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Which Catering Services to Use During the Next Party

By Jessica Green | September 28, 2015 | Food & Drink

Amy up your celebration with a meal prepared by local caterers.


Garces Events lets hosts choose menus from any of the Garces Group’s restaurants, like elevated pub fare from Village Whiskey.

From the cuisine to the small details (like utensils, serving dishes, and bartenders), Auletto makes hosting a party easy. For a buffet-style event, hosts can order items like veal Parmesan, shrimp scampi, and a variety of salads. For a smaller guest list, catering platters like an international cheese tray or antipasti platter will easily serve up to 40 people. Special menus for barbecues, tailgates, and luncheons are also available. 1849 Cooper St., Almonesson, NJ, 856-227-3800

Di Bruno Bros.
Host a cocktail party in Di Bruno’s private space in Rittenhouse Square (bonus: it’s BYOB), or have them deliver to you. Known for its meats and cheeses, Di Bruno’s catering menu is full of platters, plus Italian dishes like eggplant meatballs, Chianti-braised short ribs, and lump crab cakes. 1730 Chestnut St., 215-665-9220

Garces Events
Whether you are planning an event at one of Garces’s many venues—think Academy of Music, Cira Centre, and the Kimmel Center—or hosting in your home or private space, Garces Catering offers guests the option to select the cuisine from one of the Iron Chef’s restaurants. Menu options like crab croquettes and dayboat scallops from JG Domestic or duck fat fries and sliders from Village Whiskey make party planning easy—and delicious. 2401 Walnut St., 215-302-3531

The Global Dish
Best known for his homey American plates at South Street restaurant Supper, Mitch Prensky also runs a catering offshoot with his wife, Jennifer London Prensky. What started as preparing small dinner parties for friends turned into a full-service company with creative bites like crispy basil leaves stuffed with lump crab and fresh tomato coulis, bacon-wrapped saddle of rabbit, and apple blackberry cobbler with buttermilk ice cream. The Global Dish excels in hosting restaurantstyle events in private homes and venues surrounding the area. 613 S. Seventh St., 215-592-9944

Guestcounts Hospitality
Better known as Brûlée Catering (which is also the team behind Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Old City), this full-service catering company is led by famed chef Jean-Marie Lacroix. Serving over 3,000 events per year, Brûlée has worked with many of the area’s best venues, including the Please Touch Museum, Dilworth Park, and the National Constitution Center. Expect menus full of grilled filets, seared ahi tuna tacos, and a white chocolate budino for dessert. 1406 S. Front St., 215-923-6000

This New Jersey–based catering company began as a meat shop before expanding to Rastelli Market Fresh, a family-owned business serving New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. An expansive catering menu offers options like chopped salads, crostinis, and brick-oven pizzas—even sushi trays and whole roasted beef tenderloin. 710 Rte. 73 S., Marlton, NJ, 856-334-8074; 1276 Clements Bridge Road, Deptford, NJ, 856-853-0178

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