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Special Anniversary Dinner for 20 people in or near Guerneville

Thanks, everybody, for your suggestions and your good wishes. I've been following up on your ideas and wanted to report back what I've learned so far:
- The Farmhouse. Their largest table is for six people, so they don't do big groups.
- Dry Creek Kitchen. The woman at the Farmhouse suggested this. It would be a bit of a drive, but it sounds as if we could have a wonderful meal in a lovely setting next to the courtyard, where the little ones could run around. Sounds ideal. Not inexpensive.
- Applewood. This place would have been perfect, but on Sundays they only do a prix fixe with one choice for each course. I think we need more options for this special dinner.
- Boon eat + drink. I have a call into them to see if they might be able to accommodate us at their inn/hotel.
Thanks -- and any other ideas would be appreciated.

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Dry Creek Kitchen
317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Special Anniversary Dinner for 20 people in or near Guerneville

I'm looking for a restaurant or winery near Guerneville for a special dinner to celebrate my parent's 50th anniversary. There will be 20 people, including five children aged 3 - 17. I'm thinking we'd like a separate room or area to have the dinner, which will be held on a Sunday night.

Thanks for your help.

Best wineries in Geneva-on-the-Lake

Sorry, yes, it's Geneva, OH.

Sep 19, 2010
ciciNYC in Great Lakes

Best wineries in Geneva-on-the-Lake

Hi, we're traveling to Geneva-on-the-Lake this weekend, and I'm wondering what wineries have the best wine and which ones have the best atmosphere. Thanks.

Sep 17, 2010
ciciNYC in Great Lakes

HR 5034

I thought Tom Werk's (wine blogger) explanation of the bill and its effects was good:

http://fermentation.typepad.com/ferme...

I've written to my representative and two senators. (Apparently, I have too much time on my hands.) It seems as if it's a blantant grab by beer and wine wholesalers to control the market, pushing out the little wineries who ship out of state, under the guise of protecting states' rights and consumers. How many 19-year-old kids do we need to stop from buying a $45 bottle of pinot noir online from their favorite Oregon winery? Give me a break.

Apr 30, 2010
ciciNYC in Wine

Special Dinner for 20 people at a Washington Winery

Thanks for your input. That's helpful. I've spent just part of one short visit to Willamette, but didn't plan it as I should bave, because we didn't see anything pretty along the way. That's good to hear there are scenic areas.

I have this picture in mind that we'd be eating outside on a long table by ourselves overlooking a beautiful vineyard with great wine & food. I love a lot of Oregon wines, and had some fabulous food in the Portland area, so the Willamette Valley does sound good.

I am trying to please a lot of people with this trip. Luckily, none are too hard to please, but not everybody is into a big emphasis on wine and food for the whole trip. Some will need to have some hiking/biking opportunities, and a rural/semi-rural location would be preferred. I'll probably rent a bigger house or we'll get rooms somewhere for three nights.

Any ideas about specific wineries?

Apr 08, 2010
ciciNYC in Pacific Northwest

Comfort Food near 14th St & 2nd Ave - East Village

This is a really late reply, but Redhead was the perfect place for that night! Great fried chicken, cozy restaurant, and nice staff.

Apr 07, 2010
ciciNYC in Manhattan

Special Dinner for 20 people at a Washington Winery

I'm planning my parent's 50th Anniversary celebration dinner for about 20 people, and I'd like to find a winery in Washinton with a beautiful setting and great wine and food. We'd like to stay within 90 miles or so of Portland, and I'm thinking about the Mount Hood/Columbia River Valley area given it's so beautiful.

We're not from the area, but the Pacific Northwest is a good meeting spot for my family members. Any ideas you have would be appreciated.

Apr 07, 2010
ciciNYC in Pacific Northwest

Louisville - Magnolia 610. Can we eat at the bar?

Can we walk in & eat at the bar at Magnolia 610 at 7:30 p.m. or so on a Thursday night?

We're in town for the St. James Court Art Festival. & I don't want to make any reservations because as an artist/vendor there, I want that to be our focus. We're staying in Old Louisville at a b&b, so any suggestions you might have for dinner w/o reservations would be appreciated. High end. Low end. All are good.

Thanks.

Sep 29, 2009
ciciNYC in Kentucky & Tennessee

One good lunch in Old San Juan

We're spending one day in Old San Juan and are looking for a good Saturday lunch spot with typical PR food for four people who love food. Downscale, upscale: it doesn't matter. Just not too touristy. Any ideas?

Comfort Food near 14th St & 2nd Ave - East Village

Sounds perfect. Thanks!

Sep 24, 2008
ciciNYC in Manhattan

Comfort Food near 14th St & 2nd Ave - East Village

I know this is late, but I'm looking for some comfort food tonight near 14th St & 2nd Ave in the East Village, where I recently moved and still don't know all the best spots. Just spent 3 hours at the dentist, and while I can chew just fine, I'm not going far from home.

Sep 24, 2008
ciciNYC in Manhattan

Worst ethnic place you've been to

Lemon Grass on the Upper West Side at Broadway & 94th. I think the only reason it survives is because it's close to the Days Inn & unsuspecting tourists eat there.

Sep 24, 2008
ciciNYC in Manhattan

UWS laid back & yummy for tonight

Gennaro is always good. Do order from the specials there. I like Pio Pio, too. Good sangria & chicken.

Jan 08, 2008
ciciNYC in Manhattan

Lend me your taste buds

My best educated guess on the wait: an hour and a half.

Sep 11, 2007
ciciNYC in Manhattan

Lend me your taste buds

Yes, I did mean the pork belly buns, and it's almost brussel sprout season again, right?!

Sep 11, 2007
ciciNYC in Manhattan

Non-touristy dinner near Times Square?

I'd recommend the West Bank Cafe, 407 W. 42nd (between 9th & 10th Ave, I believe). It's not at all touristy. The food is consistently good, and you can usually get some interesting wines by the glass. You might want to try a reservation. My husband and I usually eat at the bar. You'll see the occasional celebrity, but it's very low key with pleasant service.

www.westbankcafe.com

Sep 11, 2007
ciciNYC in Manhattan

Lend me your taste buds

One clarification. The Momufuku I'm recommending is the Momofuku Ssam Bar, 207 2nd Ave (there's also a noodle bar). If you go, do try the sparkling shiraz. It's a perfect complement to the intense flavors of some of the foods. I love the pork belly dumplings and the brussel sprouts with mint especially.

Sep 11, 2007
ciciNYC in Manhattan

Lend me your taste buds

For the less expensive meals, I'd suggest Tia Pol, a tapas bar in Chelsea, and Momofuku, serving interesting Asian in the East Village. Neither accept reservations, so either go early (say before 7 pm) or expect a wait. Bar Veloce is just down 2nd Ave from Momofuku with great wine selections, so you could wait there.

Sep 11, 2007
ciciNYC in Manhattan

What did you make for dinner tonight?

Here's the link to the inpiration: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

I heavily modified the recipes (shrimp & cheddar in place of lobster & brie, for example), but Bobby Flay's recipes always seem to be flexible. The yellow tomato relish was especially good -- I used cilantro instead of tarragon, but I'd definitely stick with the yellow tomatoes because they really made the dish. And I added roasted red peppers to the avacado dish -- seemed to need a little sweetness. I'd love to try that ancho chile salsa when I run into some ancho chiles.

Sep 11, 2007
ciciNYC in Home Cooking

What did you make for dinner tonight?

Quesadillas with shrimp and cheddar served with an avacado/scallion/roased red pepper quacamole & a yellow tomato salsa & shredded lettuce. Kind of elaborate for me on a week day, but I had just seen a food show that inspired it.

Sep 11, 2007
ciciNYC in Home Cooking