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inexpensive asheville lunch catering

dingey Aug 10, 2012 01:04 PM

Hey y'all--I've been asked to line up lunches for 25-27 people from all over the country who are coming to my work location for a week of training. I work for a non-profit on a miniscule budget, so I can't spend lots of money, but I would LOVE to bring these folks something a little more exciting than Heavenly Ham or MCAlister's Deli lunchboxes.

Does anybody have any suggestions for low-budget but local? I tried Pineapple Jack's, but they wound up being twice as much as the cheapy places I'm being encouraged to order from....

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    miss piggy RE: dingey Aug 10, 2012 02:38 PM

    I have meals catered locally 2-3 times a week. It's not independent, but I've been loving Zoe's Kitchen lately for cheap and tasty catering. For around $7-8pp you can get grilled chicken and veggie kabobs (they're good!), Greek salad, rice and pita bread. Apollo Flame is a little higher price point but very good too - same stuff but no rice. To save $$$ you could also back down the order minus 5 people or so - I always seem to have a lot leftover. My favorite local caterer is Marcus at the Red Radish. He is super easy to work with and so nice. His plates are more like $10pp but the food is amazing and I bet if you explain you were with a non-profit he'd help you out. A lot of my customers also like Moe's (the Mexican place, not BBQ). Not my fave but it's pretty cheap. I'd slso check with 12 Bones. I've used them a few times and would use them more but they don't deliver and usually I need that. Hope that helps.

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      Leepa RE: dingey Aug 10, 2012 06:36 PM

      Are you looking for box lunches or dishes you would serve?

      1. meatn3 RE: dingey Aug 10, 2012 06:39 PM

        I've been to conferences which had box lunches from Laurey's Catering. It has been a couple of years, but they were better than usual imo. Prices seem reasonable.

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          Leepa RE: dingey Aug 10, 2012 06:52 PM

          Clingman Cafe has some good offerings also. I've had box lunches from there many times. They'll probably deliver, too.


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            dingey RE: dingey Aug 14, 2012 01:54 PM

            THANK YOU for all the tips! We probably have to stick with box lunches for easy clean-up. I had never heard of Zoe's or the Red Radish, and somehow the Clingman had never occurred to me! I love 12 Bones catering (and they have done great work with us on big company-wide shindigs) but I definitely need delivery for this batch of stuff. I'll definitely use these recommendations to see if I can get approval to offer some alternatives. I knew I could count on the 'hounds. ;)

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