Mission Impossible (downdown LA edition): breakfast snacks for 80 office workers for $100?
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:
- chilaquiles (home-made!)
- food from porto's in the valley
- cereal with milk and fruit
any help would be greatly appreciated!
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.
Longs Family Pastry
715 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA
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...
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.
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.
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 .
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?