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Caterer Recommendations, Please.

ginnie09 Jun 4, 2009 12:31 PM

I am planning a backyard wedding in South Salem, NY, and I don't know where to start looking for a caterer. I do know that there will be about 100 guests and that, as long as the food is good, we are open to different cuisines and styles. In fact, we might prefer a nontraditional approach, but taste and value are most important to us. Please share your catering experiences and recommendations. Many thanks!

  1. billbechamel Jun 9, 2009 08:57 PM

    ASUBBQ does excellent backyard bbq, budget friendly, http://www.allsmokedup.com/

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      otisman Jun 7, 2009 05:21 AM

      I just had a backyard party catered by SilverSpoon Caterers from Mt. Kisco and they were excellent in food quality and service. They were the subject of a recent tread on this board.

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      1. re: otisman
        alivn Jun 9, 2009 12:04 PM

        I would like to highly recommend Outdoor Cookers in Norwalk. They have catered several events for me and my agency and will definitely come to Westchester. They are easy to work with, will not skimp no matter what the budget and the food is outstanding. Michael, the owner is a pleasure to work with. Also, Matt Miller Productions in Briarcliff, also does great food and presentation. Good luck. Let me know how it works out.

        1. re: otisman
          ginnie09 Jun 11, 2009 03:50 PM

          Great suggestion, and they are right in the neighborhood. Promising! Thank you.

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            ginnie09 Jun 11, 2009 03:51 PM

            SilverSpoon also looks promising. I am following up. Thank you.

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            luvarugula Jun 5, 2009 04:49 PM

            I could recommend several good caterers, but so much depends on your budget. There are so many directions you could go with this. I would think about the theme and try and narrow your choices. Along with caterers, there are some great restaurants in the Ridgefield or New Canaan areas (next to South Salem) that also offer off-site catering.
            A few Ideas: The Schoolhouse at Cannondale, not far from SS, does catering; http://www.schoolhouseatcannondale.com/
            Tim LaBant is creative and talented...I can totally vouch for his food, although I've never used him as a caterer. He would definitely have a non-traditional approach.
            Valencia Luncheria, A little further from SS, but still manageable.
            I've heard fantastic things about VL pig roasts with all the trimmings. Michael is also super talented, eager to please, and most likely budget-friendly.
            You could go BBQ, but that might be a little too casual for what you want. It's still an option.
            Then, I've heard that there's a guy in Pound Ridge, NY who does paella parties. They could set up on a couple of outdoor barbecue pits. One seafood, one vegetarian...
            I hope this gives you something to start thinking about.

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            1. re: luvarugula
              ginnie09 Jun 11, 2009 03:49 PM

              Thanks so much for your thoughtful post. I am soon visiting with Valencia Luncheria, and a paella party sounds terrific. Much to follow up on. Thanks!

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                luvarugula Jun 12, 2009 02:09 PM

                Happy to help. I hope you find something that works for you. Let us know how you make out. Good luck and best wishes.

            2. mcf Jun 5, 2009 04:00 PM

              my only recommendation is to include your location in your subject title so folks will read your inquiry if they're in your area. I think most folks just skip it if you don't specify the area you're in.

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              1. re: mcf
                ginnie09 Jun 11, 2009 03:46 PM

                Excellent point. Though I have been reading chowhound for *years*, this is my first post. Will remember for next time. Thanks.

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