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Any experience with these Portsmouth, NH area caterers?

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Hello all! I live just outside Boston but am getting married in Portsmouth, NH this August. Like everyone else in this economy I'm trying to get good value for my dollar. I want a delicious but well priced buffet for my casual, outdoor wedding reception (approx 100 people). I'm looking at four caterers and am wondering if anyone has worked with these caterers and could give me some feedback.

Portable Pantry
Blue Mermaid
Pesce Blue (Della Terra Catering)
Mizuna (World Class Catering)

If there are other recommendations I'm all ears.
Thanks!

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  1. I'm bumping this in the hopes that someone has experience with one of these caterers. Thanks!

    1. I would steer clear of Blue Mermaid - I've eaten there at least 5 times and every time I wonder why I go back. The menu reads good but when the food comes out, it's really nothing special. I've used Mizuna for business lunches and although very casual, they do a great job. You should also check out The Green Monkey and Brazo, owned by the same people. I haven't seen their catering menus but love both restaurants. I don't know how you feel about Asian but Li Yuen in Rye (or North Hampton, not sure) does a great job, also.

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      Green Monkey
      86 Pleasant St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

      1. Never had experience w/the catering here, but Mizuna has great food. I'd highly recommend Mahalos - http://www.mahalos.com/

        Also heard great things about White Apron Catering in Dover as well. They cater a number of events in town, and always good. http://www.thewhiteapron.com/

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        1. re: killerzephyr

          I haven't actually had White Apron cater anything before, but I've had several meals by one of the owners (Jay) and can vouch that he definitely knows what he's doing food-wise.

        2. Have used many caterers, but White Apron is simply the best. I have not used Pesce Blue, and their restaurant food is superb. White Apron has done two weddings and my 50th birthday party, with fois gras souffle, wondrous lamb, gnocchi that was perfection, oysters, sushi, and the best desserts ever, everything made from scratch.

          I tend to be demanding of caterers, and Jay has always been extremely responsive.

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          Pesce Blue
          103 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801