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Have you ever had good food at a wedding or other large party?

A. Okrent | Oct 18, 200107:50 PM     12

Hey chowhounds, I need some help. I just got engaged, and while I kind of dread having to plan a wedding, I do want it to be a good party, and the most important criterion for me is that the food be delicious (and the drinks be plentiful). This will be a coming together of the Jewish and the Irish, so perhaps corned beef should be involved? I can think of restaurants with party rooms that would meet my food quality requirements, but there is a hitch...my grandma was one of ten and they've increased exponentially over the years, so we may be talking 200 or even 300 people (and I'm the Jewish one!)

My question for you is this. Have you ever been to a wedding, banquet, or other large party where the food was really good? I don't need the useless wedding 'elegance' of arugula-stuffed portobellos or understated poached salmon. I can picture many scenarios: platters heaped with barbequed ribs and biscuits, foil pans overflowing with varied dumplings, a steam tray full of gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce, a 45 foot submarine sandwich? Who's got the goods and the ability to churn it out in large quantities?

I keep thinking of a village wedding I went to in Hungary. The hall was flourescent-lit, cement wall, linoleum tile ugliness, but the food was a never ending stream of soups, stews, cutlets, sausages, fresh bread, homegrown vegetables, and homemade wine. Everyone got really drunk and had a great time.

I'd appreciate any input. Thanks.

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