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DMKing May 8, 2011 10:53 AM

Hello everyone, My beautiful wife to be and myself are looking to do a travel destination Wddding in PA (Going for the outdoor look) as apposed to doing it here in Brooklyn NY. We are looking for some good caterers that have experience in making diverse kosher food for an affordable price. We can not afford a 5* caterer, But our budget is reasonable, and we know what we want. We are very flexible and can work with most scenarios. Please help with any possible vendors. Thanks so much everyone!

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    GilaB May 8, 2011 11:11 AM

    Where in Pennsylvania? It's a big state.

    Do you have a particular destination in mind that is so beautiful that it's worth making all of your guests shlep so much farther? There are very pretty outdoor venues in Long Island, New Jersey, and other places that would be much less of a trip for guests coming from NYC.

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      DMKing May 8, 2011 01:51 PM

      We found a great place about 5 hours away. We don't care for the options here, as we were very precise with what we wanted. I even have some caterers which im weighing, I just have no way to check these companies to see how they have handled their past clients. So any referrals would be great. Thanks

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        avitrek May 8, 2011 04:03 PM

        If you are within range of Max and David's they would get my vote. Their food is great and they should be able to do whatever you're looking for.

        Where in PA are you planning to have the wedding? 5 hours from Brooklyn is further than Philadelphia or Scranton. Are you talking Lancaster area?

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          Prettypoodle May 8, 2011 04:47 PM

          I second M and D! I only wish they has been around when I got married 12 .5 years ago! Mazel TOv!

      2. re: GilaB
        DMKing May 8, 2011 04:58 PM

        I Did'nt realize to tell everyone it is a weekend wedding! Sorry, we are doing a 3 day event. We need all 3 days catered. Thank you

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          avitrek May 8, 2011 06:00 PM

          DMK, where is the wedding?

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            vallevin May 9, 2011 05:00 AM

            Really, DMK..... it makes a HUGE difference if you are going to be closer Philly or Pittsburgh ( Or Harrisburg I guess)

            My educated guess is Poconos....

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              DMKing May 9, 2011 06:24 AM

              The wedding is near Harrisburg, It will be about 5 hours from Brooklyn. I am not looking for peoples opinions on where to get married, since its already booked :) I am looking for caterers people. :) Thanks for your help.

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                GilaB May 9, 2011 06:51 AM

                Yes, but most kosher caterers work in a relatively defined zone, near a particular Jewish community. The caterers working at one end of the state are of no use to you at the other end. I have no idea what caterers are near Harrisburg, but not telling us that makes it difficult for anybody to give you a recommendation. If you could tell us what caterers you are considering, that would increase the likelihood that someone will be able to help you.

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                  DMKing May 9, 2011 06:59 AM

                  Thanks Gila, However the caterers im working now are from Maryland, and nyc they have done travel catering. We have no caterers from PA. We have spoken to the many known ones from the MD community such as Ofichals and others... We are looking for something affordable and diverse in their cuisine ability, I am half sephard half Ashkenazi I have a diverse group of people attending. Thanks

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                    avitrek May 9, 2011 08:54 AM

                    You should at least call Max and David's in Philadelphia. I don't know if they will travel, but they are only 30 min further than Baltimore.

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                      vallevin May 9, 2011 09:18 AM

                      This may be stating the obvious, but the OP should check out the kosher caterer in Harrisburg

                      Norman Gras Caterers
                      (I don't know anything about him/have not used him)

                      1. re: avitrek
                        cwsilverberg May 9, 2011 12:11 PM

                        Max and Davids is two hours from Baltimore.

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                          zsero May 16, 2011 07:24 AM

                          Um, yes. How is this relevant?

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                            cwsilverberg May 16, 2011 09:22 AM

                            just replying to avitrek stating that philadelphia is 30 mins away from bmore, no biggy

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                              zsero May 16, 2011 10:15 AM

                              avitrek wrote no such thing. please pay attention before posting.

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                                cwsilverberg May 18, 2011 06:57 AM

                                "you should at least call Max and David's in Philadelphia. I don't know if they will travel, but they are only 30 min further than Baltimore. "

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                                  avitrek May 18, 2011 09:08 AM

                                  Exactly. I didn't say Philadelphia is 30 minutes from Baltimore. I said the time it takes to get from Philadelphia to Harrisburg is 30 minutes longer than the time it takes to get from Baltimore to Harrisburg. The 3 cities form a triangle and no one would ever think to travel to Harrisburg from Philadelphia via Baltimore. If anything people would first think to travel from Baltimore to Harrisburg via Philadelphia.

                                  But the fact remains, the travel time from Baltimore to Harrisburg is 1:30. The travel time from Philadelphia to Harrisburg is 2:00. 2:00 - 1:30 is 30 minutes.

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                                    cwsilverberg May 19, 2011 05:55 AM

                                    Thanks for the explanation and please accept an apology for my ignorance.

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                          jonothan May 11, 2011 08:38 AM

                          theres this caterer out of lakewood nj GREENWALD CATERERS ive had there food in the past at a 300+ outdwwr wedding in phili and it was amazing i would try calling them i know they do alot of off premise work hers there # 732-370-8300

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                            DMKing May 11, 2011 09:10 AM

                            Will try them Jonothan, Thanks for the input, I will update this section with an update once we get things in order

            2. Jay F May 9, 2011 07:05 AM

              Here are some caterers in Pittsburgh: http://www.jewishfederationpittsburgh.org/page.aspx?id=147870




              I have no idea whether any of them will go to Harrisburg, but there is certainly enough of an orthodox population in Pittsburgh to support a number of caterers. I'm not Jewish, so I don't have a recommendation. Hope this helps.

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                DMKing May 9, 2011 07:12 AM

                Thanks Jay!

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                ninrn May 9, 2011 12:42 PM

                I agree with Jay. There are some amazing Jewish caterers in Pittsburgh and, if they travel, they might be more affordable than those in the Greater Philadelphia area. Dorian's (his first link) is one, but they are a small family operation and I don't know if they could do it. I would try asking for recs at the Pittsburgh JCC (the one on Forbes Ave in Squirrel Hill).

                And, if you haven't done so already, I'd try the Harrisburg JCC and Harrisburg Jewish Federation for recs, too. Getting someone local won't just save you lots of money. A bricks and mortar caterer right in the area, with longstanding relationships with local suppliers, will probably give you more freshly prepared items, and makes for a better likelihood that things can be fixed to everyone's satisfaction if, say, a batch of food gets dropped or burnt.

                Best of luck and congratulations!

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