I want to start a business that takes leftover cake from parties and turns them into cake pops, to give back to the party people. Is this feasible? [more inside]
My fiance and I want to have gourmet pizza and pasta from a great local restaurant to feed the guests at our wedding reception. How should we logistically tackle this? How do we keep pizza hot on a buffet table? How much of each item (pizza/pasta) will we need? Details below. [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
I am helping a friend to expand her London based bar snack business and seek commercial kitchen space to rent in London. [more inside]
I have volunteered to make a taco dinner for 70 high school students and could use some advice. [more inside]
Help me figure out how to make about 100 long espresso shots at a public event. [more inside]
I'm hosting my sister-in-law's baby shower the second weekend of September and I need some catering recommendations. [more inside]
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?
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]
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!!
Recommendations for good, inexpensive restaurants or caterers for a Buffalo, NY wedding? Brunch or hors d'ouevres type menus preferred. [more inside]
Do we tip our caterer and her staff? If yes, how much? [more inside]
Canapes & Logistics: how to create a great, professional party in limited space [more inside]
How much are you supposed to tip on giant food delivery order? [more inside]
Does anyone know any good caterers for a wedding in Chicago? [more inside]
I'm throwing an advertised dinner party for which guests will pay a fixed price. How can I serve alcohol? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
Do you have recommendations for caterer in the Baltimore, MD area for my sister's wedding? [more inside]
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.)
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]
Veggie dinning options for 50+ people in Boise Id? [more inside]
Any caterers here? How do you figure pricing? [more inside]
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]
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!
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]
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]
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?
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?
Small wedding in Yosemite: know of an amazing photographer with a package under $3K? Caterers too? [more inside]
Looking for cheap caterers (or alternatives to caterers) in New York City for a wedding! [more inside]
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]
How actively do vegetarians avoid eating gelatin? [more inside]
Help me self-catering a large party in central London [more inside]
How do I provide some not-terrible coffee to about 50 guests in Windham, NY? [more inside]
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?
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]
How much should my wedding cost, and how can I do it cheaper? [more inside]
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]
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]
Are there any Chicago-area wedding/reception venues that don’t require you to use their caterer? [more inside]
Can anyone help me find a wonderful short break near Bath, UK? [more inside]
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.)
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]
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]
Cooking for 150+ people... [more inside]
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