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Good restaurant catering or large-scale take-out in Madison that's not too pricey?

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I've recently moved back to Madison after a 10 year absence. In a few weeks I'm hosting a dinner party at my house for about 20-30 friends who will be in town for a university event (we were all friends in grad school at UW).

What are some good, though not too expensive options for catering? A few of the local caterers I've checked into are $25/person, which is more than I can swing for that large a group. I'm thinking maybe a good local restaurant that has a catering menu? One option I've looked into is Smokey Jon's BBQ, but I'd like other suggestions too. Delivery isn't necessary, we can pick up if we need to.

Thanks for any suggestions!

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  1. Welcome back! I admit I've never had an event catered, here are a few ideas, by no means exhaustive.

    Above-average sandwich-type stuff:
    Madison Sourdough: http://madisonsourdough.com/catering-2/
    Manna: http://www.mannacafecatering.com/
    Marigold: http://www.marigoldkitchen.com/
    Stalzy's: http://www.stalzysdeli.com/2012/08/02...

    More BBQ:
    Blowin' Smoke: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blowin...
    Porktropolis: http://porktropolis.net/

    Stuff that was here 10 years ago:
    Barriques: http://www.barriquesmarket.com/catering/
    Food Fight: http://foodfightinc.com/

    Oh yeah, and we have a HyVee now!

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    1. re: jumble

      Thanks, I'll check those out. I did see that Monty's Blue Plate can do a buffet (salads, pasta, meatloaf etc) for reasonable price ($10-12/person). And then of course I could get a pie or cake for dessert.

      I also saw Pasqual's has a catering menu. http://www.pasquals.net/monroe/catering/ I haven't been there since I've been back. Are they any good now? The catering menu has a lot not on their regular menu that sounds good--like ancho crusted chicken.

      1. re: agodecke

        Hm, I don't know firsthand about Pasqual's, but the 77Square review from a year ago sounds like the place was relatively unchanged:

        http://host.madison.com/entertainment...