Spouses and significant others are welcome to attend--I felt bad the last time we had brunch. It was a bunch of dudes talking about clothes... and Duveen's girlfriend who was nice enough to sit and chat with us.
For the financially challenged, I thought Chorse had a good idea with the culinary institute. With a growing group, mid-sized venues are probably tougher to reserve.
my 2 cents...
1) norcaltransplant (1, maybe 2)
5) P's boyfriend