Catering for a big outdoor party?

barbecue ribs buffetSarah emails:

I was wondering if your readers could help with this: I'm looking into catering companies for a graduation party in July and want to know which ones have provided excellent service, great food- a great value. I'll need food for 150 people- preferably BBQ style, pig roast even, tents, table and chairs. Price isn't too big an issue- but I'm not looking to drop money like its a wedding. Thanks for the help!

It sounds like Sarah realizes this isn't necessarily going to be cheap -- feeding 150 people almost never is. But we hear what she's saying about not wanting to go over the top like some people might for a wedding.

So, got a suggestion for Sarah? Please share!

Comments

I think Rolf's (Lexington Ave., Albs.) does stuff like that.

I have used the Old Daily Inn Catering Company -they were excellent and it sounds exactly like what you are looking.

We've got to mention Dinosaur BBQ, Smokey Bones and maybe the Pig Pit BBQ on the north end of 787.

I had friends use Dinosaur to cater their wedding something like 50 miles out of town.

Depends what part of the area you're located in, but Georgia Ray's in Hudson is great food at a great price.

A quick Google of "Pig Roasts Albany, NY" brought up lots of local options. But it also led me to a similar question asked by the a reader of the TU: http://blog.timesunion.com/tablehopping/2095/who-caters-pig-roasts/

This list might help.

Our company uses Millers BBQ in Esperance, and they have traveled for us to Troy and Saratoga and Caroga Lake... excellent, food made on the premise so it is hot and fresh, and the price is very reasonable.

What about having the Capital Q food truck come to your party. Adds a fun element, and their food is awesome. They also do more traditional catering as well.

I have no personal experience using Nighthawk Kitchen as a caterer, but my experiences with Christian Noe and his staff at the Troy farmer's market would make them my first choice to look into, if I were in your situation.

Check out Black Diamond Caterers in Saratoga. (I assume you're in Albany, but for this size event the extra 30 minutes in transit time shouldn't be a deciding factor.) They are very meat-centric and the pig would be right up their alley.

They also now have a retail store, Park Side Eatery, which is a very pleasant place to grab a bite and take it to the park. So you can sample their offerings while you decide.

McGreiveys - I've heard good things about them - http://www.mcgreiveys.com/pdf/bbqmenu.pdf

Thank you for all the suggestions! This helps a ton.

I went to an outdoor party catered by Dinosaur BBQ, and thought it was fantastic. Set-up was quick and professional and they used some specialized containers in their truck to transport food from Troy to Niskayuna. Everything was fresh and the perfect temperature. I also liked that there was a reasonable amount of choices at the party. A few meats and a few sides went a long way.

I highly recommend JB's BBQ. He caters a whiffle ball tournament I play in every year, and it's amazing. Complete with a whole pig roast.

https://www.facebook.com/VennMemorialField/photos/a.293553804048189.65166.277612958975607/684937114909854/?type=1&theater

If it's not catered by Brooks BBQ, I'm not coming! The rest are just pretenders.

I work with someone who owns a BBQ catering business, and he's catered a work-picnic last spring. It was delicious!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Barbecue-Delights-Catering/231013636948150

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Here's the list of entries for this year's AOA Startup Grant

Crowd voting for two spots in the final of this year's AOA Startup Grant contest starts this Wednesday. So let's have a look at the... (more)

J.D. McPherson at The Hangar

Singer/songwriter J.D. McPherson is set to play two shows at The Hangar in Troy, September 24 and September 25. Tickets are on sale now --... (more)

The Irish Alps

Over at NYT, Michael Malone revisits "The Irish Alps" a collection of resorts around East Durham in northern Greene County that were once a popular... (more)

Sarah and Brianna's apartment on the park

Sarah and Brianna's apartment is in an "old Albany" building, perfectly situated on Washington Park. But while the architecture and details throughout the apartment are... (more)

Albany History Race 2016

The Albany Public Library's Albany History Race returns September 24 and this year's event is focused on historic buildings. Blurbage: Anyone interested in Albany's storied... (more)

Recent Comments

... I think a competition would really help to open everyone's eyes to the real potential of the site. Too much time has been spent with typical, antiquated ideas. Let design professionals with new ideas have a crack at the site and you'll be amazed at it's potential.

How to move forward at 1 Monument Square?

...has 5 comments, most recently from JayK

Adapting to the Madison Ave Road Diet

...has 16 comments, most recently from JayK

Morning Blend for Aug 29

...has 1 comment, most recently from Tim Raab

Get started hiking the High Peaks (Part II)

...has 4 comments, most recently from Ed

Today's moment of yarn

...has 3 comments, most recently from JulieA