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Have You Tried Costco Lasagne? Alternative take-out suggestions?

Wafer_thin Jan 8, 2011 02:27 PM

Hi, everyone. I'm hosting a small birthday party, but at the last minute found out that I won't have time to cook, so I'm exploring various options. Someone mentioned to me that the frozen lasagne at Costco is really good, but I've never tried it. Have any of you? Regardless, does anyone have any good take-out recommendations for a party of 8? West LA or South Bay would be best. Thanks!!

  1. wienermobile Jan 8, 2011 02:32 PM

    They have a nice catering menu for small parties at Mendocino Farms in Marina Del Rey.

    1. monku Jan 8, 2011 03:50 PM

      Thumbs up on the Costco lasagna.

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      1. re: monku
        ipsedixit Jan 8, 2011 05:33 PM

        I'm going to second the rec for the Costco lasagna.

        It's a hefty 6 pounds and comes it at under $15. Hard to beat that for both price, quantity and quality.

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        bulavinaka Jan 8, 2011 04:19 PM

        Thumbs-up on wienermobile's rec. Mendocino Farms' sandwiches (and salads) are really good. Haven't tried Costco's lasagne, but monku's word is Word.

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          monku Jan 8, 2011 05:33 PM

          If you get the Costco(Kirkland) lasagna get the 6 pound not the two 3 pound lasagna package. Stouffers frozen 6 pound lasagna is pretty good too. It wouldn't surprise me if the Costco lasagna was made by Stouffers because until Kirkland had their own lasagna they sold the Stouffers brand.

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            maudies5 Jan 8, 2011 06:11 PM

            I can enthusiastically recommend the home made Lasagna at Guidi Marcello. Definitely call ahead to see if the lasagna is available. They offer a delicious lasagna which is very light and offers meat. The other lasagna is vegetarian. Also, delicious. My preference is for the one with meat. This is home made and truly delicious. I have served Guidi's lasagna to my most critical audience; my family. They loved it. Did not try the veg one.

            Guidi Marcello
            1649 10th St, Santa Monica, CA

        2. perk Jan 8, 2011 09:43 PM

          Another Costco option is the large chicken pot pie. It's really very good. Even better if you brush it with a little melted butter.....

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            jesstifer Jan 8, 2011 11:46 PM

            I've been there, done exactly that. Costco's frozen lasagne is very good for... frozen lasagne. What about a big Pollo Loco family size situation? Everybody loves Pollo Loco. Unless you're trying to pretend you cooked the lasagne yourself, cuz everyone will recognize Pollo Loco. ;-)

            1. sunshine842 Jan 8, 2011 11:57 PM

              actually, most of Costco's prepared stuff is anywhere from good to bordering on excellent.

              I brought their turkey roll-ups for a work lunch (I returned from a business trip that morning, so didn't have time to make anything) -- and people begged me to bring them for the next potluck. (this particular place was like working in a church social - we had potlucks once or twice a months, and somebody ALWAYS was bringing in pies/cakes/cookies/bagels -- no wonder we signed up for a workplace Weight Watchers program!)

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                Wafer_thin Jan 9, 2011 12:48 PM

                Wow! Thanks for all of your suggestions and ideas. I've picked up a Costco lasagne to try it out ahead of time (family will be the toughest critics!). Regardless, all of your other suggestions sound great, and I'll probably use them at some point for other occasions.

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                  sparkareno Jan 9, 2011 07:04 PM

                  I agree that Costco lasagna is great. Since you mentioned the South Bay--I was at a Christmas party this year & the hostess had bought a big tray of lasagna at Pasta Kitchen in South Redondo. It was also excellent---everyone loved it--very homeade tasting.

                  Pasta Kitchen
                  1888 1/2 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                  1. westsidegal Jan 10, 2011 04:32 PM

                    you might also consider the catering menu from c & o cucina/ c & O trattoria in venice.

                    they supplied many of the christmas parties i attended this year, and the food seemed to please everyone.
                    n..b., though, this is not high-end chowish food; this is crowd-pleasing reasonably-priced food that goes down easily and doesn't require portion-control for the party to come in at budget.

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                      aliris Jan 10, 2011 11:27 PM

                      I second C&O's and disagree with costco. It's not inedible by any means, but I wouldn't write home about it either. C&O's little cutie bread thingies are lots of fun. For a special occasion I'd spring more for C&O. While a step above other frozen lasagna's I agree it's still just that. Godd you're doing a taste test first.

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                      alexa52 Jan 11, 2011 05:18 AM

                      Is there a ZanKou near you? They have the best chicken. Comes with hummous, pickled carrots, an amazing garlic sauce and pita. Of course they have other options too but this works great for a crowd.

                      1. ocshooter Jan 11, 2011 01:08 PM

                        Not every Costco has it, but the rotisserie chickens are great. Pick up a pair, quarter them, add in a few sides which are abundant and a starter or two, again too many options to pick one. I am usually not a big fan of supermarket sushi, but the trays that they have there are edible. Well, not the tray...

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                          maudies5 Jan 11, 2011 02:19 PM

                          A friend of mine did exactly as you suggested with the Costco rotisserie chickens. She served them at a dinner party and everyone raved about her delicious "homemade" roast chicken.

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                            westsidegal Jan 11, 2011 04:46 PM

                            i served their rotisserie chicken at a party for 60 people.
                            it was very good, but cutting it up into serving pieces was not as easy as one would think.
                            it is slippery and it was difficult getting the skin not to tear during the cutting process.

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                              ocshooter Jan 12, 2011 10:22 AM

                              Use kitchen shears. I find it a lot easier than a knife.

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                                westsidegal Jan 12, 2011 10:27 AM

                                that's what we used.
                                still wasn't easy for warm chicken for 60 people.. . .

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                          laliz Jan 11, 2011 01:15 PM

                          I've never tried or considered Costco's lasagne, (or chicken pot pie w/butter; or turkey rollers) but after reading this thread I will try them all. Thanks.

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                          1. re: laliz
                            perk Jan 11, 2011 04:18 PM

                            Let us know what you think!

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                            paulpaez Jan 12, 2011 02:29 PM

                            Got to recommend the chicken pot pie by Costco over the lasagna. Mushy and lacked flavor and I usually like many of their prepared foods. In the south bay, The Appetizer has good lasagna, but it's up the hill in Rolling Hills so it may be a haul.

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