Our best friends want to host a Wedding Party-plus Dinner for 50 people in August in the S.J. / Santa Clara environs. I told them I'd find them a spot. Their son is getting married at the Mission Church in Santa Clara and a large family contingent is coming out from the East Coast expecting to be wined and dined.
Our friends are Italian, so slight preference would go to that cuisine, but it's certainly not necessary. I think they'd be willing either to consider a restaurant with banquet facilities or a non-restaurant location, then have it catered. Obviously I'm looking for something much more interesting than tired banquet food, or else I wouldn't be posting on this site :) :), and preference would go also to a place that let us bring in our own wine.
Any and all suggestions would be appreciated, as we'll be tripping north in the next month to check out possibilities (we live in San Diego). Thanks!