Brunch is back in a big way, according to a recent article in Restaurants & Institutions. NPD Group found that during the first eight months of 2009, brunch traffic was up eight percent over the same period last year.
"In these times, people are cutting back a bit, including on dining out, but brunch is a great time to bring the family together," Randy Lewis, chef at The Tavern at Lark Creek in Larkspur, California, told R&I. "You don't have to find a babysitter; you can bring the kids to brunch. So we try to appeal to guests of all ages and budgets of all sizes."
Why not take advantage of brunch's popularity for your next event? A brunch buffet at a local restaurant makes a great low-key holiday party. Or, invite potential clients who are in town for a tradeshow to come to brunch and meet your team—a great option that's sure to stand out amongst their other invitations to late-night receptions.
Here are some top brunch spots across the nation for your private events:
Lacroix at the Rittenhouse
Located in the posh Rittenhouse Hotel, this Philadelphia restaurant has become an award-winning favorite for its unique international cuisine, crafted with Chef de Cuisine Jason Cichonski's blend of Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Japanese and American flavors. Its Sunday brunch—named the Best of Philly in 2008—boasts over 40 appetizers and raw-bar specialties and even a chocolate fountain.
Lacroix has three options for private groups: La Serre, seating 16 guests, overlooks the restaurant with a French Provence setting; the semi-private Lily's Cafe, seating 30 guests, is one of the city's most distinctive dining spots; and the Chef's Table, seating seven guests, places guests right at the heart of the action.
Find more dining options on Cvent's Philadelphia Restaurant Guide.
There are plenty of restaurants in Baltimore catering to the brunch crowd, but Miss Shirley's stands out in the pack. With two locations in the city—one at the Inner Harbor and one in Roland Park—Miss Shirley's brunch specialties include Coconut Cream-Stuffed French Toast and Southern Sunrise Benedict, poached eggs with slow-roasted Carolina pulled pork on cornbread rounds. A sizeable omelette list and pancake selection (upside down pineapple cakes, raspberry white chocolate chip pancakes and spiced carrot cakes are among the options) are also sure to leave guests satisfied.
A great Baltimore private dining facility, Shirley's Inner Harbor has three meeting spaces hosting up to 75 guests. The Roland Park venue has for spaces, with the largest hosting up to 102 guests.
Need last minute catering services? Baltimore planners can also order celebration cakes from Shirley's with 48-hours notice.
Find more dining options on Cvent's Baltimore Restaurant Guide.
For brunch group dining, Boston's Beehive eatery is a lively spot known for its funky design and Bohemian style. Rated as one of the Top 100 Jazz Clubs in the World by Downbeat Magazine, The Beehive hosts nightly concerts from local, national an international musicians. At brunch, guests can indulge in sweet selections such as thick-cut French toast with Chantilly cream and a basket of beignets, or go savory with the Cajun salmon "BLT" sandwich or cheese omelette.
The Beehive offers Boston private dining for up to 450 reception guests, with space for an additional 100 guests on the outdoor patio. With its flexible menus and accommodating staff, the restaurant is ideal for Boston wedding receptions, holiday parties, business functions and more.
Find more dining options on Cvent's Boston Restaurant Guide.