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jacquieF Apr 17, 2008 12:39 PM

Hi, It's Thursday afternoon and I've got to have a fancy dinner at home for 4 people on Friday night (tomorrow). I have a day job so can't start cooking, or even shopping, until tomorrow afternoon.
I just called Pusateri's and they won't take an order for their pre-made meals after 2pm if required for the next day, and also they only do pre-mades for parties of 8 or more.

Any ideas? I live at Yonge and Sheppard. One other thing - the guests are very "meat and potatoes" types, so I can't do sushi, seafood or even pasta!

Help! One other site I looked up is Freshman's on Mount Pleasant - any opinions on that or any other place?

  1. sweetie Apr 17, 2008 12:58 PM

    I realize this doesn't really answer your original question, but how about some thing you can re heat tomorrow? Pot roast? Maybe even chicken? Salmon (can be oven baked or grilled quickly)? Maybe there is a restaurant that can accomodate you? 4 people should be doable.

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      miranda Apr 17, 2008 01:05 PM

      Look up Bologna Pastifico on Dufferin just South of Lawrence....you can order Mama Mia's lasagne...it's great...they have many varieties...you could order their Meat lasagne...get some good crusty bread and whip up a salad....Bon Appetit....Miranda

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        phoenikia Apr 17, 2008 01:13 PM

        Try calling Chapman's Essential Foods at Bayview and Yorkmills- they might be able to help on shorter notice: http://www.torontolife.com/guide/food/prepared-food/chapmans-essential-foods/

        Or try calling Wanda's in the Kitchen with Dinah ( Koo & co is Dinah's catering part) (Mt Pleasant north of Eg) : http://www.torontolife.com/guide/food/prepared-food/wandas-in-the-kitchen-with-dinah/

        How fancy is a fancy dinner for you? Several high end restaurants in the North end will do take-out, such as Auberge du Pommier (probably $75/person, at least) and Oliver & Bonacini (closer to the $40-50/person range), if you call them in advance. Here's the O & B website- click on their "take away" menu option: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/obcg_bayview.html

        If you think your guests would be ok with veal or chicken parmigiana, etc. (closer to $20-25/ person), you could order take-out from Mezza Notte. They also do catering. http://www.mezzanotte.ca/menus.html#c...

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        1. re: phoenikia
          TorontoJo Apr 17, 2008 01:21 PM

          Chapman's is closer, but I would go with Wanda's...Dinah -- great suggestion! You can get some very good crab cakes and a salad to start, then for the main, she has roasted Cumbrae's chickens stuffed with a couple of different options. Sides include roasted potatoes and roasted veggies, along with a bunch of choices of different salads (pasta, grains, etc.). Just be warned that Wanda's prices are not cheap. And dessert from Wanda's side of the store is usually very, very good!

          1. re: TorontoJo
            phoenikia Apr 17, 2008 01:43 PM

            Wanda's is my favourite place to stop when I'm in a hurry and need to bring something to a party;) The spring rolls and mini butter tarts(with/without nuts/raisins) are delicious, too!

            Everything I have tried has been delicious, but pricey! I'm always a little surprised by the total on the cash register.

            1. re: phoenikia
              TorontoJo Apr 17, 2008 01:44 PM

              Yes, sticker shock is common for me there. The crab cakes in particular I find crazy expensive!

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          merlot143 Apr 17, 2008 01:15 PM

          Try Summerhill Market (I've never been but Chowhounders love it).
          Or else there's Urban Fare catering, which does last-minutes dinner, I believe. They also deliver.

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            jacquieF Apr 17, 2008 01:34 PM

            Wow these are great ideas - thanks a ton!
            Wanda's sounds the most appealing so far (so does the Pastifico place but they don't do pasta)
            O&B is out of my price range I think but that makes me think of something else - has anyone been to the wolfgang puck place at Yonge and Sheppard? Do they do food?
            I'll report back on where I end up - right now it's a toss between Wandas and Chapmans, but if anyone has any more keep 'em coming!
            thanks again

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            1. re: jacquieF
              TorontoJo Apr 17, 2008 01:43 PM

              Is wolfgang puck open yet? It didn't look that way when I drove by a couple of weeks ago. But I wasn't paying a lot of attention.

              BTW, the roasted red pepper hummous at Chapman's is fantastic. Honestly, though, the prepared foods I've had from them have only been OK.

              1. re: TorontoJo
                phoenikia Apr 17, 2008 01:46 PM

                Their artichoke dip is delish, too. I could eat it by the spoonful. I have to admit- I mostly focus on smoked fish and dips when I'm at Chapman's.

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