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CookingBabs Jun 23, 2009 07:55 AM

We're hosting a casual July 4th afternoon gathering in our home, and looking for someplace other than The Market Basket (where we usually go for this kind of catering) for salads and interesting sandwich ideas. Thanks!

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    fourunder Jun 24, 2009 07:31 AM

    Questions: Are you looking for an Italian , Jewish Deli or somewhere in between theme recommendation. Also, you query for salad, is it for the typical greens or Mesculin, potato, cole slaw.....variations of them or more along the prepared foods....like a seafood salad? Last, are you looking for one place to order your menu or are you willing to go to more than one place. For example, Julio's in Teaneck is very well regarded for making exceptional fruit platters and displays.....and Christine Nunn of Picnic Caterers is praised for her exceptional take on the atypical deli.

    http://www.juliosfruit.com/aboutus/aboutus.html

    http://www.picniccaterers.com/

    Provide a few more details and I would be more than happy to assist with some recommendations for you.

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      Ambimom Jun 24, 2009 08:41 AM

      Noah's Ark in Teaneck is kosher delicatessen that will prepare entire barbecue for takeout.

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        CookingBabs Jun 24, 2009 01:57 PM

        Thanks for the help, Fourunder. I am definitely willing to go to more than one place to pick up the food. I would like to stick to Italian or "American" fare. For salads, I need a couple of typical potato/macaroni salads along with a couple of non-run-of-the-mill ones like seafood salad and/or some kind of different vegetable salad. I have several vegetarians attending, so I want to find some kind of interesting sandwiches and salads. I'm really open to anything, as long as the quality of the food is good and it's tasty!

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          fourunder Jun 24, 2009 02:36 PM

          CB,

          Here's a copy and paste contribution I made to a recent thread and the information within should give you something to work on and research for your preferences. Any of the locations should be able to satisfy your needs for your gathering. I have a few more ideas for you which I will add a little bit later....
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          You are going to receive a lot of recommendations for Vitamia in Lodi, especially for their pasta products, but while it is an Italian deli that provides nice products and services, I would tell you they are very expensive as well for what is provided. I would also include Bartolomeo and Jerry's, both in Englewood in the same camp. There's a place in Waldwick called Itallian Riviera that gets love on this board, but I have not been to the location.

          Here's a list of very good to great delis in addtion to the ones mentioned above, IMHO:

          Italian:
          Valente, Fairview
          Visentini Bros., Lodi
          Mela, Garfield
          Latona, Garfield
          Clememte, South Hackensack
          Piccolo Gastronomia Italiana, Ridgefield

          Polish:
          Piast, Garfield
          Golden Eagle, Garfield
          Super Deli, Wallington

          German:
          Kochers, Ridgefield

          Jewish:
          Foster Village Delicatessen
          Sol 'n' Sol, Englewood
          Kosher Nosh, Glen Rock
          Harold's II Kosher Superrette, Paramus

          Hero:
          Denaro's Dumont

          General:

          Picnic Caterers, Emerson
          Cafasso's Fairway Market, Fort Lee

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/628398

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            CookingBabs Jun 28, 2009 02:30 PM

            Thanks, fourunder! I will check out all/most of them! Great ideas, I appreciate it.

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              fourunder Jun 29, 2009 06:45 AM

              Here's some more quality places for you to consider. Evergreen Deli in Englewood does a brisk business with all the medical practices in town(daily lunches) and with Englewood Hospital. Le Promenade in Tenafly is very good and also makes some great pastries a lot cheaper than Pastry St Michelle or Bon Appetite.

              http://www.laprom.com/catering.htm

              http://www.menuism.com/restaurants/cZ5rZ2j8ur3BqKaby-t3N_-evergreen-fine-fresh-foods-englewood-nj

              http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2007/08/16/nj-dining-vitamia-and-sons/

              http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/nj-dining-bartolomeo-englewood/#more-2368

              http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/page/2/?s=picnic+caterers

              This past week I received the June-July issue of Clipper magazine in the mail. Inside, there is a new gourmet deli and foodmart that opened in Paramus on 171 Route Four West near the Fair Lawn border. The picture provided in the advertisement is intriguing enough for me to put it on the list to try next time I am in the area.

              If you decide on a run through the Englewood-Tenafly area......consider a desert tray of chocolate covered fruit and cookies from Matisse Chocolatier. Whenever I do a party, I always have one and it's always a crowd pleaser and party highlight.

              http://www.getfreshchocolate.com/store/index.phphttp://www.getfreshchocolate.com/store/index.php

              http://efeastdeli.com/

              Last, my son likes to have all his Sunday Football parties catered by Dante's

              http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&...

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                fourunder Jun 29, 2009 06:59 AM

                CB,

                I forgot to add two places similar to the Market Basket....

                The Maywood Marketplace on West Pleasant Avenue and Fairway Market in Paramus @ The Fashion Center

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                  goodhealthgourmet Jun 29, 2009 07:11 AM

                  my mom will vouch for Evergreen and La Promenade as well ;)

                  re: Julio's, glad to hear they're doing good stuff again. we stopped using them a long time ago because the prices had gone way up and the quality wasn't up to par anymore.

                  oh, and re: dessert, La Dolce Divas in Englewood is another option. i've heard raves.

                  http://www.ladolcedivasbakery.com/

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                    fourunder Jun 29, 2009 07:19 AM

                    re: Julio's, glad to hear they're doing good stuff again. we stopped using them a long time ago because the prices had gone way up and the quality wasn't up to par anymore.
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                    ghg,

                    I can't vouch for the quality.....but I can assume confidently their prices have not become any cheaper. ......unfortunately for all. One question though,,,,when you say the quality was subpar, does that mean the fruit wasn't ripe or something more serious like the fruit should not have been used, either under ripened or over ripened?

                    Thanks for the tip on La Dolce Divas

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                      CookingBabs Jul 1, 2009 09:17 AM

                      Thanks!

                      Funny you mention La Dolce Divas - that's where the cake is coming from! I find it hit or miss there, though. I like the cupcakes and cakes, but the bar cookies and regular cookies need a little help!

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                        goodhealthgourmet Jul 1, 2009 09:28 AM

                        i've never tried them myself (no gluten for me!) but i keep hearing great things about their cupcakes. in fact, the bakery was featured in a small blurb in the NY Times a couple of weeks ago, and they mentioned that their cupcakes are available as minis, which made me think they'd be perfect for a party platter.

                        http://events.nytimes.com/2009/06/21/...

                        i don't think most people go there for the cookies. my sister and i actually got into an argument because she asked me about the "new cupcake place" in Englewood that everyone was talking about, and when i said it was a full-service bakery she didn't believe me!

                        anyway, mediocre cookies & bars aside, do you think it's worth recommending for cakes & cupcakes?

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                          CookingBabs Jul 1, 2009 02:53 PM

                          I do think they are worth going there for the cupcakes and cakes. To me, they are the best in the area. The cupcakes are light and fresh, and taste like they use quality ingredients in them. Same with the cakes. It's the closest thing to a NYC cupcake bakery we have on this side of the river.

                          I also like that you can satisfy your cake craving by buying one slice, and not a whole cake! I like the red velvet and coconut cakes. Yum - I could go for one now! :)

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                            goodhealthgourmet Jul 1, 2009 05:02 PM

                            thanks so much. my friends & family come to me for advice & suggestions about all things food-related, but it's so difficult for me to recommend bakeries since i can't eat the stuff! at least now i know this one gets a CH stamp of approval ;)

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            nancyl126 Jun 23, 2009 03:01 PM

            Try Great Foods in Oradell...wonderful sandwich choices and don't miss the couscous salad...it's a real crowd pleaser.

            1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 23, 2009 08:12 AM

              try Chez Cheese in Tenafly. she always does a *beautiful* job with my mom's fruit and vegetable platters for the holidays, and they have good dips, spreads & salads. the gazpacho is excellent too. i can't vouch for the sandwiches since i can't eat bread, but the menu looks great...

              http://chezcheeze.com/menu.html

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              Chez Cheeze
              10 Washington Ave, Tenafly, NJ

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                CookingBabs Jun 23, 2009 08:14 AM

                Oooh, thanks. I used to be a regular there, but for some reason just haven't been there lately, and almost forgot about them!

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