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Brunch party - where to get: good platters of croissants/donuts AND a lot of latkes, bagels?

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allisonjayne Feb 6, 2011 09:50 AM

Throwing a (vegetarian) brunch party and we're planning on doing most of the food ourselves (deviled eggs, fruit/veggies, blintzes, frittata) but in the interest of keeping things simple, want to supplement that with a few platters. Thinking a few big platters of croissants/good old-fashioned donuts, a platter of latkes, and a platter of bagels/cream cheeses. Obviously, we probably can't find this all at the same place...we can probably pick these up the day before or the morning of...any thoughts on where to go for any of these things?

Also...does anyone know of any websites where you can figure out how much food you need to feed a certain number of people???

And hey, any other food ideas are welcome! :)

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    mangoginger Feb 7, 2011 05:51 PM

    We're planning a brunch (called for noon) in March for 60 with some similar food to be served. We are also planning on serving a soup perhaps a squash and apple soup, or broccoli soup - we will be using mugs to serve it in. You can make mini latkes ahead of time and freeze them making sure you warm them up on a high heat. I have had some from Daitors before that weren't too bad. Latkes are best right out of the pan but a hassle when people are around.
    I am partial to cheese bagels from Centre Street Deli in Thornhill ( can be picked up ahead of time, they are served warm with either sour cream, yogurt, or jam. It is a Montreal thing- they also have them at St. Urbain Bakery but I prefer the Centre Street ones. The french toast casseroles are really nice- all the work is done the night before and they are quite delicious. There are a variety of recipes, some include fruit.
    My mother in law usually serves a savory casserole when she has brunch eg. zucchini with mushrooms , cheese and tomato sauce. Can be made ahead and frozen. Another option are the delicious spreads from Me Va Me (fairly reasonably priced) around Bathurst and Steeles eg. eggplant kind of sweet and sour, or hummus, Romanian eggplant, falafel, and pita.....I think this might be a better option than the latkes. You can't go wrong with brunch.

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    Centre Street Deli
    1136 Centre St, Thornhill, ON L4J3M8, CA

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      staceya02 Feb 7, 2011 04:35 PM

      Try Yitz's at Avenue and Eglinton... The latkes are more "spherical" than when I make them at home, but I can't hep myself when those are around - I need to eat so many of them! You can get bagels and cream cheese there too. If their bagels and cream cheese don't do it for you, What a Bagel, or St Urbain (for Montreal style) are nearby.

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      Yitz's
      346 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N, CA

      1. jlunar Feb 7, 2011 06:40 AM

        Just FYI, you may want to call Jules Patisserie and see if they still make the small croissants for your party. I found it works better for most people at a party like this if they don't need to eat a whole croissant on their own.

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        Jules
        617 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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          peppermint pate Feb 7, 2011 06:43 AM

          Great suggestion. Jules has fabulous almond croissants as well. And if you can't get mini pastries, consider cutting some in half as people will be more inclined to eat them.

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            julesrules Feb 7, 2011 04:01 PM

            Daniel et Daniel also do mini pastries/croissants for breakfast catering. Jules are
            probably better overall but I really do like D+D's cheese croissants, not sure if they do minis but that would add another savoury component to sub for latkes. I also personally love spanakopita for breakfast.

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            Daniel et Daniel
            248 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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            peppermint pate Feb 7, 2011 06:04 AM

            Hi there - I'd suggest you get your croissants and pastries at Rahier and then scoot down a couple of blocks to Bagel House for some fresh bagels and cream cheese. You will need to make both these stops on the morning of for the sake of freshness. I'd suggest you call in advance to ensure they have what you need and everything is ready for you to pick up. Bagel House will also prepare platters for you, if you'd like.

            Unless you're celebrating an off-season Channukah party or you have some kind of mad love for latkes, I'd suggest skipping them - they just don't reheat very well. If you're really stuck on them, everyone has been raving about the ones from United Bakers so maybe get them from there - reheat standing up in a hot oven. You could also get them to prepare your bagel and cream cheese platter (not sure if they have different flavours of cream cheese, if that's what you're after though). And they have great blintzes as well, so you could get a platter of those to warm up. Another option might be Kiva Bagels for latkes, bagel and cream cheese combo - but again (and this is really a personal preference), I prefer Bagel House bagels the most.

            If you wanted to substitute something for the latkes, you could make a french toast or cheese blintz souffle or egg and cheese strata - something you can prep the night before and bake the morning of. You can also make individual fritattas inside a mini muffin tin. Just make sure you organize a meal that you can prep easily in advance so you can enjoy yourself as well. Unless you have more tha 40 or so people, I'd assume one sweet dish (french toast or blintzes), one hot savoury dish (frittata or egg strata) plus defiled eggs, bagels, cheeses, fruit bowl and veggies. Granola and yoghurt is an easy add as well.

            As for quantities, you can always throw out a question on the Home Cooking or General Chowhound boards - or maybe even sneak a quick one on to this thread - if you tell us how large your crowd is and how many dishes you're thinking of serving, I'm sure we can help you out.

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            Rahier
            1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

            United Bakers
            506 Lawrence Ave W, Toronto, ON M6A, CA

            Bagel House
            1548 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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              allisonjayne Feb 7, 2011 08:00 AM

              Thanks so much! And I'll definitely make a post about quantities on the general boards once we've figured it all out....

            2. Otonabee Feb 6, 2011 11:52 AM

              What kind of budget are you shooting for?

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                allisonjayne Feb 6, 2011 01:39 PM

                well...tbd I guess. Not exactly sure how much this stuff *should* cost. Reasonable, but good, y'know? Sure, cheap would be great, but I don't want gross stuff either.

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                  Mandy Lin Feb 6, 2011 02:04 PM

                  Hi Allisonjayne,
                  For bagels and cream cheese, I recommend What-a-Bagel. Although their cream cheese is expensive, it is really good. They have about 10 different flavours - whipped with different herbs or smoked salmon. They also do platters (e.g. party sandwiches) so there may be other things that interest you there.
                  Croissants - somewhere on Bayview (south of Eglinton) is probably your best bet (e.g. Rahier, Nadege, etc.).
                  Latkes - I would seriously consider doing those yourself. The bought ones are always so heavy. You can do assorted mini ones - white potato, sweet potato, zucchini. Grate the veggies - they turn out really nice. If you have a food processor with a grater, it's super quick and easy.

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                  Rahier
                  1586 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

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                    allisonjayne Feb 6, 2011 02:53 PM

                    We've tried making latkes ourselves before and it's terrible. Our kitchen is insanely tiny.

                    Thanks for the other recommendations though!

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                    Otonabee Feb 6, 2011 05:13 PM

                    Croissants I would suggest Thuet. There is a location at King & Yonge and one further east on King. For some of the other pieces, you could go into the St. Lawrence Market and get Bagels & Cream cheese from St. Urbain. It is also a good spot for fruit & veggies.

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                    Thuet
                    609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

                    St. Lawrence Market
                    92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                      larossa Feb 6, 2011 08:55 PM

                      Ma Maison is a tiny place in the west end and it has the best croissant to rival any 5 star french bakery. Also kudos for the apple turnover, pain au chocolat etc. Good quiche and baguette as well. They do catering. Not sure on the latkes :)

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                      Ma Maison
                      4243 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M8X, CA

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