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party for 85 people- need cheap bulk ideas

so...my husband and i have somehow managed to invite 85 people to our first ever party- yikes! i'm going to make most of the food (heavy appetizers) but i was wondering if you guys know of any super-affordable appetizer-esque food i can get at restaurants...like spring rolls, potato balls, non-sushi rolls, etc... i live in west la and will drive as far east as koreatown.

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  1. A small reminder... Costco is your friend. I've seen people put together AMAZING spreads out of the freezer case there. Those little mini Nancy's quiches spring to mind, but I know they have tons of different appetizer-y things all over the place there.

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    1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

      Great story in the New York Times this past Sunday, about how many parties in the Washington D.C. area are based on Costco items. They had a photo of Sally Quinn shopping there....

    2. If Glendale is not too far, Porto's has the best potato balls.

      http://www.portosbakery.com/Partymenu...

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      1. re: fdb

        Second the potato balls. Order them cold and they heat up fine in the oven

        1. re: fdb

          I third the recommendation -- we "catered" my daughter's 3rd b-day party from portos and it was great. they also have a location in burbank

        2. Try This
          Empenadas
          http://www.empanadafactory.com/

          Tamales from Taqueria Sanchez on Inglewood south of Culver

          Pupusas from Gloria on Venice near Motor?

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            Is Empanada Factory better than Empanadas Place (Sawtelle, south of Venice)? It seems like their prices are comparable, and Empanadas Place also have cocktail sized empanadas for $15 per dozen.

            1. re: empfam

              I have not tried them yet, they are on my new years party list.

          2. You could get a bunch of $4.99 Costco roasted chickens, some stouffers lasagne, and some Costco Pizzas.

            1. If you don't mind traveling to the Valley Natas Bakery has platters of their delicious pastries as well as different sized cakes. The Farm Boy does wonderful fruit platters.