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Casual catering recommendation

MSCS Sep 29, 2011 06:30 AM


Need a casual but interesting caterer for an open house type of event. Sandwhiches, sides, etc. Something between standard supermarket stuff and frou-frou. Expected guests is somewhere between 60-90 total.

Anwhere from Boston to Peabody is ideal as the event will be in the Woburn/Burlington area.


  1. Alcachofa Sep 29, 2011 08:22 AM

    Russo's has some good stuff.

    560 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472

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    1. re: Alcachofa
      atg106 Oct 1, 2011 07:43 AM

      I second Russo's. I picked Russo's for an event for work which wowed everyone. The big favs were the grilled veggies, the salmon, and the quiches. My COO is a vegetarian, so this worked out perfectly for her. Evidently, a couple more people at my company were vegetarians also. They have a couple of Italian common dishes, meatballs, rigatoni, which were popular with my crew, but I'm not a fan.

      The fruity cheesecake is also a big fav with my company also.

      The only drawback is that you have to select certain items in terms of lbs instead of portions. I spent about $ 300 for 40 people, but that was way way too much. 40 people should be roughly $225 at best. At least we had quality leftovers for a couple of days.


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      food_lubber Sep 29, 2011 01:04 PM

      Something Savory in Arlington has a great menu and will work closely with you for what you want. Chef has a Caribbean cooking background making many of his signature dishes interesting, but also can do classic sandwiches and salads.

      Something Savory
      1312 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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      1. re: food_lubber
        GretchenS Sep 30, 2011 11:01 AM

        Ditto Something Savory, they do a beautiful job catering. Also Jackson's Kitchen in Lexington is worth a look with the caveat that I have just gotten takeout from there, not used them for catering, but the takeout is high quality and consistently good. Very nice people at both operations.

        Via Lago in Lexington does good catering but I would say that sandwiches are NOT a strong point for them: they do best with soups, salads, standard fare like grilled chicken, steak tips, etc -- in other words, not finger food. I know this because they cater lunch for our office every day so I am oh-so-familiar with what they do. :)

        Something Savory
        1312 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

      2. opinionatedchef Sep 29, 2011 10:12 PM

        capers catering
        harvest catering
        strip t's, watertown

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