August I will be making my first trip to New Orleans. We will be meeting a largish group of friends from all over the U.S. (primarily) there - shaping up to be about 30 people. So, most meals will be either 2 of us, but more likely 4-8 people since the focus of this trip is socializing and then food. At least one meal, maybe two should be for the whole group - a difficult prospect.
So here are the ideas as they stand, I'd love any additions, comments and feedback you could offer!
Arriving Thursday afternoon - check in at hotel and then:
Thursday Dinner - Commander's Palace (group of 7, reservations already made)
Friday lunch - open
Friday dinner (should be for the whole group and some of them are kind of cheap) - Would LOVE feedback on this one. Couple possibilities being tossed around:
1) One local person works for a caterer, so there's a possibility of having a dinner buffet catered at the hotel. I'm not in love with this idea, but it might be the simplest.
2) Galatoire's - since they're closed until July 11th I haven't been able to get on the phone and find out if they will accept reservations for their upstairs room for such a large group (and if they do, if that day/time is available). Failing that, we could send an "advance party" to stand in line and get 2 tables for 15 or 3 tables for 10 (maybe) downstairs? My other concern is that this place may be out of the price range of some of the people in the group.
3) Mandina's - Haven't read as much about this place. From what I saw on the website, prices looked more in line with the group's budgets, generally. They also have a room that you can reserve for 25 (or so the website says), possibly we could squeeze in a few extra bodies, or a small group could splinter off and eat at another table in the restaurant?
4) Early on someone suggested Acme as a possibility for the group dinner. What do you think?
Saturday morning/afternoon - Cafe du Monde
Saturday dinner - open
Saturday after dinner - bar crawl - maybe Bourbon Street, or I think I read something about another street nearby that is more conducive to a bar crawl while being slightly less touristy?
Sunday brunch (group) - we know we want to do brunch, someone has suggested The Column's Hotel brunch, the understanding is there's a garden/courtyard room that you can reserve for large groups. The only mentions I've seen of this place have been for having drinks there. How's their brunch?
Monday morning/afternoon - open
Monday (for the flight home in the evening) - pick up a muffuletta from Central Grocery for sustenance on the sad journey back to San Francisco, so we can savor a last taste of New Orleans.