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Need suggestions for catering an office lunch in Rockaway, NJ

I am putting together a lunch for my department (about 25-30 people) next week. They usually do Panera or some pasta and salad but I'd really like to do something new. We do have a couple of vegetarians and I don't have an unlmited budget but I was wondering if anything had some suggestions? It would be great if we could get it delivered. We usually just have the food set up on a large table near our conference room and do it buffet style so it's nothing fancy.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!!

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  1. Try Mara's in Denville, it is our favorite. We do client meetings luncheon or breakfast once a week. They deliver and have never dissapointed.

    http://maras.marascafe.com/wp-content...

    1. Maybe a little pricer, but their food is AMAZING - Sergio & Co in Denville. Catering menu is here: http://www.sergioandco.com/menus/cate...

      1. Both places already mentioned are great, you won't be disappointed, and a third favorite of mine is 53 Grill on Rt. 53 in Denville. His sandwich platters are great, his sloppy joes- delicious, and his Empanadas the best. I don't know if he delivers though.

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        1. re: GrOlive

          Wait - there are empanadas in Denville, and this is the first I'm hearing of it? I need to get myself there! Any suggestions? (sorry to go OT)

          1. re: njkori

            He only has two types of Empanadas...beef or chicken. We definitely favor the beef ones.

          2. re: GrOlive

            Is the 53 Grill that small white building on the southbound side of 53? south of the A&P but north of the Rattlesnake? It's always looked interesting, but i've never been in there. Based on your comment, if this is the same place you're talking about, I'm thinking LUNCH this week!

            1. re: jiffypop

              That's the place. The owner, Tom, has worked hard to make it a great neighborhood place. My son swears by the steak sandwiches But I've never had one. His bacon is the best...always crisp on any sandwich

          3. What about the Turkish place in Denville - Bosporus II? I bet they could do trays of mezes that would be fun and different.

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            1. re: bropaul

              I think it's closed - I drove past there a few weeks ago, and there was another resto's sign up. and that's a shame - i enjoyed the food there

                1. re: bropaul

                  I think it was replaced by Ephesus (similar menu). I'm slightly embarrassed to admit that I can't remember if it was Bosphorus or Ephesus last time we ate there. But it was good. ;-)

                  http://www.ephesusrestaurantnj.com/

            2. Chris' Custom Catering! I've used him on a couple of occasions for some intimate gatherings and a party of 30 and the food is wonderful.

              201-725-6165
              His Email is chrisbagao@gmail.com

              He will tailor the menu to your liking.

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              1. re: RayP

                Paradiso on Route 46 in Rockaway. The chef-owner Matteo, does a GREAT job. His salads are wonderful, and his veggie sandwich, made with homemade bread, fresh mozzarella made in house, eggplant, arugula, and home-roasted peppers, is fantastic. Pastas are wonderful, and his pizza is sublime.

              2. I am SO sorry that it took me so long to respond.

                I ended up looking at each option suggested here and printing them out for my boss. I actually also had found a wild card that looked great and decided to print out multiple choices for my boss. There was one that I found particularly interesting so I placed the menu on top for the viewing, as it was my favorite based on the menu options. Luckily, this business was chosen.

                This was "The Fruited Plain". (http://thefruitedplain.com/

                )

                We ordered the "Executive Lunch", I was able to choose 5-6 sandwich options, 2 salads, cookies plus soda and water. The ordering process was wonderful from beginning to end, cheaper than the Panera option that was usually ordered. I dealt with the owner and he was lovely and I would deal with him again in second. He ended up delivering the lunch and set up the lunch perfectly with not only the food but the plates, plasticware, napkins and condiments so our division members could grab what they needed and leave quickly. Everything was fresh, the soda was cold and, in the end, the word had spread so much that other divisions requested their webbsite due to all of the buzz.

                I give them an A+. I can't wait to try more dishes in the future. Only wish I had an unlimited ammount to spend.

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                1. re: JulietB

                  looks interesting! and they have a cafe on Rt 46 east. will have to stop by there.

                  thanks for the review. glad it all worked out for you and your office. you're now a star there!

                  1. re: JulietB

                    As luck would have it, I was in Parsippany this morning, and decided to stop by the Fruited Plain. When you're traveling east on Rt 46, it's just past Beverwyck Road. The office building itself has several vacancies, and the front greenery needed some tending - just so you know.

                    When I entered the building's lobby, several office workers were waiting for the elevator, with plates [yes, real plates![ in hand - early lunch? late breakfast? i don't know, but it looked nice and fresh. The face itself SPARKLED - it's white, and very clean, with two full walls of windows, with a door to an outside patio that has picnic tables. Full made-to-order breakfasts, and the lunch specials sounded good - a turkey and havarti sandwich, mushroom swiss burger, and home made sweet corn chowder, as examples.Coffee urns on one wall, so you could get your own refills - several different flavors.

                    no muffins - the young man behind the counter [i guess the owner] said that it was monday and they'd had so much catering over the weekend that they weren't able to make any for Monday. And the soup wasn't ready yet. I grabbed a container of orrechiette with pesto and sun dried tomatoes [1.87 + tax = 2.00 for a full 1/2 pound. not a bad price!] and left [other things to do]. DELICIOUS not too much garlic or oil, nice shreds of cheese [not powdery cheese].

                    Will DEFINITELY stop by again if I'm in the area and looking for a nice quick lunch.

                    1. re: JulietB

                      Excellent! Love a happy ending. I'll have to check it out one of these days.