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Dec 27, 2006 09:11 PM

Suggestions for Dessert Buffet

Suggestions please for an after dinner dessert buffet for a large gathering 100+. Looking forward to an attractive assortment,easy to serve and of course,tasty --Hoping for a table as varied and tempting as an upscale brunch. I was thinking of a selection of French pastries, Italian cookies,and perhaps tarts and small fancy cakes. Thank you in advance for suggestions of items or bakeries.
Dinner will be the middle of January in the San Francisco.

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  1. Rulli's sour-cherry-filled almond cookies are wonderful.

    Dianda's amaretti and some other items are as good as it gets but still reasonably priced.

    1. For 100+ people, I was thinking the Carême Room at the California Culinary Academy on Polk Street. On Thursdays and Fridays they do a massive buffet, including an extensive dessert buffet. The OP is asking for after dinner, so this is not a perfect solution - I don't think you can pay for just dessert.

      1. Golden Gate Bakeries custard tarts would be a nice addition. They're $1 a pop, but if you went in and ordered a 100, maybe you could get a break. Don't call though, I've tried calling in orders, they have never taken them from me over the phone.

        1. For that many people, I would suggest a chocolate fountain....

          1. in mini, individual petit four sizes:
            fruit tarts
            cream puffs
            lemon mousse
            mousses,chocolate and/or fruit based
            pecan tarts
            fruit skewers with dipping sauce
            creme brulees or flan
            varied flavored cheesecakes
            banana or coconut cream tartlets
            key lime pies
            panna cottas
            fancy bread puddings
            apple or pear or cherry crumbles
            just to name a few...
            as anna suggested above, chocolate fountain is a way to go.
            or maybe a banana fosters station, crepes suzette or cherries jubilee ( all involves flambe'), fancy, dramatic and impressive to many people...) hope this helps.