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Aug 16, 2014 07:50 AM

Who is the most chowhound-ish caterer?

Hello all,

I'm going to be doing a lot of entertaining at home on the South Shore and am trying to figure out who is the most chowhound-ish caterer in the Boston area. I'm looking for a company that not only provides professional service but that produces top notch, super-creative food. (Skilled mixology too would be a bonus.) Gatherings are usually for between 40 and 100 guests. Money is no object - or rather, it is something of an object but is the least important consideration.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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  1. Evan Hennessey of Portsmouth NH’s Stages at One Washington catered a 150-person Boston event I was involved with, and I loved him. I chose him specifically for his interest in modernist techniques like sous vide. A couple of months after the event, he was named a James Beard Award semifinalist (northeast). I remember passed apps such as made-in-house duck pastrami, lacquered foie (a riff on a Modernist Cuisine recipe), pork belly, and the only crab salad I’ve ever enjoyed. He was, at the time, eager to travel to Boston (though this may have changed; he got a lot of local press for the award).

    Also-rans we did not hire included Season To Taste (they catered Tony Maws’ wedding) and Forklift Catering. Since we insisted on sous vide, neither moved forward to the second round.

    1. Sounds like fun times are happening at your place. I totally recommend Seasons To Taste. Professional from beginning to end. We have used them for all kinds of events, including a wedding, and they are terrific.

      1. Fireside Catering in Burlington are great chowhoundish caterers PLUS because they are the Weber Group they are farm to table with steak and veggies... worth giving them a call. They will also help you with signature drinks/bartenders. Their chef Ethan will work with you designing a great event. He is very creative and uses all local products not produced on the Webber Group Farm.