Deavila's crafts breakfasts with glamor. An Old Hollywood theme pervades the menu, which starts off mornings with red-carpet-worthy skillets, pancakes, and benedicts. Even the most classic dishes are subject to inventive reboots: corned beef hash might incorporate linguica, while omelets are filled with pesto and grape tomatoes. Classic recipes are the specialty, though, for which brunch seekers are grateful.
Since 1954, Cozy Caterers has set table for special events with crudités, entrees, desserts, and other delicacies. Executive chef Christine Todaro custom-designs menu items for each wedding, business lunch, or party to celebrate graduations or successfully contested parking tickets, crafting spreads such as custom pizzas, stilton cheese and hazelnut dip, and miniature coconut macaroons to suit every palate and theme. Cozy Caterers also dips into full-blown party planning upon request, coordinating with favorite local vendors to find entertainment and decorations to fit all manner of fetes.
Pauly Penta's Gourmet Italian Deli feeds hordes of hungry houseguests with a fresh menu of soups, sandwiches, grilled specialties, and bakery items forged with signature ingredient combinations and filler-free meats. Chefs adorn individual meals, party platters, and public sculptures with Boar's Head deli meats and natural, additive-free flavor. Italian-style cold-cut platters ($70) provide 15–20 couch referees with artfully arranged game-day fuel, and 12-inch stuffed calzones keep cheese hidden in warm, flaky crust ($40+). Chicken parmesan ($65) and baked penne ($50) simmer in 13"x9" entree platters, and stuffed mushrooms ($18.50/dozen) help to keep stomachs from interrupting broadcasts.
BBQ ink chef Tom Morais draws from 15 years of experience to cater meals centered around regional styles of barbecue. He rubs Texas-style brisket with black pepper, braises Memphis-style spare ribs, and marinates pork belly in cider brine before smoking the meat over apple and wood chips. He can even roast a whole pig for a memorable dinner. Sides such as jalapeño-bacon-cheddar cornbread or stuffed, smoked clams round out meals.
The bakers at The Café at A Perfect Taste assemble tempting homemade confections baked fresh daily. Separate kitchens for meat and dairy produce 100% kosher creations, as well as vegan and gluten-free bites. Scratch-made sugary morsels such as cupcakes ($2.99) and savory or sweet pies ($6.99–$12.99) fashion cakey crusts into mouth-friendly Euclidean forms. Slurpable soups ($3.99/12 oz.; $6.99/32 oz.) pair with potato-packed assortments of homemade knish ($3.50) in an arranged marriage of liquid and solid sustenance. Polish off a snack with a steaming coffee ($1.25/small; $1.75/large) or grab a handful of sticky, sweet caramel popcorn ($3.99).
For more than 50 years, Lambert's Rainbow Fruit has filled pantries with the vibrant oranges, greens, and reds of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now owned by a third-generation of the Lambert family, the store sells New York-style deli sandwiches and soups along with its groceries. Their on-site garden center also offers flowers and plants as fresh as Lambert's produce to fill homes with cheerful blossoms and life-sustaining oxygen.