It's so nice to be able to pick the collective Chowhound brain:
I need a place to throw a 50th anniversary party for my parents in July of '07. I fear the time to reserve is soon.
Location in Greenville or the northern part of G'ville or S'burg county...Landrum, Campobello or just across the line in Saluda or Tryon. Spartanburg itself would be a possibility, but not prefered.
An attractive "upscale" location that will fit 100. My mother would not find a barn dance amusing. A garden or terrace as well as foul weather cover would suit my tastes.
Good Food. There's the rub. It's going to be an hors d'ouerve party, I don't want celery sticks and goo, cocktail franks, and cubes of pepper jack. Ideally, I would like to do half of the catering myself, hire a professional to do some other things (carve a tenderloin, I think), provide my own wine and cake. I'm not stuck on this, however. I would be willing to forego doing the cooking if I could find anyplace w/ good food.
Things I've thought about so far:
Yesterday I looked at the Commerce Club, and the hor d' selections look mediocre at best, and are quite expensive.
Cherrydale at Furman -requires use of the industrial caterer (Aramark) that does the dining hall. (WTF?)
Kilgore Lewis House - $400 rental, but has NOTHING for you to use...must bring everything from flatware to garbage bags to outdoor seating. No alcohol in the house (patio OK) TINY kitchen w/ almost no frige space.
Greenville Women's Club - $800 + 150 staff fees. BUT, includes all plates, flatware, tablecloths, serving platters, etc. Nice kit. Seems perfect but the $950 seriously cuts into my budget. Does that seem high to you guys?
Stone Hedge Inn (Tryon, NC) - They are actually willing to let me bring some of the food, and all of the booze, as they are in a dry county - problem, they have a $2000 minimum, and their hor d' menu appears to have been written in the 80's. Meatballs, stuffed mushrooms, everything wrapped in puff pastry.
All ideas, experiences, warnings, etc. GREATLY appreciated. I'm sure there's someplace wonderful I haven't thought of. Many thanks!