After reading 10+ pages of "catering" search results here, I've decided just to post for some up-to-date ideas for a local caterer.
We are having a very small (<20 people) party for my Mom's 60th birthday - it's a big milestone for her, and we want an absolutely wonderful, special day in her honor. I love to cook and usually do our special events myself, but for once I'd like to mingle with everyone and be able to enjoy the day without keeping one foot in the kitchen... (plus, this year the family has a new baby and it's too hard to stay away from him for long).
So - we're thinking of having the party catered here in Alexandria at the house. I've never done anything like that before, partly because I can't imagine *testing* the quality of a service for the first time during an event I actually care about. I'll take the plunge only if I'm totally sure it will be an exceptional spread!
Anyone know of super-reliable, truly superb caterers that might be up to the job? We like all cuisines and are adventurous eaters - the only requirement is that the food be really exceptional and feel special (elegant, delicious, etc.). If you have a recommendation, please share. And if you have the time, I'd also love to know what you think about the following issues:
- What do you estimate the per person cost would be? What's a reasonable range? (we don't need any plates, glassware, alcohol, utensils, etc. - everything for entertaining is already here)
- Do you think 6 weeks is enough notice? The birthday is the first week in May.
The boards say glowing things about Susan Gage catering, so I'll check that out tomorrow, but I thought I'd ask for other enthusiastic rec's as well.
Thanks SO much for any help - any advice is really appreciated. (Yay for great moms!) :)