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Need a Caterer in Toronto

Davedigger Oct 15, 2008 02:09 PM

I just need a caterer that can put together a holiday lunch for a group of approx. 500 people at my work.

What we need is very basic. Turkey, stuffing, veggies, potatoes, cranberry sauce, a vegetarian option (i.e. veggie lasagna), punch and little finger desserts. This is what they've had every year for the past 50 years and this is what they want to continue to have.

It doesn't sound all that difficult, but the caterer that was "recommended" to me last year made a cluster**** of the event. I do NOT want a repeat of that nightmare.

Any suggestions?

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    thebutcher RE: Davedigger Oct 15, 2008 06:55 PM

    I used Noble Culinary (www.nobleculinary.com) for a wedding reception in my home (25 people) but they have done events for hundreds if not thousands (they did the Much Music Video Awards for example). The food, service, clean-up was outstanding - highly recommended.

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      Apple RE: Davedigger Oct 15, 2008 08:31 PM

      I used Herrera's for my wedding this past August and they were amazing... In fact, we got compliments from our guests raving!!! We served beef tenderloin and if you can believe it they were able to pull off medium rare for most of the plates. Can you believe that?

      Patricia who owns the company is fantastic to work with, she has a patient ear and great team.


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        happylemon RE: Davedigger Oct 16, 2008 06:24 AM

        For basic needs that you describe, not crazy fancy food, I reccommend Rose Riesman Catering for good, hearty, straight forward, reasonable...very pleasantly unexpected because when I think of Rose Riesman, I think of the Pickle Barrel. And, in regards to overall service, they are great...having dealt with most of TO's caterers, I can say that service/attitudes in general need big improvements...I have done 8 corporate events with RR this year and all of them went super smooth.

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          erly RE: happylemon Nov 25, 2008 05:56 AM

          Sunny Langer does excellent lunches at reasonable prices.
          Although I haven't used his services in a couple of years, I have used him many times for large luncheons.
          Always satisfied.

        2. Davedigger RE: Davedigger Oct 16, 2008 07:42 AM

          Thanks guys. I'll check out all 3.

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            merlot143 RE: Davedigger Oct 16, 2008 08:36 AM

            Caterers like L-Eat or Urban Fare do simple foods really well and with a good price point.

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              ltdchef RE: merlot143 Oct 16, 2009 09:26 AM

              Second L-Eat. They're fabulous.

          2. Davedigger RE: Davedigger Nov 4, 2008 11:29 AM

            Thanks everyone. Just wanted to post an update. We ended up deciding to hold our event off-site, so we're stuck with their caterer.

            However, I did speak with all of the mentioned caterers and got quotes from many. Of all of them, I was most impressed with Noble Culinary. Truly professional with exacting standards to the point that their quote included some things for free in order to ensure the event was a success. I had originally turned these things down due to cost.

            Thanks for the reco butcher. Hopefully I'll get to use them in the future.

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              Sinfulia RE: Davedigger Nov 25, 2008 05:52 AM

              Hi Davedigger,

              Can you remember approximately how much per head the cost was? I'm looking at an event for 20-30, which means my per/person cost will likely be higher, but just want to get an idea of cost.


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                Davedigger RE: Sinfulia Nov 25, 2008 08:06 AM

                Food and bevs were being charged at approx. $26/head.

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                  Sinfulia RE: Davedigger Nov 26, 2008 06:42 AM

                  Thanks. That seems pretty reasonable.

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              soon2bemrsE RE: Davedigger Mar 20, 2009 09:17 PM

              Looking for a catering company that will do a bbq for approx. 30 people for our wedding this July. We want our guests to be able to help themselves to whatever whenver. We are looking for a mix of bbq chicken, shrimp kebabobs and steak. Any suggestions??

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                millygirl RE: soon2bemrsE Mar 21, 2009 06:55 AM

                You should check out Ezra Title of Chez Vous. He does a great job, fantastic guy and will do whatever it takes to make sure you enjoy your special day. He catered a birthday party for my hubby and everyone was wowed by it.

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                  miranda RE: millygirl Mar 21, 2009 07:05 AM

                  Second Urban Fare....Miranda

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                    mnicola RE: millygirl Mar 25, 2009 08:16 AM

                    I second and third Ezra Title of Chez Vous. This sort of thing is what his mandate in life is. No joke. Contact him.

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                    Cat123 RE: soon2bemrsE Mar 21, 2009 08:00 AM

                    Has anyone here ever tried Ted Reader's BBQ catering company? Looks interesting - I have his cookbooks but have never heard of anyone using his catering services:


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                      soon2bemrsE RE: Cat123 Mar 25, 2009 07:17 AM

                      Oh my gosh! i just checked out his site and loved the menu. Please if anyone has used this caterer please give us your feedback ASAP! This would be perfect for our day and hopefully he is flexible on flavouring of meats as we would like to incorporate our Jamaican/Colombian culture.

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                    gastrojunkie RE: Davedigger Oct 15, 2009 01:52 PM

                    Try The Food Dudes also (http://www.thefooddudes.com/). They do some pretty cool stuff and I know they have done some bug events like this before.

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