I'm trying to throw a rehearsal luncheon or dinner on a Saturday in July, preferably in Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Culver City or Mar Vista. What I really want to do is be able to rent a space where I can bring in my own caterer. It would be nice for this to be enclosed, just in case excessive wind or heat is a factor. I'm looking for a spot for about 70 people.
I have looked into rec rooms at parks, which would be fine except for the fact that no alcohol is allowed. The only other option I've really found is the Windjammer's Yacht club at Marina del Rey, which ends up being expensive for rental, clean-up and outside catering fees.
Budget is a factor, so renting a space at Culver Studios, for instance, won't really work. At this point we are on the verge of packing everybody into our own house, which I'd really rather avoid the day before my wedding.
I already have a great caterer, so I just need the location and a setup/cleanup crew.
I've looked at about 25 restaurants and found some passable options, but most are just too expensive, even before the mandatory 20% gratuity plus tax, plus sometimes a 5% booking fee! The affordable choices have uninspiring food.
Anybody out there know anything about this or have advice??