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Jul 23, 2012 06:52 PM

Catering (with a twist) Suggestions....

Need help!!!
Launching an event (2 Saturdays), and need suggestions for catering.

Thoughts & ideas:

- attendance approx 2,000 (in n'out) over a 6-8 hour period
- hors d'oeuvre size (1 or 2 bites)
- worldly (with a twist); Asian, European, Indian, etc.
- maybe, a made-to-order chinese bakery style single bite offerings (is this possible?)
- great flavor profiles and presentation
- alcoholic/non-alcoholic mixologist, too

Oh, and a reasonable budget?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. You need catering for 2000 ppl in two weeks? Did I read that correctly??

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    1. re: JennaBean

      if you have to feed that many people in 2 weeks, be prepared to spend a ton of money on crappy food. Even spread out over 7 hours means avg. 300 people per hour. Any catering company prepared to handle this volume of people is probably booked anyways.

      1. re: ricoboxing

        Thank you "ricoboxing`" for your advice, confidence and constructive criticism...

      2. re: JennaBean

        Let me clarify, It`s over 2 saturdays in September

        1. re: 5andman

          While I think this will still be a challenge that's far more possible. :-) Given what you're looking for I would suggest that you look at the Food Dudes. They have a very large stock menu of finger items that offer some non-traditional flavours. This will be expensive. The staffing requirements alone for something of this size will be very significant. With set-up and tear down plus service you're looking at having staff on site for likely closer to 10 hours. That plus the volume requires ample staff. If you're willing to do platters where people can help themselves instead of passed items you'll be able to save some money. Well the idea of something made to order on site like the bakery idea you spoke of is a nice feature it also adds a min of two additional chef's which are even more expensive than serving staff. Good luck!

      3. To me it sounds like the event is over 2 Saturdays, and not in 2 Saturdays... If it is in 2 Saturdays, then that is going be tough!

        Definitely clarify the timing and I am sure people will have recommendations for you

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          1. If the event is outdoors, food trucks could be a really fun way of providing a variety of small bites...

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            1. re: hungryjoanne

              We had three food trucks at a work event for about 300 people. Really fun way to do it!