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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. 


apartment community catering options for property managers


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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Willing to Listen

  • Posted on: 25 May 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick


We love our wedding couples.  

Here's a recent review we received on The Knot from Alisa

"Flavorable, Budget Friendly, Professional, Don't Hesitate!!!

They were AMAZING! We were unable to have a tasting due to Covid, so we were a bit nervous, but our venue recommended them and we had heard good things.

They were more than willing to listen to and work with our budget and go with the food we wanted.

They also worked with us on table cloths and everyone working for them was so personable! (I constantly am craving that pulled pork and mac and cheese since the wedding) The buffet style went so well and they wouldn't even let us walk because of my dress and brought the food to us!

They were just all so sweet and professional, they answered all questions for us throughout, and made sure to stay in contact.

We could not be any happier and would not hesitate choosing them again for an event.

We were so happy!!!"


This family and their guests enjoyed a custom menu of BBQ chicken, pulled pork, macaroni & cheese, cornbread, and salad.

The wedding was held last month at the beautiful Arrowhead Acres venue. Arrowhead Acres is a sprawling country casual venue for weddings, banquets, and group outings, with a choice of indoor and outdoor sites to suit your needs. Whether your event is formal or recreational, indoor or outdoor, you'll find just the right combination of facilities and amenities for your special event. 

Are you planning your wedding?  You must have a lot of questions, we are happy to guide you.

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BBQ Meal Planning for Memorial Day Celebrations!

  • Posted on: 6 May 2021
  • By: Brian and Mick

Memorial Day barbecue and catering

The tried and true tradition of Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer season is in our sights! Families and friends join together and usher in the welcomed, warmer months with fresh off the grill foods like burgers and hot dogs. But, with a few helpful tips, you can prepare some options that will leave your guests impressed! 

BBQ Entrées!

Deciding on your main entrée is always first in line, and an essential component of your BBQ as side dishes are often determined by the entrée! If you’re unsure how to prepare something EXTRA tasty, then consider calling in a catering company that can prepare the food for you (B&M has some incredible BBQ options!). If you feel ambitious and ready to grill, ribs with a smoky sauce or chicken wings wrapped with bacon can serve as some great entrée options!

An Unexpected Appetizer!

A yummy fruit lime salsa is a light dish that guests can enjoy before the main meal. Serve it up with tortilla chips or thin slices of cucumber for an even healthier option. Refreshing salads with kale or lettuce, watermelon cubes, or other fruits are another great option too! 

Side Dishes!

Side dishes are the winning factor in taking your Memorial Day BBQ to the next level. You can mix it up with offerings like roasted sweet potatoes or BBQ sides like baked beans with small pieces of grilled bacon mixed in.  (Hint: If you have vegetarians in your circle, place the bacon bits on the side, and make sure to purchase vegetarian baked beans). Want to kick up your corn on the cob by a notch? Grill it and offer a peach glaze!

Don’t Forget Dessert!

No celebration is complete without a sweet treat! Want to make it a bit patriotic? Vanilla ice cream with red and blue sprinkles! And if you are having your BBQ catered, B&M offers dessert options to round out a perfect catered gathering!

We invite you to 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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National Apple Pie Day

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

apple pie and New England catering

On May 13th, America’s favorite dessert, apple pie, is observed annually as National Apple Pie Day! We thought it would be fun to share a little history of how apple pie made its way into our hearts and stomachs!

 In 1381, the very first apple pie recipe was printed in England. Ingredients listed officially included: good apples, good spices, figs, raisins, pears, saffron, and cofyn (a pastry crust casing).

Classic Dutch apple pie recipes date back to the middle ages, but Americans have long waxed poetic about how apple pie is classically American. A little-known fact, the phrase “as American as apple pie” has existed for more than 100 years!

World War II soldiers were often quoted as saying they were fighting “for Mom and apple pie.” And in 1970, even advertisers hopped on the apple pie ban wagon, using the patriotic connection with a commercial jingle “Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.”

Observe #NationalApplePieDay!

 You can observe National Apple Pie Day in lots of delicious ways! Share your favorite recipe with others online (use the #NationalApplePieDay on social media!) or whip one up at home. Baking, not your thing? B&M Catering is happy to help you celebrate with our Apple Crisp version offered as part of our curbside catering dessert options! 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this delightful lesson on the history of apple pie! As always, if you have any questions regarding our full-service catering, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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