This last week, I was tasked with handling catering for my church's multi-cultural potluck. I thought this would be a good opportunity to hit up some of the great ethnic catering we have in the city. I went with the following:
For $2 a tamale, this was a great option. The quality doesn't suffer in translation between the restaurant and the catering service. They were on time, really professional (you can submit payment information online) and everything was nice and hot. My only complaint was that their estimate did not include tax and delivery charge ($20, which isn't a big deal by any means).
House of Izes Caribbean
This place operates out of the Kitchen in the Market. They don't officially open until the end of the month, so this was a trial run. We had jerk chicken, veggies and plantains. Their veggies are organic and the meat is hormone free. The chicken was very good. Great caramelization and the chicken stayed moist. The little kids were grabbing the plantains out of the tray with their hands, so I guess the word got around on that front.
Ordered a slew of their sambusas. They were delicious (and cheap) as always. I was disappointed in that they did not provide a receipt (which means I have to follow up since I need to expense this) and they didn't provide any of their sauce even though I specifically asked for it.
Ordered spring rolls and papaya salad. Extremely professional and ludicrously cheap, as I expected from having dined there. They provided ample amounts of sauce. Ordered the papaya salad mild, and it was definitely a healthy medium, so be warned.
I was extremely happy with the product all the way around. To do an event single-handedly, they would each come in at around $6-8 a head (Asian Deli might even be cheaper than that). I would recommend any of them for folks looking for cheap and delicious catering.
Sorry if that read like an infomercial.