I have worked the food-and-wine industry in Napa and San Francisco for over decade, but because my fiance's aging parents can't travel out west, he would like the ceremony to occur over Thanksgiving this year and we'll have some West Coast party for our foodie friends in December or January or next year.
We are middle-aged and I am far from a Bridezilla, but the food *is* important. The initial plan was to find a small B&B or Inn where my fiance and I, his children, and a few of my family members could stay. We would have Turkey Day with my fiance's family but have the wedding and reception on Saturday. The whole wedding party will only be 20 or so guests.
The problem is that most of the places I have already checked with are completely booked (Duke, Ivy, Morehead, Van Landingham, and Alexander). My bro-in-law-to-be has offered his living room and that is the LAST thing I want to do.
So I need my Chowhounds to help me find a place for atmosphere and good food. Maybe get married at City Hall and find a great restaurant? I don't know the area at all. His parents are in their 80s so we can't drive too far (I got a lead on a place in Lincolnshire, but that seems to be an hour away from the family's home).
Also, I need a line on a good cheesemonger. Instead of a classic wedding cake, I want something like this and hope a good caterer can help me put it together: http://www.finecheese.co.uk/our-chees...