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Gaithersburg area caterers?

I am thowing a party for my parents 35th anniversary. The party is on Mother's Day, and we are anticipating 55-65 people plus about 10 kids. I worked in restaurants for years and I know that this is the busiest restaurant day of the year. I figure I am better off with an off site caterer. The venue does not have a proper kitchen so a personal chef is probably out. I can't use sternos or open flames, and will be renting electric ones myself unless the caterer can provide some. I have taken care of most of the details, so anything from a drop off caterer to a little bit of set up is all I might need. Does anyone know of a place that can do heavy buffet style hors d'oeurves or a light buffet for a reasonable price? Thanks for your help!

Apr 09, 2012
missthyst in Washington DC & Baltimore

Got a good salad dressing recipe?

I make a pear, gorganzola, walnut salad that I pear with a really simple dressing. I don't usually measure. I heat about 1/2 a cup of maple syrup in a saucepan. Then, I whisk about three tablespoons of cider vinegar with some good oive oil. When the maple syrup has thinned I slowly whisk it into the oil mix....very easy. People love this salad.

Mar 10, 2012
missthyst in Home Cooking

Party help!

Thanks for the great recommendations. I am more inspired now. I will have tables set up, and I am enlisting some close friends for help. I think I may rent a hot box to keep a couple things warm as well. Thanks so much!

Mar 10, 2012
missthyst in General Topics

Help with wine and sparkler selections!

Nice point on the red....hadn't occured to me. I think my menu may also have people leaning towards white. Mostly veggie with some seafood and chicken options. Don't know if this matters at a party though. I probably go with my tried and true method of buying way too much of each.:)

Mar 08, 2012
missthyst in Wine

Help with wine and sparkler selections!

It is a Sunday but we have a few drinkers coming. Some non-drinkers too. I am hoping they will cancel each other out. It is a four hour party so a bottle may not be too extreme. There will be beer as well though. I imagine some people will drink that, although there is a store that carries good beer not two blocks away, so no fear of running out! Should I estimate the same of each type? Will champagne be more popular? I don't want to run out of anything.

Mar 06, 2012
missthyst in Wine

Help with wine and sparkler selections!

Oh, any thoughts on how much of each type to buy?

Mar 06, 2012
missthyst in Wine

Help with wine and sparkler selections!

Thanks for the info! I do not usaully shop for wine not do I know what anyone in Maryland carries. I was thinking of using wine.com since they have a first time customer free shipping offer. I thank you for the suggestions!

Mar 06, 2012
missthyst in Wine

Party help!

Thanks for the great suggestions! I will look into caterers as well, but it is the single busiest restuarant day of the year. I would probably need to go with someone that only does catering, and I don't know of a good one. Also, I have not priced this option and it may be a bit costly if we have as many people as I think.

I forgot to specify that I don't think I can use chafing dishes as the venue will not allow open flames. Definately looking at buffet style. The crockpot is a great solution. I should try a party rental place for that?

Mar 06, 2012
missthyst in General Topics

Party help!

I am hosting a 35th anniversary party for my parents. We are expecting 40-60 guests. It is on a Sunday from 2-6 pm. Actually, the date ended up being on Mother's Day (I know). My first question is should I serve heavy hors' doeuvres thoughout the party or should will people be wanting an early dinner?

I am trying to utilize Costco and Sam's as much as possible on this one, but I need some good ideas. There are a few challenges that I am facing besides the large number of people:

1. My dad and some guests are vegetarians.

2. The venue does not have a stove or oven, so dishes must be cold or room temperature.

3. Partially catering may not be an option of Mother's Day.

In short, I need some recipes for some elegant foods that are not too involved, and don't need

to be served hot. I was thinking some cherry tomato and mozzerella skewered caprese, cold shrimp from Costco tossed in a light dressing, a nice cheese and fruit selection etc. Anyone have any easy fabulous recipes?

Any idea for simple fancying up of pre-made dishes? I would like not to resort to sandwich platters and the same old stuff.

Thanks!

Mar 06, 2012
missthyst in General Topics

Help with wine and sparkler selections!

I am hosting a party for my parent's 35th anniversary. It is on a Sunday from 2-6pm, and we are expecting 40-60 people. I want to serve red, white, and sparkling wine, but have no idea how much of each to buy.
Also, I don't think we have any serious wine people attending, but I don't want to buy something horrible either. I was thinking of going with Gruet Blanc de Noirs or Cristobal for the sparkling. Any ideas for a white and a red under $15 (preferably under $10) a bottle that won't offend people? Thanks!

Mar 06, 2012
missthyst in Wine