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Mission Impossible (downdown LA edition): breakfast snacks for 80 office workers for $100?

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hi everyone,
my wife's office has a thing where each friday, 2 designated employees are in charge of providing food/refreshments/breakfast for the entire office. this friday it's her turn, and i would LOVE some help from anyone. here are the parameters:

- total budget of $100, including drinks
- 80 employees
- has to be something that we can get either downtown, in pico/robertson, or somewhere in between.
- they don't have any sort of cooking facilities, so we have to bring it to the office pre-made

in the past, people have brought:
- bagels
- donuts
- chilaquiles (home-made!)
- food from porto's in the valley
- cereal with milk and fruit

any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. get an assortment of dim sum from yum cha cafe in chinatown.

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    1. re: wilafur

      Not sure how prices compare, but if Yum Cha is too expensive I suspect Family Pastry would fit the budget. I used to pick up big bakery boxes brimming with dim sum for around $5 - it's been a while though, so prices may have gone up?

      Another idea would be an assortment of pan dulce from a panaderia. These are often large and can be cut into quarters for sharing.

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      Longs Family Pastry
      715 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA

      1. re: Vaya Con Carne

        I immediately thought of Family Pastry. Shiu mai were $0.40 each the last time I went, so you should be able to get 3-4 pieces of dim sum per person. And some pieces may be less expensive.

        1. re: Jwsel

          When did the shu mai at Family Pastry go to 40 cents?
          I haven't been in a few weeks and it was always 35 cents a piece.

          1. re: monku

            I could be wrong about the price. I knew it was something in that range and did an internet search that said the price was $0.40 for shu mai.

          2. re: Jwsel

            four siu mai or har gow costs $0.99 at yum cha cafe.....or roughly $0.25ea

            1. re: wilafur

              True, but the shu mai at YCC are about 1/2 the size of the ones at Family Pastry.

              1. re: monku

                less is more in this age of obesity. lols.

        2. re: wilafur

          Yum Cha dishes run between $1-$1.39 each, and generally have three pieces, so you can probably squeak by if each person eats 2-3 pieces. Be sure to order ahead, of course; maybe they'll give you a discount.

        3. if you're motivated to do something homemade instead, you could easily stay within the budget by doing some frittatas & muffins, and round it out with some store-bought yogurt, granola & fresh fruit...

          1. Try Paris Pastry on Western. Have only had a few things from there, but they were delicious. Depending on which you buy from their abundant selection, you could do pretty good for $80.

            1. A nice spin from the baked goods idea would be assorted Koreatown breakfast buns from bakeries like Cake House - it's about $1 each and not too sweet or heavy. Tack that with a pound of somewhat premo coffee (LA Mill, Intelligentsia or Peets for me) and you're covered for $100.

              ~H.C.
              http://la-oc-foodie.blogspot.com

              1. Costco and Smart and Final sell in bulk . Whenever I have to serve a crowd, I have found a variety of things that would fit into that budget. The quality of the food is very good .

                1. thanks to everyone who replied! my wife took delishdonna's tip and went to costco and found tons of good stuff. the other ideas will probably be used by her co-workers in the coming weeks. i, on the other hand, will be going to Yum Cha or Family Pastry tomorrow morning. is it takeout only, or can one eat there?

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                  1. re: ceviche

                    you can eat a yum cha. not sure about family pastry.

                    1. re: wilafur

                      You can eat at FP, but whether or not you'd want to is a personal matter. I kind of like it - zero atmosphere, other diners will probably be oldtimers, great for people watching. But I've brought people there who were horrified at its divey-ness.