My friends and I are starting to plan our annual fundraiser. Our organization is very small & grassroots--just a collection of friends, not throwing any splashy galas yet as this is only our 3rd year of existence. Thus...we don't have an unlimited budget but we want something delicious!
I've already written to one Turkish caterer for prices, but would also like to gather board opinions. Out of places like the Family Store, Sally & George's, Sahadi's, Waterfalls, etc...has anyone had good luck getting a bargain? And does Damascus Bakery cater? I saw an older post saying the Family Store catered for 12 people for $200, which stunned me a bit...we're aiming for at least 200 people. Another post listed Family Store at $10 per head, which is more reasonable (although that post was not a rave).
Should I assume that we will have to pick up the food ourselves? It seems from older posts most people were talking about smaller parties, where picking it up yourself makes sense. We might only have one car available for all this food.
I was hoping the shops would be cheaper than restaurants and dedicated catering outfits, but is that wrong? Sahadi's catering menu has spinach pies for $2, which is the same as just buying them at the counter at Damascus. If the places don't deliver and don't bargain, I do wonder if we might as well only buy the items that each place excels at.
OK, sorry for the length...any thoughts appreciated!