Some people dream of weddings with pink and tuille, my dreams include roast pork buns, vietnamese mussels in cocounut sauce, ceviche, murrays cheese, tamales, sullivan (now granddaisy) pizza, chaat, you get the idea. SO and I are big-time chowhounds, especially on the cheap eats side and are trying to figure out how to throw a party for 50-60 people where we can serve all of our favorite foods. Kind of like a chowhound social if you've been to any of those.
Some of the areas where I would love advice from more seasoned party-planners:
1- Picking up the food. I could ask an assortment of friends to do this, but would love any advice on who I could hire to do this instead. Do I need someone with a capacity to keep food warm or cold, or is it ok if it makes it to a kitchen in <2 hours?
2- Heating the food. Can chafing dishes do this? I'm thinking of something like roast pork buns or coconut sauce--nothing that needs delicate heating.
3- Laying out and serving the food. This is definitely too much for my friends, I would love advice on what type of person I could hire to do this. I don't know that I need formal servers, but someone needs to cut the pizza, for example.
Any other thoughts would be welcome (though naysayers can hold back). Thank you so much!!