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  1. #1
    tvor Guest

    Default Bar Snacks

    We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.

    Thanks!



  2. #2
    Omelet Guest

    Default Re: Bar Snacks

    In article <48e0ed35$0$89399$[email protected]>,
    "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >
    > Thanks!


    Pretzels, raw or steamed veggies with dips, little smokey sausages...

    A variety of crackers and cheese bits.
    --
    Peace! Om

    "He who has the gold makes the rules"
    --Om

    "He who has the guns can get the gold."
    -- Steve Rothstein

  3. #3
    Sky Guest

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    Omelet wrote:
    >
    > In article <48e0ed35$0$89399$[email protected]>,
    > "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    > > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    > > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    > >
    > > Thanks!

    >
    > Pretzels, raw or steamed veggies with dips, little smokey sausages...
    >
    > A variety of crackers and cheese bits.
    > --
    > Peace! Om



    Mixed nuts and/or popcorn are also potential options.

    Sky

    --
    Ultra Ultimate Kitchen Rule - Use the Timer!
    Ultimate Kitchen Rule -- Cook's Choice

  4. #4
    Omelet Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Sky <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Omelet wrote:
    > >
    > > In article <48e0ed35$0$89399$[email protected]>,
    > > "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > >
    > > > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > > > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    > > > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > > > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    > > >
    > > > Thanks!

    > >
    > > Pretzels, raw or steamed veggies with dips, little smokey sausages...
    > >
    > > A variety of crackers and cheese bits.

    >
    >
    > Mixed nuts and/or popcorn are also potential options.
    >
    > Sky


    I'll second the popcorn thing. :-) Always popular, and inexpensive too!
    --
    Peace! Om

    "He who has the gold makes the rules"
    --Om

    "He who has the guns can get the gold."
    -- Steve Rothstein

  5. #5
    Andy Guest

    Default Re: Bar Snacks

    tvor said...

    > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >
    > Thanks!



    At the bar? Beer nuts in mini carafes so no one gets their grubby hands into
    the mix!

    Same for "micro" pretzels. And... and... the chex party mix tossed with some
    cayenne.

    Caution for allergy sufferers!

    Andy


  6. #6
    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Mon, 29 Sep 2008 10:03:52 -0500, "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote:

    >We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    >server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    >know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    >wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >
    >Thanks!
    >



    Chile Lime Roasted Nuts

    Ingredients:
    2 tablespoons peanut oil
    2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
    1/2 teaspoon chili powder
    1 teaspoon cumin powder
    1 tablespoon sugar
    2 tablespoons Kosher salt divided
    4 cups roasted shelled (not salted) peanuts

    Directions:

    Preheat oven to 450F.

    In bowl combine oil, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, sugar and 1 Tbsp
    salt. Add peanuts and toss well. With slotted spoon, place peanuts in
    single layer on baking sheet. Roast and stir once for about 8 minutes.
    Remove from baking sheet and sprinkle peanuts with remaining salt.
    Cool before serving at room temperature.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Caramel Popcorn

    Cooking spray
    1 cup packed dark brown sugar
    1/2 cup light-colored corn syrup
    1/3 cup butter
    1 tablespoon light molasses
    1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    12 cups popcorn (popped without salt or fat)

    Preheat oven to 250į.

    Coat a large jelly roll pan with cooking spray.

    Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, and molasses in a medium saucepan;
    bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring once.
    Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Place
    popcorn in a large bowl; pour sugar mixture over popcorn in a steady
    stream, stirring to coat.

    Spread popcorn mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 250į for 1 hour,
    stirring every 15 minutes.

    Remove from oven; stir to break up any large clumps. Cool 15 minutes.
    Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Note: Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Clumpy Granola

    3 cups rolled oats
    1 cup slivered almonds (and whole if you like)
    1 cup pecans
    1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
    1/3 cup sunflower seeds
    1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
    6 tablespoons light brown sugar
    1/4 cup maple syrup
    2 tablespoons honey
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line two large rimmed cookie sheets
    (or roasting pans if thatís all youíve got) with parchment paper. If
    you are making half, you can use one cookie sheet. Donít try putting
    it all on one cookie sheet or it wonít cook properly.

    In a large bowl, stir together the rolled oats, almonds, pecans,
    coconut and sunflower seeds. Toss in salt and stir to evenly disperse
    salt.

    In a microwave-safe measuring cup, stir together the brown sugar,
    maple syrup, honey and vegetable oil. Heat on high for 1 minute, then
    stir to dissolve sugar slightly. Stir in vanilla. Pour hot syrup
    mixture over granola and stir until evenly coated. Dump oat mixture
    out onto the two cookie sheets, spreading as evenly as possible and
    pressing down slightly so that oats are in a thin, closely packed
    layer

    Cover loosely with large pieces of foil. Bake for 1 hour, 1 pan on
    lower rack and one on upper. When you smell the granola (after about
    40 minutes), check it to make sure itís not browning too much. If itís
    covered, it should be fine. Also, the granola on the lower rack will
    cook quickly, so after 40 minutes, swap racks. After 1 hour, remove
    the foil. Cook for another 15 minutes or until it is golden brown.
    Remove from oven and let cool completely. Granola will crisp as it
    cools, so don't worry if all of the granola doesn't seem crisp after 1
    hour and 15 minutes. When cool, break the bigger clumps up into
    smaller clumps.

    This makes a little over 2 1/2 pounds


    Note: You may want to try this first with half a batch baked on middle
    rack of oven. When baking two pans, you run the risk of burning the
    pan on the bottom rack, so if you are doing two pans, watch bottom pan
    closely and swap spaces.

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    I think I got this one here.

    Peanut Chili Dip

    appetizers

    1/3 cup peanut butter (any variety)
    3 tablespoons water
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    2 teaspoons honey
    2 cloves garlic, finely minced
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 dash crushed dried red pepper
    finely chopped peanuts
    dash of paprika, optional

    Stir peanut butter and water into a paste and add other

    ingredients,
    mixing well. Spoon into serving bowl. Add more water if

    your peanut
    butter is too firm. Garnish with peanuts and paprika.

    This dip is
    perfect with bland crackers, or with a variety of fresh

    vegetables,
    such as carrots, broccoli, green or red pepper, or

    cauliflower.

    Makes 4 servings
    ------------------------------------------------

    Lou

  7. #7
    Kathleen Guest

    Default Re: Bar Snacks

    tvor wrote:
    > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.


    When we were in Spain any place that served beer also provided some sort
    of complimentary snacky things to go with. Usually thirstifying salty
    stuff - "Uno mas, por favor". Green olives, nuts, sometimes a little
    ham or cheese and crackers, crostini with various spreads.


  8. #8
    cybercat Guest

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    "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:48e0ed35$0$89399$[email protected]..
    > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >


    I LOVE those frozen mini-quiches you can get in quantities at Sam's and
    Cotco. Nancy's.



  9. #9
    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    "tvor" <[email protected]> news:48e0ed35$0$89399$[email protected]: in
    rec.food.cooking

    > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I

    already
    > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.


    With sandwiches being served I'll assume this is a fun and casual party.
    Most 40th bashes are. I'll certainly go along with all the other
    suggestions and Lou's Chile Lime Roasted Nuts recipe <which I snipped and
    saved>. Don't forget the tortilla chips with maybe a spicy bean dip.
    I'd suggest con queso but you didn't mention a way to keep food warm.
    I've used this in the past and it's good either hot or cold.

    From bellaonline:

    Black Bean Dip Recipe

    Enjoy this healthy spicy black bean dip recipe made with plum tomatoes
    and chili powder. Black beans are not just good in soup, when pureed with
    other ingredients they make a healthful dip or spread. I prefer to use
    Goya canned black beans because they are already seasoned, so any
    additional ingredients just add depth to the texture and flavor of the
    bean. I used to use beefsteak tomatoes to make this recipe, but they are
    not always plentiful or good. Plum tomatoes are pretty much always ripe
    and juicy and that's what you want for this spicy and savory dip.

    INGREDIENTS

    1 15 oz. can black beans
    1 Cup chopped plum tomatoes
    1 Cup chopped green peppers
    1 to 2 Tspn Chili Powder
    3/4 Tspn red pepper flakes
    1 to 2 large garlic cloves, minced
    1 Tspn Cumin
    1 Tblspn vegetable or grapeseed oil
    1 Tblspn Oregano
    Salt and pepper to taste.

    DIRECTIONS

    Rinse and drain canned beans. Keeping 1/2 cup of liquid from beans.

    In a large bowl combine beans, chili powder, garlic, cumin, oil red
    pepper flakes and oregano. Put mix into a blender and blend to a coarse
    chopped texture.

    Pour mixture into saucepan, adding the chopped green peppers and the
    remaining liquid from black beans. Simmer on medium low heat for 5
    minutes. Add tomatoes and continue to simmer for an additional 5 minutes
    with lid. Taste dip and add salt and pepper if needed.

    Remove dip from heat and pour into large colorful bowl. Let sit for 3 to
    5 minutes before serving. Serve with tortilla chips or Triskets.

    Hints:
    *This bean dip is good topped with a grated mellow cheese (grate the
    cheese yourself or buy it grated and packaged at supermarket). Top with
    any of the following items: chopped green peppers, chopped white onion,
    chopped black olives, finely diced green onions or scallions; or chopped
    and seeded tomatoes. Better yet, top with a bit of everything.

    *This dip is also good served on lightly buttered toast halves with
    crusts removed. A dollop a sour cream or plain yogurt mixed with garlic
    powder makes a nice touch. Sprinkle a few chopped green onions or
    scallions on top of each toast halve and you have an appetizer that is
    good enough to serve to company.


    Michael


    --
    Jack Cafferty on the Palin interview with Katie Couric:

    "I'm 65 and have been covering politics for a long time. That is one of
    the most pathetic pieces of tape I have ever seen for someone aspiring to
    one of the highest offices in this country."

    Find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

  10. #10
    tvor Guest

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    "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:48e0ed35$0$89399$[email protected]..
    > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >
    > Thanks!
    >


    Thanks for the suggestions, I'l be sure to give the recipes a try. The
    party will be at our house so warm food is an option.

    Anybody ever try truffled popcorn?



  11. #11
    kilikini Guest

    Default Re: Bar Snacks

    tvor wrote:
    > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you
    > normally server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no
    > kids)? I already know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey
    > sandwhiches. Just wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >
    > Thanks!


    Hope I'm not too late on this one:

    -= Exported from BigOven =-

    Lemon-Marinated Olives

    The big flavors of this nibbler satisfy and refresh-especially when enjoyed
    with a glass of cold sparkling wine on a summer afternoon.

    Recipe By: Publix Grape Magazine, Summer 2008
    Serving Size: 8
    Cuisine: Mediterranean
    Main Ingredient: Olives
    Categories: Summer, Picnics, Fourth of July, No Cook, Snacks, Salads, Hors
    dOeuvres, Appetizers

    -= Ingredients =-
    2 cups Black and or Green olives ; pitted, rinsed and drained
    1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
    2 - 3 1/2-inch strips of lemon peel
    1/2 cup Lemon juice
    6 cloves Garlic ; sliced
    2 teaspoons Fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried and crushed
    2 Bay leaves
    1/2 teaspoon Crushed red pepper

    -= Instructions =-
    1. Combine olives, olive oil, lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, bay
    leaves and red pepper in a 1-quart jar with a screw top lid. Cover and
    shake to coat olives with marinade. Refrigerate for 2 days, shaking jar
    occasionally.

    2. Before serving, let stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Remove
    olives from marinade. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes 2
    cups olives.



  12. #12
    tvor Guest

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    "kilikini" <kilikini1@NOSPAMh[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:gbrfqg$tqs$[email protected]..
    > tvor wrote:
    >> We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you
    >> normally server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no
    >> kids)? I already know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey
    >> sandwhiches. Just wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >>
    >> Thanks!

    >
    > Hope I'm not too late on this one:
    >




    I love olives!!!

    Not too late either. The party is this Saturday.

    Thanks!!





    > -= Exported from BigOven =-
    >
    > Lemon-Marinated Olives
    >
    > The big flavors of this nibbler satisfy and refresh-especially when
    > enjoyed with a glass of cold sparkling wine on a summer afternoon.
    >
    > Recipe By: Publix Grape Magazine, Summer 2008
    > Serving Size: 8
    > Cuisine: Mediterranean
    > Main Ingredient: Olives
    > Categories: Summer, Picnics, Fourth of July, No Cook, Snacks, Salads, Hors
    > dOeuvres, Appetizers
    >
    > -= Ingredients =-
    > 2 cups Black and or Green olives ; pitted, rinsed and drained
    > 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
    > 2 - 3 1/2-inch strips of lemon peel
    > 1/2 cup Lemon juice
    > 6 cloves Garlic ; sliced
    > 2 teaspoons Fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried and crushed
    > 2 Bay leaves
    > 1/2 teaspoon Crushed red pepper
    >
    > -= Instructions =-
    > 1. Combine olives, olive oil, lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic, oregano,
    > bay leaves and red pepper in a 1-quart jar with a screw top lid. Cover
    > and shake to coat olives with marinade. Refrigerate for 2 days, shaking
    > jar occasionally.
    >
    > 2. Before serving, let stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.
    > Remove olives from marinade. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
    > Makes 2 cups olives.
    >
    >




  13. #13
    Dimitri Guest

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    "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:48e0ed35$0$89399$[email protected]..
    > We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    > server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    > know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    > wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >
    > Thanks!



    Just a few questions.

    How long is the cocktail time.
    Since the Bill of Fare is sandwiches what are you serving for Booze?
    Beer & Wine or full cocktail service?
    How hammered do you want the people to get?

    Some Random thoughts

    I think you can easily make a salty mix based on Japanese rice crackers. -
    nice and puffy and not too filling.

    I would stay away from Chips & Dip's unless you want them to fill up before
    dinner - in that case chili con queso with tortilla chips & salsa will do
    nicely. Don't forget the small plates.

    A veggie platter from Costco or your local market will do for a wine crowd.

    The saltier the snacks the more people will drink (usually)

    Dimitri




  14. #14
    Goomba Guest

    Default Re: Bar Snacks

    kilikini wrote:

    > Lemon-Marinated Olives
    >
    > The big flavors of this nibbler satisfy and refresh-especially when enjoyed
    > with a glass of cold sparkling wine on a summer afternoon.
    >
    > -= Ingredients =-
    > 2 cups Black and or Green olives ; pitted, rinsed and drained
    > 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
    > 2 - 3 1/2-inch strips of lemon peel
    > 1/2 cup Lemon juice
    > 6 cloves Garlic ; sliced
    > 2 teaspoons Fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried and crushed
    > 2 Bay leaves
    > 1/2 teaspoon Crushed red pepper
    >
    > -= Instructions =-
    > 1. Combine olives, olive oil, lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, bay
    > leaves and red pepper in a 1-quart jar with a screw top lid. Cover and
    > shake to coat olives with marinade. Refrigerate for 2 days, shaking jar
    > occasionally.
    >
    > 2. Before serving, let stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Remove
    > olives from marinade. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Makes 2
    > cups olives.


    Wow. That sounds tempting. Surely has to be cheaper than the olive bar
    offerings too....?

  15. #15
    kilikini Guest

    Default Re: Bar Snacks

    Goomba wrote:
    > kilikini wrote:
    >
    >> Lemon-Marinated Olives
    >>
    >> The big flavors of this nibbler satisfy and refresh-especially when
    >> enjoyed with a glass of cold sparkling wine on a summer afternoon.
    >>
    >> -= Ingredients =-
    >> 2 cups Black and or Green olives ; pitted, rinsed and drained
    >> 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
    >> 2 - 3 1/2-inch strips of lemon peel
    >> 1/2 cup Lemon juice
    >> 6 cloves Garlic ; sliced
    >> 2 teaspoons Fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried and crushed
    >> 2 Bay leaves
    >> 1/2 teaspoon Crushed red pepper
    >>
    >> -= Instructions =-
    >> 1. Combine olives, olive oil, lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic,
    >> oregano, bay leaves and red pepper in a 1-quart jar with a screw top
    >> lid. Cover and shake to coat olives with marinade. Refrigerate for
    >> 2 days, shaking jar occasionally.
    >>
    >> 2. Before serving, let stand at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours.
    >> Remove olives from marinade. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2
    >> weeks. Makes 2 cups olives.

    >
    > Wow. That sounds tempting. Surely has to be cheaper than the olive bar
    > offerings too....?


    I would think! It's an awesome recipe.

    kili



  16. #16
    tvor Guest

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    "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:9hcEk.1283$[email protected]..
    >
    > "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:48e0ed35$0$89399$81[email protected]..
    >> We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    >> server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    >> know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    >> wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >>
    >> Thanks!

    >
    >
    > Just a few questions.
    >
    > How long is the cocktail time.
    > Since the Bill of Fare is sandwiches what are you serving for Booze?
    > Beer & Wine or full cocktail service?
    > How hammered do you want the people to get?
    >
    > Some Random thoughts
    >
    > I think you can easily make a salty mix based on Japanese rice crackers. -
    > nice and puffy and not too filling.
    >
    > I would stay away from Chips & Dip's unless you want them to fill up
    > before dinner - in that case chili con queso with tortilla chips & salsa
    > will do nicely. Don't forget the small plates.
    >
    > A veggie platter from Costco or your local market will do for a wine
    > crowd.
    >
    > The saltier the snacks the more people will drink (usually)
    >
    > Dimitri
    >
    >



    My wife and I discussed this last night. We like to keep things fairly
    informal, dinner begins at 6:30-7ish. It's mostly beer and wine although
    I'm thinking there will be som mixed drinks. Mom likes amaretto sours, dad
    likes tequila sunrises', and a good friend likes white russians and of
    course margaritas are always a hit.

    I don't want people to get to full otherwise the party always seems to peter
    out kind of early so other than the sandwiches I'd like to keep the food on
    the lighter side. After all it is a drinking holiday, not an eating
    holiday. But at the same time I don't want to rip open a bag of chips and
    pour them in a bowl next to a bowl of pretzels.

    I've never had Japanese rice crackers, so that would be different.

    Thanks for the suggestions.




  17. #17
    Dimitri Guest

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    "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:48e22c63$0$89869$[email protected]..
    >
    > "Dimitri" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:9hcEk.1283$[email protected]..
    >>
    >> "tvor" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:48e0ed35$0$89399$[email protected]..
    >>> We're hosting a 40th birthday party and was wondering what you normally
    >>> server for snack foods for a group of 35-40 adults (no kids)? I already
    >>> know the main dinner will be smoked pork and turkey sandwhiches. Just
    >>> wondering what other snacks/finger foods to serve.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks!

    >>
    >>
    >> Just a few questions.
    >>
    >> How long is the cocktail time.
    >> Since the Bill of Fare is sandwiches what are you serving for Booze?
    >> Beer & Wine or full cocktail service?
    >> How hammered do you want the people to get?
    >>
    >> Some Random thoughts
    >>
    >> I think you can easily make a salty mix based on Japanese rice
    >> crackers. - nice and puffy and not too filling.
    >>
    >> I would stay away from Chips & Dip's unless you want them to fill up
    >> before dinner - in that case chili con queso with tortilla chips & salsa
    >> will do nicely. Don't forget the small plates.
    >>
    >> A veggie platter from Costco or your local market will do for a wine
    >> crowd.
    >>
    >> The saltier the snacks the more people will drink (usually)
    >>
    >> Dimitri
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    > My wife and I discussed this last night. We like to keep things fairly
    > informal, dinner begins at 6:30-7ish. It's mostly beer and wine although
    > I'm thinking there will be som mixed drinks. Mom likes amaretto sours,
    > dad likes tequila sunrises', and a good friend likes white russians and of
    > course margaritas are always a hit.
    >
    > I don't want people to get to full otherwise the party always seems to
    > peter out kind of early so other than the sandwiches I'd like to keep the
    > food on the lighter side. After all it is a drinking holiday, not an
    > eating holiday. But at the same time I don't want to rip open a bag of
    > chips and pour them in a bowl next to a bowl of pretzels.
    >
    > I've never had Japanese rice crackers, so that would be different.
    >
    > Thanks for the suggestions.



    If you have a smart and Final around (Commercial Grocer) take a walk through
    their Bar supplies. Slim Jims, a big jar of pickled eggs, small Peanut and
    Frito bags along with some pretzels could be a kick.

    :-)

    Dimitri



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