Ask Lauren: Christmas parties, New Year’s Eve dinners, and holiday gift exchanges

Half of the holidays is taking large groups of people to places where food and drink will be consumed.

Now, through the magic of the internet, you too can ask Lauren your myriad food-related questions. Well, technically, you can leave your questions in the comments below, I’ll ask Lauren, and then I’ll let you know what she says. It’s like the three-legged stool of restaurant recommendations.

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I’m planning my office Christmas party, and we want to go somewhere downtown that’s upscale with a nice holiday feel to it. Any suggestions for something that has that fancy flair but is open during lunch hours?

Chez Foushee is the perfect spot for a fancy business lunch downtown. They’ve got classy white table clothes, an upscale French-inspired menu, and an absolutely delicious lemon butter cake. Chez Foushee has been doing this sort of thing for the last 25 years, so you know they’ll treat you right.

I have a huge group getting together for dinner on New Year’s Eve. We want to go somewhere that can hold all of us but don’t want to end up at some chain restaurant. Help!

The community table at Stella’s is perfect, yet probably incredibly hard to reserve at this point in the year. But it can’t hurt to try, right? Especially when delicious greek food is on the line.

My friends and I want to do a casual holiday gift exchange over a couple of brews, but we will have at least a couple of children in tow. Thoughts?

The newly opened Cask Cafe is perfect for the increasingly normal combination of cold ones and kids. In the room adjacent to the bar there’s enough space and tables to accommodate a big group, and the atmosphere is super chill so a couple of youngsters going on about Thomas, Spider-man, or Caillou (shudder) will totally be NBD.

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Ross Catrow

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