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Baltimore MD 21210
410-323-3656
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Follow our simple rules of thumb when planning these four essential components of your menu, and you'll be on your way to "winning" your holiday feast!

 

STARTERS

Because we eat first with our eyes, design a spread of hors d’oeuvres that features a variety of colors, textures, and flavors. 

The average person will consume about eight hors d’oeuvres—or, if dinner is also being served, about five. Avoid dreaded chaos in the kitchen by sourcing items that can be served cold or—better yet—at room temperature. Pressed for time? An impressive platter from Eddie’s cuts down prep work, allowing you to maximize your time with your guests. 

 

Our caterers recommend: 

Wow your guests, whet their appetites, and keep 'em out of the kitchen with Baby Lamb Chops with chimichurri sauce, a Poached Salmon Display, golden-baked Brie en Croute topped with raspberry sauce, and an epic charcuterie board.

 

 

SIDES

An eyecatching array of delectable sides brings a visual excitement to the table, dazzling the senses. 

To cover your bases, be sure to include at least one vegetable, one stuffing, and one potato dish to support the entrée, and remember that light accompaniments such as Butternut Squash Bisque or Field Greens Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette do more than just add to the meal—they bring desirable textures to the palate. 

 

Our caterers recommend: 

For every tried-and-true crowd favorite like Garlic Red Skin Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts, add a pinch of whimsy—you can’t go wrong with Cauliflower Pilaf, Maryland Crab Soup, Seasoned Sauerkraut, or Chestnut Stuffing. 

 

 

MAIN COURSE

Holiday entertaining can be a high-wattage production, so be sure to cast a show-stopping entrée in the lead—like a standing rib roast, whole smoked turkey, or majestic crown roast of lamb.

When choosing a whole turkey, plan on at least one to one-and-a-quarter pound of meat per person. If you enjoy having leftovers (and who doesn’t), size up just a bit more. At Hillside Farms in Thurmont, MD (where our turkeys our raised) founder Ross Smith says he prefers "a good old roast turkey sandwich" when the big meal is done. Check out our favorite recipes inspired by Thanksgiving leftovers: Colossal Turkey SandwichTurkey and Andouille Gumbo, and Thanksgiving Street Tacos.

 

Our caterers recommend:

The robust, smoky flavor of Whole Smoked Turkey from Hillside Farms makes for a great conversation starter—and they're spectacularly succulent at any temperature, hot or cold! As another alternative, our events coordinator, Amy, suggests grilling your bird

 

 

DESSERT

If variety is the spice of life, it’s an essential ingredient of your dessert menu—aim for sweets in a variety of sizes and flavors (at least three), to help your guests feel guilt-free with their “polite helping” of cookies, cake, and confections. 

 

Our caterers recommend: 

Real talk: After a successful holiday meal, there is no such thing as “room for dessert.” That being said, there’s also no such thing as “too full” when it comes to Pecan Pie, European Apple Cake, and White Chocolate Pumpkin Cheesecake—or expand your variety with a dessert tray from our Bakery Menu

 

Now that the meal is planned, how do you seat your table? Read our tips. Find more inspiration for your feast on our Holiday pages.