Hey folks. I'm a locksmith, and every month, I have an association meeting wherein a bunch of Michigan locksmiths get together for educational, promotional, and security purposes. One of the things we do is have dinner on site, and that task falls to me.
Usually, it's pretty straightforward: I end up ordering some XL Papa Romano's pizzas with various toppings, and that works out well. Since I've taken over the "dinner duties", we've gotten better product and at a lower cost, which is great. I'm pretty proud of that, and if I have to keep going to Papa Romano's every month, it won't hurt my feelings one bit. It's a pretty good fast food pizza, if you will.
However, lately I've sort of been inspired to branch out a little bit and offer something else. A party sub comes to mind, as it's one of the easiest ways (besides pizza) to feed 30 or more people for a reasonable amount of cash (budget is definitely a factor). Having called around to the obvious place (Tubby's), and gotten their quote, it occurred to me that there simply *must* be some better options with higher quality meats, cheeses (blech!), and veggies that would either be competitive with Tubby's price-wise, or even be lower than Tubby's. Party subs are *major* cash cows, and I would think that smaller, quality, family-owned shops or bakeries might be willing to do a little bit better than places like Tubby's, Subway, or Jimmy Johns. Being that party subs are so profitable, they might want to grab that business that's currently going elsewhere.
It helps greatly if the place(s) is in Oakland County somewhere in the Troy-Waterford area, or relatively close by. I'd be willing to drive a little bit to get it, but going somewhere such as DiMaggio's in Redford (much as I love them) would probably be too far out of the way, though for the right cost/quality aspect ratio, I might be willing to make the drive. It obviously helps if the place makes their own bread, has quality meats and cheeses, and has been doing it for a while. Cost definitely counts, though, and I have no problem just reverting to pizza if I can't do better than Tubby's pricing. I have to plan to feed at least 30 or so, and possibly more, but usually the subs are ordered by the foot, and the places that make them can tell me how much I'll need to feed how many people.
Ideas? Thoughts? Suggestions? Have at it!