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Last minute party plans

foleydog Sep 21, 2007 03:01 PM

I'm having a party at my house in Sherman Oaks tomorrow night and have not worked out food. Any thoughts on where I can order a party platters for about 20 people that would have good food. I considered Le Pain Quotidien and the Village Gourmet - but they both seemed not that interesting and expensive (though I like their food). I have worked out the wine, however, we'll be having mostly drinkable, interesting reds.


  1. DanaB Sep 21, 2007 03:08 PM

    If you are willing to drive a bit, I've had good luck with catered foods from Nicole's Gourmet in South Pasadena. If interested, I'd call them immediately to see if they can handle your request.

    Not too far over the hill from Sherman Oaks in West LA is Clementine, which also might be able to do your party platters.

    Otherwise, you might have to rely upon your local Gelson's or Bristol Farms.


    Edited to add: Oops, that second link was supposed to be for Clemetine. Here it is:


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    1. re: DanaB
      foleydog Sep 21, 2007 04:06 PM

      I had this at a friends party in Glendale and enjoyed it greatly. I'll call to see if I can get something from the freezer. Thanks all for this. Sometimes LA is a bit overwhelming and you just forget what's nearby.

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      bulavinaka Sep 21, 2007 03:45 PM

      I'm shooting for Natas on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks tomorrow. I don't know if you've heard of them or already have checked them out but nothing but praises for this place have been showered ever since they opened. They're reputed to be the only game in town for Portugese pastries and seem to touch everything offered in their cases with alot of love. They offer both sweet and savory pastries and do have a seperate "Party" menu and price list on their website. If the pastries are half as beautiful and nuanced as the language, I can predict this to be the beginning of a long-term romance.


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      1. re: bulavinaka
        foleydog Sep 21, 2007 04:05 PM

        I've been to Nata's it's about 3ft from my house, I can't believe I didn't think of it. I'll be there tomorrow morning.

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        nick_r Sep 21, 2007 03:52 PM

        In a pinch you can always hit up Costco. A lot of their food is actually pretty decent.

        Not that it would compare to a real independent shop, but if you're up against a wall you could definitely do worse.

        1. ipsedixit Sep 21, 2007 04:21 PM

          Julienne in San Marino.


          1. aching Sep 21, 2007 08:51 PM

            If you decide to go the grocery store route, check out this thread about Trader Joe's: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/413038. Everyone's suggestions were really helpful and from them I threw a very easy and successful party!

            1. tatertotsrock Sep 21, 2007 09:07 PM

              either location in Glendale and Burbank.
              Get a ton of Potato Balls, Meat Pies, Croquettes, and guava cheese pasteries.
              Sooo cheap and sooo good and they reheat great over and over again and all the goodies taste great, with or without a hangover...at some family parties, we've been known to eat them the next day even if we forgot to put them away...no one has died yet.

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