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Dinner party for 40 on a budget! Shopping help!


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Dinner party for 40 on a budget! Shopping help!

misti | Oct 11, 2007 10:07 PM

So, I am having a dinner party on the 21st. Started out it was just going to be a small get together and now I'll be feeding 40. Which is great. I'm excited. I'm good at cooking for big parties and have some really great kitchen help. And, I have been saving up for the last two months to be able to put this together so I think I'll be okay. I just want to try and get the best ingredients as reasonably as possible. I've done the shopping for the non-perishables and have about $180 for the rest.--can probably come up with another $30 between now and then. Think I can I do it?

Where to go to get ingredients? I want to do organic but for some things I'll probably do conventional. Can I afford to do the Ferry Building Farmers market for produce? Really I just want an excuse to blow $100 there, but I know it's not the frugal way to go. But I want purple carrots and watermellon radishes and sweet sweet corn and deer tounge lettuce and pt reyes blue cheese and organic marigolds and .... Wheee!!! Ahem...Anyhow.

Any other ideas where to go for produce? Any other farmers markets that you like? Thinking maybe I'll go to Golden Produce for things I can't afford at the Ferry building. Not in love with Rainbow's produce but it's pretty good so might go there? Thoughts?
Here's the menu..

Buttermilk fried chicken-- Called around and surprisingly enough Bi-Rite has the cheapest Fulton Valley Farms leg quarters. A buck cheaper than Mission Meat Market and only fifty cents more than coventional chicken at some other meat market on Mission. Wow. So I went ahead and ordered 35 leg quarters cut into two. And, I got a pound of chicken livers 'cause I like them and really think that if people have had good chicken livers they will like them. I figure I'll probably pick up a few breasts to throw into the mix. So about $40 or so will go to the chicken. I have the dry ingredients just need the buttermilk. Like a gallon and a half or so.

For the veggies we're having:
Mashed potatoes with celery root and mushroom gravy--already bought potatoes at rainbow-10 lbs. Am thinking I should get another 10 lbs. Plus 1/2 and 1/2. Already have the butter and a huge container of mushroom stock in my freezer.

Citrus marinated beets-- where can I get enough beets for 30 people for around $15?

Brussel Sprouts--with truffle oil and pecorino romano-Already bought the cheese and truffle oil. Whew. Probably have to go conventional on the sprouts. All the organic ones I've seen are around $5/lb which I can't do for such a big party. boo.

Corn on the Cob with shallot butter--Really want to get good organic fresh fresh sweet corn. Ferry Building? Can I get 2 ears for $1 there?

Big Salad-with really finely sliced radishes (a few different kinds) and carrots (purple? red? orange?) sunflower sprouts or something similar, a few different kinds of hearty lettuces, tomatoes from my bf's roof garden and a blue cheese vinagrette. Bacon bits and croutons on the side. Will prb just pick up a few slices at Bi-Rite. Or is there someplace amazing that I have to go for bacon?

Then for more starch I'm making Hungarian sour cream rolls--already have the sour cream and flour and such. And strawberry jam that I already made--got a good deal on u-pick strawberries at swansons Berry farm.....
And buttermilk corn bread with honey butter. Already have the honey and butter and the corn meal.

So, where to shop? Any brilliant ideas, tips, thoughts? Is there some hidden farmers market with amazing prduce but cheaper than the Ferry Building? Some bay area grocery store that I don't know about?

Can I feed 35 people good organic stuff without eating cereal for every meal from now until the party? I actually really like cereal.....

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