My husband and others are giving professional lectures to graduate students in Fullerton (5pm-9pm) next week. The student organization hosting the event is planning to serve coffee and cupcakes before the lectures. My husband thinks that isn't enough to keep the audience (~50) powered up until 9 pm. Is there a cheap, filling alternative that can be served at room temperature in a classroom?
The students have had their fill of pizza. There are many Asian students, so fried rice might work. Considering a student club budget, Costco sandwich trays come to mind. If they served alternative sandwich spreads like the Trader Joe dill-jalapeno tartar sauce, the sammies might be fine. How do you "dress up" a plain Jane sandwich tray?