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Caterer for a small budget

I am looking for a caterer who can work with my small budget. I am planning to feed 70 to 80 people at my wedding. My first thought was to have a buffet style dinner with appetizers at the beginning. After receiving a few quotes from different caterers, I am now planning to go for appetizers and wines/beers only. If this does not work out, I think we have to elope.
Any recommendation is very much appreciated.

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  1. what is the budget? "small" is somewhat subjective.

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    1. re: justanotherpenguin

      I have about 3000 dollars for my reception. It is at the church's hall. There is a kitchen. Thank you for all of your feed back.

      1. re: trangster8734

        check into asian catering services be it korean, chinese, vietnamese, etc. i am sure they can cater very easily for $35-45pp.

        for example, we had a family reunion (+/- 50 people) a few years ago and had a chinese caterer come in. they presented a few appetizers, four main dishes and dessert for under $30pp.

        1. re: wilafur

          second ethnic.

          perhaps dim sum, ethiopian, los balcones de peru, paru's vegetarian indian, carnival (in sherman oaks), or rent an in'n'out truck ;)

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      1. Will you have access to a kitchen? What's your venue? If you do, you could get a bunch of frozen apps from costco, trader joe's etc...

        1. generally speaking, you will be able to reduce the budget by going for a lunch/brunch instead of dinner.

          1. Ethnic caterers would be good.

            La Cabanita in Montrose would definitely be able to meet that budget.

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            1. re: ickster

              Thank you for the info. I will give them a call.