Where to get great party food?
Lately I've been going to Scoops and wowing people with the amazing flavors (like kiwi+jasmine, or brown bread, or pistachio+rosewater).
I also like the Porto's idea.
The most recent dinner gathering at my house was catered almost entirely by Bossa Nova delivery. Most of the unique stuff can be found in their appetizer section.
Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
7181 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203
712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Some nice suggestions already, so I'll just add to...
Bay Cities for sandwiches
Warszawa would be great
Thai apps from Jitlada
Los Balcones de Peru or Qusqo
Caioti for a "gourmet pizza sampler"
Cheese Store of Beverly Hills
Hate to suggest Gelson's, but Gelson's would put together a great spread
Sunnin in Westwood for a great lebanese spread... Brodard's in Little Saigon for a great Vietnamese spread (the fried pork spring rolls are earth-shattering)... Sarkis Pastry for a great Armenian baklava selection... Mama's Hot Tamales for a wide selection of tamales... Langer's for a great selection of pastrami, corned beef, etc.... Brent's for a smoked fish tray... Beverly HIlls Cheese store for a big cheese/charcuterie selection...
get Rahel to cater a few Ethiopian dishes! Sambusas, a few combo platters, lotsa injera.
Go to Portos and stock up on potato balls and stuff.
Go to Nata's and get some of her delectable savory pastries, sweet pasteries and mini-sandwiches. Here's her party menu
get a selection of somosas pokoras, naan, bhaji, dosas, roti, Kulcha, paratha, puri and tondoori meats from a good indian place. I like Gangadin
You can call these places a day or so ahead and order platters to pick up.