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Sorry if this is a little off-topic. Looking for recommendations for catering a rather informal open house/wedding reception in the summer for approximately 100 people on a restricted budget.

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  1. It might not seem that chowish, and it definitely depends on how "informal" you mean, but Famous Dave's does a terrific catering job if you're on a budget. The "catering" fee (really, just their fee for delivering the food and setting everything up for you) is $25.00 and they will do all the set-up for you and provide paper plates, napkins, etc. They only ask that you bring back their serving trays, washed, a day or two after the event. You have to do your own clean-up, though.

    EDIT: I have a catering menu, about a year or two old now, but they have something called the BBQ blowout that feeds 24 people for $165. You can just multiply that by the number of people and/or supplement it with some of their other combos and a la carte items.

    The BBQ blowout is: 60 chicken wings, 4 slabs St. Louis spareribs, 5 pounds of Georgia chopped pork, two dozen buns. Choice of 4 quarts: Wilbur beans, creamy coleslaw, potato salad, or drunkin' apples.

    ~TDQ

    1. I went to a wedding that had food from Broders and it was wonderful. I recently picked up some stuff from there for work and it was delicious, although on the expensive side for a business meeting lunch.

      D'Amico's also does catering, although it might be on the expensive end of things also.

      1. How about Abundant Catering? I haven't tried their catered food, but I loved the food at their short-lived restaurant, the Abundant Bistro. The restaurant served soul food, but I think the caterer(s) will make just about anything.

        http://www.abundantcatering.com/

        Anne

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        1. re: AnneInMpls

          Great suggestion! I would love to hear from anyone who has specific experience with their catering operation.

          ~TDQ

        2. never enough thyme on 42nd and Nicollet they do a great job.I'vebeen to a couple parties they did
          and it was really good both times.

          1. I agree, that broders does a lovely job. The owner of this newish little breakfast restuarant in south Minneapolis called the Collossal Cafe on 42nd St. also caters quite a lot. Judging from the food I have had at her restaurant her catered food I am sure would really be good. She's worth a call.

            1. I second the recommendation for Never Enough Thyme. I've also seen the Chowgirls website and it looks like they have a great menu. http://www.chowgirls.net/

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              1. re: jaycooke

                Chowgirls, absolutely! I was at a birthday party they catered a couple of weeks ago and the food was WONDERFUL. Great staff, too. My friends who hired them couldn't have been happier with the food and service.

              2. Thank you for the great suggestions! It's a good start, keep 'em coming. I'm leaning towards a mix of international flavors if our budget will allow.

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                1. re: redcrab

                  Oh, when you say "international flavors" that reminds me, Midtown Global Market will apparently do some catering. http://www.waysdelivers.com/ I don't know of anyone who has tried it, but it might be worth exploring. Also, I was at Everest on Grand recently and they say they do catering, too. Their momos (esp. the vegetarian ones) are awesome. http://www.hotmomo.com/Contacts.html

                  ~TDQ