In a month I'm chairing an alumni and friends fundraiser for a service corps called City Year. The alumni for this program are still quite young themselves, mostly in their mid-20s, so the cost of the event is only $25-30 dollars (and just $15 for current students). The event will run from 6:30-8:30 pm, and we are promising appetizers and drinks (not dinner). We are expecting about 200 people.
I think we're going to be able to get the drinks donated (or at least at cost), so now I'm hoping to come up with some interesting ideas for food. However, cheap is key. The goal is to spend less than $5 per person (and ideally about $4).
So one obvious approach is to "do it ourselves". And we will potentially have a number of folks available that day to do some preparation (as well as folk available the weekend before: the event is on a Thursday night). That said, these would be very unskilled volunteers, so it would have be very simple preparation.
Any ideas for a "menu" and where we should be buying? Are Costco and/or FreshDirect likely to be our best options?