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Help needed for happy hour food (in office) - Center City

croutonpiggy Sep 12, 2007 01:01 PM

I need serious help here. I'm in charge of getting food for our in-office Happy Hour this Friday night (5pm). We haven't had one in about a year, everyone's looking forward to it, and unfortunately the food will be a reflection of my abilities as I will not be there.

In the past, we have typically bought "nibbly things" from Trader Joe's, but I want to "up" it a bit. Everything must be room temperature; we have no ability to heat/warm items, and have limited refrigerator space.

My budget is $130 for about 25 people. I'm thinking the "main" items can be from RTM or maybe Primo's for small hoagies. Any other ideas for food purveyors that will work? Thanks.

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    lillotis Sep 12, 2007 01:12 PM

    Order a cheese tray from diBruno's - YUM!

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    1. re: lillotis
      xtian Sep 12, 2007 01:33 PM

      I second ordering trays from DiBruno's, although you might have to get creative to meet your budget.

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      Buckethead Sep 12, 2007 01:38 PM

      I'd go with your Primo's idea. $130 is not a lot of money to feed 25 people, but a hoagie tray will do it, and you can choose several varieties so that everyone's tastes are accommodated. And of course, Primo's makes awesome hoagies...

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        jessicheese Sep 13, 2007 05:17 AM

        I'm going to have to agree with the Cheese selection. Downtown cheese in the RTM is very tasty and pretty affordable. I've found them to be quite helpful putting togerther options to work in a certain budget. You could pair it with some sliced breads from Le Bus or Metropolitan, maybe some raisin nut?

        There's also a Greek vendor across from Olympic Gyro that sells a lot of little tasty treats. You could stock up on some hummus, pita, grape leaves, spinach pie, baklavah, etc. Could be another fun option.

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          bluehensfan Sep 13, 2007 05:44 AM

          And you could get a lot of cheap desserts at Beiler's Bakery in the market.

          1. re: jessicheese
            saturninus Sep 13, 2007 06:03 AM

            I have nothing but great things to say about Downtown Cheese. I worked for the owner, Jack, when I was in High School and he has incredible standards and knowledge when it comes to cheese.

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              croutonpiggy Sep 13, 2007 06:44 AM

              Oh, these are all great ideas! It is supposed to be just bites/snacks, so I'm not too concerend about providing a substantial meal. However, I still have to provide a variety of good eats.

              1. re: croutonpiggy
                Bigley9 Sep 13, 2007 10:40 AM

                I love Downtown Cheese - Jack is great! But seriously consider the greek place too - I have done many garden parties with their snacks

          2. arizonagirl Sep 13, 2007 06:16 AM

            Try Demarco's Italian Specialties. http://www.demarcosfoods.com/ When I lived in Philly I would get all my office party food from him and he's very reasonable. He can do hoagie trays, cheese trays or even bruschette trays. Ask for Jimmy he's the owner

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