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Need Rec for Caterers - mexican food in LA area

Kitchens May 17, 2010 04:25 PM

Hey guys,

We are having our engagement party at our apt complex next month! We reserved an outdoor space for the event and now need to find some caterers. We are not doing a sit down dinner - just something fun and super casual - maybe tacos and appetizers. We dont have room for a truck but there is a few nice grills that can be used. Does anyone have recommendations about an inexpensive caterer that might fit the bill? We dont have a big budget at all since we are saving for a wedding. It will be about 30 people. Also not sure what do do about drinks. I dont think we want to spend money on a bartender - do you think we can just put out buckets of wine and beer?

Thanks in advance

  1. Baron May 17, 2010 07:08 PM

    I've been to a few parties catered by Casablanca in Venice. All kinds of tacos and such. They set up the tables in the yard and do everything and they are very very reasonable. Check them out.


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      Burger Boy May 17, 2010 08:27 PM

      These folks are great and they have grills also so no need for the truck.I have used them and have had friends use them at school and family functions in LaCanada. Real nice family. Be sure to get the fresh horchata and jamaica. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7080...

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      1. re: Burger Boy
        calgal29 Jun 7, 2010 02:59 PM

        can you post the name of the company? your link is not working. thanks!

        1. re: calgal29
          Burger Boy Jun 24, 2010 11:25 AM

          Jose Valdez, I forget the name of the business but I keep his number in my phone. 626-665-6008 if you get a family member and Igave the house number, tell them it is for a catering job. Be sure to get the Jamaica and the Horchata drinks, they are made from scratch.

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        Obessed May 18, 2010 10:12 AM

        Check out Senor Fish in Eagle Rock

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          Kitchens May 19, 2010 10:17 AM

          Thanks for the suggestions!!

          1. Deidre7 May 19, 2010 11:17 AM

            El Cholo on Western in LA did an event for my boss and made amazing quesadillas with goat cheese & leeks, home made guac, etc etc and it was awesome. They had a bartender as well. Keep in mind they did this at our office building so it wasnt like there was a kitchen and a they did cook some things there with hot plates, etc. I highly recommend!!

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              waveandwen May 19, 2010 11:35 AM

              I recommend Taqueria El Tapatio 818-426-2508
              For a TACO BAR they charge just $8PP and includes EVEYRTHING.

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                Kitchens May 19, 2010 03:14 PM

                Again - thanks for all the suggestions. Not sure if I was clear before but we are hoping that someone will be able to cook some stuff on the spot - using our grills. Most people that I have spoken to just bring the food in like Casablanca - which is great but I feel like it's so much more fun to have someone cooking up the tacos on the spot...A couple places said they need to use their own grills but my building is so strict I doubt they will let them up...Any other thoughts?? Thanks so much!!

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                1. re: Kitchens
                  empress23 Jun 2, 2010 07:39 PM

                  Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock, http://www.cacaodeli.com/

                  also there are some good recs under taco caterers here on Chowhound http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664462

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