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Suggestions for interesting at-home catering?

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Hello all,

I will be hosting a major birthday for my mother this fall and we are expecting 20 - 30 people. She doesn't want to go out to a restaurant, so we are looking at interesting options for food at home.

Good food is a must, but an additional fun factor would be a nice bonus. We're hoping to keep the costs under $800.00 (not including booze).

Here are the restrictions:

- No Italian
- No oyster bar (been done)

Other than that, we are totally open.

If you have a tip for great food and/or a unique experience, I'd love to hear it. Our initial brainstorming included a guided cheese tasting, at home sushi chef, etc. We're flexible!

Thanks!

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  1. For cheese/wine tasting, I've enjoyed more than one event with cheese expert Julia Rogers of Cheese Culture. She's warm, funny, engaging and a wealth of knowledge.

    She would talk to you about a possible theme -- basic 101, cheeses of Ontario/Quebec, cheeses of Italy or France, etc. The cheeses are presented in flights with a wine or beer pairing. Interesting side bite are offered to try with the cheeses - nuts, fruits, honey, preserves, etc.

    You can find out more at
    http://www.cheeseculture.ca/index.html

    I think she's a consultant for the Leslieville Cheese Market.

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    1. re: JamieK

      A wine & cheese party would be fabulous. I think a lot of people would be interested in a combination of education + delicious food.
      For a summer part, an outdoor BBQ could be fun.
      Another idea would be to have a mixology lesson. It's very trendy right now and probably not too expensive.

      You might want to contact Ezra Title. He cooks breakfast at the Wychwood Barns Farmer’s Market and caters through his company Chezvous Dining. I have heard nothing but good things about him and his services. I'm sure he'd be willing to discuss different options with you and might have some unique ideas. I know he offers joint dinner party and yoga lesson!
      http://www.chezvousdining.ca/

      1. re: toveggiegirl

        Julia is great...very personable and certainly knows her cheese and wine too!!
        Please write back with your decision and how the evening went. Im sure it will be a lovely party.