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Dec 8, 2006 06:03 PM

Prepared food shop in Seattle for New Year's Eve party?

Hello Seattle!

A New York Chowhound here. My family is decending upon Seattle for New Year's. We will be staying in a hotel (the Residence Inn in Downtown/Lake Union) with kitchenettes (microwave, toaster, sink, fridge) and would like to cater a new year's eve party for ourselves. We are a large crowd (15+) from all over the place, running the guantlet from toddlers to grandparents; but everyone tends to be a serious foodie. Any suggestions as to where we can buy (mostly) prepared food to serve for the party? I am thinking lots of different finger food, seeing as we have no stovetop or oven (besides the toaster). Bonus question: any reccoms for a good liquor store? We are planning on serving bubbly and making cocktails. We will have cars, so travelling is an option.

Thank you!

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  1. An assortment of Salumi from Armendino's Salumi

    Vietnamese fresh rolls from Tamarind Tree. Also coconut gelatin (in coconut shell), bonbon salad (or papaya or mango)

    A bucket of chili from World Class Chili in the Pike Market.

    An assortment of Gelato from Botega Italiana, Procopio, or Gelatiamo.

    Piroshky Piroshky
    1908 Pike Place
    Seattle, WA

    Café Besalu
    5909 24th Avenue NW
    Seattle, WA

    Ezell's fried chicken!

    Cioppino from Jack's Fish Spot

    1. A couple ideas come to mind: Tango is a great Latin/small plates restaurant not too far from you. They do catering and I'll bet could put some nice take-out finger food together. If you prefer French, consider Boat Street Cafe and Kitchen. It's a great restaurant, and they do both catering and "food to go" (see the website below, click on catering). On a very different note, there is a giant new Whole Foods near you, too, which would be okay for basic stuff (it is still a grocery, albeit a good one). They do "platters", etc. Salumi and Tamarind Tree are good ideas, too.

      I don't think I realized that there is a dearth of high quality, prepared foods type places in Seattle (not restaurants-I'm imagining you mean a place like Lenotre in Paris) until just now.

      Our liquor stores are state run, so there's not a lot of variation. The one downtown on 3rd seems to be a little more high end than many.

      1. Another option if you don't want to make too many stops is Cheesecake Factory; the avocado eggrolls, ahi tempura rolls, firecracker salmon rolls are all good finger food (lots of other options there in a more Tex-Mex vein etc) Their Bistro shrimp pasta is decent also. (if you get the ahi tempura rolls, check to make sure they haven't forgotten to tempura fry them) For something more substantial, you might also make a stop at Takohachi on Jackson east of 6th for some Japanese takeout (fried chicken (chicken karaage, not chicken katsu), "hamburg" steak, fried rice or rice w/ curry, etc.) PS i would suggest the dungeness crab/shrimp spring rolls at Monsoon but they don't travel well at all (get soggy by the time you get them home)

        1. This is definitely a car ride away, but maybe check out Porcella Urban Market in Bellevue:

          Closer option, you can hit multiple vendors at Pike Place Market and create a lovely meal. Cheeses and meats from DeLaurenti's, smoked salmon from Jack's Fish Spot, anything from Beechers Hademade Cheese, bread from 3 Girls Bakery,

          1. Another recommendation to hit up the Market - I recommend you get some little toasts and fabrique delice truffle mousse from Delaurentis. Also, yes, cheeses, smoked salmon, meats, olives, breads, etc. from the various vendors.

            & don't forget the Vino!