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Jun 24, 2010 07:11 PM

Party Help!

I'm throwing my husband a 40th birthday bash and want to have it semi-catered - by semi, I mean I want party platters delivered to the house in Berkeley so I don't have to spend the whole party preparing food in the kitchen. I've already checked out Rick and Ann's but ws wondering if anyone had any other suggestions.

Also, I want to hire a bartender for the night - I'll pick up the booze, mixers, and glassware, I just need someone to pour drinks. Any thoughts on where I might find a bartender-for-hire?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. I've had catered food by Rick and Ann's, and was so impressed that I asked the caterer for a card (I didn't realize it was them until I asked). The food was really good. I've also been to parties with party platters by The Pasta Shop, which is also good but not as good as Rick and Ann's.

    1. I recently hosted a party and used Andy & Cindy's Thai for most of the food. Their website is and I can't say enough about their peanut sauce and their banana leaf wrapped fish. Really delicious! I chose salads from the Pasta Shop on 4th St. and picked up cheeses from the Cheeseboard. It was fun to create a menu from the many delicious places in the east bay though it did require a bit of driving and pick-up.

      I've used Rick and Ann's before for baby showers and bridal showers and thought their salads were good as well. At the recent Heath Ceramics sale, Green Chile Kitchen in SF was serving up some fantastic food. I believe the main was a black bean, corn and squash casserole and for dessert they had an apple cobbler that was really excellent, especially topped with ice cream and drizzled with their signature caramel/chile sauce. I made a mental note that the next time I was looking for catering, I would use those folks.

      Good luck!

      Green Chile Kitchen
      1801 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      1. La Mediterenee has nice platters and they are easy to deal with in terms of ordering. AG Ferrari has some as well. I've also had really good luck getting baked goods (half size) from Bakesale Betty. Love Rick and Ann's, too and love the straightforward approach.

        Bakesale Betty
        5098 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

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        1. re: myriamg

          Second La Mediteranee - I've been really enjoying their food lately...

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