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National Picnic Day

  • Posted on: 8 April 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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National Picnic Day is April 23rd, and there is no better way to celebrate the warmer days that are arriving than by packing up a lunch and taking it outdoors! 

Are you wondering about the origin of the traditional picnic?

The word picnic derives from the French word piquenique and means to eat a meal outdoors. This tradition hearkens back to mid-18th-century al fresco French dining when all that was required was a bottle of wine, a loaf of warm bread, fruit with assorted cheeses, and tada!....a party under the open sky!

 For the U.S. version, picnics can take shape as outdoor barbecues or pack a lunch and go gatherings!

Either way, picnics are informal gatherings intended to join friends and family together, relax and indulge in some delicious dishes while soaking in the sun (or nighttime sky!). 

 Choice picnic foods to consider may be the traditional sandwiches and cold salad options, but you can kick it up a notch with items like BBQ chicken and pulled pork too!

The possibilities are endless.

And if you want a quick but impressive New England flair to your outside celebration, consider a B&M Catering Clambake

 Once you have the food selections narrowed down, scout out a favorite park or recreation area in advance and be ready to let your friends and family know April 23rd is the day to celebrate! Bring blankets and chairs, target park areas with both a bit of sun and shade, and enjoy the day with a meal under the sky. And don’t forget a layer or two to wear for the New England weather that likes to keep us on our toes! 

 Check out both our full-service catering menus online and our curbside menus for delicious options for any outdoor (or indoor!) celebration.

 

Contact us with your questions, as we are always happy to provide a quote and work with our customers to meet their needs!

 

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Serving Up Family Meals for Easter

  • Posted on: 30 March 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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Looking for a delicious - and EASY - way to round out your Easter Sunday celebrations?

Here are a few of our customers' favorite family meals to consider. Our family meals will be packaged up just for you and ready to be reheated in your kitchen:

The Chicken & Pig BBQ includes:

  • Freshly roasted pork
  • BBQ pulled pork
  • BBQ chicken
  • Cowboy beans
  • Homemade applesauce
  • Coles slaw
  • Our famous cornbread and butter

Our Land and Sea Family Meal:

  • Chicken piccata
  • Garlic shrimp
  • Rice pilaf
  • Cherry bomb salad with raspberry vinaigrette
  • Italian green beans with roasted red peppers & garlic (served cold)
  • Our famous cornbread and butter
  • Yummy chocolate brownies 

The Hill:

  • Italian meatballs
  • Chicken parmesan
  • Sweet Italian sausage
  • Pasta & red sauce
  • Garden salad with Italian dressing
  • Italian bread & butter
  • Chocolate brownies

BBQ Combo Dinner:

  • BBQ steak tips
  • Teriyaki chicken breast
  • BBQ pulled pork
  • BBQ babyback ribs
  • Red bliss potato salad
  • Our famous cornbread and butter

Clambake:

  • Lobster
  • Steamers
  • Mussels
  • Chourico
  • Corn on the cob
  • Red bliss potatoes & onions

The clambake is packed in rock weed in a reusable pot. Simply add water or beer (we like to save the beer to drink), put it on the stove top and about 45-60 minutes later, you're a bake master!

 

Check out all of the available entrees, sides and desserts available for your holiday feast.  Order 48 hours ahead of time and pick up at our Pawtucket, RI location.

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Go Green & Celebrate National Spinach Day!

  • Posted on: 23 March 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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With Spring officially sprung, it’s time to start thinking about all things green, and that includes spinach!

 

On March 26th each year, this leafy green veggie is celebrated with National Spinach Day.

 

Packed with health benefits, spinach is an excellent source of iron, calcium, folic acid, fiber, protein, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K. It is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants and is believed to help improve cardiovascular and gastrointestinal health too!

 

Talk about healthy; no wonder spinach is honored with its very own day!

 

The history of this healthy veggie is impressive. Spinach grows natively in central and southwestern Asia. It is thought to have originated in ancient Persia, where it was then carried into India and then later introduced into ancient China. There it was known as “Persian vegetable.”  

 

Spinach even has royalty in its backstory. During her reign as queen of France, Catherine de Medici enjoyed spinach so much; it was served at every meal. To this day, dishes made with spinach are known as “Florentine,” reflecting Catherine’s birth in Florence. 

 

If you are looking for some fun ways to serve up spinach to celebrate, consider a tasty spinach dip, a spinach pizza, or even add some of this green goodness to your scrambled eggs as you start your day!

 

Not in the mood to whip up your own spinach dish? Consider ordering one of our delicious mixed green salads from our curbside menu and celebrate National Spinach Day the healthy way!

 

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Illuminate! Ways to Light Up Any Event

  • Posted on: 18 March 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

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With warmer days just around the corner (we swear they are!), it’s fun to think about outdoor gatherings and events that no longer require crafty ways to keep guests toasty. Instead, we thought it would be smart to share a few ways to light the night while entertaining guests in the upcoming warmer, welcoming weather. These ideas go from day to night effortlessly and can be used for various gatherings, from an outdoor wedding to a simple celebration of friendship and family.

 

Paper Lanterns: For an inexpensive, playful bit of lighting, decorate your outdoor space with paper lanterns. They come in various sizes and shapes, and it only takes a few to create a soft glow. These are super easy to assemble and look beautiful when hung from tree branches.

 

Candles: Candles add a soft glow to nearly any area inside or out. They are incredibly versatile with endless arrangement possibilities. Have a dark corner of your patio that is difficult to illuminate, candles to the rescue. You may use them on tables, as centerpieces, in lanterns, or to light a walkway. With safety in mind, remember that battery-powered candles have the same appeal but can eliminate any worry over open flames.

 

String Lights: These soft, twinkling lights offer a glow that can be strung around trees, wrapped around railings, border edges, and strung across open spaces. The bonus is these are relatively inexpensive and can be bought in large quantities without breaking your budget.

 

Now that you have the lighting covered for your event, what about the food? Check out 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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4 Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

  • Posted on: 24 February 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

4 Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day (Plus How to Pre-Order Your Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner) 

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner – and you may be already getting in the spirit with “Kiss Me I’m Irish” tee shirts, green décor and plans to attend South Boston’s iconic St. Paddy’s Day Parade. 

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Our team at B & M Catering is also preparing our special Corned Beef & Cabbage menu for the big day. In honor of this beloved Irish holiday, today on the blog we’re sharing four fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day! 

  1. The Man Behind the Holiday 

So who is St. Patrick, anyway? Turns out, he’s a patron saint of Ireland, who died on March 17th, the day we celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.  According to popular belief, he was actually born in Roman Britain, and kidnapped as a teenager where he was taken to Ireland. 

  1. The Luck of the Four-Leaf Clover

Four-leaf clovers have long been a symbol of good luck and fortune. Turns out, finding one may be even more difficult than you thought. According to Live Science, most clovers have three leaves, and the ones with four leaves (or more) are the result of a very rare genetic mutation. 

While luck may not be on your side finding one, in 2018 a young girl broke the Guinness World Record for the most four-leaf clovers collected in one hour when she spotted a whopping 166!

  1. Pour Me Another Guinness! 

A dark Irish stout, Guinness is typically the go-to brew of choice on St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, according to IrishCentral, roughly 13 million pints of Guinness were expected to be consumed worldwide last St. Patrick’s Day. That’s a whole lot of  “Irish Champagne!” 

  1. The Perfect Irish meal 

If you’ve ever eaten at an Irish restaurant or gone to an Irish friend’s house for the holiday, you’ve likely enjoyed a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner – which is actually an Irish-American tradition. Typically pink in color due to its curing process, corned beef is made from a cut of brisket and usually served with cabbage and potatoes.

 

Order your Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner today.  

Includes: Fresh Corned Beef Brisket - Tender Cabbage - Boiled Potatoes - Turnips - Carrots - Onions - Irish Soda Bread with Butter.

Pick up at our kitchen in Pawtucket. 

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