It's done!Well, we ended up with 200 people in the main Press Conference area, 50 in a VIP reception, 40 boxed lunches, 10 guests in a post-conference reception.
For the 'main event' we menued the following...
Fresh Fruit Kabobs with crem fraiche-poppy seed dip, honey-yogurt dip and homemade 'fluff'
Crudite with pesto dipping sauce, red pepper coulis and roasted garlic dressing
Miniature desserts out the wazoo... eclairs, puffs, tuxedo strawberries (man are berries pricey!), cookies
Pinwheels... little slices of tortillas wrapped around savory fillings - curried chicken salad with toasted almonds, roast turkey with Russian dressing and flaked, grilled salamon with dill cream cheese
Primal Cheese cuts with naan and Swedish crisps, lingonberry preserves
It went very well. The client was thrilled. The reason I couldn't discuss too many of the details previously, was that the guest list included the President. Luckily, his schedule changed the day prior to the event an we got away with serving 2 congressmen and the governor. Dealing with a kitchen and that kind of security contingency is no fun.
Thanks to everybody for helping me build the event. It really did go well. It was 'fancy' enough to please the intellects and odinary enough to not scare away the rest of us.