While my aversion to,buffet is well known by those who know me, large gatherings like this lend themselves to a buffet style dinner as itThat was one of the other things we have traditionally steered clear of. No alternate drop, and so far no buffet.
I believe there are restaurants out there that can handle groups and don't impose ridiculous conditions on spend or impose strange menus. If the past is anything to go by, AFFers tend to prefer to choose their meals and dislike buffets. I will certainly be looking to avoid, sorry. Regardless of the quality.
1. Means you pay a fixed price for food (no argument about who had what at bill split time)
2. Drinks are your own responsibility.
3. You can mingle (swap seats) a little more easily without confusing wait staff.
All that said, I’m Penegal Copper for this , I don’t do dining tables of more than 8 people anymore, and the noise is too much for me bear. Also my arthritis has made me less mobile these days