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fat parish Apr 30, 2007 09:12 PM

Hi there. We are having a big party to celebrate 5 years in business (multi-media entertainment company so a downtown crowd). We will have around 200-250 ppl and need a fabulous, cool caterer or catering company. Presentation is as important as food quality. Will need servers, bartenders etc...Any ideas? Please be specific if there were certain things you loved (or disliked). Passed and placed food. Thanks so much...

  1. ballulah May 2, 2007 12:09 PM

    I have to say, as much as it pains me to say so, Dean & DeLuca have done great work for me in the past. The presentation is always stellar, the staff is top notch, and once you've negotiated your price and everything is settled, you will never see food stations that aren't constantly freshened, looking lovely and replenished, no one will have an empty glass, the glassware and linens are brought to you and taken away, there's almost nothing to be done. All of that said, I really wish I like the food better, it's kind of blah. I've heard people at my parties rave about the food, but maybe I'm harder to please. Everything else is so well done that I forgive them for being a bit pedestrian.

    I absolutely adore the food at Spoon, and I've looked for reasons to use them as a catering company as that is what they specialize in, but as of yet Dean and DeLuca always manages to outbid them, and the people signing the checks here seem to like to stick to the straight and narrow. They do wonderful little pastry wrapped bite-sizes of all kinds of things. Lovely individual sized desserts, etc. The food verges on the side of sophisticated rustic. What I also like about this place is that the staff seems very intelligent, loyal and happy, makes for a good catering service in my opinion. I've worked across the street from them for a year and stop in for a coffee and a breakfast bite nearly every morning, and I've been greeted by the same three faces every single day. www.spooncatering.net

    If you are being budget conscious at all, most people I know start to balk when parties get to be more than $10K and the bulk of that expense is buying your booze from the catering company rather than going direct. You can save a lot of money by buying your wine/beer, liquor and mixers direct from a place like PJ's in Inwood (over the phone or internet, and they deliver) and/or NY Beverage on the Upper Eastside. Hire a separate bartending service, like Columbia (Univ) Bartenders. This can be a bit time consuming on party day, because there is more for you to oversee rather than handing it over to someone capable.

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    1. re: ballulah
      fat parish May 2, 2007 09:31 PM

      great info, thanks for taking the time. i love Spoon, live nearby and go all the time. that choclate bread pudding is one of the best things i've ever eaten. i know they cater but always thought of them for smaller events. i will give 'em a call and see what they think.

      1. re: fat parish
        ballulah May 3, 2007 07:29 AM

        Oh my gosh! I just got goose pimples all over when I read "chocolate bread pudding"...it is one of the best things I've ever eaten also! What's IN it? It's like a delicate banana custard.

        Mia is the catering contact at Spoon (or was, haven't spoken to her in awhile!).

        I just pulled my file, and I think that because of budget constraints we were only looking at stationary hors d'oeuvres in the final bidding stages, here are some of the things they proposed (and if you know Spoon, you can imagine what most of them will taste like!):

        Potato and pea filo turnovers
        Char grilled tenderloin skewers (w/cilantro pesto)
        Roasted vegetable ratatouille tartlettes
        Rustic tomato and ricotta pizettes
        Fig and thyme goat cheese tartlettes
        Marinated grilled shrimp skewers
        Little filo triangles filled with chicken and herbs
        Wild mushroom and parmesan risotto cakes
        Crunchy cucumber cups stuffed with tahini hummus

        They had all the usual suspects too, cheese trays, crudites and things to dip and cured meats, olives, fruits etc.

        Also for reference, they had priced a fully staffed (passed hors d'oeuvres), all equipment and set up, bartender, and food (but liquor not included in totals) party for 85 at about $5700 for me.

        1. re: ballulah
          fat parish May 3, 2007 04:01 PM

          You are THE best!!! Thanks so much!!!

    2. LFeinberg May 1, 2007 04:45 PM

      Great Performances, hands down!

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      1. re: LFeinberg
        fat parish May 7, 2007 04:04 PM

        i think we are going with them, thank you LFeinberg. can you pls tell me a little abt your experience with them? they look great but would love a little more info if you don't mind. they were also very nice on the phone and extremely accomodating.

      2. s
        solarlane May 1, 2007 10:12 AM

        Kevin is a talented chef who recently opened his own catering company...amazing sense of style and he's a sweetheart.


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        1. re: solarlane
          fat parish May 1, 2007 03:56 PM

          I like Kevin's site but all the references are for small parties. Have you seen anything on the scale we're planning? Thanks for the referral and for all of your opinions. I will check out all the suggestions.

          1. re: fat parish
            solarlane May 2, 2007 06:58 AM

            You should contact Kevin to see... Good luck!

        2. ChefJune May 1, 2007 09:08 AM

          I think everything about Marco Moreira and his food are amazing... so I'd contact Tocqueville. They were caterers before they opened the restaurant.

          1. v
            Vinous May 1, 2007 09:06 AM

            Chef and Co., I think in 18th or 19th Street. Julie is excellent and you will be happy.

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            1. re: Vinous
              CorgiLover May 2, 2007 06:22 AM

              Have used Chef and Co repeatedly for MANY events ranging from casual business lunch to upscale to even more upscale and HIGHLY recommend them. Will takes GREAT care of us, I believe he is part owner?

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              scars Apr 30, 2007 10:37 PM

              cayenne catering
              they have amazing passed apps chili orange beef skewer and the tuna with mango relish where A1 and the buffet looked great.One side was Tabla like indian and the other was fresh seafood.
              Nicely priced as well.

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