Ok, I know it's a hard one, but...
It's been a long time, 'hounds! Did you miss me?
Anyways, we are getting married in N'Awlins in...gasp!... eight weeks. The wedding and reception are at the Hotel Monaco on St. Charles Ave near Poydras. Since my fiance is not from around here, we will have about 80 or so out of town guests.
We wanted to do an "unhosted brunch" (aka, we aren't paying for it) the morning of the wedding as a chance for us to say goodbye to all the relatives and friends who travelled to N'Awlins for the wedding before he and I take off on our honeymoon that afternoon.
First of all, do you think this is a nice gesture or would it be a hassle for the out of town folks?
Second, I need some reccomendations for a place that can accommodate what I would think would be around 30 - 50 people (I will obviously know better how many closer to the wedding, as RSVPs are just now coming in) and is within close walking distance (no more than 10 blocks as some people are elderly) to the Hotel Monaco. I think a buffet would be easiest for everyone.
So, am I insane? Does such a place even exist that would have decent food? I don't want to these folks (many of whom are coming from England and Ireland and may have never even been to the States, much less N'Awlins) to eat a warmed over, bland food...
Help me, Chowhounds!