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This is What They're Sayin'

  • Posted on: 28 January 2013
  • By: Brian and Mick

The great thing about being a caterer is that we get to bring clambakes, barbecues, pig roasts and just about every other kind of menu all over New England.  

thank you

One week, we are in Boston, serving up fun and food to students at UMass Boston.  Another week, we might be in Worcester, bringing a corporate luncheon to a deserving work crew.  Often, in the summer, we can be found on the beaches of Cape Cod or Newport with our grills and steamers, creating a unique wedding atmosphere.

We get the nicest cards and letters from our customers.  Every once in a while, its nice to check in to some of the online sites like Yelp, Google, Wedding Wire and more to see what else folks are saying about us.   Here are some of the shout-outs we found on those sites:

 

Here's one from Yelp:

YelpB&M rocks!  We hired them for a budget wedding in Narragansett, and were amazed by how friendly and thoughtful the staff was, especially Tim.  We were also amazed by how many of our guests told us that it was, quote, "the best food I've ever had at a wedding,ever."  The lobsters were very easy to open, and the staff was sure to give us extra lobster tails.  The clam cakes were amazing. We would hire them again for other catered events in a heartbeat.  ....They exceeded all of our expectations.  These people are PHENOMENAL - particularly given their exceedingly reasonable pricing.   -Nicole C.  Boston, MA

Read more on Yelp

 

This one's from Wedding Wire:

wedding wire logoTim and Mickey from B&M Catering were wonderful to work with. We wanted something different for our wedding and chose B&M for our pig roast and bar services. The entire B&M team did a great job setting up the venue and making sure our guests were well fed. They even took care of assembling the Korean BBQ Sliders I had dropped off for cocktail hour. 

 EVERYONE loved the food and said it was the best pulled pork they have ever had. Tim even packed up all the leftovers at the end of the night for us. Thanks again for everything!   Elisa

Read more on Wedding WIre.

 

And one more from Google Reviews:

google reviewB & M Catering catered a party for 100 guests located in Providence at Waterfires. The food was amazing, everyone loved the steak tips, swordfish and chicken. John hosted the bar and Rosina assisted in absolutely every way possible. Together they made our event seamless and wonderful. Several people made it a point of asking how we had found them and commenting on the terrific food and service. We will ALWAYS refer our family and friends to them without hesitation. You really can't do better!    - Kalee

Read more on Google Places

 

We love our customers. Our number one goal, always, is to provide excellent food, friendly, competent staff and smiles all around.

With Gratitude,

Brian and Mickey


Comfort Food - Macaroni and Cheese

  • Posted on: 8 January 2013
  • By: Brian and Mick

 

Squishious, delicious in every bite

It goes down super-dee-duperly right.

Oodles of noodles. Cheese by the ton.

Mac and Cheese is number one!

 

Macaroni, Macaroni, Mac and Cheese

Three times daily, pretty please!

Macaroni, Macaroni, Mac and Cheese

We love Mac and Cheese.

- From Barney & Friends "Snack Time"

Macaroni and cheese is the ultimate comfort food.  Our friend, Bobby A., in the B&M kitchen, has got the recipe down to absolute perfection -  just the right amount of squishy to crispy and cheesey to noodley.

Try his recipe and let us know what you think:

 Ingredients:

1 lb elbow macaroni

2 qt. chicken stock

1/2 lb butter

Flour ( as needed )

2 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 lb sliced American cheese

Parsley and Paprika to taste.

 

Preheat oven to 350°.

 

Bring 4 quarts of water to boil in a large pot. 

Boil elbows until they tender ( about 8-10 minutes)

Rinse the elbows in cold water and set aside.

 

Bring 2 quarts of stock to boil.

 

While that is heating, melt the butter in a 2 qt. saucepan. 

Slowly add spoonfuls of the flour and mix well until you get a nice thick paste. ( In the restaurant world, this is called a "blonde roux".)

Once the "roux" becomes a nice, thick consistency, whisk it into to the boiling chicken stock.  Keep whisking until the stock thickens.  (the liquid must boil for this to thicken)

Remove the  from the heat and set aside.

 

In a large (5 qt) mixing bowl, mix together the macaroni and parmesan cheese.  Next, add the stock/roux mixture and mix very well.

 

Place the mixture into a 9" X 12" baking pan or casserole dish.

Layer American cheese across the top.

Sprinkle with parsley flakes and paprika.

 

Place the baking dish into a 350° preheated oven.

Bake until the American cheese browns and is bubbling. ( approximately 30-45 minutes)

 

Serves 6

Calories per serving - we're not telling....  


This recipe hs been posted as a part of our Thanksgiving Celebration.  

December Clambake to Travel Winner

  • Posted on: 31 December 2012
  • By: Brian and Mick

Congratulations to Theresa C. from Rhode Island !

 

She is the winner of this month's Clambake to Travel give-away.

Win a Clambake

Theresa's meal will include everything she needs to serve up a dinner of lobster, steamers, mussles, chourico and vegetables, including the reusable pot.  Once she adds water or beer and puts it on the stove, in about 20 minutes Theresa will have a ready-to-eat Traditional Old Fashioned Clambake.

You could become next month's winner.

Simply visit the "Win a Clambake" page to register.  Please, feel free to enter every month.

The more the merrier.                                                     Good Luck!

 

Facebook Fan of the Month !

  • Posted on: 31 December 2012
  • By: Brian and Mick

 

Congratulations to Liz C. from Plymouth, MA.

She is this month's winner of the Facebook Fan of the Month Beach Blanket.

Yellow Beach Blanket

Every month we choose a new Facebook Fan to enjoy a "The Fresh Lobster" Beach Blanket.

Whether you are enjoying your New England clambake on the Boston beaches or a barbecue in your own backyard, our B & M beach blanket is a colorful reminder of summertime fun.

You might even use it as a tablecloth for your indoor clambake or as a blanket while enjoying a tailgate.

Each month, names are randomly selected from among our Facebook friends.

 Feel free to Like us on Facebook  us!

 

The Messiness Factor

  • Posted on: 26 December 2012
  • By: Brian and Mick

Recently, a customer called us to find out more information about how B&M Catering handles a clambake wedding. Melissa thought that she would like to have a fun, informal clambake-style wedding.  Her concern, however, was whether the lobsters would end up making a big mess for everyone at the wedding.

This may actually be one of our most frequently asked questions.  Naturally, folks are concerned about the work and mess involved with cracking open lobsters while dressed in their nice outfits.  

No worries, here, though.

B&M Catering takes the messiness factor out of our clambakes.

First off, we always steam our lobsters.  

steaming lobsters

The secret to a successful clambake is in the steaming. We have found that steaming is less messy and safer than boiling. It cooks the lobsters more gently and that makes the meat more tender.   Steaming results in a lobster without all the extra water inside of its shell.

lobster

Then, our experienced clambake servers will crack and drain each and every lobster before placing it on the guest's plate.  

In this way, we can insure that every guest has a perfect lobster dinner, without having to wear it home.

But don't worry.  We'll still bring along the traditional lobster bibs !

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