Frequently Asked Questions

We have gathered some frequently asked questions and answers about B&M's catering options. If you can't find what you are looking for here, contact us and we will be sure to have an answer for you.

Full Service Catering | Wedding Catering | Pick Up and Delivery Catering | BBQ  |Clambake | Pig Roast and Luau | Bar Services | General Questions | Food Allergies |

 

Full Service Catering: 
Great Catered Clambakes, Barbecues, Pig Roasts and Luaus, cooked on site. All servers, equipment, paper products and condiments provided, and we even take the trash!

Q: How far do you travel?
A:
 We travel all over New England and beyond. Please feel free to email or call the office to have our menus sent out to your right away!

Q: Is there a minimum number of guests?
A:
 No. We cater to all different size groups. 

Q: Can we create our own menu, or do we need to pick from your menu only?
A: Feel free to mix and match to create your own menu and we will be more than happy to price it out for you!

Q: Can we supply some of our own food, such as desserts or appetizers?
A: 
Absolutely, feel free!  Just let us know what you are bringing so we can supply the needed plates, etc…

Q: Are you licensed and insured?
A:
 Yes. Certificates will be presented upon request. 

Q: How far in advance should we need to book?
A: 
Availability varies by date and Saturdays are our busiest days, so the sooner the better.   

Q: How much should I order?
A: 
Feel free to ask our opinion on amounts. We would be happy to help.

Q: Do you provide paper goods?
A:
 Our Full Service menus do include disposable plates, utensils and condiments.

Q: What happens to all the trash at the end of my party?  
A:
 When we cater Full Service Events, we bring the trash cans, liners and take all of the trash with us at the end of the event. We will leave the grounds cleaner than we found them.

Q: How will I know how much my catering package costs?
A: 
Since we travel so widely, our Full-Service Menus are listed without prices.  Once we know a location for your event (City/State), we will gladly forward menus with pricing.

View more info on full-service catering with B&M. 

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Wedding Catering: 
Whether you’re looking for a formal sitdown dinner with linens, fine china and glassware, or a casual feast with a more laidback atmosphere, B&M can help.

Q: Do you cater many weddings?
A: Absolutely, we actually cater several weddings every weekend!

Q: Can you recommend a wedding site/facility?
A: Check out our Links Page to see a few of the sites we work with frequently.  We can also send you a more extensive list, just ask!

Q: Do you provide tables and chairs?
A: We supply the buffet serving tables, not guest tables and chairs.  Check out our Links Page to see some vendors we often work with.

Q: Can you cut the cake for us, and is there a fee?
A: We would be happy to cut your cake and there is no fee.

Q: Do you have any pictures or references?
A: Yes. Check out our photo galleryour videos on YouTube, or our testimonials pages to see us in action and read what people are saying. Also check out the following review sites for more reviews:

Q: I have a couple of vegetarian guests.  Without designing a menu around them, do you have any good options?
A: You may substitute any of our vegetarian entrees for the entree items on your menu, and it will still include all side dishes. Please see our Sides, Services and Such Page.

View more information on B&M Wedding Catering.

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Pick Up and Delivery Catering:
Our menus range from good old fashioned home-cooked meals to a la carte offerings of pans and platters. They may be picked up hot or cold at our kitchens in Pawtucket, RI, or delivered to your door within an hour's drive of our commissary.

Q: Will the food be delivered Hot or Cold?
A:
 Any of our Pick up/Delivery items may be picked up or delivered, cold or hot, and can be re-heated in their own foil pans at your convenience.

Q: Does my menu include paper goods?
A:
 If you choose from one of our preset Pick Up/Delivery menus, yes, it will include disposable plates, utensils, serving utensils and even a red and white plastic table covering. 

If you choose from our a la carte menus, it does not include paper goods. They are, however, available at $.99 + tax per person. 

Q: How far away can food be delivered?
A:
 For hot items, we try to stay within an hour’s drive of our facility in Pawtucket.  Cold deliveries have no distance constraints.

View our pick-up and delivery menus.

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BBQ Questions:
B&M Catering's BBQ menus are available for every style and every budget. 

Q: Do you grill everything on site?
A
If you are having a full service event, YES. We will cook and grill everything on site! 

If you are having a drop-off buffet event, NO. We would do the cooking here at our commissary in Pawtucket and deliver the food to you hot and ready to eat!

Clambake Questions:
B&M Catering provices authentic clambakes with menus for every personal preference.

Q: What is a Clambake?
A:
 A clambake can be anything you’d like it to be.  Most often it includes lobster and steamers and is served with potatoes, corn and some type meat such as hot dogs or sausage.

Q: What time will you arrive?
A:
 For a clambake, we will arrive about 3 hours prior to the serve time. 

Q: What size lobsters do you use?
A:
 Our menus include 1.25 lb lobsters. If you would like bigger lobsters, please let us know and we can price out the difference for you. 

Q: How do you cook the lobsters? 
A:
 We DO NOT dig any holes in your yard. We bring a portable, above-ground pit and cook the lobsters right on site.

Q: On the menus it says Lobster or Center Cut Sirloin or….. What does that mean? 
A: 
Believe it or not, not everyone likes, or can eat, lobster (I know, we can’t believe it either)!  Because of this, we like to give you/your guests options.  Those choices can be substituted for lobster on our clambake menus, you would just need to let us know 2 weeks prior to your event what the final breakdown would be.

Q: Will you bring crackers for the lobsters?
A: 
Yes and No. As your guests come through the serve line, our staff will crack the lobsters for them. Though, we always have a couple lobster crackers just in case the buggers are extra hard. 

View our clambake menus.

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Pig Roast and Luau Questions:

Your friends will know the situation is serious when our smoker arrives on the scene.

Q: How early do you arrive?
A: 
Our crew will arrive about 6 hours prior to the serving time to roast the pig.

Q: Can you come out to roast just the pig?
A: 
Unfortunately we don’t come out to roast just the pig. We do, however, have a pretty basic pig roast menu that might suit your needs.

Q: Can we mix and match the menus?
A:
 Absolutely. Feel free to mix and match to create your own menu and we will be happy to price it out for you. 

Q: How do you cook your pig?
A:
 We have custom built, covered cookers, that allow us to cook in any weather.

View our pig roast and luau menus.

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General Questions:

We have been providing Clambakes, Pig Roasts, Barbecues and Bar Services for thirty years. We also offer more traditional luncheon, dinner and wedding menus, ship clambakes nationally, and provide a variety of other services.

Q: How far do you travel?
A: 
We travel all over New England and beyond. Please feel free to email or call the office to have our menus set out to your right away!

Q: Is there a minimum number of guests?
A:
 No. We cater to all different size groups. We even have Baby Buffet menus geared to groups of a dozen or so. 

Q: Can we create our own menu, or do we need to pick from your menu only?
A: 
Feel free to mix and match to create your own menu and we will be more than happy to price it out for you!

Q: Can we supply some of our own food, such as desserts or appetizers?
A: Absolutely, feel free!  Just let us know what you are bringing so we can supply the needed plates, etc…

Q: Are you licensed and insured?
A: Yes. Certificates will be presented upon request. 

Q: How far in advance should we need to book?
A:
 Availability varies by date and Saturdays are our busiest days, so the sooner the better.   

Q: How much should I order?
A: 
Feel free to ask our opinion on amounts. We would be happy to help.

Q: Do you provide paper goods?
A: 
Our Full-Service and most of our Pick up/Delivery menus do include disposable plates, utensils and condiments. If you order from the A La Carte menus of our Pick Up/Delivery menus, paper goods are not included.

Q: What happens to all the trash at the end of my party? 
A: 
When we cater Full Service Events, we bring the trash cans, liners and take all of the trash with us at the end of the event. We will leave the grounds cleaner than we found them.

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Bar Tending Services:
Whether for a wedding, reunion, corporate event or neighborhood get-together, we'll be there. Offering open bars, cash bars, flexible packages, liquor liability insurance, champagne toasts, glassware rentals and more, B&M allows you to choose the level of service that best fits your needs and your budget. 

Q: Can you supply just a bartender?
A: 
Unfortunately we cannot supply just a bartender. We do however have a BYOB package that might suit your needs. 

Q: Can we supply our own alcohol?
A: Yes. Please see our BYOB Package 

Q: Is there a kid’s option?
A: 
Yes. We have a 4-hour open children’s bar available @ $5.99 + tax per child.

Q: Can the bar last longer than 4 hours?
A: Yes. We do have 5 hour bar packages. We can provide pricing upon request.

Q: Can we do an open bar during the cocktail hour and a cash bar for the remainder of the night?
A: Yes, town permitting. We can provide pricing upon request. 

Q: Will your bartenders check IDs?
A: YES!  Our bartenders will under no circumstances serve anyone under the age of 21, no exceptions.

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Food Allergies:

Q: Does my menu contain gluten?
A: With gluten sensitivity on the rise, we get this question A LOT.  Luckily, a majority of our menu is gluten free.  Please feel free to ask us prior to your event and we can put together a list of what is or isn’t gluten free on your menu. 

Some of the basics on our menu that DO NOT contain gluten:

- BBQ Sauce including mesquite

- Mojo for chicken

- All of our bean dishes

- Butter

- Corn on the Cob

- Potatoes

- Grilled Veggie Medley

- Roasted Pig and accompanying sauces

- Hamburgers & Hot Dogs….just don’t eat the bun

- Steamed Clams & Mussels

 

Some of the basics that DO contain gluten:

- Cornbread (sorry, we know it's good but you can’t have it without paying the price)

- Chowder (we can make this gluten free upon request)

- Clamcakes

- Coconut Shrimp

- Chicken & Lemongrass/Japanese Potstickers

- Anything else that begins with a C (just kidding!)

Q: Someone in my group has a shellfish allergy, can you work around that request?
A: No problem, we can cook the food separate from any shellfish so there is no cross contamination.

 

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