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Party Planning on the Peninsula (long)

Joy | May 3, 200502:29 PM

OK, hounds, here's the challenge: I'm getting married this month. We've decided that we hate caterers' food (although I'll admit there are some that are good; but those are mostly way out of our price range) so we've hired servers and we're getting all the food from restaurants. How would you plan a meal for 75 people based on take-out food, with these limitations:

1. Everything has to be either served cold or room temperature, or something that will taste good even when re-heated.

2. The food is mostly Asian, with some unethnic things like salads thrown in. However, we're having a Chinese brunch earlier on the day of the wedding, so we want very little, if any, Chinese food at the reception. We're thinking Thai, Japanese, Burmese, etc.

3. A lot of the dishes must be vegetarian or shellfish/fish-only, most must be not-too-spicy, and some should be appealing to unadventerous eaters.

4. Due to the complications involved in picking all this stuff up, everything must come from restaurants in Palo Alto or Mountain View, unless the restaurants will deliver to Palo Alto.

For those of you who are not only still reading this, but want to read even more, here's the menu so far:

*Veggie Fresh Rolls, Spicy Corn Cakes, maybe some satays from Amarin Thai in MV
*Vietnamese shrimp rolls from ???
*Spicy Indian trail mix-like stuff from the Indian grocery
*Not-so-spicy, crunchy chick pea munchies from the Indian grocery store
*Samosas from somewhere, maybe Amber India?
*Various bags of Japanese-like snack mixes from Trader Joes

Main Course 1 (sushi -- we love sushi!):
*Lots and lots of sushi from one or more MV sushi places (Sushitomi if they'll do takeout, Tsunami, Sono?)

Main Course 2 (cold stuff):
*Several salads from Piazzas -- artichoke and palm heart, and ???
*More salads from Whole Foods?
*Lots of different fresh breads from Copenhagen bakery (since we're getting the cake from there) and lots of yummy cheeses (suggestions welcome as to type) which we'll probably pick up at the Milk Pail and Whole Foods. Maybe some herb butters and honey butter which we'll make, and some jams and honey, too?
*Green Tea Salad from Rangoon
*Nan Gyi Thok from Rangoon (noodles with chicken and veggies)
*some sort of cold vegetarian noodle dish, like maybe sesame noodles?

Main Course 3 (hot stuff):
*some stuff from Rangoon but we're not sure what
*Curry chicken from Spice Islands cafe in MV
*Crispy Spicy Young Duck from New China Delight in MV
*Thai BBQ chicken from Amarin Thai
*Pad Thai from ??? (I've yet to find a Pad Thai around here that was not bland, ketchupy, and overly-sweet)

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