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Inexpensive buffet options for business meetings

karykat Dec 23, 2011 10:29 AM

I know this question has been asked before but maybe not for a while and I haven't found it.

I am involved in a group that hosts lunch meetings with a speaker. About 40 to 50 people come to each event.

We have a nice meeting space.

We have been having very nice lunches. The last two were catered by Brasa and by Ace which I guess is D'Amico.

I'm looking for less expeinsive options for a group that is used to good food.

(By the way, the Brasa meal was wonderful and I would highly recommend it for catering. And we could have done it more moderately by not ordering the most expensive options and more than we needed. So I do think that will be great for down the line. But I need options for something else for now.)

Any good thoughts for us?

  1. katebauer Dec 24, 2011 05:22 AM

    We recently did lunch catering by La Loma and it delicious and amazingly cheap. I think we fed 15 plus leftovers with our $100 order and that included the $20 delivery fee. If I recall we got tamales, enchiladas, chips with salsa and guacamole, and a fruit plate. We did order all veggie though which might have kept the price down somewhat.

    We also got box lunches from Holy Land a few years ago. They were normally priced for box lunches ($8?) but had a ton of food - they even each included a 1/2 bag of pita. Unless you have big eaters it's probably cheaper to do platters than the box lunches considering everyone was bringing home leftovers from their box.

    I've also ordered from Gandhi Mahal. That was one of our most expensive lunches but I totally over ordered (each entree can feed 4 in a buffet lunch setting, I estimated each would feed 2). Everyone loved it though.

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    1. re: katebauer
      karykat Dec 24, 2011 01:05 PM

      Excellent thoughts.

      And I know what you mean about lots of food at Holy Land. Good advice about ordering platters.

    2. The Dairy Queen Dec 23, 2011 10:47 AM

      I've had good luck with Brasa catering, too. It's affordable, but not bare bones cheap.

      Maybe Gandhi Mahal or Kabobs in Bloomington? I haven't priced these two places out, but they seem like they would be affordable. And you might be able to upgrade from the $4 per person thread... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814481

      Oh! Himalayan says they cater, and their food is better than Gandhi Mahal's, I think. http://www.himalayanmomo.com/

      I've also had catering by Taste of Scandinavia. I think it was slightly more affordable than Brasa. Could be worth a look.


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      1. re: The Dairy Queen
        karykat Dec 23, 2011 11:24 AM

        I really think we just went overboard on Brasa and made what could have been a very affordable and very good lunch more expensive than it needed to be.

        And I would highly recommend them and think we should go back to them.

        We can be more expensive than $4 a person and still save but I am going to look at that list. (Thanks for linking to it!)

        Himalayan is an intriguing idea.

        What did you think of Kabobs for a catered thing?

        Open to all thoughts.

        1. re: karykat
          Danny Dec 23, 2011 12:15 PM

          What about Holy Land? That might be a nice change of pace, and they have a pretty good sized catering business.

          1. re: Danny
            karykat Dec 23, 2011 10:50 PM

            Good thought. Thanks for that. I'll follow up.

          2. re: karykat
            The Dairy Queen Dec 23, 2011 03:00 PM

            I've never done catering through Kabobs, but I've been dining there when people have come in to pick up their stuff and it seems they do a pretty brisk business. Now that I think about it, I don't know if they deliver though. I thought the food was good when I ate there, but it was a couple of years ago now.

            ETA: per Kabobs they appear to do some delivery...


            1. re: The Dairy Queen
              karykat Dec 23, 2011 10:50 PM

              Thanks for this too, DQ. Will check further with them.

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