I'm getting married in Birmingham, AL in June 2009. I'm looking for a rehearsal dinner location for around 40-50 people. From what my fiancee's folks have found out so far, it looks like mostly caterers, etc., but not a lot of reasonably priced in-house stuff. This need not be a fancy meal, but just decent quality and value. So...
1) Are caterers the only game in town, or are there some good private rooms in restaurants?
2) Is there anything downtown or toward Trussville? The wedding is at St. Paul Cathedral downtown, and people will probably be staying down there, too, so it would be great to find a site down there.
3) Any ideas on prices (i.e., what is acceptable for this area)?
I'm not from the Birmingham area, so your input is appreciated. I really enjoyed a wedding in PA this summer that just had a private room in the upstairs of a pub...classy, but fairly simple buffet style food.