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Looking for high-quality fruit platters that can be picked up at a grocery store

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violet42 Aug 22, 2013 03:39 PM

Hello!

I just found out that I need to buy fruit plates/platters for 60 people for this Saturday morning. I don't want to have to pay a million dollars and go through a caterer. Can anyone recommend which, if any, grocery stores in the area sell large prepared fresh fruit platters? I have already called the Costcos in Glendale and Marina Del Rey and they just have mixed fruit bowls in syrup, which is not what I'm looking for.

I am located on the Westside of LA but willing to drive a little if need be.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. westsidegal RE: violet42 Aug 22, 2013 04:17 PM

    caveat: normally, fruit platters that i would call "high quality" DO cost a million dollars.

    that said, i'd call up Gelsons in the marina and ask how much they would charge to make some up for you.

    another possible source would be Bristol Farms in westchester.

    don't be surprised if either or both of the above recommendations requires you to pay up front.
    many places don't want to risk getting stuck for so much perishable food.

    i'm surprised about Costco not offering one because i've bought fruit platters from them in the past. that said, i wouldn't call the costco platter "high quality." also, depending upon the hour of the morning that you need the platters, there would have been a possible problem because costco opens fairly late for "breakfast meeting" stuff.

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      compucook RE: westsidegal Aug 23, 2013 12:16 AM

      Ralph's fresh fare does a nice job. Nothing exotic but nice quality. $29.95. Serves 15

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      Thor123 RE: violet42 Aug 22, 2013 04:27 PM

      You can get nice pre-cut mango, pineapple and other fruits not in syrup at Costco. I get the cut mango all the time and its good.

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        milklady RE: violet42 Aug 22, 2013 04:39 PM

        Any Whole Foods should be able to do this well.

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          Feed_me RE: milklady Aug 22, 2013 05:05 PM

          If you'll humor crazy Feed_me. I thought Costco did fruit platters. My sister had to buy one for a work function about a month ago. Not sure which Costco though. Problem is I won't be able to talk to her until it's too late to help you (Sunday). Here's an off the wall idea though. You might try contacting Mateo's ice cream on Sepulveda in Culver City. I'm pretty sure they are open from about 8 am to about 9 pm-ish. They have containers of cut up fruit for sale, but they deal in a lot of fruit for their ice cream business. You might contact them to ask if they can do what you need. It's a relatively small business, so you might have to leave a deposit. Not sure I can claim any of the places I mention are "high quality," and Mateo's only deal with certain types of fruit (melons and tropical stuff). Nothing like stone fruits.
          Just found the brochure. 310-313-7625. 4929 S. Sepulveda, Culver City 90230.

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            bulavinaka RE: Feed_me Aug 23, 2013 03:54 PM

            Never had a fruit platter feom Mateo's but their fruit is typically very good and a bargain.

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              Feed_me RE: bulavinaka Aug 23, 2013 10:33 PM

              I don't know if Mateo's does fruit platters, but small businesses like them I think would jump at the chance to expand their business. Also when I've bought their lunch sandwich package I've noticed the fruit like the orange is cut into a decorative style. I presume the OP has already made their choice. The reason i didn't suggest Edible Arrangements is a few people have told me it's nice, but pretty expensive. I did happen to talk to my sister and she told me she didn't buy a fruit platter from Costco, so on that I was mistaken.

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                westsidegal RE: Feed_me Aug 23, 2013 10:41 PM

                a couple of times when i've tried Edible arrangements it seemed like some sort of sugar syrup or something similar had been used to intensify the sweetness of some of the fruit.. . .

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                  Feed_me RE: westsidegal Aug 24, 2013 12:25 AM

                  westsidegal, that's interesting what you mention about Edible Arrangements. I've never had the opportunity to munch on one of their platters, but it's conceivable it would have some preservative function to maintain the cut fruit.

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                  bulavinaka RE: Feed_me Aug 23, 2013 10:43 PM

                  Mateo's would be a good gamble. The OP seemed to want something not so institutional, and Mateo's usually has lots of tropical fruits on hand. For example, my son really likes mamey, and they often sell it sliced in clamshells.

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                    westsidegal RE: bulavinaka Aug 23, 2013 10:45 PM

                    when my daughter went to preschool near mateo's i loved it.
                    that was a long time ago, though

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                      bulavinaka RE: westsidegal Aug 23, 2013 11:12 PM

                      Nice side trip from preschool. :)

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                      Feed_me RE: bulavinaka Sep 6, 2013 01:16 AM

                      The OP never said what they ended up doing. I was in Mateo's (Culver City) and saw one of the guys I've seen there for years. I assume he might be the manager or somebody with some authority. Unfortunately, initially he didn't seem to quite grasp my question however I thought I detected some gears whirring as he thought about my question. He said something about $30 and I think 3 sizes. If anybody is interested and fluent in Spanish maybe they could ask if they do have such a service. Not to put the blame on him, maybe I didn't explain my question well enough.

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                        violet42 RE: Feed_me Sep 6, 2013 04:39 PM

                        OP here - what I ended up doing was just buying a bunch of berries and black grapes from Costco in MDR and doing berry fruit salads which everyone enjoyed. I was disappointed that the only other precut "fresh fruit" that Costco had was drenched in either syrup or juice (melon, papaya, etc.) I know there are some Costcos out there that offer fruit trays, but the ones in MDR and Glendale did not have these (and didn't seem to offer them at all).

                        Also, for what it's worth, this was a lot cheaper than anything Whole Foods/Gelsons/etc. would be charging.

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              Goatjunky RE: violet42 Aug 22, 2013 05:19 PM

              Do you have a Cardenas mexican market close ? Pretty much any large mexican mart chain. You will get nicely cut fruit at a low-cost but then will have to arrange. 5.99 a lb and i can pick and choose from what they have. High turnover too so its very fresh. You just have to make it pretty

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                cujo RE: violet42 Aug 22, 2013 05:35 PM

                Gelson's and Whole Foods will make large & lovely fresh fruit platters. Call the catering department.

                1. Servorg RE: violet42 Aug 22, 2013 06:43 PM

                  You can always check whatever you find against something from Edible Arrangements http://www.ediblearrangements.com/ or the like (just in case you want the fruit to be artistic as well as delicious).

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                    JudiAU RE: violet42 Aug 23, 2013 07:55 AM

                    Edible Arrangements might be a good way to go, at least for a centerpiece. Whole Foods usually have better than usually fruit. We are gifted Gelson's cut up fruit a lot and it is better than usual but not as good as WF. The Mexican markets around town usually have good cut up fruit.

                    Have you considered a place like Clementine? They make fresh fruit salad that is real fruit, cut up, that tastes good and itsn't that hideous blend of melons that tastes out of seaon all the time.

                    Greenleaf has an usual fruit salad with coconut.

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                      jessejames RE: violet42 Aug 23, 2013 09:16 AM

                      Not a platter per se, but more like baggies full to put on platters, i like those umbrella carts all over town (there is one near the wholefoods/kmart on third/fairfax) that slice and dice the fresh fruit...you can get without salt/heat, with or without cuke and jicama and just get watermelon, mango, honeydew, coconut, pineaple or whatever you like...they squeeze fresh limes on also if you like....certainly much better than mixed with syrup and a heck of a lot cheaper than the stores ... usually $5 for a somewhat hefty bag.

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                        Miri1 RE: jessejames Aug 23, 2013 10:56 PM

                        Not a market, per se, but the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, does great, fresh, fruit patters. My synagogue has been buying them for years. There ar two fruit stands left in the market, not sure which one has te platters, but I think its the first obe you see upon entering the narket. So delicious! Wish I had one now! :)

                        And, thinking about it, I bet Pavillions on Santa Monicavblvd does nice fruit platters,too. Great market.

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                        paprkutr RE: violet42 Aug 24, 2013 01:15 PM

                        I know it's too late but if you ever need fresh fruit platters again. Call Fresh Produce in the Originsl Farmers Market on Third Street. They make beautiful fresh fruit platters and for a small extra fee they will deliver. This is the fruit stand that is on the parking lot. For those of you who keep kosher they are kosher too

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                          jessejames RE: paprkutr Aug 24, 2013 05:12 PM

                          walked by there today - some nices ones already done up in various sizes with good variety incl kiwi, coconut, berries...i like the juices there, incl the watermelon and other melon juices, the grapefruit, selection sort of changes from time to time...some good dragonfruit and star fruit (popular with the kinder) as well

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