I am a NYC caterer bidding on a open house party for a luxury apartment building opening in August approx 150 plus guests - perspective tenants, real estate people, mayor of major CT. town, other VIP Open house from 5-8pm Passed h-d and some stations. No idea of budget yet - still going thru pre-lims and haven't done a site inspection yet (next week) I am thinking stations like international quesidilla and probably pasta (since it stretches well) and other clever ideas. Basically want to use the event to market the idea that they are upscale, innovative, cutting edge. Presentation and unique displays. I like to do fun things like pass shrimp shooter but instead of cocktail sauce do a shot with Absolut with Caribbean seasonings (really amazing) Dumplings passed on chinese spoons, etc. Truck load full of flowering crudite any other cool ideas you may have used would be appreciated. You guys should take a look at a website called chowhound.com - it is a foodie site and the message boards are awesome - it is a non professional site - mostly from a customer prospective - but boy do these folks love food and it's a fun place to hang out. thanks again in advance for your suggestions also any ideas for food that stretches well - as the final numbers will never be known here was a reply I've already had from a poster on Catersource.com - another interesting catering website. "We have always had great luck doing an elegant Dim Sum Station. Set up a buffet with Asian linen, props etc. butane burners, woks and Chinese stacking bamboo steamers. Fill each layer of the staeamers (at the shop!) with napa or bok leaves and pile in assorted handmade little dumplings (peking ravs, shui mai, potstickers etc.). Highly garnish with julienne veggies, dried cranberries, scallions, black sesame etc. and steam right at the buffet, removing the layers as guests finish them off. Have plenty of chopsticks and unusual dipping sauces."