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Aug 26, 2008 12:09 PM

Catering or Banquet in Beverly Hills

Hello fellow Chowhounds,

I work for the city of Beverly Hills and I have been entrusted to find us a location for our annual holiday party in early December. It's going to be for 55-60 people and will be a lunch event. One very important item that I should mention is that the venue <b>MUST<b/> be located in the city of Beverly Hills proper. In these trying economic times, it's important for us to recycle that money in the community. :)

I'm trying to keep the cost to around $25 per person including food, tax and service charge to stay within my penurious budget handed down from above. A little wiggle room is fine, but I don't think it can be any more than $30 p/p. To date, I've contacted McCormick & Schmick's as well as Prego Ristorante and all of them have been a little over on the budget.

Also, any recommendations on restaurants/services that cater and do a good job would be very appreciated. If not at a garden, we can always have it delivered here to our courtyard.

Help me, please! If not for me, at least do it for the dog.

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    1. re: woofer

      They don't really have a banquet facility there, woofer. Thanks for the heads up though.

    2. Have you tried Sandbags on LSM? They have decent sandwiches and sides, with a large variety - they can probably work within your budget.

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      1. re: Phurstluv

        Sandbags is no more...Pizza Rustica (?) went into that spot. Too bad, I enjoyed Sandbags every once in a while.

      2. Try Sophie's Produce ( Olympic & LaPeer, in BH ): (310) 860-1071

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        1. re: RicRios

          Seems more like a market, no, RicRios?

          1. re: Fredeeb

            Organic market yes, plus organic deli to go.

        2. you could bring in a variety of salads (ask them to do large group portions maybe at a discount) from Greenleaf Chop Shop.

          Frida's will do group catering at a decent rate.

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          1. re: Emme

            I will call Frida's to see what they got for me. They do have a large party menu, but do you think they'll be able to accomodate 60 people, Emme?

            1. re: Fredeeb

              i'd think they would if you'd order ahead and let them know so they can plan accordingly.