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Chowhound Wedding...

@ChefJune--thanks so much! Maceo (which was also on John's list) looks like a good possibility...

@ John--thanks for the idea but we don't really want to be split on two levels which would be our only option at Spring--even with the bar stools... I'm working my way though your list though!

Aug 27, 2012
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Chowhound Wedding...

John--thanks for the ideas and confirming that is isn't unheard of to charter a restaurant--and for digging up the list! We had wanted to charter Spring for Saturday night when the Groom's parents will host everyone but the capacity is only 40 (up+down) and I think we'll be 50...

Parigi--I was actually concerned about the effect of a large group of us on the general ambiance so I guess chartering (or going communal)-especially for Thurs and Friday nights might be necessary.

Thanks to you both!

Aug 24, 2012
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Chowhound Wedding...

Thanks Parigi! You're absolutely right--food IS love! In fact, it's the only love I was looking for--imagine my surprise! And how lucky I am that he loves food as much as I do, but he loves me more:-)

Our wedding is actually Sunday but his parents want to host something Saturday night. Since these dinners are for new arrivals I was thinking lunch might be tough since they'll be flying overnight from the US and might still be feeling sluggish at lunch. Love the Dans Les Landes idea--and story! And important point to consider about Chez l'Ami Jean being 90 euros which might be more than some want to spend...

Aug 24, 2012
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Chowhound Wedding...

First, full disclosure... I met my fiance through Chowhound when I was looking for a dining companion on my solo trip last December. We shared a wonderful lunch at Spring and then, the following night, dinner at Chez l'Ami Jean. He lives in Seattle, I live in Washington, DC. We were engaged in Paris in May and will marry this December--in Paris of course:-) I went to Paris for food, music, art, and some Christmas spirit and I found a life partner!

But, this is about food, not about love, so here is my question: We have about 45 guests coming in for the wedding. I was hoping to get reservations so that my fiance and I could dine with new arrivals each night. The first night it would mean 10-12; the second night 14-16; the third night probably 20.

Will the charming restaurants I've learned about on these pages and have grown to know and love through my visits the past 5 Decembers be able to accommodate these numbers? I don't mind splitting people up into tables of 4, 6, 8 but I don't want to be in a back room...

Here's what I was thinking/wishing:
Wednesday (10-12): Les Papilles
Thursday (14-16): Mon Vieil Ami (after a concert at Sainte Chapelle)
Friday (20): Cafe Constant or Chez l'Ami Jean (after an evening visit to the Eiffel Tower)
Other ideas: Fish; Verjus (because of Seattle connection)

Do you think any of these will be possible? Or do the Hounds have any other suggestions for me? Guests are staying mostly in the 6th. Prefer walkable except the night we'll go to the Eiffel Tower and we can stay in the 7th.

Thanks for any thoughts, suggestions, ideas you have!
Michelle

Aug 24, 2012
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Ghent or Bruges: which is a better base food-wise?

I had a lovely dinner at De Stove. The Erica and Gino were delightful--he's the chef and she's the hostess.

Incidentally, they were kind enough to recommend (when I asked) their favorite chocolate shop and I wanted to pass that along in case you're interested since it's simply the best chocolate I've ever had! It's called Van Tilborgh and it's run now by Ingrid Libeert who is Mrs. Van Tilborgh's (who's now in her 80s) daughter. There's also a home-made ice cream and waffle place just next to it. I stopped for ice cream and then picked out some chocolates for gifts and a few pieces for me to eat later. Then, when I ate the chocolate pieces later that afternoon they were so divine I had to return the next morning for more! I bought a whole kilo box for myself. I also stopped next door again for the Belgian waffle covered in dark chocolate--for breakfast... Shame.

Envious that you'll be there--it's a great town!

Van Tilborgh Chocolate: Noordzandstraat 1b Brugge; Phone is +32 (50) 33.59.04
De Stove: Kleine Sint-Amandsstraat 4; Phone +32 (50) 33 78 35

Jul 16, 2012
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PARIS - 4 days of uninterrupted bliss....with your help! Please and Thanks.

You mentioned Le Comptoir which I really love--and they have a wonderful cheese course. They set a beautiful platter with maybe 8-10 cheeses and confiture etc. at your table and you can sample any or all. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it! They only have their prix fixe menu on weeknights and you may be too late to get a reservation for Feb. but it's worth a try! I've attached a couple of photos (cheese & menu) from my visit last December--forgive my dreadful photography skills!

Dec 05, 2011
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Solo diner looking for company at Spring & Chez L'Ami Jean

Thanks Deluca. Sorry to miss you!

Dec 05, 2011
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Solo diner looking for company at Spring & Chez L'Ami Jean

I have reservations for lunch at Spring on Friday (Dec 9th) and dinner at Chez L'Ami Jean on Saturday (Dec 10th). I'm looking forward to spending the weekend in Paris soaking up the beauty--on museum walls, in concert halls, and on streets dressed in their Christmas finery. It would be so much nicer to share a meal than to eat alone, so if you'd be interested in joining me I'd love the company! You can email me at mcm20008@yahoo.com.

Dec 04, 2011
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Ghent or Bruges: which is a better base food-wise?

No travel partner yet Deluca, but I've realized life's too short to wait around and I've met some interesting people on my solo journeys... Re Bruges and Ghent, I'll report back if I have good experiences. I don't think I'll venture out of town to Hertog Jan or De Jonkman--as good as they sound. I'm determined to find the Christian Constant/Yves Camdeborde of Bruges! But, regardless of my success, I have Paris to look forward to in December! Nothing like the tastes, sounds, smell, sights and lights of Paris to bring on the spirit and joy of the season:)

Oct 13, 2011
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Ghent or Bruges: which is a better base food-wise?

OK--thanks Nancy! I always like to try at least a couple of non-starred places so I'll let you know if I find anything worth reporting!

Oct 09, 2011
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Ghent or Bruges: which is a better base food-wise?

Thanks Nancy! Good to know Hertog Jan is that close to town... I'll be in Gent on Sunday and it looks like C-Jean's only open for lunch that day but Vitrine sounds great--bistronomique is just what I'm looking for! Do you have any bistronomique recs for Bruges?

Oct 05, 2011
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Ghent or Bruges: which is a better base food-wise?

Deluca--so glad to see a familiar name on here--I enjoy reading you on the Paris & NY boards... I'm traveling to Belgium at the end of this month--Fri/Sat nights in Bruges, Sun in Ghent--would love your personal recs--anything for a Christian Constant/Yves Camdeborde/Stephane Jego, Balthazar & Babbo fan?

Oct 03, 2011
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Out of hiding: Hidden Kitchen/ Verjus

I wrote them last week for an HK reso for Dec 10th and they said they were opening a new restaurant (Verjus) and taking reservations for December. They offered me Friday the 9th (which I took). They didn't give me an option for HK--or for Verjus--on Sat but I didn't push b/c it was convenient to go after the ballet at Opera Garnier.

In any case, I look forward to trying it and am glad I have 1 of 6 meals for my 3 days in Paris set:) BTW--they also said they'll have a community table.

Oct 01, 2011
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