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I thought planning our rehearsal dinner was going to be an utter cakewalk, I really did. Hah! FFIL Archer has generously offered to host it, which was so kind, and was pretty much willing to have it anywhere we choose. And since Mr. Archer and I are total foodies, we’ve eaten out a TON in New Orleans and have favorite restaurants, chefs, and meals. So once we were given free rein within reason, we were off and running.

At first, I was hellbent on renting out Casamento’s Oyster Bar on Magazine Street for a low-key feast of oysters, poboys, and Abita, but they were unable to accommodate us for a private event. As our next option, we considered our favorite sushi restaurant, Ninja, where we went for weekly dinner dates when we still lived in NOLA. We wanted a bit more privacy than they could offer, though, so we kept looking. I thought we had hit the nail on the head next when we researched our next option, Jacques-Imo’s Cafe, some of the best Creole-Cajun food in the city. I was all excited to book their private room, when I realized that the Archer rehearsal dinner was too oversized to fit!

Even though we’re not inviting all out-of-town guests, since that’s like 75% of the guest list, our rehearsal dinner is larger than I realized it would be. Our immediate family, bridal party and their dates, flower girls, and parents add up to almost 50 people. When I counted it all up, I was a little surprised and a little dismayed—a group that large really limited our venue options unless we wanted to make FFIL broke. Looking for a private space for 50, we had to really explore new options and venues we’d overlooked. I was tempted to host a bowling-and-beer party at Rock ‘n’ Bowl, thinking bar food and live music would be fun, but we needed a little bit of quiet to have toasts be audible, and Mr. Archer really wanted to prioritize serving our loved ones an awesome meal.

I guess fifth time was a charm for this, because Mr. Archer called one of our favorite restaurants, Cochon, and though they couldn’t host our group to our liking, they could suggest one better, owner Donald Link’s private dining room, Calcasieu. Named after the Acadian parish, it had opened after I moved from New Orleans, so we were totally unaware that it existed!

To put this simply—on the New Orleans food scene, Donald Link is kind of a baller. That’s what happens when you win a James Beard Best Chef Award, among other accolades. His eateries are mind blowing—our favorite meat is king at Cochon, and we’ve celebrated several special occasions with dinners at Herbsaint. He focuses on fusing traditional flavors and dishes with modern technique and locally sourced ingredients, while I focus on stuffing my face.

Awaiting dessert (banana brown butter tart…drool) at Herbsaint, Valentine’s Day 2010

Calcasieu is gorgeous—I’m so thrilled we’re hosting our guests there,生财有道大型图库!

Image via Calcasieu

I was so impressed when Bridesmaid M and I visited. It’s even better than the pictures! From the exposed brick to the giant windows, with high ceilings and lush carpeting, the space is warm, beautiful, and welcoming. We’ll do a seated dinner, so I won’t manage to totally avoid seating charts, but it will be manageable. We’ll have a bar and tender set up in the alcove, and the the space is perfect for our party—the maximum capacity is 65, so it will be intimate with breathing room. We’re planning on having open toasting (in exchange for barely any toasts at the reception), open bar, and some delicious eats.

Seriously, look at these menus!! The best part of having our rehearsal dinner at Calcasieu, unquestionably, will be the cuisine. We’ll be able to customize the menu, choosing dishes from either of Link’s restaurants. Making choices will a tall order—we’ve enjoyed so many different delights! We’re going to finalize the menu closer to the wedding, but whether we choose an oyster roast, a whole cochon de lait, or any of the yummy things, this will be a meal we’re excited to eat and share with our guests! And planning itself is a dream—we were pleasantly surprised to discover one of my sorority sisters is their event coordinator. I know she’ll take amazing care of us—what else are sisters for?

Will you or a family member be hosting a meal after the wedding rehearsal? How did you decide where and what to do,管家婆彩图护民图库? Was food or fellowship your focus?

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