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Tea Ceremony

I am seeking people who practice Japanese Tea Ceremony in the D.C. area. I am helping a friend to find someone (even a student) who can make tea as part of her wedding ceremony. Any connections would be so appreciated!

May 04, 2008
7up in Washington DC & Baltimore

Vegetarian Wedding Caterer

My friend is getting married in the Shenandoah Valley and is looking for a good vegetarian caterer. Does anyone know of a great caterer to recommend? They don't have to be an all vegetarian place, just so long as they have creative ideas for good vegetarian food.


Dec 04, 2007
7up in Washington DC & Baltimore

Organic Hamburgers

Does anyone know of a good restaurant to get organic or free range hamburgers in the city? I'm not a huge fan of health food restaurants, or health food in general but am on a new diet for health reasons.


Mar 28, 2007
7up in Chicago Area

I would love your advice for my wedding!!!

Congratulations on your engagement and on skipping many months of planning and cutting to the chase! It sounds like you have narrowed your stations down nicely. While I think that many different kinds of ethnic foods is a fun idea, it is good to remember that you want the foods to compliment each other or else you run into problems that echo the hodgepodge potluck syndrome - too many miss matched flavors and ingredients don't all sit so well in the stomach!

When my husband and I got married we wanted all of our favorite foods Italian, Southern and soul food, Jewish family favorites, and fresh Asian. What we did was spread the foods out over the weekend, leaving guests with four memorable meals that were cohesive and satisfying unto themselves and avoided the mish mash feel. We had Thai/Asian fusion for a smaller family dinner on Friday night after synagogue; Southern & soul food (along with square dancing!) for our rehearsal dinner; for the wedding we had a tapas bar with homemade peach sangria for the cocktail hour, and fresh, light Italian food for dinner; we ended the weekend with a great Jewish brunch in the backyard.

I think our food was fantastic but what really made the wedding great was we invited the people we loved the most and labored over the seating chart. We wanted it to feel like each table was its own fantastic dinner party. We succeeded- people still tell us it is the best wedding they have ever been to and our friends and family ask us when we are having our wedding reunion.

Mar 07, 2007
7up in General Topics

Harvey Wallbanger Cake

I'd like to make my mom's harvey wallbanger cake but from scratch. Her recipe and all others that I have found call for using a box of cake mix. I really enjoy baking from scratch and am wondering if anyone has a recipe for this cake using all real ingredients not from a box.

Mar 07, 2007
7up in Home Cooking

Upscale - new - TERRIFIC!

Hands down Blackbird.

Mar 06, 2007
7up in Chicago Area

Cotes du Rhone?

Major kinks to work out! Waited two hours for a table w/ reservations, only to find they had three empty four tops but couldn't figure out how to seat the party of 6 at them who was in line before us so they made us all wait until a 6 top became available. Yikes! My pate was so incredible that it could have only been down hill from there and it was. Entrees were good not great and dessert was terrible - burnt carmel sauce and soggy bread pudding. Hope they figure it out because I like how unpretentious the whole place is!

Feb 27, 2007
7up in Chicago Area