Catering a Casual 50thB-Day Party for 50-60 people
Orlando/Apopka Area: Need some help or recommendations for type of food and any potential caterers for my husband's 50th in Novemebr. We don't have a lot of seating, so the type of food should accommodate some people standing. Want more than finger food(I hate parties that start between 6 and 7, and only provide chips and dip). I don't want to cook or be standing at a grill. Want help setting up and cleaning up. Don't want to spend more than $20 per head. Would be great if that included alcohol, but I am probably kidding myself there. There will be several children there as well. Any suggestion would be terrific.
Congrats on your hubby's big day! I'm running about 6 months behind him. :)
While I don't have specific recommendations for your area, we periodically throw parties for as many as 60 - 70 people and have found that a casual buffet-style dinner usually fits the bill. We will typically order big platters of easy-to-serve food from a favorite local restaurant that fares well in buffet warmers for extended periods, such as penne pasta with sauce and cheese (which the kids should like) and Italian sausage, or Latin-style chicken and rice (we order ours from a local Colombian restaurant). Sometimes we'll order platters of two or three different entrees to offer variety, depending on the crowd. We then supplement with several cold sides and plenty of finger foods, pick up a couple cases of red and white wine that complement the entrees, and fill a big ice chest with beer, soda and water. We usually spend under $20 a head when we go this route (including alcohol), and it's not hard to pull off with a little planning. Good luck!
You might do well having one of the barbecue places cater --Four Rivers Smokehouse, Sonny's, etc. Also, Orlando has some personal chefs who might be willing to put something moderately priced together for you. I interviewed this chef recently for a Winter Park Magazine article. She lives in the Apopka area and has a great attitude. I have not personally tasted her food. The feature should show up here http://winterparkmag.com/winterparkmag/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=41&Itemid=81 in a few days. The chef's website is http://www.mygourmetchefs.com/.