Every year we have a large family gathering in Lake George, New York. And it grows every year. We're up to 51 people now, spanning 3 generations. Needless to say, finding a restaurant that can accommodate all of us is quite difficult. Even more challenging? Finding a place with a menu that will satisfy everyone. We have voracious meat eaters, vegetarians, some keep kosher, and one person who has significant dietary restrictions.
Frederick's thankfully fits the bill for us. I pushed for us all to go there for dinner last year on one of our last nights together, having eaten lunch with my brother and sister-in-law there the day before. I was sick of driving 20-30 minutes every night to go to one of regular haunts; Fred's is only a 5-7 minutes from our hotel/lodge.
Last year went so well, we went back twice in the summer of 2013. This time, we went on the first night of our reunion, rather than the last, so just about everyone was there-- 47 people total! We ate in the large banquet room downstairs. It was loud- we're a noisy bunch, and the little kids were shouting in excitement over their card games. Anyway, the staff appeared a little shocked, but they- and the kitchen- handled us all beautifully. No attitudes, no grumbling under their breath, we were able to be a little flexible in our ordering from what was listed on the menu. And the real kicker is we use 5 separate checks! (Family A, family B, etc)
( A restaurant just down the street, which shall remain nameless, gives us SUCH an attitude when we go. Acts as if we should be grateful and thanking THEM for allowing us to eat at their restaurant! And so strict! I wasn't allowed to add mushrooms to my pasta- "the kitchen frowns upon any modifications". What the? And FYI, if the owner doesn't want her fancy car touched, don't leave it parked right out front by the outdoor seating.)
The menu at Fredericks' works well for us. Not too small, and with enough variety that everyone can find something they actually WANT to eat. The spinach artichoke dip that two of us were sharing was devoured within minutes after others started "tasting" it. So we ordered another one with our meals. And even though one of the staff members seemed a little overwhelmed at times, they were so pleasant to work with. No attitudes, and extra smiles. And I KNOW some of my relatives are incredibly annoying!
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