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Caterer or Whole Foods or Thai Restaurant or...? My mind is spinning with options for my daughter's bat mitzvah

Thanks, this is good to hear. I know it myself but it's hard to keep it in hand. My own celebration (also many years ago) was at my house, with home cooked food and flowers from a neighbor's garden. Thanks for the reminder, and for all the suggestions, everyone!

Aug 02, 2012
elyster in Greater Boston Area

Caterer or Whole Foods or Thai Restaurant or...? My mind is spinning with options for my daughter's bat mitzvah

Thanks everyone! I do have the synagogue social hall booked, and I have a few caterers who are willing to take the date, and they seem great, but I'm struggling with the fees. Either way, I'm aware of the restrictions on what to have in the synagogue, so we would do bean and cheese burritos and of course no pork or shellfish.

I will try Thai North to see what they have to say. And paper/recyclables sounds great too!

Jul 31, 2012
elyster in Greater Boston Area

Caterer or Whole Foods or Thai Restaurant or...? My mind is spinning with options for my daughter's bat mitzvah

Hi everyone! I have been researching options for my daughter's bat mitzvah in September. I thought it might be feasible to do some cooking but it's looking less and less likely that will happen. I do need to keep costs down. I have gotten estimates from a few caterers and it looks like, with food, service, meals tax, etc, I should expect to pay about $50 per person, plus the cost of china/cutlery/glassware.

When I priced out Whole Foods, with hiring waitstaff and rentals, it wasn't that much less expensive.

Am I missing something obvious here? I know I have to spend some money to feed 100 people a decent meal. On the other hand, this is a party for a 13-year-old. Should I just order burritos from Anna's Taqueria?

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated! Although names of more caterers, unless you know for a fact that they are very inexpensive, probably will only make me more confused. :-)

Thank you!

Jul 30, 2012
elyster in Greater Boston Area

Quiet place for hearing impaired guest

Reporting back: The best thing about this place was that they were extremely accommodating about the member of our party who has hearing impairments and needed a quiet space. They set two tables aside and let her choose which one suited her best. They really took our request seriously and even tried to reach us on the phone to tell us we could come earlier than our reservation if we wanted. That said, the food was mediocre (not very flavorful) and the service was spotty. Often we'd be on our own for a noticeably long time. Kudos mostly to the lovely ladies at the hostess desk.

Sep 19, 2011
elyster in Greater Boston Area

Quiet place for hearing impaired guest

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I looked into each one and in the end we've reserved a table at Miel, because they said they could seat us in a corner and that we could request that the music be turned down in our section. Legal's wouldn't do that, unfortunately. The other options sounded good but didn't work for various reasons. I'll try to remember to post after our dinner Saturday night!

Sep 15, 2011
elyster in Greater Boston Area

Quiet place for hearing impaired guest

Hi everyone, I'm new to this and searched for this topic but didn't find an answer.

I have an aunt coming to visit and I would like to take her somewhere along the Harborwalk but she has trouble hearing in noisy places. Any suggestions for a restaurant with a great view that is also quiet? I know, it's asking a lot. :-)

Thank you,

Liz

Sep 14, 2011
elyster in Greater Boston Area