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Event Venue: Easton's Beach Rotunda, Newport, RI

  • Posted on: 14 July 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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If you are looking for a Newport wedding venue with ocean views, then The Rotunda Ballroom at Easton's Beach may fit your vision. Located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, it is less than one mile east of Historic Bellevue Avenue and offers a ballroom like no other. With its outside wrap-around deck, the Ballroom provides truly spectacular ocean views. The ballroom is a symmetrical 12 sided room of about 5,000 square feet (approximately 75’ wide in most areas) with a seating capacity of 175 people.

Beach weddings are a popular choice for brides and grooms, and with a space like the Ballroom's, beach weddings are their specialty. This beautiful beach setting can accommodate evening weddings or special events from the last weekend of April through to the end of October. 

The perks of holding your ceremony at Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom are seemingly endless.

Check out these incredibly attractive offerings:
  • A beautiful wrap-around deck with sweeping ocean views
  • A beach-side ceremony
  • Complimentary arched wedding trellis, dining tables & chairs
  • Bridal changing area
  • Carousel rides during the first hour of your event (when functioning)
  • You may use your own insured caterer
  • You can use either a live band or a dj
  • Exclusive use of the Rotunda Building, including Ballroom, wrap around deck, private restrooms and lower Rotunda staging area for caterers
  • Ample free parking

Hiring your own insured caterer and live band or DJ means lots of flexibility to create the perfect vision of your event. 

In past years, B&M Catering has had the great honor to cater a number of beautiful weddings at Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom. Here are some we've found that were spotlighted online: 

You may learn more about Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom on WeddingWire. If you’d like to learn more about B&M’s catering menu, please don’t hesitate to contact us, and we will be happy to help you plan create your special event!

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Planning the Perfect Company Outing

  • Posted on: 2 July 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

Planning the perfect company outing is a great way to thank devoted employees for their day-to-day efforts and dedication. It can be viewed as a welcome break from the daily work routine, allows teams to build bonds, and feel appreciated. In order to free yourself up and enjoy the day of the outing, preparation and planning is key.

Today, we share a few helpful tips to guide you in planning a fun-filled day away for your staff.

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Plan in Advance

Advance planning can be six months out for some groups. Granting yourself this time enables you to address any special requests or suggestions your teammates might have (i.e., dietary requirements, easily accessed location, etc.). Be sure to give your team plenty of notice once the date is picked as this ensures no one is accidentally excluded or left in the dark. 

Pick Your Venue

As they say, "location, location, location"! If you want to secure an ideal location, your chances are better when you reserve it well in advance. Whichever venue you select, keep in mind that the atmosphere of that venue sets the mood. The chosen location should reflect the likes of your team members and meet any activity needs you have planned.

In addition, the venue can pick can play a significant role in how successfully the event agenda rolls out (i.e., space for activities, room for catering, etc.).

Select Your Caterer

When determining the menu, you'll want to consider any specific dietary needs of your team members. Whether they are vegetarian or have food allergies, working with a caterer that allows for customization is best and makes planning a breeze. Don’t forget to keep your budget in mind, and work with your caterer on dishes that everyone can enjoy! 

B & M Catering is happy to offer full-service catering for events like yours, and we are ready to customize a menu to meet everyone's needs.

Please contact us with your questions, as we are always happy to provide a quote and work with our customers!

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Gluten-Free? Vegetarian? Shellfish Allergies? Oh My!

  • Posted on: 1 July 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

Guests' requests have you stressed? Let us make it easy!

 

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Although B&M is a popular pick for Pig Roasts and Luaus, we also know that our customers can have some challenges regarding dietary restrictions, whether it's their own or their guests. 

 

With our wide array of menu selections for your event, you can easily provide a delicious option for your vegetarian aunt and your gluten-free bestie!

 

We make it possible to gather family and friends around a table filled with food that fits. In fact, to make it just a bit easier, we can happily substitute any of our vegetarian entrees for the entree items on your menu, and still include all your favorite side dishes!

 

Below is just a small sampling of our gluten-free options:

  •  Roasted Pig
  •  Steamed Clams & Mussels
  •  All of our Bean Dishes
  •  Corn on the Cob
  •  Potatoes
  •  Grilled Veggie Medley (cross over)
  •  Even all the BBQ sauces are gluten-free!

And for the vegetarian options, the list goes on, but here's a preview:

  •  Mushroom Napoleon
  •  Veggie Lasagna (served with Red Sauce) 
  •  Veggie Jambalaya
  •  Tex-Mex Vegetable Salad
  •  Baked Mac ‘N Cheese
  •  Red Bliss Potatoes with Onions
  •  Sweet & Spicy Thai Noodles

 

Wondering about the potential problem of a guest's shellfish allergy? No problem; we can cook the food separate from any shellfish, so there is no cross-contamination.

 

We weren't kidding when we said we could work with any request!

 

Ready to learn more?

Drop us a line and request a quote!

We are always happy to talk through any special dietary needs you may have for your celebration. Let's keep you AND your guests happy and well-fed!

 

And if you are craving something special before your big event, don't forget we offer online ordering and curbside pick-up too!

 

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Planning Your Catering Budget

  • Posted on: 22 June 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

Things to Consider When Planning Your Catering Budget

Whether it's a community celebration, a corporate outing, or your wedding, knowing your budget and planning your menu will be an essential element for your success. B&M Catering knows a thing or two about guiding customers through the necessary steps for successfully hosting a perfect event. Below are some things to consider that will support you in pulling together a budget-friendly and delicious gathering!

Things to Consider When Planning Your Catering Budget


Know your guests.

How many guests are you expecting?
Will children be attending?
Will your guests be satisfied with a self-serve buffet, or are they a sit-down dinner crowd?

We will help you figure out what kind of event service you can plan that will best suit your needs.
Our event guides will talk you through thinking about considerations such as the level of formality, the number of guests, and their expectations. With these areas figured out ahead of time, you can feel calm and in control on the actual day of your event.

Dietary requirements and special accommodations.

You'll want to know in advance if anybody has any particular requirements. If children are present, we can help you figure out a separate menu. As for specialized dietary needs, keep count of the vegans, vegetarians, and diet-restricted guests when planning your menu. All of these considerations may impact the time required to prepare special requests and, thus, your budget.

Do you need wait staff for your event?

Staff costs are an often-missed area of budget planning. You'll want to confirm with your caterer how many staff may be necessary and a picture of what those separate costs may look be. Labor and staff costs may affect your budget for full-service events, so a proactive approach is key to keeping your budget in line with your expectations.

Location, location, location.

Believe it or not, location can impact your catering budget! A remote venue may require additional catering set-up considerations. Venues that are catering friendly and convenient in location will likely be more budget-friendly. 

If you have a special event coming up, we invite you to look at our full-service catering menus online and contact us with your questions. We are always happy to provide a quote and work with our customers to meet their needs.

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Summer Fun & Catering FAQs for Property Managers

  • Posted on: 1 June 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

Summer is coming in hot, and we’re in the midst of our busiest season of the year – complete with beach weddings, graduation parties, and summer cookouts. 

 

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Planning an event for your community?

Today we’re covering some FAQs when it comes to catering memorable events for your residents!

 

Q: How far do you travel for full-service catering?


A: We travel all over New England and beyond for full-service catering. 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. Whether you have 20 residents or 100+, we can make it work for your group. 

 

Q: What are some theme ideas popular among apartment and condo complexes? 

A: Themed events are a great way to shake things up for your residents! In the past, we’ve done Hawaiian Luaus, Mexican Fiestas, “Little Italy,” and even Bingo & Brunch. Learn more about catering themes for your community here

 

Q: How far in advance would we need to book our event?
A: Availability varies by date and Saturdays are our busiest days, so the sooner the better. As soon as you have an event in the works for your community, give us a call so we can get started on crafting a menu! 

 

Q: How much should I order for my apartment complex?
A: It’s the worst when you don’t have enough food for your guests! Feel free to ask our opinion on ideal amounts. We’re happy to help.

 

Q: Do you provide paper goods or will we need to purchase them for our guests?
A: Yes! Our Full-Service menus include disposable plates, utensils, and condiments so you don’t have to worry about it. 

 

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

 

Q. Do you offer pick up or delivery to our complex? 

A: Yes, 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 complex within an hour's drive of our commissary.


What People are Saying…

 

I started working with B & M around 2013 for our larger events such as our Annual BBQ and Holiday Parties. From the start, their customer service has been top notch…They are always glad to suggest additional options and will review your order a week or so before the event to assure that we are all on the same page. With B& M, setting up an event is a breeze, the food is always amazing and the serving portions they send are really generous. I recommend B & M Catering for any size venue and for any occasion.  They are truly the best of the best in the catering world.” 

-Christeen R., Property Manager

 

I work with B & M 30-40 times a year to provide meals for our small staff meetings and larger events for our residents. B & M is always there for me when I need them. They provide menu recommendations based on my needs, are very reasonably priced and above all, are a pleasure to work with. Sometimes our meetings are put together with only a weeks’ notice, and the B & M staff always pulls through to accommodate my requests. I would highly recommend B & M Catering to any rental housing group looking for meals of any kind.”

-Emily C., Community Coordinator 

 

Whether catering tailgates before concerts and sporting events or providing meals to our clients during training seminars, B & M is always very dependable. We do lots of last-minute events, and when we call Brian and Mick it’s always nice to hear, no problem, we’ll be there. We know how busy they are, but they make it look easy. Naturally, the food is always good, but the behind-the-scenes dealings with confirmations and billing is always right on, as well.

-Rich P

 

 

Are you organizing an event for your residents or community? Reach out today to request a quote and start planning your menu!


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