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inexpensive asheville lunch catering

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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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  1. 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.

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

      1. 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.
        http://www.laureysyum.com/

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

          http://clingmancafeasheville.com/home...

          1. 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. ;)