I live in Costco - they know me by name and I know them by name. There isn't much I don't buy there but here is a pix of a party I 'catered' for my husband's OSU alumni club several weeks ago - not possible without Costco. I can count on their quality and that is very important. http://s207.photobucket.com/albums/bb34/MusicCityMissy/OSU%20Reception/
Cheese board - Rosy Goat, Spanish Manchego, Appenzeller, Goat, Brie, Shropshire Blue (my new favorite - this is GREAT stuff and a fairly new addition for Costco) - all from Costco and served on bamboo cutting boards from Costco.
Rillettes au deux Saumons - made with butter, smoked salmon, fresh salmon, fresh lemon juice (all from Costco) along with a few other ingredients.
Antipasto platter - Roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts (a GREAT BUY), marinated mushrooms, marinated mozzarella, marinated mixed olives, anchovies all from Costco along with a few other items - served on hammered copper tray from Costco
Bagna Cauda & Crudites - olive oil, anchovies & garlic for dip all from Costco, sweet peas, asparagus, peppers, green beans, tomatoes all from Costco
Poppy Seed Ham Rolls (made by host's fiance) Swiss cheese from Costco, ham could have been but she had already bought it
Shrimp with mango coconut dipping sauce and kicked up cocktail sauce - shrimp, lemons, coctail sauce all from Costco and served in glass bowl from Costco
Beef Tenderloin - from Costco
Laquered Bacon - Kirkland bacon glazed with a sugar mixture including brown sugar from Costco
Pink Peppercorn Feta - feta from Costco and olive oil served on hammered copper tray from Costco
Desserts - Fruits - mainly from Costco, cream puffs from Costco (buckeye candies made by another club member), stuffed strawberries - strawberries from Costco, Lemon curd tarts - made with lemons, sugar and butter from Costco - all served on tiered stand from Costco
Trayed and passed (no pix - sorry forgot):
Cucumber cups with lobster spread - all from Costco
Black Olive Tapenade on Crostini - from Costco
Hot Brie Kisses - Brie from Costco
Served on laquered wicker trays from Costco
Paper products, chips, crackers, breads Marcona almonds all from Costco.
So let's see, I sleep on a mattress from Costco on sheets from Costco, take a bath with products all from Costco, brush my teeth with brushes and toothpaste from Costco, My toilet paper is from Costco, trash can liners from Costco, sitting here in lounge pants from Costco drinking a coke from Costco (about to switch to wine from Costco - the one in B'ham that actually sells it IN the store!), wearing some Borghese makeup made especially for Costco (I've been using Borghese for about 30 years and still use some original but use some of the Kirkland/Borghese) eating kielbasa sausage from Costco talking on phones from Costco cooking in pans from Costco on a grill from Costco driving on a car with tires from Costco looking at TV through contact lenses from Costco. Need I keep going on????
I have taken one or two things back - a water hose last year that really was disappointing especially since the one we bought from them the year before was such great quality. And a sprayer that was just a fluke - the second one was fine.
We always look up Costco stores everywhere we travel because we do find different things even across town - we've shopped them as far away as Reading England.