Michael's Market is part deli, part restaurant, and part catering company. That means that sometimes customers visit one of its two locations to lunch on crabmeat salad on focaccia bread or chicken cordon bleu on a baguette, and sometimes they pop in just to pick up some fresh marinated meats. If patrons are hosting a morning meeting or a business lunch, they also can pick out a platter of stuffed finger sandwiches or pastries from the corporate menu so attendees won't start gnawing on their laptop power cords for sustenance. The catering menu is full of variety: chefs can prepare a platter of hand-rolled swedish meatballs, a tray of lasagna with house marinara, or a spread of seafood au gratin—baked shrimp, scallops, lobster, and shrimp pieces with cheese and Ritz Crackers crumbs.
At WICHIT, patrons can draw up blueprints for their own sandwiches or choose from signature house specialties. Served on a choice of eight types of bread, custom sandwiches include meats such as seasoned pulled pork and new york sirloin strip and are covered in fresh veggies such as dill pickles, caramelized onions, and avocado. On the other hand, unique hot and cold house specialties brim with venerated offerings, from the sushi-inspired spicy tuna-maki sandwich to the oven-fresh Stonemill with sirloin strip steak and roasted garlic aioli.
The professional caterers at Bentley's Famous BBQ Pig Roast & Lobstah Bakes travel throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, leaving the aromas of wood-smoked and steamed lobsters in their wake. They swoop in on events with steamers, table settings, and shuck buckets in hand?and while they usually prepare everything in advance, they also prepare entire spreads on-site. Such is the case with eight-hour whole pig roasts, where all the action revolves around an American-made smoker fittingly dubbed "The Green Monstah." Throughout the day, a traditional brined or Mojo Mojo-style whole pig?roasted in garlic, onions, and citrus?is slow-smoked and then carved fresh and paired with classic Southern sides. The smoker also churns out Bentley's signature barbecue, using applewood and hickory to smoke dry-rubbed beef, pork, and poultry. Alternatively, seafood is the focus of the lobster and clam bakes, which include spreads of steamed hard or soft-shell Maine lobsters and ale-steamed Ipswich clams alongside marinated meats.
Inside Cafe India?s kitchen, chefs fire up their clay ovens to cook tandoori chicken marinated in yogurt and spices and bake tender cubes of lamb lined up on skewers. The restaurant?s menu spotlights dishes from all over India, such as the coconut-accented South Indian curry, from the Kerala region, and the spicy, chili-flavored vindaloo, originated in the western region of Goa. The caf??s special vegetarian or non-vegetarian dinners for two feed duos, with entrees complemented with samosas, soups, fresh-baked naan, and basmati rice. Cocktails from the full bar wash down meals and bring out long-forgotten Bollywood dance routines as diners relax in the dining area, painted in warm hues of yellow, orange, and red.
For more than 40 years, the fearless team at Joseph's Catering, Deli & Wholesale has effortlessly taken on catering challenges for groups of up to 10,000 guests. With a menu that includes Italian-style deli platters, sandwiches, and entrees such as stuffed pasta shells and chicken cacciatore, the team efficiently keeps guests' stomachs from growling during company meetings or library camp outs. For daily meetings, company picnics, or holiday parties, the team also prepares dishes such as marinated barbecue steak tips or deli-style sandwiches with roast beef, roast turkey breast, or chicken salad with cranberries and walnuts.
Although the North End is thought of as the go-to for Italian food in Boston, it certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on authentic pastas, housemade sausages, and imported olive oils. Perched far from clamoring tourists on Main Street in Medford, Bob's Italian Foods—a 2012 Medford Patch Readers' Choice winner—has been dishing up and importing traditional Italian foods for more than 70 years. Under the guidance of the DiGiorgio family, its butchers craft their own italian hot, sweet, and fennel pork sausages each day and slice quality meats, such as Angus sirloin and new york strip steaks. The deli counter wraps up to-go foods ranging from eggplant parmigiano with meatballs to hefty prosciutto-and-provolone subs. Shoppers also wander down aisles filled with imported goods including virgin olive oils, Italian cheeses, and pastas shaped like spirals and lock-picks. In addition to equipping customers for their own lunches or dinners, Bob’s helps them feed guests during parties with catered buffets.