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BernardRieux May 10, 2013 07:52 PM

Hi, I'm kind of in a jam. One of our sponsors, a catering company, cancelled a week before our event because of a medical emergency. Does anyone know of a budget friendly caterer (less than $16/head for a 200 person event for lunch/maybe appetizers)? The event showcases some very talented people, it might be good exposure for the catering company as well.

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    iamafoodie RE: BernardRieux May 11, 2013 05:07 AM

    That's not much of a budget to work with so plan on just cold food items and pop without china, tables and chairs, etc.

    I'd try Pickle Barrel as they deliver. Grocers like Longo's all do a decent job. Many neighbourhood Italian restaurants can also provide budget friendly catering.

    Beware of cheap hot food. It can be very hazardous.

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      BernardRieux RE: iamafoodie May 11, 2013 12:28 PM

      We don't need a full service caterer. We just need someone that can deliver food. Pickle Barrel is our backup, we're just considering all our options since it's a bit below our clientele.

    2. Googs RE: BernardRieux May 11, 2013 06:58 AM

      One week of lead time during a very busy part of event season, 200 people, and a small budget. That's tough. Without knowing the target audience, possible theme, or venue even tougher. Is there anything more you can tell us?

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        BernardRieux RE: Googs May 11, 2013 12:30 PM

        Oh, I should have been more clear. We just need someone that can cater food. We don't need a full service caterer. Everything is taken care of, we just need someone that can deliver decent food for ~200 people.

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          Googs RE: BernardRieux May 12, 2013 07:50 PM

          If you're just looking for simple, homespun lunch fare, you might consider Vienna Fine Foods. They're very reasonably priced.
          http://viennafinefoods.com/

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            BernardRieux RE: Googs May 12, 2013 08:08 PM

            Thanks, I'll give them a call. An organizer found a local up and coming chef who also happens to be their brother in law. They would be able to do it for free as long as we cover food costs, so I'm looking into that at the moment.

            We might also pick up a few baked goods from St.Lawrence Market to supplement the menu somewhat.

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              Googs RE: BernardRieux May 12, 2013 08:16 PM

              That sounds like the way to go. Good find for you, good break for the chef.

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        Vinnie Vidimangi RE: BernardRieux May 11, 2013 08:01 AM

        What day and time is it and where?

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          BernardRieux RE: Vinnie Vidimangi May 11, 2013 12:26 PM

          It's in the downtown core on the 17th.

        2. Flexitarian RE: BernardRieux May 11, 2013 10:59 AM

          That's a very tight budget. Do you want lunch, appetizers or both? Not sure catering companies that are any good need the exposure (and most of them are already booked or charge more).

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            BernardRieux RE: Flexitarian May 11, 2013 12:26 PM

            Lunch and maybe small appetizers if we can afford it.

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            Vinnie Vidimangi RE: BernardRieux May 12, 2013 07:54 PM

            what kind of organization?

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              BernardRieux RE: Vinnie Vidimangi May 12, 2013 08:03 PM

              I can't really say because it's supposed to be a private affair but it's a surprise farewell event with guests that can be found on any major tv or film credit in the past 12 months.

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              BernardRieux RE: BernardRieux May 12, 2013 08:25 PM

              Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it!

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                TinWalls RE: BernardRieux Mar 31, 2014 03:26 AM

                That's a tough situation. So how did that program go? That was really tough budget too. Would love to know how you managed. I recently had the chance to go to an event, a launch of a book party, it was a small party but the dinner menu was simply delicious. I think it was Franco Freshy who managed the catering, and they are well known for their great menu. If someone is looking for a catering after such a disaster I would recommend Franco.

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