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Urgent help! Need a FANTASTIC caterer ASAP.

nabigus Jan 15, 2009 08:13 AM

Help help help! I'm planning a professional event for around 60 people, and the restaurant we were holding it at has refused to honor the contract. We have a new venue, but I've got almost no time to put together a menu.

I need a *really* fantastic caterer. We've been talking to Dean & Deluca, but they a) seem to have a lot of "shrimp on a stick" options and aren't really interesting in thinking beyond that, and b) not really get exactly how fabulous this event needs to be.

Does anyone have recommendations? The food needs to be beautiful, delicious, and something beyond ordinary catering choices--it's being held at the home of a real foodie. It will be a standing event, so the food needs to be easy to eat standing up.

Thanks! I'm quite worried about this.

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    bostonfoodie111 RE: nabigus Jan 15, 2009 08:18 AM

    Hello - Park Avenue Catering has saved me on more than one occasion. Food is delicious, staff professional and the experience a life saver! Good luck and let us know what happens!

    Park Avenue Catering
    377 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

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      nabigus RE: nabigus Jan 15, 2009 08:30 AM

      Around $5K, not to include alcohol, but including service etc. I'll go check out Bouley
      and Park ave--thanks!

      Any others?? I'm worried that places are going to be booked already.

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        bostonfoodie111 RE: nabigus Jan 15, 2009 02:01 PM

        nabigus, if you're running out of time and you have a caterer that is avaialble and has given you a price, why wouldn't you go with them? PLus they have a bistro so you can go and have a meal and check out their food directly. Just my two cents, but if you are under the gun and have an option, I'd be running with that and not waste too much energy on other things. PAC really has done some amazing events that I've been at. :)

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        cimui RE: nabigus Jan 15, 2009 08:55 AM

        i think they're fairly expensive, but recette may work for you: http://recettenyc.com/

        the food is great.

        1. Rmis32 RE: nabigus Jan 15, 2009 03:19 PM

          Glorious Food http://www.gloriousfood.com/

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            The Turtle Bay Dove RE: nabigus Jan 16, 2009 04:10 AM

            I think Cleaver Co are fantastic caterers. Worth giving them a call!

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              cimui RE: The Turtle Bay Dove Jan 16, 2009 07:18 AM

              I've never been to a Cleaver Co. catered event, but the food at the Green Table, Cleaver Co.'s cafe / restaurant is delicious and the service always wonderful. I agree: worth giving them a call.

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              RGR RE: nabigus Jan 16, 2009 06:55 AM

              Daniel's Feast & Fetes: http://www.danielnyc.com/feastandfete...

              Hudson Yards Catering (Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group): http://www.hudsonyardscatering.com/

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                clembeauchamp RE: nabigus Jan 19, 2009 11:19 AM

                Marco Polo. They are the people behind Tocqueville and are fantastic.

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                  dadad RE: nabigus Jan 19, 2009 11:31 AM

                  have hired caterers for numerous occasions, and after many disappointments i've been sticking with decanter ltd.(www.decanterltd.com). consistent quality of service, great food and easy to work with.

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