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compucook Nov 24, 2008 08:46 PM

Hi everyone,
Next week, I'm in charge of a potluck dinner for some wonderful volunteers. They will be providing the side dishes, appetizers, desserts etc, but we wanted provide the main course.
To complicate things we have one who keeps kosher, two that don't touch alcohol (Mormon) and most are in their 50's or older, so boneless skinless chicken is a safe bet.

Other than Domingo's, can you suggest a place that I can order something like Chicken Piccata, pick it up and hold it for a couple of hours until dinnertime?

Fabrocini's in Tarzana was suggested, and that could work, but I don't know if they're any good.

Our budget is tight and please NO ASIAN food. Suggestions and feedback are welcome!

Thanks!

  1. westsidegal Nov 26, 2008 09:44 PM

    how observant is the 'one that keeps kosher?'

    how would that person handle dealing with non-kosher chicken being served? would they expect dishware that's been kept kosher?

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      compucook Nov 27, 2008 07:30 AM

      She's fairly observant, she definitely won't eat the chicken. But if I have a non-meat pasta or rice dish she's a happy camper. You bring up a good point about the dishware, but due to the number of guests, I'm using the "nice" plastic plates from Costco and was planning on using the matching plastic silverware.
      I noticed yesterday at a potluck lunch that she insisted on covering a serving plate with tinfoil before placing the kosher meat on the plate. I'll try to make sure that all serving dishes have been washed in the dishwasher before using.

      1. re: compucook
        westsidegal Nov 27, 2008 07:53 AM

        washing them in the dishwasher won't do the trick for some kosher people--it is not an issue of cleanliness.
        better ask her what works for her... .

    2. Emme Nov 25, 2008 10:30 PM

      For Mediterranean, there's Carnival on Woodman. There's Zankou on Sepulveda. And I'm a fan of Pita Kitchen on Van Nuys. Agree with the above suggestion for Alcazar as well.

      If Indian is acceptable, there's Simon's Cafe on Sepulveda.

      To state the obvious, there's also California Chicken Cafe that could easily satisfy all around.

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        compucook Nov 26, 2008 06:14 AM

        Thanks for the replies, but either too casual --we do CCC etc for monthly meetings, Boneyard or Gelson's are too expensive. My husband and I eat at Carnival regularly, but I can't think that there's an entree that would please all that I'd cater from there. This is from a nonprofit, where money is really tight, so we can't provide more than a main course, the remainder will be potluck.

        We came up with two options. Make a nice entree with potatoes at Dream Dinners or cater in from Fabrocini in Tarzana. While I liked Dream Dinners' menu, I liked the fact that Fabrocini could be picked up hot and they'd lend me a chaffing dish! I'll let you all know how it comes out!

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          Depage Nov 26, 2008 06:42 AM

          Simon's Cafe isn't Indian, it;s Moroccan. At least, it has been every time I've gone

          1. re: Depage
            Emme Nov 26, 2008 09:06 AM

            yes my apologies... i was VERY tired last night after seeing benjamin button :)

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          Depage Nov 25, 2008 12:04 PM

          What about Gelson's deli?

          Or maybe BBQ chicken from Boneyard Bistro?

          I bet Al Cazar has some good chicken options

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            chuck Nov 25, 2008 03:13 PM

            To help out the person who keeps kosher you could try Bocca in Encino.
            http://boccasteakhouse.com/

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