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Cheap Catering for an Event?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: iamafoodie

      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. 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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      1. re: Googs

        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.

        1. re: BernardRieux

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

          1. re: Googs

            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.

            1. re: BernardRieux

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

      2. What day and time is it and where?

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        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Flexitarian

            Lunch and maybe small appetizers if we can afford it.

          2. what kind of organization?

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            1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

              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.

            2. Thanks for the help guys, I really appreciate it!

              1. 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.