9 Creative Catering Ideas for Virtual Events and Small Gatherings


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Enjoy event-worthy meals at home with these offerings from caterers in North America.

From at-home pop-up experiences to backyard BBQ boxes, catering companies are getting creative when it comes to serving clients and customers. Here are some clever culinary ideas and meal delivery packages for graduations, virtual galas, corporate meetings, and more.

Wolfgang Puck Catering’s ‘Just the Appetizers’

Showcasing Wolfgang Puck’s renowned appetizers, this option comprises a spicy tuna taco kit, along with smoked salmon lollipops that are perfectly paired with dill crème fraiche and caviar. Additionally, it includes a mini burger kit, a margherita flatbread, and an Asian salad kit. To satisfy your sweet cravings, there’s an assortment of mini desserts, including delectable white chocolate cherry cookies, indulgent brownie bites, and petite berry hand pies. This package is designed to cater to gatherings of various sizes, accommodating anywhere from four to 24 guests. The cost is set at $35 per person, along with a $10 delivery fee. It’s worth noting that this exclusive offering is solely accessible in the Los Angeles market.

Wolfgang Puck Catering’s ‘Best of Awards Season’


Chicken Pot Pie Long Island

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You don’t need to don a gown to indulge in some of Wolfgang’s most popular award season dishes, including his legendary chicken pot pie (pictured); cavatappi truffle mac ’n cheese; miso-glazed salmon with carrot ginger puree; and stone fruit and burrata salad, plus roasted nuts and jalapeño popcorn to share, as well as his signature bon-bons. Cocktails, wine, and beverages and extra dishes can be added on for an additional charge. The package is available for parties of four to 24 people for $45 per person (plus a $10 fee for delivery), and is only available in the Los Angeles market.

12th Street Catering’s Celebration Boxes


Celebration Boxes For Virtual Event

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Philadelphia-based 12th Street Catering is now offering Celebration Boxes, individually packaged boxes featuring different styles of meals such as the Brunch Box and the Sweets Box (pictured). The boxes offer personalization options based on the occasion, allowing for add-ons and customizable elements. Priced at $28 per person, the Sweets Box includes four-ounce mason jars filled with delectable treats such as strawberry shortcake, funfetti cake batter, and salted caramel brownie. Additionally, it contains honey-baked pop tarts, a campfire s’mores kit, French macarons, and an array of homemade cookies that can be tailored to feature a logo, brand colors, or a unique design. Free delivery is provided within Center City and University City, with delivery fees applicable to areas beyond this region. Orders require a minimum of 10 boxes.

Summer Grilling Experience from Footers Catering


Grilled Crudites and Grilled Bruschetta

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Denver-based Footers Catering makes it easy to cook out this summer with its ready-to-grill package that features two shareable starters (grilled crudites and grilled bruschetta); your choice of two entrees (flank steak, whole trout, shawarma cauliflower, chermoula chicken breasts, sausages, and eggplant aubergine); four sides (Mexican street corn salad, jumbo grilled asparagus, candy-striped beet salad, and caramelized veggie medley); and zucchini brown sugar cake and s’mores for dessert. Plus, it includes plantable no-waste herb garnishes, as well as your choice of a cocktail mixer. Add-ons include a clever wood board sign craft for decor, florals, and a grill box. The experience costs $235 for four guests and $450 for eight guests.

The Party Line’s Build-a-Bash


Seafood Roast Hamptom

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The Party Line in Nashville, run by chef Julia Sullivan of Henrietta Red restaurant, is offering Build-a-Bash packages, which are designed for six guests. Choose from four tailored menus (Upscale Dinner, Backyard BBQ, Seafood Roast, and Cocktail Party), starting at $225, and then add on beverage pairings, themed decorations like streamers or a birthday banner, and custom florals from Violetta. You can order balloon arrangements from Vroom Broom Balloon and tack on additional platters such as a charcuterie board. Setup is also available for an extra charge. Pictured: Raw oysters, along with grilled oysters, seafood cocktail, summer vegetable panzanella, BBQ shrimp, corn, new potatoes, and peach cobbler, are included in the Seafood Roast option; $275 for six people.



Vampire Pizza Elegant Affairs Cateres

Photo: Courtesy of Vampire.Pizza

Josh Sugarman, the mind behind the experiential entertainment company Ravel, has introduced an immersive delivery experience available in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and recently, New York. This captivating experience centers around a virtual game set in the mystical world of an ancient vampire family, enabling customers to recreate a pop-up restaurant atmosphere in their own homes. Vampire.Pizza has partnered with renowned pizzerias across New York City’s boroughs, including Sauce Pizzeria, Williamsburg Pizza, Roberta’s, Rizzo’s Fine Pizza, and Euro Pizza, delivering both pizza and the game box. Pricing options include $32.99 per person for two players and $27.99 per person for four players, making it a unique and affordable dining adventure for groups of all sizes.

Tastings 2.0 Virtual Catering & Events


Virtual Catering & Events

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New York-based caterer Tastings NYC recently debuted Tastings 2.0, a meal delivery service available in New York City, the Hamptons, and Miami. Tailored for virtual events like conferences and dinners, this meal can elegantly grace event-worthy plateware and accompany a selection of wines from Vranken Pommery America. Pricing starts at $55 per person. The spring/summer menu currently includes items like an heirloom tomato salad, garbanzo bean risotto, grilled octopus, fish entrees such as halibut with spinach puree and butter-poached lobster tail, meat entrees such as lamb tenderloin with purple asparagus and duck breast with black radish puree, and desserts such as coconut panna cotta.

Elegant Affairs’ Backyard Barbecue in a Box


Elegant Affairs’ Backyard Barbecue in a Box

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This BBQ package from Elegant Affairs includes burgers, hot dogs, marinated chicken skewers, corn on the cob with herb butter, baked beans, red Carolina slaw, and smashed red potato salad, plus hamburger and hot dog buns, along with all the fixings (lettuce, tomato, onion, and sliced American cheese). Or you can choose to create your own barbecue box from a variety of meats, fish, and poultry, as well as sides and salads. You can even add on a bag of charcoal. The box feeds eight to 10 people and costs $300. Delivery is available in New York City, the Hamptons, and Long Island.

10tation’s ‘Date Night’


Ahi Tuna Tartare and Caesar Salad
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Host a party for two with this “Date Night” package from Toronto-based 10tation Event Catering. The five-course meal includes ahi tuna tartare and Caesar salad bites; burrata; ricotta gnocchi with asparagus, English peas, wild leeks, and mushrooms; main options (heirloom chicken, braised beef short rib, and roasted salmon served with seasonal vegetables); and cheesecake with passion fruit puree and cookie crumble for dessert. Drinks including Negroni, chardonnay, Prosecco, and more are available for an additional fee. The menu starts at $125.

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