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Best catering option for a picnic in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park?

Bay Area MeFites! I am throwing a picnic in Golden Gate Park (and I am an out-of-towner) and am overwhelmed with food options. Can you recommend some good catering companies, take-out restaurants, food trucks, etc? [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Apr 10, 2014 - 3 answers

DC caterers

I volunteered to plan an event for Saturday, 3/29 that will include dinner for about 40 adults. For the most part, planning is in good shape, but we still need a caterer. We're probably looking at a budget of $300-400, serving around 9pm, no booze. There may be a possibility of using the venue's caterer, but I want to get a feel for fallback options. Anyone out there have a good caterer for me, or advice around hiring caterers in general? I have never done this before.
posted by jameaterblues on Mar 17, 2014 - 23 answers

Ice cream trucks to help out with a party in SF

We need three ice cream trucks to park at three specific locations in the SF mission district for an hour or so this Sunday. Help! [more inside]
posted by Dormant Gorilla on Feb 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Commercial kitchen space in London?

I am helping a friend to expand her London based bar snack business and seek commercial kitchen space to rent in London. [more inside]
posted by fray on Nov 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Tacos for many, many teenagers.

I have volunteered to make a taco dinner for 70 high school students and could use some advice. [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Sep 26, 2013 - 24 answers

Serving Espresso to a Crowd--multiple variables

Help me figure out how to make about 100 long espresso shots at a public event. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Sep 9, 2013 - 29 answers

Boston/Camberville Catering

I'm hosting my sister-in-law's baby shower the second weekend of September and I need some catering recommendations. [more inside]
posted by lydhre on Aug 8, 2013 - 6 answers

help me give her the nicest used cookery

Two year anniversary coming up and I would like to replaster the kitchen and replace the stove. Can anyone help me find catering auctions in England?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 4, 2013 - 2 answers

I'm renting event space for a party, how much do I tip?

I'm renting a room at a local winery for a Bar Mitzvah reception. The winery provides the location, the setup/teardown, tables/linens, and arranges the catering. I am being billed at $xx per person. How much of a tip am I supposed to leave? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jan 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Catering and photography- Milwaukee WI

My fiance and I are getting married this October. We have a church and reception site, but are looking for recommendations on catering and photography for a small wedding (150 people) in Wauwatosa (near Milwaukee) WI. If you have had a negative experience, I would appreciate hearing about that as well. Thank you!!
posted by biograd08 on Jan 9, 2013 - 9 answers

good eats in Buffalo?

Recommendations for good, inexpensive restaurants or caterers for a Buffalo, NY wedding? Brunch or hors d'ouevres type menus preferred. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Nov 13, 2012 - 6 answers

To tip or not to tip

Do we tip our caterer and her staff? If yes, how much? [more inside]
posted by sadtomato on Oct 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Canapes & Logistics

Canapes & Logistics: how to create a great, professional party in limited space [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Aug 27, 2012 - 7 answers

What should I tip on a large food delivery order?

How much are you supposed to tip on giant food delivery order? [more inside]
posted by macrowave on Mar 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Chicago Wedding Catering

Does anyone know any good caterers for a wedding in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by notswedish on Mar 17, 2012 - 5 answers

How to serve alcohol at a semi-private event?

I'm throwing an advertised dinner party for which guests will pay a fixed price. How can I serve alcohol? [more inside]
posted by pieliza on Mar 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Provincetown clambake for out-of-towners: public or private beach?

Clambake wedding: better at a Provincetown hotel with a private beach, or are there public beaches in easy walking distance? Can you recommend either a nearby public beach or a hotel with private beach that will allow outside catering? [more inside]
posted by lillygog on Jan 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for catering in Montreal's West Island

I'm looking for a catering service in the West Island of Montreal that will deliver fresh meals to private homes. Bonus points for an online menu/ordering interface. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by cleverevans on Sep 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Pick A Place To Party

I want to rent an event space in NYC. Where do I start? It's basically a wedding reception without the wedding, I'd like it to hold about eighty people, with an open bar and using my own caterers. It should be three hours booked at least. I'd like it in Manhattan but totally open to nearer Brooklyn and Queens. What do I need to know and where should I go in getting a space for late October? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Aug 18, 2011 - 3 answers

Looking for fresh/new NYC Catering

Anyone know of a good upscale NYC catering company who can provide food and drink for corporate cocktail party this June for 150-200 people? I've used many of the larger, more established catering companies before, and am looking for something fresh and unique.
posted by elephant8 on May 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Catering a Baltimore area wedding

Do you have recommendations for caterer in the Baltimore, MD area for my sister's wedding? [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Apr 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Where do I get my Italian beef and other Chicago classics for 10 people coming to my house for the weekend?

What are some good Chicago-area catering options for a group of 10 people? We are hosting a small group of relatives at our house for the weekend in May, and we want to have some classic Chicago dishes for people to eat. But, we also don't want to spend the whole weekend in the kitchen working on deep dish pizza, either. So, we're looking for suggestions on places to check out that we can bring food home for about 10 people. So far, we're going to check out Portillo's and Jewel for Italian beef, but I'm open to other options for the beef and other Chicago specialties. (Actually, we live in Naperville, but I'm willing to go pretty much anywhere in the area if it is worth it.)
posted by achmorrison on Apr 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Good, healthy, takeaway food in Haymarket in Sydney

Help me find a relatively cheap, relatively healthy takeaway alternative to greasy fried chicken or chain pizza to feed to groups of volunteers in Haymarket in Sydney. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Jan 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Rehearsal Dinner in Boise ID

Veggie dinning options for 50+ people in Boise Id? [more inside]
posted by Uncle on Dec 28, 2010 - 0 answers

How does a caterer set pricing?

Any caterers here? How do you figure pricing? [more inside]
posted by Gilbert on Dec 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me avert a charity BBQ disaster

What is the most logical way to cater for a BBQ and bake sale (for a non-profit organisation) when we can't confirm numbers or rely on RSVPs? [more inside]
posted by Weng on Sep 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Wedding Venue Catering Restrictions?

Perfect wedding venue (inexpensive yacht club in perfect spot in RI) wants a licensed caterer to prepare the food- but my good friends want to cook and are not licensed. -Is there a way to get around this? - Is there a way to find a caterer to do part of the meal and have my friend's supplement the menu with their own dishes? (ones that dont need the kitchen) - Any other advice on getting around this dilemma? -Do most venues have this requirement? Thanks so much!
posted by tessalations999 on Aug 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Help my impending parties not suck

Over the next couple of weeks I'll be hosting a cocktail hour and a semi-fancy dinner for 50 people. I'm looking for your best simple-yet-elegant recipes for cold hors d'oeuvres and little desserts, as well as general cocktail-hour/party planning tips. [more inside]
posted by pluckemin on May 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Where can my sibling find a food truck without a kitchen?

My sibling is a baker who works all the local farmer's markets, and is interested in a food truck- but with the only utility being display and storage, not cooking. [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Jan 31, 2010 - 10 answers

Big party. Small budget.

I'm organizing a monthly event where I will be feeding appetizers to up to 100 people. I'm a good cook, who will have much of the food pre-prepared. Unfortunately, I have a negligible budget. I need what is prepared to be tasty and diverse crowd pleasers, using ingredients that are as inexpensive as possible -- possibly available in bulk -- while still containing some protein. Carbs should be fairly healthy, unrefined, inexpensive ones. There can be some items made with flour, but not to excess. There will also need to be vegetarian dishes. Extra points for food that can be frozen and prepared as needed. I am a good cook, have a wide variety of spices, etc., rice for basmati and sushi. I also have good access to Indian, Asian, and Mexican supermarkets. I'm fine with doing extensive cooking in advance, so long as what I have is both affordable and easy-to-serve on the night of the event. Any ideas / recipes?
posted by markkraft on Jan 12, 2010 - 27 answers

Last minute catering help

Looking for a caterer for a small dinner party at a house in Napa THIS weekend. Either Saturday or Sunday, 6-8 people, near Silverado, no dietary restrictions. What options exist, or where would be a good place to look?
posted by cali on Sep 1, 2009 - 1 answer

Small wedding in Yosemite: know of an amazing photographer with a package under $3K? Caterers too?

Small wedding in Yosemite: know of an amazing photographer with a package under $3K? Caterers too? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Aug 18, 2009 - 4 answers

Food "Glorious" Food

Looking for cheap caterers (or alternatives to caterers) in New York City for a wedding! [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Jun 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Oh, the oatmeal and the Crockpot will be friends.....

I have a 5-qt slow cooker and would like to make as much Steel-Cut Oatmeal as I can in it for a breakfast for a crowd. What are the correct ratios and amounts of water and oats? Also interesting mix-in ideas are welcome. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jun 17, 2009 - 19 answers

How actively do vegetarians avoid gelatin?

How actively do vegetarians avoid eating gelatin? [more inside]
posted by zennie on Jun 15, 2009 - 35 answers

Help me self-catering a large party in central London

Help me self-catering a large party in central London [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Jun 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Large amounts of decent coffee needed!

How do I provide some not-terrible coffee to about 50 guests in Windham, NY? [more inside]
posted by Jonathan Harford on May 28, 2009 - 19 answers

Seeking Brooklyn-based catering recommendations

What caterers in the Brooklyn area would you recommend to deliver BBQ/picnic food for ~75 people in Prospect Park on a Saturday afternoon in September?
posted by juliplease on May 12, 2009 - 1 answer

Feeding the hordes

How much food do I need for 14 or 15 people for dinner? I know what I want to cook, but am not sure how much of each dish I should prepare. [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on May 11, 2009 - 6 answers

Could you loan me a couple bucks?

How much should my wedding cost, and how can I do it cheaper? [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Mar 26, 2009 - 67 answers

Recommended Caterers for a Chicago Wedding?

I'm getting married next Fall (hooray!) in Chicago, and we're currently close to finalizing plans to have the reception at Maxim's. As we begin the process of looking for caterers, I'm interested in hearing about any Chicago-based caterers that MeFites have used, and any they would recommend. [more inside]
posted by avoision on Sep 19, 2008 - 2 answers

Like a bartender

I am interested in doing some bartending this summer and fall. I worked in several restaurants before, but not as a bartender. What is it really like? [more inside]
posted by sixcolors on Jun 25, 2008 - 7 answers

Can I get married without a caterer?

Are there any Chicago-area wedding/reception venues that don’t require you to use their caterer? [more inside]
posted by Meg_Murry on Feb 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Looking for a wonderful short break near Bath, UK..

Can anyone help me find a wonderful short break near Bath, UK? [more inside]
posted by sann1657 on Jan 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Catering opinions from D.C.

Has anyone in the D.C. area used Matters of Taste catering for an event (or been a guest at such an event)? My fiance and I were considering them for our wedding, and curious for any impressions others might have. (Due to location choice, our options are limited--so suggestions of other caterers won't be of any use to us.)
posted by stevis23 on Jun 19, 2007 - 3 answers

What do you pay an amateur caterer?

How do I know how much to charge for an amateur catering gig I've just been offered? The potential client wants me to call him with an estimate, but I neither am a caterer nor have I ever hired one, so I really have no context at all. [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Jun 4, 2007 - 14 answers

San Francisco: Private Party, February: Recommendations for location, catering, bar(tender?)

Resources/links for planning a 60-person private anniversary party in San Francisco in February? Recommendations for spaces, rentable bars, sound systems, furniture, caterers? [more inside]
posted by Señor Pantalones on Nov 25, 2006 - 3 answers

Don't let me go hungry on my wedding day

Cooking for 150+ people... [more inside]
posted by nuclear_soup on Oct 5, 2006 - 19 answers

buying food to sell!!!

Is it possible to buy pre made food in bulk to sell on to your own customers?? [more inside]
posted by thegeezer3 on Sep 10, 2006 - 15 answers

How to sell catering equipment and lease my space?

I need to sell our catering company's equipment and get someone to take over our lease. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by lemoncello on Aug 3, 2006 - 3 answers

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