Salut! I am a Washington DC Chowhound who seeks help from my Quebecois confrères. A group I organized, The Oyster Foundation, meets annually in June. Our members come from France, Switzerland, the United States and Brazil. In 2003, we went to a resort in St. Michael's, Maryland. 2002 was a restaurant in Paris. We would like to do 2004 in Montreal.
Our requirements are:
*A private room to accommodate approx. 20. A curtained-off area in a large dining room would not be acceptable.
*Good acoustics, since our program includes pre-dinner speeches. This can be in a separate room if that makes better sense. Audio/Visual aids are not required.
*A banquet dinner, partly seafood. A superb chef. A menu with a strong local accent using local products.
*Interesting surroundings -- a good view would be desirable.
*An event manager who will work with me to make sure the menu and everything else are exactly right.
*I do not rule out hotels, but am interested in hearing from private restaurants as well.
*A bilingual staff since a few of us (not me) are more comfortable in French.
Another member of the Foundation and I plan to visit Montreal for a day in the early Spring to look at the likely spots.
Thanks very much for any suggestions you can send my way.