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Take-Out Dinner That Can Be Served Cold?

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Take-Out Dinner That Can Be Served Cold?

MPH | Feb 16, 2008 12:01 PM

It's my turn to provide dinner for six at an out-of-town meeting that I'll attend next week. Due to time constraints and other issues, I will only have half an hour between the end of one meeting and the next meeting at which people will immediately want dinner. Thus, I'm hoping to find some good options that can be acquired in Austin, transported in a cooler, and served cold or at room temperature (no kitchen facilities are available).

Does anyone know of a local catering source or take-out department that offers a main course like Chicken Marbella, the classic dish from _The Silver Palate_ cookbook that can be served at room temp? (Cooking it myself is not an option for various reasons, but the recipe is discussed here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/365148 ). Any other non-sandwich ideas for catered main dishes that both taste good and can be served cold? I'm covered on the salad and bread, but I might need a couple more sides, depending on what kind of main course I bring.

I'm probably blanking on something really obvious, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I'm really hoping to avoid resorting to take-out food from a chain, which is what everyone else has done so far—with Rudy's and P.F. Chang's.

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