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Hello Chowhounders,

Hoping some of you might have some ideas for me. We are having a co-ed baby shower for about 80 family and friends in August at a park in Richmond. The reserved space has picnic tables and large barbecues. Hoping to spend less than $1k on food (not including drinks, desserts, etc).

We are hoping to keep this low maintenance given I think I'll be huge and uncomfortable by that time.

Here are some options we've thought of:

1. An initial thought we had was to hire one of those taco vendors that bring their own cooktop etc and make tacos onsite. We would then buy all the sides, etc. We went to a wedding in Concord years ago that had this and it worked out great. However, the one vendor we had in mind we can't find. Any chance someone might know another vendor?

Side note: taco trucks and other trucks will not work because the gate to the park is closed and they will not allow vehicles in - even to load/unload. And the actual picnic site is not close enough to the gate for people to eat by a truck and walk back.

2. Another thought is buy all the meats ourselves and hire two people to cook it. We would then buy all the sides, or make them. Any idea where we can hire such people?! We really don't want to ask family or friends because we want them to enjoy the party.

We are also opened to any other ideas though other catering options seems to be out of our budget. Please offer suggestions if you have any, thank you!!

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  1. First off, congratulations on the coming arrival!

    A taquero set-up is a good idea and should fit within your budget. In mom and pop carnicerias (Mexican butchers) in Salinas, business cards for taquizas a domicilio (taco caterers) are often on display. That's one place to get some references.

    Near by in San Pablo, Los Montanas supermarket has its own taqueria inside. Maybe it has a grill that it uses for on-site catering. Worth a look, and it would be easy to sample the sides ahead of time. Here's a thread about the store and its street food set-up.
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790018

    I found this website that lists couple taco caterers.
    http://www.sanfranciscopreferred.us/r...

    Tacos Brothers Garcia
    1412 25th St
    Richmond CA, 94806
    (510) 224-7206

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Thanks, Melanie! This has been quiet an interesting journey.

      I called Tacos Brothers Garcia and the guy Oscar was really nice. Quoted me $12/ person. It includes chicken, beef, pork tacos, quesadillas, salsa, rice, beans and catus salad. We're going to meet this weekend so he can check out the location.

      I'll have my other half research the supermarkets and Los Montanas. There's one we've ordered food from before so maybe they will have catering too. Thanks for the suggestions!

      1. re: calalilly

        That price sounds about right to me. Please do let us know what comes up in your research. Questions like this come up from time to time and it will definitely help the next person.

        Great idea for a party!

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          It's been awhile but thought I would finally report back because the event went so well. We ended up using Garcia Brothers Tacos and they were awesome. It was I think $12 per person and we had a total of around 80.

          The owner, Oscar, was very easy to deal with. He met up with us a few months before so I could show him the event site. He called a week before to confirm, and we were good to go. Oh, and he never took a deposit.

          The $12 included chicken, pork and steak tacos, quesadillas, rice, beans, salsa and other condiments for the tacos. The food was delicious, and it was just so easy. I highly recommend them. (Many of our guests were so impressed they took their business card and one of them recently hired them for a party at their house.) I definitely plan on using them again.

          1. re: calalilly

            Great, and did the caterer grill on site?

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Yup, they brought their own cook top and cooked onsite. They came about an hour before to set up and start cooking so by the time people arrived the food was almost ready.

              1. re: calalilly

                Nice. Thanks again for the follow-up report, I'm sure you're beyond busy these days.

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