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Restaurants and Caterers with BEST Hors d'Oeuvres?

Pei Feb 23, 2007 10:55 AM

Has anyone had any outstanding hors d'oeuvres lately, at a restaurant or a catered event?

I'm so tired of bruscetta, endives, shrimp on a stick, and chicken satay.

They have the cheesiest "We work in LA" name possible, but For Stars Catering actually really surprised me with how delicious their food is. Beef wrapped around asparagus was juicy, flavorful, and tender enough that I could take bites without the whole strip of beef unravelling into a mess, and the rum balls were potent and made with very good chocolate.

Anyone else?

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    coco puff Nov 15, 2007 12:48 PM

    the olympic collection does outstanding hors d'oeuvres...as well as everything else.
    ocbanquet.com

    1. perk Nov 14, 2007 03:37 PM

      Couple of different options. For full service catering, I really like Auntie Em's. I've been to elegant parties with wonderful passed hors d'oeuvres....and also a more casual wine and cheese birthday party....both done by them. Both fantastic.
      If I'm looking for a place to order lovely appetizers and pick them up, La Conversacion on Doheny does a great job. They're reasonably priced and delicious. I'm guessing they cater, too....just haven't done that there.

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      1. re: perk
        bassbiz Nov 15, 2007 09:24 AM

        Im glad this topic has been brought up, we're going to hire a caterer for our holiday party this year at the office. Has anyone had any experience working with Carmelized productions (aka Food Dudes)? Im trying to put through my bid and I know it can get expensive but I'm just curious what their typical portions are like, otherwise we might be stuck with Cha Cha Cha.

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        LAFoodie1281 Nov 14, 2007 01:30 PM

        I recently went to a party in Calabasas catered by Bite Catering Couture - I was really impressed and my friend told me she was surprised how easy is was ot hire and work with them. They specialize in miniatures and bite-sized foods (savory and sweet). You might want to check them out - and if you like chocolate, her chocolates and dessert stuff looks amazing! www.bitecatering.net

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          dtud Feb 24, 2007 03:08 PM

          someone else may know who this was - but a couple years ago i had hors d'oeuvres that were the best i ever had. everything was entree type food but made in "mini" portions - they really all were about bite size. we had ceasar salad in mini parm bowls, mini burgers, mini pizzas, mini mugs of soup, etc.. i wish i knew the name of the caterer - b/c i loved it.

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            Frank_Santa_Monica Feb 23, 2007 11:06 AM

            Are you talking about Four Stars Catering by Giraud? I think they are outstanding.

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            1. re: Frank_Santa_Monica
              Pei Feb 23, 2007 12:14 PM

              No, I actually do mean For Stars Catering : http://www.forstarscatering.com/

              But now I'll have to see Giraud's stuff too. Thanks!

              For example, at the convention I was at, Patina's food paled in comparison to For Stars. Their tuna cornet had bland mushy fish and hard cold wonton skins as the cones, and the wasabi masago had no punch.

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