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"Lucky" Foods to Ring In The New Year

  • Posted on: 17 December 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

With 2020 just about out the door and 2021 happily preparing to ring its way in, we figured it couldn’t hurt to know what foods may bring a little luck.


Today we are sharing some delicious ways to happily usher in a fresh new year!


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Pass the Pork

Did you know many people consider pork to be one of the luckiest foods to eat on New Year’s Day? They represent prosperity and symbolize progress thanks to the way they “root forward” with their noses. So welcome some lucky pork into your New Year’s Day, whether it is pulled or roasted; we have you covered!


The Legendary Lentil

This well-known tradition of eating legumes is most prevalent in Italy and Brazil. These coin-shaped legumes represent luck with money and date back to Roman times. It is a tradition that carries on in many families to this very day.


Cake for the Win

This Greek tradition involves indulging in a special lemon-flavored called a “vasilopita” and is baked with a coin inside! The tradition goes, whoever finds the coin also has good luck for the year. We may not be able to provide the coin, but we have the cake part covered with Jimmy’s Famous Lemon Cake!


Go Green

Along with standard new year’s resolutions for getting healthy (and staying healthy!), adding greens into the mix for your New Year’s lucky day celebrations is another tradition. These green leafy vegetables, thought to resemble money, have found their way onto the list of must-have foods for any New Year’s Day. These greens can be kale, collard, or your favorite salad selection from our curbside menu


Let’s welcome 2021 with any of these delicious options and bring a little luck into the new year for ourselves and each other. Check out our full-service catering menus online and contact us with your questions!

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Iconic Holiday Foods - What's the Story?

  • Posted on: 10 December 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

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Holidays are nearly here, and our attention can't help but turn to our traditional food favorites. But how exactly did some of these seasonal celebratory delights arrive in our holiday spreads? We thought it would be fun to share the origins behind a few of our favorite (and not so favorite) holiday foods!



The first known recipe of the sweet treat dates back to Greece in 2400 BCE. The recipe was remixed through many cultures and eventually made its way to England. It is here where Queen Elizabeth was credited with the idea of decorating them! 



Poor fruitcakes have been the punchline to every Christmas joke and held in low regard. Their reputations were tarnished by the idea of a cake stuffed with candied fruits, nuts, and spices. But the fruitcake has a tale to tell! This much-maligned dish was likely whipped up in the Middle Ages when dried fruits and nuts were expensive. Due to the price of ingredients and the effort to make the dessert, it's assumed December was felt to be the season most worthy of its making. 



If you haven't had the joy of indulging in a tray of delicious Latkes, you don't know what you've been missing! The original latke was simply a cheese pancake, with an eventual transition to potato. Potato latkes gained popularity in the 1800s, all thanks to the inexpensive planting of potatoes in Eastern Europe. With all other crops failing, potatoes became an easy option, and there was no turning back. Latkes are now whipped up not only to celebrate Hanukkah but Christmas too!


Ready to focus on all the yummies above and let us handle your holiday dinner? Check out our full-service catering menus online and contact us with your questions!

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Holiday Party Planning - 2020 Style

  • Posted on: 26 November 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

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With winter holiday festivities just around the corner and the spirit of the season quickly approaching, we have some ideas to help you plan your cozy festive gatherings.

  • Private Cocktail Party: As long as social distancing continues, keeping a healthy distance seems to be our norm, meaning invite-only events with limited attendees is the way to go! However, that doesn't mean it can't be just a festive and fun as your usual gathering. Think about setting up a cocktail bar with unique winter-kissed cocktail recipes while allowing your guests can help themselves. Spruce up the table with some delicious appetizers (B&M has so many to choose from!) and let the yule-tide spirit begin! 
  • Contactless Cookie Exchange: Invite your friends for a contactless cookie exchange party! Want to switch it up a bit for a real "winter feel"? Choose an outdoor spot where you can cozy up with blankets or outdoor heaters so you may exchange safely. Nothing says happiness like a bag full of cookies. (Not sure you up for the baking part? Don't forget you can order sugar cookies from B&M!).
  • Christmas Movie Night: Gathering together indoors can still work with a small group as long as you can allow for ample space. Make a list of tried and true seasonal movies such as Home Alone or Elf and pop-up some popcorn offered in individual servings to make the movie night complete. 
  • Gift A Toy: Feel like sharing the joy? Think about donating unwrapped new toys to charitable institutions in your community. Filling your heart with happiness and the spirit of the season is an easy win when donating to kids in need. 

From cocktail parties to Christmas movie nights, whichever idea you choose, you can be sure the holiday memories will last forever.  

Want to order up some special dishes for your Holiday gathering? Check out our full-service catering menus online and contact us with your questions!

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Love Comfort Food? 3 Heartwarming Menus We’re Loving this Season

  • Posted on: 24 November 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

Do you love bundling up on a cold winter’s eve with a hearty bowl of soup and Netflix?

Do baked casseroles like Mac & Cheese, Lasagna and Ziti make your heart sing?

If comfort food is your go-to, we’ve got you covered with three crave-worthy menus that’ll warm your heart (and dazzle your taste buds). 

  1.  Fall Feast

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Why We love It: It’s jam-packed with this season’s finest – from Butternut Squash Bisque to Cider Braised Pork Shoulder. We’re hanging on to autumn as long as we can! 

Perfect for: Rustic Barn Weddings, Cozy Family Gatherings, Holiday Parties


  1.  B & M’s Unabridged Barbecue 

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Why We Love it: Babyback Ribs meets Mac N’ Cheese…need we say more? Top it all off with a slice o’ Apple Crisp (with whipped cream). Swoon! 

Perfect for: Backyard BBQ Weddings, Tailgate Parties, Reunions 


  1.  Little Italy 

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Why We Love It: An Italian Lover’s feast! No one will leave hungry. Plus it’s vegetarian-friendly, with options like Eggplant Parm and Ziti with Marinara. 

Perfect for: Birthday Parties, Staff Luncheons, Holiday Gatherings


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Celebrating Thanksgiving: Three Ways to Destress

  • Posted on: 10 November 2020
  • By: Brian and Mick

Thanksgiving this year may look a little different, but it is still a perfect time to give thanks and connect with close family and friends.

The traditions of previous years may be altered, but you can still enjoy this season of gratitude. 

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We are happy to share some suggestions to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving alive and thriving: 


  • Free Yourself from the Kitchen: If you’re looking to focus your energy on fully connecting with the small circle of family around the table, try ordering out for your full Thanksgiving feast. B&M offers two excellent full Thanksgiving meal options that will keep you free from the kitchen and allow the normal “is the turkey overdone” stress to wither away. Want to still make your own turkey, but not feeling the side dish prep? Ordering all your family’s favorite traditional dishes is another stress-free option that allows you to focus on the true spirit of Thanksgiving.  
  • Scaling Back: No doubt, most guest lists are going to look a little shorter this year. Consider this a perfect opportunity to think outside the box with your Thanksgiving menu. Although the traditional turkey day feast can be ready to roll thanks to B&M, this year can be a time to dial in your menu and make things cozier. Cooking up drumsticks or a turkey breast instead of a full bird can help you scale back and keep things simple by adding a few delicious and different sides like bacon-wrapped scallops or stuffed mushrooms.
  • Give Back to Those in Need: Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude for what you have and for those around you, but it can act as a time to give back to others too. With 2020 being a hard hit for so many in our communities, donating to organizations that support those without can be extremely powerful. Know of a specific family in need this Thanksgiving that you would like to help? You can donate a B&M Gift Card. The spirit of Thanksgiving is one that has expanded in meaning thanks to 2020, and supporting others is a great way to make peace with a stressful year.

Ready to let B&M make your Thanksgiving just a bit easier? Check out our full online Thanksgiving catering menu and have us do all the cooking or perhaps just a side dish or two? 

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