5 Places to Host Your Holiday Party

By Megan Giller  |  November 20, 2013
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It’s already mid-November, which means the holidays are upon us. The good news is that this season is full of fun get-togethers and parties. If you're hosting your own fête this year, here are five places that know how to throw a party.

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    The cute Rosedale-area bistro serves up food with a French-Louisiana flair such as chicken terrine, fried gouda and beignets. Plus, no one can resist a salted chocolate chip cookie, which chef Sarah McIntosh has been perfecting since she was a teenager. McIntosh will work with you to put together a tailored menu, or if you’re looking to stock up before your home holiday party, pick up a customized cheese plate and wine pairings to-go.

    2307 Hancock Dr.; 512-371-6840

  • Contigo

    Chef Andrew Wiseheart’s ranch-style restaurant boasts an expansive patio and uberdesigned picnic tables, which make for a great backdrop for craft cocktails and delicacies like white bean dip with duck fat and parsley; mussels with roasted peppers, coconut milk and basil; their famous rabbit and dumplings; and of course Wiseheart’s house-made charcuterie. Since it’s open-air, the locale is planning to put up heated tents for the winter. Book a family-style seated dinner for 15 to 30 people, or rent out the entire restaurant for a private function on Sunday nights. Prices range from $30 to $60 per person.

    2027 Anchor Ln.; 512-614-2260

  • Hops and Grain Brewing

    The sustainable microbrewery on the East Side boasts a taproom that feels warm and inviting. This season they’re hosting private events Sunday through Wednesday for $10 per person (which includes a souvenir glass and pours), with a $750 minimum. But it’s not all about beer. H&G works with food trucks like Gonzo and Way South Philly to provide good eats too. Call and ask to talk to William, who will take good care of you.

    507 Calles St.; 512-914-2467

  • Jack Allen’s Kitchen

    Chef Jack Gilmore is committed to the local movement, and it shows in his Southern comfort food like crunchy farm-raised catfish and slaw with chipotle-spiked tartar sauce and chicken marinated in pumpkin-seed pesto. The Oak Hill location offers their private dining room for parties. Contact banquets@jackallenskitchen.com to plan your event.

    7720 W. Highway 71; 512-852-8558

  • Goodall’s Kitchen and Bar

    For a classy party, check out the new incarnation of the rebranded Mansion at Judges Hill, boutique Hotel Ella, and its in-house restaurant, Goodall’s. The old-school dining room features dishes like grilled Broken Arrow Ranch quail wrapped in bacon with grilled avocado and poached Dewberry Farm chicken breast with shiitake mushrooms, sunchokes, cilantro and tomato-oregano jam. Plus don’t miss the Nutella crème brûlée for dessert. The locale can accommodate parties as small as 60 and as big as 275. Email info@atxhotels.com.

    1900 Rio Grande St.; 512-495-1800