Some of you may remember that a few weeks ago I asked for help in finding a place on the Eastern shore of Maryland for a splendid banquet for 20 people. Many of your answers were interesting and useful. Thank you. I looked at every place I could find, called them, invited proposals, in some instances paid an inspection visit. I ruled out the Robert Morris Inn because it didn't have a private room. I ruled out the Hyatt because all they did was send me their off-the-street menu. I ruled out Harbour Inn because they gave me a menu in French -- we'd had our banquet in Paris the year before, and I was looking for a local feel. We have people coming from France, Switzerland and Brazil, so it would be absurd to give them a French meal. In the end, I settled on The Inn at Perry Cabin. Those of you with really keen memories will recall that I early on ruled out TIPC as too expensive. But my visit there with another member of our group was totally persuasive. The place is a gem. The furnishings are magnificent, especially the enormous black walnut dining table that will seat all of us comfortably. Every blade of grass is just so. The people who run the place are intelligent, enthusiastic, and eager to make our event a success. And I have stayed at one of their sister hotels, the Copacabana Palace (in Rio) which I liked. In the end, two facts were clear:
1) Perry Cabin was more expensive than anyplace else we looked at.
2) It was a bargain.
I can't discuss prices because the contract says they are confidential, the sum includes overnight accommodations for 20 guests, plus a champagne reception, we may have gotten a break because of the slippage in tourism, and I'm not even sure what proportion of the price is for food.
Anyway, here is the menu we arrived at: