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Designing The Perfect Menu

Those brand new area rugs and that spiffy dining room paint job might look great, but all customers will remember about your restaurant is the food. Unfortunately, if you design a lackluster menu, your guests might not be tempted to try some of your best dishes. In my twenty years in the restaurant business, I have made some mistakes and had more than a few successes. I want to share the things with you that really work, so that you can enjoy your early days as a restaurant owner. Operating a restaurant is hard, but by heeding the right advice, you can enjoy the journey.


Four Things To Look For In An Event Venue For Your Small Party

If you are planning a small family party for an occasion like a graduation, birthday, or engagement, then you want to make sure you choose an appropriate venue for the event. There are many local restaurants and catering facilities that can accommodate smaller groups of up to 50 people, so you'll have to narrow down your options and choose from the best. To help you do just that, take a look at these four factors to consider when choosing an event space for your small party.

Good Location

It does not matter if a certain restaurant offers the best food and the cutest event space—if it's an hour or more from most guests' homes, they won't enjoy having to drive there. To narrow down your event locations, take careful note of where your guests live. Consider using a maps app to map out all of the homes, and then choose a city or town that is centrally located between them. Look at event venues within this area only.


You have two choices here. You can book a private room at a restaurant, or you can book a room at a facility like an event center or fire hall and have someone else bring in the food. If you go with the latter, make sure you check with the venue as to who can cater the party. Some facilities have a specific caterer they contract with, and others may let you bring in any caterer you please. While having flexibility can be nice, it's often easier to go with a facility that has their own designated caterer and can take care of everything for you. This means you can make fewer phone calls and write fewer checks!

Accommodations For Older Attendees

If you have any elderly adults or people with limited mobility in your group, make sure the event space you choose can accommodate them readily. Ensure there is a ramp where they can enter, hand rails on the stairs, and so forth. These accommodations are not always required by law in a rented event space since someone with the need for these items could simply rent a different space. 

The Right Capacity

Check the capacity of the event space and make sure it will accommodate everyone you invite. Individual rooms can sometimes have surprisingly small capacities for fire code reasons. For instance, a room may look like it could easily fit 50 when the capacity is actually 30. Get written confirmation of the capacity from the event venue's manager before you book.

For more information and options, contact different event spaces in your area, such as The Cedar Door.