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Seeking food ideas for Sept 12th barn party in Newton/Weston area

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617sarac Sep 4, 2009 10:24 AM

Hi all, I am throwing my husband a 40th birthday party at a barn in Weston on September 12th. Since we have three kids (including one baby!), I am behind on the food part of the event. We will have a drum circle and then a jazz trio during dinner and dessert. The event will be informal with about 65 adults AND kids. I am looking for some delicious food that won't break the bank and that can be served cold (if possible!) and as a buffet. My husband especially loves cheese, local produce and creative food. Any ideas of good, reasonable caterers/cafes in the Newton/Weston area? (We live in Newton, and the party will be in Weston Center.) Many thanks in advance!

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    jinx1832 RE: 617sarac Sep 4, 2009 10:44 AM

    Russo's in Watertown does catering. They have excellent produce, deli meats, cheeses, and prepared foods.

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      macadamianut RE: jinx1832 Sep 4, 2009 12:31 PM

      Russo's is perfect. It has everything 617sarac is looking for.

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      ginnyhw RE: 617sarac Sep 4, 2009 12:05 PM

      How about Bakers Best? Love Russo's too.

      1. Science Chick RE: 617sarac Sep 4, 2009 12:19 PM

        How about Blue Ribbon BBQ in West Newton? Barn/BBQ....seems to go together! Doesn't meet your cold requirement, but they do cater, aren't too expensive and have mac-n-cheese for the kiddies....plus, kiddies may like a nice BBQ chicken leg........Also, I find all their side dishes to be excellent.

        http://blueribbonbbq.com/

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          SuperFineSugar RE: Science Chick Sep 4, 2009 03:16 PM

          Definitely agree with the Blue Ribbon BBQ suggestion. Fits the theme, the price point and the location. Plus it really is very good.

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            LStaff RE: Science Chick Sep 5, 2009 04:41 AM

            We had BR cater my 40th birthday party and overall I was very happy with the results. Ribs weren't all that great, but the chicken (jerk and bbq) and especially the pulled pork more than made up for the subpar ribs. They give you plenty of food for sure - we gave pounds of leftovers away to guests and still had enough pulled pork for sandwiches during the week.

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            617sarac RE: 617sarac Sep 4, 2009 10:06 PM

            Thank you so much for the tips! I will definitely look into Russo's. I love Baker's Best, although I think of them as pricey. Blue Ribbon BBQ IS supposed to be great, but that might be an odd fit for me as I am a vegetarian (even though my husband isn't!) I plan to order non-vegetarian food but want good veggie options too. :-) Feel free to let me know if any other ideas come up....love this forum!

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              teezeetoo RE: 617sarac Sep 4, 2009 10:34 PM

              i'm with the Russo fans. You can pick a range of lovely cheeses yourself, get your baked goods and bread, have them make up veggie and fruit platters, buy very good deli and make your own deli platter, add pickles, olives, and excellent chicken salad, and have a feast - if you have any shopping time, you might add some wonderful armenian food from Arax or Severns (taramsalata, hummus, mesh for example)

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