These seven high-end caterers are spreading the holiday cheer this year by providing delicious and festive meals and party snacks to ease the stress of yuletide party planning.
For an alternative to the traditional family sit-down meal, try Amoraco’s cocktail-style services with stationary platters and passed hors d’oeuvres such as tuna ceviche cucumber boats and petit tacos. Crafting plates with in-season fruits and vegetables year-round, chef and owner Tamara Shenkle stays true to her motto, “fresh food, handmade with love.”
Whether you’re planning a classy soiree or a themed party that’s camp to the max, Deborah Miller Catering has a menu for it. Choose among fresh side salads, a variety of pastas and hearty protein platters that can be built into a 12-person dining package. Each item is prepared with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients that will bring “big city flavors with a homemade feel,” as the culinary team likes to say.
After starting a franchise of gourmet food shops, opening successful restaurants around the city, creating an ice cream store and executing a number of other impressive culinary projects, it only made sense for renowned chef Eli Zabar to add catering to his repertoire. These winter months, choose holiday party meals from the diverse Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas menus, or opt instead for delivery from E.A.T. The gourmet food shop’s menu includes appetizing shareables such as prosciutto- wrapped asparagus, as well as dinner staples such as filet mignon and grilled vegetables.
Between full-service catering, cocktail parties and personal chef services, owner Jeffrey Pearson is there to meet the specific needs of your social event. As an example, his winter sample menu consists of seven courses, with options like Ossetra caviar and butternut squash soup for starters, then a black sea bass entree and chocolate lava cake dessert. Pearson prides himself on his connections to some of the area’s top farmers, ensuring food prepared with organic ingredients, seasonally sourced produce and grass- fed, pasture-raised meats.
Not to be confused with the actor, Neuman’s Kitchen founder Paul Neuman is rather the star behind a four-generation food business legacy, which began with his grandfather’s fish market in 1906. Since its inception in 1996, Neuman’s Kitchen has become a leading special event caterer in the city. With its delicious creations, such as the Bourbon Street and vegetarian antipasti party platters, it’s easy to see why.
This company might have served clients such as Stephen Colbert, Lexus and the United Nations, but this Yuletide, Sweet Basil Catering can accommodate your private party with its customizable cuisine selections. Guests can sample grilled flatbread with whipped ricotta and port-braised figs, as well as mini truffled grilled cheese with pomodoro aioli. Chef and creative director Amy Aversa describes her food as “green market chic” because of its farmers market ingredients and gourmet palate.
Tastings provides white-glove service and a tailored dining experience for intimate family get- togethers. Curate a selection of bite-size starters for the evening, as well as dinner classics such as pan-seared tuna and roasted lemon chicken. The company’s signature service is the Tastings roaming dinner, which features small plates of bespoke food.
Photography by: Courtesy of Deborah Miller Catering