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Inexpensive Caterers

Has anyone been able to find a reputable caterer in Austin for $20 per person or less?

Re: Inexpensive Caterers

  • lanerob1lanerob1 member
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    edited December 2011
    Johnny Carinos...
  • edited December 2011
    You will probably get tons of responses and I am doing this from very far away. I have contacted a bunch of catering companies and won't decide until I have some tastings, but there a bunch that will do it for under $20. You won't have a problem, but I will tell you the cheapest that I have found is Carino's Italian Restaurant. About $11 per person. However, they only provide paper plates. If I go this route, I will buy the $1.39 glass plates at Bed Bath and Beyond and sell them afterwards.
  • lanerob1lanerob1 member
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    edited December 2011
    The Carino's I contacted in North Austin provided table linens and paper goods. There is an option to get real china and silverware from a local company, but Carino's sets everything up and you pay Carino's for the rental of real tableware. I didn't end up using them but there prices were reasonable.
  • edited December 2011
    If you want to go the BBQ route, you can do under $10 a head. Just a thought.You might try Austin Java. They have two franchises, Austin Java and Uncle Billy's Brew and Cue. We're using Uncle Billy's and they're very reasonable, so I would expect that Austin Java's would be comparable for pastas, soups, salads, things like that.
  • edited December 2011
    My caterer, Southern's Fine Dining, customizes menus for all sorts of budgets. Give him a call, and tell him Liz sent you. :) 512.965.2190 [url]http://www.southernsfinedining.com[/url]
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  • foxandsocksfoxandsocks member
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    edited December 2011
    Pink Avocado. I'm having beef, chicken, and veggie fajitas. Black beans, rice, grilled onions, pico, guac, cheese. Nacho Bar, 4 cheese quesadillas, tostadas, and something else I'm forgeting for an app. The food is amazing!
  • edited December 2011
    We loved Southern's and were game to go with them until our venue changed their mind about letting us go off of the venue list. Boo. I talked to a bride that used Pink Avacado, and she had some issues with them the day of. We're looking at Circle C Catering now.
  • edited December 2011
    I know this is going to sound insane. But Interstate Bowling Lanes in Round Rock has a catering company. Not "bowling alley food". Just about anything you would want. A bridesmaid hosted a shower for me and had the food catered from them. They cater for a bunch of chamber of commerce function and how she found them. We had chicken wraps with basil pesto that were to die for, and roast beef on rolls with a great pasta salad. They feed 30 people for 60 bucks.
  • edited December 2011
    Have to second Pink Avocado. We're paying about $28/pp for a quite substantial menu plus they provide all the china, placesettings and glassware, etc. in their service charge. So I'm sure you could do a $20/pp menu without any issues! They are super nice too - very laid back.  
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  • edited December 2011
    Yeah, Mel's bowling alley in Georgetown also has a catering department with AMAZING food. I was really surprised by their yummy bruchetta bar.
  • edited December 2011
    check with liz at exquisite cuisine. http://www.exquisite-cuisine.com/. we are having stations with three different entrees and a salad and three passed appetizers for $25/person and her food really is exquisite! i also know my planner has been to an event where she catered and said she was really impressed with her service. she's amazing!
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