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HELP! I need a great and unique idea for a cocktail party. Something along the lines of gourmet pizza or Vietnamese spring rolls... but better. Anyone want to suggest the their favorite take-out?

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  1. 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
    http://www.nataspastries.com/party_me...

    get a selection of somosas pokoras, naan, bhaji, dosas, roti, Kulcha, paratha, puri and tondoori meats from a good indian place. I like Gangadin
    http://gangadin.biz/Menu.html

    get a selection of mezze from Alcazar or Carnival
    http://carnivalrest.com/
    http://www.al-cazar.com/menu.html

    You can call these places a day or so ahead and order platters to pick up.

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    1. re: Diana

      I second Natas - they do party platters for all sizes and tastes...

    2. i know its not really unique but ive had really good luck with the shrimp coctail platter from costco

      1. 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...

        1. 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

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          1. re: Emme

            That they would. the did a great selection of appetizers for my rehearsal dinner last year-great tasting and very appealing to the eye. Everyone kept saying "Gelsons?!?! A GROCERY STORE did this?" (these people must not have been Gelson's initiates :) )

            1. re: Diana

              I grew up shopping at Gelson's... Used to love those chicken drummettes, the cannolis (RIP), au gratin potatoes, sweet potato puree, all the grain salads...

          2. Vallarta for a Mexican spread.

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            1. re: Wes

              The Kitchen for Exploring Foods in Pasadena http://www.thekitchen.net and Julienne in San Marino http://www.juliennetogo.com.

            2. 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.

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              Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
              7181 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

              Porto's Bakery
              315 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

              Scoops
              712 N Heliotrope Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90029