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Restaurants that do off-site catering (DFW)

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sakura Dec 15, 2007 06:27 AM

I've booked a wedding venue in Dallas that will let me bring in my own caterer, but I haven't had any luck finding restaurants that will provide food, waitstaff, real dishes and silverware (not paper/plastic). I've met with some non-restaurant caterers but haven't been impressed with the food I've tasted. I'd like to keep the price under $50/person (including all food, service, and tableware). Does anyone have recommendations on restaurants that cater Italian, Asian, or American food? No Mexican or BBQ please. Thanks!

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    dallasbeatrice RE: sakura Dec 15, 2007 07:11 AM

    What place did you book? I've heard Maggiano's caters.

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      sakura RE: dallasbeatrice Dec 15, 2007 08:29 AM

      I booked the Old Red Courthouse. Maggiano's was one of the first places I called since I knew they had banquet rooms. They only drop off food and don't offer wait staff, so they won't work.

    2. PhillyPhanatic RE: sakura Dec 15, 2007 07:36 AM

      Not sure what type of food you are looking for, but the landlord for my office complex catered lunch yesterday using Blue Mesa. It was a pretty slick set-up with real plates, cloth napkins, silverware, etc. The food was really good too (considering it had to travel from Frisco to Arlington). My guess is they could probably do the same for you with your budget.

      1. GroovinGourmet RE: sakura Dec 15, 2007 09:07 AM

        Not sure of your budget, but I would seriously recommend that you check out Catering By George. George Brown headed up a couple of Dallas' finest restaurants before going back to focus on catering.

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          hhshames RE: sakura Dec 15, 2007 09:21 AM

          Pappa's Brothers

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            gavlist RE: sakura Dec 15, 2007 09:29 AM

            we just had our holiday party catered by James Rowland of Bistro Nous - the food was fantastic. They brought everything (wine glasses, plates, etc.) along with servers and a bartender. I think that the price was in the range that you're thinking, but I'm not positive (I wasn't that involved with the arrangements) - it would be worth calling.

            1. Worzel Gummidge RE: sakura Dec 15, 2007 01:24 PM

              Amuse restaurant is Doug Brown's operation. However, his main focus is private catering. I have been to an event he did and can recommend the quality of the food.

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