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12 Great Local Spots to Cater Your Next Dinner Party

Why cook when you can just order in?

We’ve been sharing plenty of dinner party advice lately, from entertaining tips to decor suggestions. But what’s the key to enjoying your own party? Outsourcing! Here are the caterers to call, per the 2022 Best Designers.

Appetizers and Light Bites

The Festive Kitchen is great for light bites.” —Roz Murphy, Roz Murphy Design

Eatzi’s is a go-to for putting together cheese boards and other hors d’oeuvres.” —Ellett Miciotto, EJM Interior Design

“I’m a huge fan of Central Market. They have a wonderful selection for different occasions and are so easy to deal with.” —Carolina Gentry, Pulp Design Studios

Brunch and Casual Lunches

“For a casual get-together, I love Uncle Julio’s. The tortillas and margaritas are so good!” —Mary Beth Wagner, Mary Beth Wagner Interiors 

Bubba’s chicken is delicious served on china for a family brunch!” —Mia Brous, MADRE Design

“I love The Tamale Co. Their food is insatiably good. Equally impressive is the presentation. Every detail from plates to cutlery and napkins is meticulously thought through.” —Ginger Curtis, Urbanology Designs


Parigi is a go-to for catering, but take-out from Al Biernat’s is a good crowd pleaser.” —Josh Pickering, Pickering House Interiors

TJ’s Seafood and their spicy tuna tartare is the one mainstay of most of our parties. I love to cook and prepare much of the food. But I do fill in sometimes with items from Central Market, Festive Kitchen, and Eatzi’s.” —Kathy Adcock-Smith, Adcock-Smith Design

“I love the family dinners by Lucia to pick up and cook at home for a small intimate easy dinner party that feels special.” —Jen Mauldin, Mauldin Designs

“Taco Borga of La Duni. His menus are classic Latin and always delicious.” —Amy Thomasson, House of Amelia

The ‘Wow Factor’

“Food trucks are fun! They are interactive and keep the kitchen real estate clean and available for people to hang out in.” —Dana Bass, Dana Bass Designs

“We love Tre Wilcox! Not only is his food incredible, he’s also hilarious and quite entertaining. He hosts cooking competitions that are such a blast and perfect for a date night or gathering a group of friends.” —Shay Geyer, IBB Design Fine Furnishings


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