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Food idea needed for large party in Richmond park

calalilly | Mar 6, 2013 12:36 PM

Hello Chowhounders,

Hoping some of you might have some ideas for me. We are having a co-ed baby shower for about 80 family and friends in August at a park in Richmond. The reserved space has picnic tables and large barbecues. Hoping to spend less than $1k on food (not including drinks, desserts, etc).

We are hoping to keep this low maintenance given I think I'll be huge and uncomfortable by that time.

Here are some options we've thought of:

1. An initial thought we had was to hire one of those taco vendors that bring their own cooktop etc and make tacos onsite. We would then buy all the sides, etc. We went to a wedding in Concord years ago that had this and it worked out great. However, the one vendor we had in mind we can't find. Any chance someone might know another vendor?

Side note: taco trucks and other trucks will not work because the gate to the park is closed and they will not allow vehicles in - even to load/unload. And the actual picnic site is not close enough to the gate for people to eat by a truck and walk back.

2. Another thought is buy all the meats ourselves and hire two people to cook it. We would then buy all the sides, or make them. Any idea where we can hire such people?! We really don't want to ask family or friends because we want them to enjoy the party.

We are also opened to any other ideas though other catering options seems to be out of our budget. Please offer suggestions if you have any, thank you!!

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