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It's hard to believe we're about to kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving just weeks away. Since fall activities are wrapping up (AKA you get a break from being a chauffeur for a minute), why not give yourself another break as far as your hosting duties are concerned. Step out of your kitchen and into your dining room this holiday season, and actually spend time more time with your guests and less with your cookware by checking out one of Bergen County's catering options.
Professional chefs are ready, willing, and able to provide the feast of your dreams — from the first course to the last — giving your back your time and energy. Here are some top spots with mouthwatering catering menus, but be sure to place your orders before time quickly runs out. The best part? A number of the businesses below are Bergen Mama Insiders, which means you can save on a variety of their offerings by downloading the Bergen Mama Insider App to access 10 percent off B&M catering, 10 percent off Mimi's Cookies, and so much more.
Traditional Thanksgiving Catering
La Promenade in Tenafly offers up a traditional holiday menu with creative twists so you can enjoy a memorable meal. The menu features recipes like sweet potato & apple pancakes, corn souffle, slices smoked maple bourbon ham, and of course, heat & serve oven roasted turkeys — with the option to grab a seasoned one to cook yourself. Finish off your meal with a fall-themed dessert like pecan or apple crumb pie, or pumpkin cheesecake.
Maywood's Marketplace in Maywood boasts a seriously impressive selection of catering options that can be simplified for Thanksgiving with their “Two Tasty Options” curated menu, which includes a Traditional Roasted Turkey Dinner or Healthy Turkey Breast Dinner. You can also choose from their a la carte add-on menu with items such as Italian antipasto platter and cornbread stuffing to ensure you’re covering off on all the flavors.
B&M Food Market in Park Ridge is loved by so many in Bergen County, and their holiday menu confirms why. Choose from seasonal options such as pumpkin ravioli, brown butter and maple whipped sweet potato, and maple bourbon baked ham, or take advantage of their "In-Law Special," for a two-person taste of Thanksgiving that you bring to the parent's (or anyone's) house. You can also order dessert like coconut custard or pumpkin pie courtesy of A Little Cake bakery, also in Park Ridge. Plus, save 10 percent on catering through the Bergen Mama Insider app.
Abma's Farm in Wyckoff offers a fully customizable farm fresh Thanksgiving turkey dinner available for pickup or to shop in the store. Find traditional items like fresh turkey, stuffing, soup, quiche, and a variety of pies. If you're heading inside to shop, find special items such as babka, a coffee ring, blueberry pie, carrot cake, cranberry relish, and more. Just be sure to get your orders in by November 18.
Shortrounds Catering in Emerson wants to give you the traditional Thanksgiving feast of your dreams without you having to spend hours by the oven. Their packages can serve up to 12 people, and include turkey (with a carved option for a small fee), steamed veggies, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie. Grab some appetizers and additional sides like roasted butternut squash and sausage stuffing, or add on even more of their fresh-baked pies for an ultra-sweet ending to your holiday.
Peppercorn Events in River Vale offers Thanksgiving packages and a la carte options that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Along with roasted turkey, you can choose from sides like sage and chestnut stuffing, maple sriracha brussel sprouts, and cauliflower puree with spiced nuts, plus a Thanksgiving-friendly dessert. If you prefer a la carte, select from the same mouthwatering eats as the package menu, but warning, it may be hard to choose.
Italian-Inspired Thanksgiving Catering
Isabella’s Fine Foods and Catering in Closter offers up a full Italian-inspired catering menu that is made with only the freshest of ingredients. Locally adored, their vanilla bean whipped sweet potatoes are truly something special. Or, venture out of the traditional to add interest to your holiday meal, such as mushroom caps with prosciutto and cream or a fresh pasta dish like wild mushroom ravioli with fresh sage sauce. You can get half or full trays depending on your party size, then sit and enjoy.
Nonna’s Clementina in Closter has been serving up amazing Italian dishes and holiday platters for years, and their gorgeous antipasto and bruschetta platters will delight every holiday guest. They have a hot and cold buffet that features other dishes like meat & cheese lasagne, Italian-style meat loaf, and shrimp scampi. Soups and desserts are also on the menu, so you can start and end your meal on an equally tasty note. Their beautiful displays look almost too good to eat — almost.
Jerry’s Gourmet in Englewood offers up such variety you may want to carve out some extra time when you pick up your catering order to peruse their selection of wines and oils. We may not be traveling to Italy quite yet, but you can surely escape here for a bit
La Casa Formoso's two locations in Northvale and Harrington Park have a variety of Italian-inspired hot dishes for when you want a different type of Thanksgiving feast. Start with one of their antipasto trays — a curated option and totally customizable option — then get into their fresh pasta dishes with options like homemade mac & cheese or meat ravioli. Meat dishes include balsamic marinated chicken, stuffed filet mignon, and their classic meatballs. You can also find $20 off $200 in catering and more savings through the Bergen Mama Insider app.
Cafe Amici in Wyckoff is another catering spot for when you want to venture outside of the go-to turkey and potatoes plan. Look for decadent starter salads like the wheat berry and buffalo chicken cobb, add in a half or full tray of a meat dish with a base of chicken breast or veal, and choose your fresh pasta course with meals like penne a la vodka, spinach lasagna, and eggplant rollatini. Please the littles with chicken fingers and mac & cheese from the kids' menu, and end with a key lime pie, apple pie, and tiramisu.
Morano's Italian Gourmet Market in Ramsey puts a spin on the traditional turkey dinner with its Thanksgiving menu offerings. The dinner comes with sliced or oven-ready turkey breast up to 20 pounds plus gravy, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and stuffing, with other side dishes available such as roasted cauliflower, roasted carrots, and candied sweet potatoes. If you want to incorporate some Italian flair into your dinner, you can add pasta dishes or antipasto apps into your feast.
Other Thanksgiving Catering Options
Seafood Gourmet in Maywood specializes in creating beautiful platters of fresh seafood for every catering occasion, and is always a welcome food choice to compliment the heavier items typically served up on the holiday table. Seafood Gourmet offers specialty platters that can include shrimp, snow crab claws, and lobster tails to your liking, or pick from their fresh pasta specialties like meat ravioli marinara and penne with broccoli and garlic.
Alt Eats Cafe in Ho-Ho-Kus is a gluten-free, vegan, organic restaurant and catering company with a holiday menu that caters to dietary restrictions with ingredients so flavorful you'll forget its vegan. Dishes include zucchini latkes, eggplant parmesan, bowtie pasta with broccoli rabe and "sausage," and stuffed acorn squash. And be sure to leave room for dessert, as their pumpkin and pecan pies and chocolate mousse cupcakes are close to divine.
Pies & Quiches, now located in Saddle Brook, is a go-to for classic and unique pie flavors for all of your guests' preferences, each of which is fresh-baked daily. Grab some of their fruit pies including blueberry or their infamous apple crumb, or opt for chocolate-inspired pies such as the brownie pie and chocolate mousse pie. Be sure to call in your order early at this hot holiday spot.
Mimi's Cookies, the delicious cookie connoisseur in Waldwick, has a slew of Thanksgiving-themed cookie shapes so you can finish off your feast with a bang. Shapes include fall-colored leaves, turkeys, pumpkins, and cookie "pies." You can even grab Turkey-shaped paint-your-own cookies to keep the kids happy and entertained, and get ready for the rest of the winter holidays with Elf on the Shelf desserts. Want to save 10 percent? Grab Mimi's Cookie's offerings through the Bergen Mama Insider app.
Le Carre Cafe & Patisserie, a French bakery in Hillsdale, offers a catering menu that veers off the course of customary go-to Thanksgiving pies. To really wow them, grab the 40-piece macaron tower with authentic French macarons that can be customized to your preferences. Other sweet treats include a gluten-free black forest cake, strawberry shortcake, or Thanksgiving-favorites apple crumb pie and pumpkin pie.
Charcuterie Jersey, while based just outside of Bergen County, will go anywhere to make your charcuterie board visions a reality. In additional to their stunning boards for any time enjoyment, you can also order the Thanksgiving Turkey Board with an assortment of meats, cheeses, veggies, and nuts arranged to resemble to holiday-official bird. Charcuterie cones and cups are also available, and board sizes — including the sweet board — range from four to 16 servings, so your guests will be anything but board, we mean bored, while enjoying tasty bites. And Bergen Mama Insiders can save 10 percent on any board through the Insider app.
The Perfect Table NJ may not be the expert in the kitchen, but is the ultimate pro when it comes to helping you set up the perfect tablescape for turkey day. The event planning and styling company will work with you to create a beautiful table setting in your home, along with any additional decor or styling touches to make it a perfect setting for the holiday. Get 15 percent off through the Bergen Mama insider app.