Need amazing NYC caterer
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...
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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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.