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Fixed Price Cocktail Hour or Lunch for < $35pp

Greetings! I'm hoping to find a venue that can host 20-25 people for either a fixed price lunch or a later afternoon cocktail hour (prosecco and rose style) for less than $35 pp. It's a baby shower event, on a tight budget, that we prefer to keep social so we'd love a space or arrangement that leaves people free to walk around and socialize throughout the duration (e.g. buffet or walking servers etc as opposed to assigned seating).

I've looked into Bobo and City Winery thanks to other recommendations on Chow. Any others in this realm that you can think of?

The mom to be is a professional foodie and the dad to be is a fruit/veg farmer so they really love all things equating to good food and drink and hope to make this baby shower a delicious- but simple- event for their guests. Something fancy is not their style... we'd even entertain going to BK for the right space although Manhattan would be more convenient.

Thanks for your thoughts!

Feb 22, 2013
jen_om in Manhattan

Any Portenos on this board?

Are there any food obsessed Buenos Aires natives on this board?

I have ONE night at the end of a very long trip to dine in Buenos Aires and would like to spend it in a puerta cerrada. My strong preference is for Argentinian or other South American inspired cuisine, does not have to be parrilla style. I know a lot of people love Casa Mun- even though it's not Argentinian- but it is not an option as I can't eat raw fish.

Does anyone have a very serious favorite- better than just good, I'm looking for absolutely fantastic, knock your socks off, end of trip climax kind of superb!

Thank you!

Puertas Cerradas Recommendation in Buenos Aires

I have ONE night at the end of a very long trip to dine in Buenos Aires and would like to spend it in a puerta cerrada. My strong preference is for Argentinian or other South American inspired cuisine, does not have to be parrilla style. I know a lot of people love Casa Mun- even though it's not Argentinian- but it is not an option as I can't eat raw fish.

Does anyone have a very serious favorite- better than just good, I'm looking for absolutely fantastic, knock your socks off, end of trip climax kind of superb!

Thank you!

Gifts Suggestions for an Apple Farmer Who Wants to Make Hard Cider

Thank you! He has made hard cider in the past but it was years ago and he says it wasn't very good. He makes regular cider all the time, sells it commercially etc so it's all very good.

The WSU site was very useful. I ended up spending hours reading and learning. I didn't end up with anything to buy him but I learned a lot. If you can think of a great gift that is under $200 please do send me ideas!

Thanks for your help!

Mar 13, 2012
jen_om in Wine

Gifts Suggestions for an Apple Farmer Who Wants to Make Hard Cider

Does anyone have any gift suggestions for what to give a commercial apple farmer who wants to start making hard cider? He grows dozens of varieties of apples on his farm and wants to start exploring hard cider, first just very small batch stuff for personal consumption and fun but if it turns out any good then he'll look into commercializing it. I'd like to get him something thoughtful to kick off his exploration. Ideas, thoughts appreciated!

Thanks!

Mar 04, 2012
jen_om in Wine

Tipping Practice Questions- On Tax and on Discounted Meals [moved from Manhattan]

I'm just being devil's advocate here but the restaurant is getting more customers because it is discounting the food so the server is receiving more tips as well. A packed house wouldn't bother with a discount offering.

I'm inclined to favor a salary system for service workers rather than tip-based. That way customers can truly tip for service (or not tip if service doesn't warrant it) and restaurants can discount all they want without impacting employee compensation. It's frustrating to have to tip 20% when food and/or service doesn't deserve it. It's not the servers fault when the food is bad and it's not the chef's fault when the service is bad but when either one is off the diner isn't happy yet still feels obligated to tip 20%.

Does anyone know if a salary system has ever been tested out, put into practice in the US, or Manhattan in particular?

Mar 10, 2011
jen_om in Not About Food

Tipping Practice Questions- On Tax and on Discounted Meals [moved from Manhattan]

Two protocol questions for the Chowhounds out there...

First, do you tip on the after-tax amount or the before-tax amount?

Second, when dining out using a discount deal from Blackboard Eats or alike (e.g. 30% off your meal) do you tip based on the non-discounted price or based on the discounted price?

I appreciate that waitstaff needs and deserves to be paid. I respect that and am generally a 20% tipper given decent food and service however; I also think in the case of tax that it isn't a "service" so why should I pay extra for it and in the case of discounted deals that the restaurant has already decided to discount its service likely because they believe doing so will increase traffic, and in this case they're right because that's why I'm eating there... so presumably it's a win on all sides- for the diner, the staff and the restaurant- so shouldn't all sides receive the same level of benefit?

Mar 09, 2011
jen_om in Not About Food

Where to find/buy a hanging wrought/cast iron dish/glassware rack?

Thanks for the tips but unfortunately that's not it. Those are pot racks where the pots hang down in the air. What I'm talking about has shelves and the glasses/dishes rest on the shelves, and pots won't fit on the shelves because they're thin. The shelves hang from iron rods, the rods are either mounted flush to the wall or they hang from the ceiling and the shelves run between them. Imagine an 'H' shape but with multiple crossbars (shelves). The legs of the H are the iron rods.

Aug 01, 2010
jen_om in Manhattan

Where to find/buy a hanging wrought/cast iron dish/glassware rack?

I've exhausted every website, friend and store I can think of but have yet to locate a vendor who sells hanging wrought/cast iron dish racks.

I'm trying to find the kind of dish rack that mounts flat to a wall, or hangs from the ceiling, has two vertical rods on the edges then 3 or 4 horizontal racks where dishes stand vertically on display. If you can imagine this, when you're facing the rack you're looking at the face of a dish. The dishes line up side by side along the length of shelf. Some shelves hold glassware, some hols dishes. It's kind of industrial or commercial looking, and definitely made out of a metal like iron.

Does anyone know where I can locate this kind of rack? I've definitely seen them before but of course now that I have the perfect place to put one can't find them again.

Thank you!

Aug 01, 2010
jen_om in Manhattan