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Sep 23, 2009 06:35 AM

caterer -

I am looking for a caterer for a party for about 50 people. It will be a cocktail/dinner party, not a sit down meal and I want to ensure that people do not leave hungry. I heard Titanic does a good job at this. Has anyone used them? Also, my budget is in the $25 per person range and am wondering if I can I get good quality at that price.

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  1. Titanic is pretty casual fare (which is fine if that's what you're going for). I had an event with Dansereau this summer and it was about as good as it gets. Unless your guests have light appetites, though, I don't think it fits the budget. I went to an event catered by Simpléchic which was also quite good (and I understand affordable as well). Bonne chan'


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    1. re: thelonious777

      I guess you want a "cocktail dinatoire" , lots of hors d'oeuvres and then a few stations for small plates. I recently used Le Tour du Chef on park avenue , for a sit down dinner and it was excellent.

      1. re: superbossmom

        Am often seeing "cocktail dînatoire" translated as a cocktail buffet or cocktail dinner buffet these days. Was going to recommend Poivre et sel but it looks like they've folded. Sigh.

    2. I think it depends on what you want to serve. Does $25/person include the cost of waitstaff and drinks? If so, it's a very very low budget. Your best bet is to contact a few places, give them an idea of your budget, and see what they can offer you.

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      1. re: cherylmtl

        The price I mentioned is for food only, not waitstaff or drinks. It will not be a formal event and I want easy to handle food that can be served with minimal prep.

      2. Fergus, why don't you check out a few other caterers who interest you, post the names, and then let us all give opinions? That way you can see which ones seem to be interesting, and then get feedback from anyone who has used them. I used to work for a caterer in Montreal, and there are so many choices that this little bit of info can help tremendously.

        I know it sounds counterintuitive, but it will probably work better for you in the long run.

        1. I would strongly recommend Cinq a Chef.
          They are AMAZING and very reliable. The prices are also very reasonable.
          Tell them Dusty08 recommended them to you.

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          1. re: Dusty08

            I used Les Gants blancs on Duluth street a couple of times and always was satisfied. I have to say that 25$ per person nowadays will not buy you lots of food. You could maybe do 20$ and buy cheese and baguette yourself. There are easy things you can serve that will make you spend less with the traiteur.