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Best Catering In NOLA Area?

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Fellow Hounds,

I'm the head of the Christmas party planning committee for the US Navy's Fleet Survey Team out of Stennis Space Center. Right now, I have a budget of $800-$900 to feed roughly 60 people. Can anyone provide a decent list of 5-6 caterers who can turn out delicious food that will work with this tiny budget?

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  1. Wow. 15 bucks a head. Sorry, but I have no idea. Good luck. Maybe Roly Poly?

    1. I think you can get a fajita bar type set up from Izzo's for that price and they are really good.

      1. I can give you one: email foodzilla@cox.net with for great food on a tight budget

        1. If you're in Stennis, look for someone in BSL/Waveland. The travel & set-up time from
          NOLA alone would eat up your budget. That being said possibilities are: Plauche's Steamer up N of 10 on 607 towards Camp Salmen - New Orleans family, great fresh seafood; The Mockingbird Cafe in BSL by St. Stanislaus - although they are spotty on service; Trapani's on HWY 90 in BSL. If you want to cross the Bay bridge, there's Lizzie's, Lucio's and Shaggy's in Pass Christian that do catering to some degree. If you're doing this @ Stennis, make that VERY clear as everybody will have do some sort of ID check both personal and equipment/food items to get beyond the initial entry points to
          the base and that is often a problem for staff and not worth the bother for such a budget. The budget is really to limited to do very much beyond some sort of minimal buffet that is set out with no service personnell. Unless you want to find someone who views doing this as their pro-bono for the military.

          IMO the best caterer in NOLA is Joel's.

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          1. re: savory south

            Second Joel. Didn't mention it because of the cost.

          2. Sammy's on Elysian Fields has a great looking catering menu - their lunches are affordable, large, rich and wonderful - and are small enough where they would probably work with you on something custom to your budget...

            1. Nick - have a couple more for you.
              BUT first of all you need to establish if this is to be done @ Stennis. For those reading this who have no idea...Stennis is a military base located in Hancock Co. Mississippi about midway between NOLA and Biloxi. StennisSphere is located here. Having to go into a restricted area can be difficult ( I have a whole story on that) if you're not prepared and you need to let caterer know. Also is the payment though a federal purchase order? Again if so you need to let them know as all this takes longer and more paperwork, tax issues, other compliance issues, etc.
              For a such small budget, it might not be worth it for a single event.
              There are 2 caterers in Slidell, LA: Patton's - just terrific and are regulars @ Jazz Fest &
              Hannah Brothers - they do on-location film catering, very good but Patton's is better. IMO.
              Both 15/20 minutes from Stennis. I think they both did military feeding postKatrina

              If isn't not @ Stennis, check to see how far people will want to drive. The places in the
              my first email located in Waveland/Bay St, Louis might be able to do a separate area/room for 60, especially Plauche's Jordan River Steamer (this would be visually interesting to go to). But you also might look into having it at the PCYC or BWYC as they have room to do an event for 60 easy for a set menu. Isn't the federal building for the Navy's submersible's right in Pass Christian Harbor next to PCYC? Good luck.

              1. Superior Grill can usually do a mexican bar for about $12 pp, but I'm sure they'd have a nice delivery fee for going that far. I'll keep my eyes open for a better option! Good Luck