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Fare You Would Only Usually Get Served at a Black-Tie Event: 9 New York Caterers Currently Offering At-Home Meals

  In times of uncertainty, we look to our communities more than ever for ideas, insight, and guidance. At PartySlate, we will continue to share inspiring events and beautiful ideas throughout this difficult time, all the while looking forward to rejoining our friends and family to celebrate our life’s milestones — and yours. Eating delicious cuisine just got a whole lot easier. While parties and milestone events remain postponed, 7 of New York City’s top caterers are offering their exclusive catering menus for pickup or delivery. At Wafels & Dinges, the team tells us how they are adapting to the ‘new normal’ by offering normally-catered meals to families. Shaivi, Director of Sukhadia Caterers, goes on to say, “The recent situation has pushed us to come up with creative ideas. We are doing all of this by staying safe, keeping our staff safe, and exercising as much caution as possible.” Meanwhile, President Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs also discovered new ways to assist the community with a Stay-At-Home Market offering the finest quality groceries. Some catering companies are even finding ways to bring their meals to those one front lines. Kayla Castellano, Senior Events Sales Manager of CxRA, tells us how their chefs are busy preparing meals for city healthcare workers. As one nurse says, “I am obsessed with everything you’ve given us . . . Food is so important and I am SO grateful for all of the vegetables and nutrition you are giving us, especially at a time when we’re all trying to stay healthy.” So whether you put on a cocktail dress for a virtual Zoom dinner party with friends — or don a...

Long Island butchers, fish markets and more pivot to delivery

Man cannot live on takeout alone and, at some point, even the most stove-averse Long Islanders are going to have to start cooking. The good news is that some big-time restaurant suppliers, in an effort to shore up their flagging business, are now delivering to regular folks. Many local food purveyors are ramping up or initiating takeout services so you don’t have to go to the market, and some enterprising restaurants and caterers are even getting into the grocery game. In general, these companies offer quicker and more dependable delivery than regular supermarkets whose stock must be ordered through Instacart. But they are all overburdened in this new age of takeout so be prepared to be patient. GENERAL GROCERIES Baldor Specialty Foods: You’ve been eating Baldor provisions for decades without knowing it: it is one of the Northeast’s largest wholesale importers and distributors of fresh produce and specialty foods, a staple supplier of fine restaurants and markets. Now Baldor is making its vast inventory of specialty food available directly to consumers. All the staples are here, as well as foie gras, fiddlehead ferns and beef cheeks and pretty much anything you have ever eaten. Free delivery to all of Long Island with a $250 minimum. More info: baldorfood.com The Chef’s Warehouse: One of the tristate region’s leading food service suppliers is now offering you 10-packs of frozen Neapolitan pizzas, 1-pound cans of jumbo lump crab meat, 5-liter tubs of gelato plus meats, produce, dairy and grocery items. Delivery takes up to four business days; trucks come to Long Island on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; free delivery for orders over...

Long Island caterer Elegant Affairs pivots to home delivery of groceries, heat-and serve meals

For Andrea Correale, “crisis mode doesn’t mean sitting around and crying.” The founder and president of Elegant Affairs Catering was watching her business evaporate as weddings, parties and corporate gatherings were first discouraged and then outright forbidden. And so she considered the two sides of her business, clients and suppliers, and came up with a plan to help both of them. Clients are staying home, she figured, and they need groceries for cooking, and family-style meals for when they can’t cook. Meanwhile, her food suppliers were no longer supplying restaurants. “I started to call my purveyors,” she said, “and I asked them to tell me what provisions they had that were not in huge gallon pails.” That was the genesis of Elegant Affairs’ “Grocery and Dinner Delivery” service, which launched three weeks ago. Over the course of 48 hours, Correale built a website that offers about 150 grocery items and homestyle dinners. She delivers all over Long Island. “Grocery to go” stocks about 150 items, from almond milk and apples to chicken breasts and Chips Ahoy cookies. There are garbage bags and Gatorade, romaine lettuce and rack of lamb, canned tuna and, yes, toilet paper. For now, there’s even hand sanitizer. (Wine, beer and liquor are also available, but, per state law, must accompany an order of prepared food.) She also noted that many clients were getting “tired of takeout. It’s a pain to arrange every day,” she said, “and a lot of people were looking for a meal that was healthier and homier.” That was the inspiration behind what she calls “the dining club”: Four days a week...

Take a Break from Take Out with Andrea Correale’s Dining Club

Andrea Correale, New York City and Hampton’s celebrity caterer created her “Tired of Take Out” dining service with Elegant Affairs Caterers. Although it’s important to support our community’s restaurants, sometimes we need a break and, importantly, an alternative. Correale’s service offers families and individuals the ability to order fresh meals and dishes from Elegant Affairs daily, through carry-out and delivery, with weekly and monthly subscriptions available with the service. In the past, Elegant Affairs Caterers assisted with FEMA disaster relief following Hurricane Sandy, setting up an onsite kitchen with food service. Correale’s dedication to serving and feeding the community continues with “Tired of Take Out,” offering various food carry-out and grocery delivery options. There are special Passover Seder (which includes kosher wine) and Easter menus. Weekly, on Friday, a menu is released with meals beneficial for your health like Lemon Oregano Spring Chicken and Spring Pea Orzo. For her services, there are discounts available for those 60+, catering to not only health but safety of those at high risk. Full Price Meals are $25 per person (minimum of 2 per order) plus tax and delivery fees. If you are looking to subscribe you can receive a discount of 10% off for one week, and 15% off for a one-month subscription. Elegant Affairs Caterers Grocery-to-Go and dinner menus are available through the website here. For a glimpse on the types of meals or inspiration for what to cook using the groceries-to-go, below are a few recipes from Andrea Correale:   Scrambled Egg & Veggies Muffin  1 dozen eggs ½ cup Green or Red Peppers (chopped, fresh, or frozen) ½ cup...

Eight Things Your Caterer Doesn’t Want You to Do During Your Wedding Food Tasting

Make your meeting efficient and successful by avoiding these bad habits. Your wedding food tasting is one of the most important to-dos on your pre-nuptial checklist—this is the time when you’ll choose the perfect menu for your cocktail hour and reception. While the tasting itself is a fun and exciting experience, professional wedding caterers say that there are a few things to know before heading to yours, including several essential things the pros don’t want their couples to do. To make sure you and your caterer are on the same page, and to ensure a smooth, efficient appointment, do your best to avoid the below. Related: Things Your Caterer Wished You Knew Don’t Invite Your Entire Wedding Party “Do not invite the world,” suggests wedding planner Andrea Correale, founder and CEO of Elegant Affairs. She suggests limiting your tasting to just the bride and groom—and maybe your parents—she says. Don’t Be Tardy “Don’t be late,” Correale says. It’s not just rude—it could also mean that you don’t get to have the full experience. “Be mindful that we often have other events and appointments scheduled,” which means if you show up an hour late to yours, your caterer might not be able to accommodate you because they have another client coming in later that day. Tastings should be two hours max, she adds. Don’t Forget to Inform Your Caterer About Any Food Allergies “If someone is attending the tasting that has any kind of food allergy or restriction you should let us know ahead of time,” Correale advises. Even if they won’t be attending the tasting, let your caterer know about food allergies they’ll need to...

Long Island Restaurants Offering Take Out or Delivery for Easter or Passover Meals

All dressed up with nowhere to go for Easter or Passover this year? Social distancing may mean that large family gatherings will be put on hold for Easter brunch and Passover seders this year, but Long Island families can still enjoy a delicious holiday meal from a variety of local restaurants at home. Restaurants are shifting gears for the spring holidays, offering contact-less options for Passover and Easter meals across Long Island. Order ahead and pick up outside or opt for a stoop delivery. Some establishments are even including gifts! For other family dining options when we’re back up and running, see our list of Long Island restaurants where kids can eat free; dining destinations that offer entertainment for kids; and with warmer weather coming, great places to dine outdoors with children. Off the Block Meats is offering a special holiday menu along with their traditional menu for pick-up or delivery.  Elegant Affairs — Glen Cove While they’re not kosher, Elegant Affairs has a vast Passover menu for your seder plate, including wine. As Seen on...

Where to order takeout Easter and Passover meals in NYC

Although restaurants remain shuttered and large gatherings are prohibited, Passover and Easter festivities are forging ahead. With help from local New York City restaurants, catering companies, and delicatessens, handmade holiday meals can be delivered to your doorstep, keeping family traditions alive from the safety of home. Ahead, find places for to-go Seder dinners and Easter brunch and baskets, from Eli’s Market to Economy Candy. Elegant Affairs NYC and Hamptons-based catering company Elegant Affairs is known for serving diners at high-end social events. Now the company, run by Andrea Correale, will bring its home-cooked catering options to your home for the holidays. The Passover feast-to-go menu includes a “Seder Plate” option for $40, as well as platters of appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts with enough portions for up to 20 people. As seen on...

Inside the Collapse of New York’s Catering Industry

Holly Sheppard of Fig & Pig Catering got her first cancellation on Monday, March 16. It was already too late. “We’d cooked 600 pounds of shepherd’s pie, 100 pounds of salad, and 18 quarts of dressing,” she recalls of the work already completed for a corporate client. “All this food, ready to go.” Understandably, much of New York City’s economic panic around the coronavirus has focused on the survival of the area’s restaurants, but there’s another segment of the hospitality industry that’s suffering — and with even less ability to pivot or offer other products. What happens to the city’s special-events caterers when there are no special events for the foreseeable future — no galas, no weddings? “We all had thriving 2020 businesses, and within seconds,” Sheppard says, “I had no weddings through May.” In some ways, folks planning events in April and May have it easy, caterers say. There’s no question their events are canceled. It’s the summer weddings and graduations that are more stressful, for both the caterers and the clients. “One of the issues that we’re seeing is that everybody’s trying to reschedule for September, which is difficult because there’s only so much you could do,” says Andrea Correale, the founder and president of Elegant Affairs. Surprisingly, she and several other caterers tell Grub Street they’re asking clients to hold tight to their June bookings. “We’re actually still planning full steam ahead — our June weddings, they’re not, as of yet, rescheduling. I think that there is this hope that this will pass and that we’ll be allowed to resume social gatherings hopefully by June 1,”...

Loves Healing Power Amid This Covid-19 Crisis

  Love certainly conquers all. Covid-19 has made a negative impact on our world however the intrinsic value of love has proved more powerful.   In an effort to support you during these uncertain times, we exchanged with 20-year veteran event planner Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers. Correale’s service is uniquely experienced in catering and event planning amidst past public health crisis. Here she shares some insightful advice for those looking to plan a special occasion event. Have you ever faced any challenges that we are currently facing where the public health was in jeopardy? When and what was it? “We have faced weather-related issues where the execution of weddings was uncertain but not health-related. I think this is a first for everyone. We have catered large public events for thousands of people where we were required to work extremely closely with the health department but nothing as vast as this.” What precautionary measures did you and your staff have to take to secure the health and safety of her staff, client and guests? “We began by sterilizing our kitchen and offices. We practiced work at home policies, where applicable, and all of the other practices recommended by government officials. An over-abundance of hand sanitizing stations for our staff is now required. Management is trained to ensure cleanliness and hygiene in a heightened way. It is our priority to keep our clients and their guests safe. We do not allow anyone to work who is experiencing any signs of a sore throat, cold, cough, chills, etc. etc.  We do not allow anyone to work who has a family member that is ill with...

Elegant Affairs Caterers Offers Home cooked Meal Delivery service For Tri-state Residents

    With most individuals’ shelves hopefully stocked with non-perishables and essentials, we’ve all noticed how barren the shelves full of poultry, meats and fish are barren. Thankfully in the tri-state, we can still access our favorite restaurants and support small businesses by ordering in meals. Local Long Island caterer, Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers is offering a solution for those looking for well-rounded, nutrient-rich and protein-packed dishes during this time.     Andrea recently announced her “Tired of Take Out” menu where families and individuals alike, in NYC and the Hamptons, can order fresh dishes from Elegant Affairs on daily with weekly and monthly subscriptions available. The menu is released each Friday for the following week and includes dishes like  Lemon Oregano Spring Chicken, Spring Pea Orzo, Kale Caesar salad and more. They are offering take-out and delivery options, providing discounts for those in the high-risk category of 60+. You can view this week’s menu HERE:     The full-day meals are priced at $25 per person (with a minimum of 4 per order) plus tax and delivery. Those looking to subscribe can receive a discount of 10% off for one week, and 15% off for a one-month subscription. As seen on...



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