You adore entertaining. It's the dishes afterward you can't abide. You also love eating and serving creative menus. It’s the slaving over a hot stove you'd frankly rather not contend with. Meanwhile, there’s nothing you'd rather see than 50 of your nearest and dearest digging into foods that make them supremely happy. If only all of their individual dietary requests didn’t make your head spin.
For all of the above, the answer is easy: Call in the caterers. No longer the disappointing substitutes for fine dining that they once were, the
professional operations available around town are now every bit as
spectacular and high in quality as the city's best restaurants. In fact, many of them are straight from the same folks who run your favorite restaurant; one of the most exciting trends of late has seen chefs like Barbara Lynch (of No. 9 Park and B&G Oyster fame) and restaurants such as The Upper Crust branching out into catering services. So you can serve the same dishes you'd otherwise only be able to eat outside your home.
Of course, one of the best parts of catering your event can also come in presenting guests with something completely new -- a dish created just for your event, for example, or a classic recipe tinkered with to include the guest of honor's favorite ingredient. On this and just about every other
matter of creativity, today's caterers are up to the challenge. Ask them for a full-scale New England clambake on the beach you'll get it all, without having to so much as lift a grain of sand yourself. Request a formal
cocktail menu for 200 and your shindig will include lovelies like scallop ceviche as easily as it will miniature versions of a traditional Boston cream pie. The same goes for informal affairs...Having a family reunion, and want to put a twist on grandma's famous lasagna? All you have to do is ask.
And then there's the most appealing aspect of catering: the service. Having everything cooked for you is certainly wonderful, but there's
simply nothing like getting to enjoy it all with guests, relaxing knowing that everything will be served with aplomb.