The 8 Best Caterers in Boston
Boston may be known for its clam chowder and fish & chips, but its culinary variety runs even deeper than that. From the cannolis of Little Italy to the chow mein sandwiches of Chinatown, its cuisine has been heavily influenced by the waves of immigrants who have called this city home. If you’re planning on hosting an event in Boston, then choosing the right venue and caterer is a must. Start by browsing Peerspace to find a one-of-a-kind event space available to rent from a local host, then choose one of these caterers in Boston to serve a true New England feast!
1. Sample coastal cuisine from East Meets West
First, add some variety to your plate with a menu created by East Meets West, voted one of the best wedding caterers in Boston for several years running. They describe their food as a blend of “new with old, trend with tradition,” incorporating flavors from global cuisines into an eclectic fusion menu. In addition to weddings, they also cater for social and corporate events.
While they can provide stationary and passed hors d’oeuvres, as well as pick-up or drop-off catering, chef’s stations are their specialty. Choose from a slider station serving Korean beef short ribs and vegetarian chickpea sliders, or a raw oyster bar or taco bar. They also offer stations that serve risotto, mac and cheese, and gazpacho for a range of made-to-order dishes.
2. Have a New England clambake with Above and Beyond
Above and Beyond makes it easy to plan your event, with dozens of preset menus available to choose from for any kind of occasion. From bar mitzvahs to company BBQs, they already have a menu in mind for your guests. Choose a regional specialty such as a New England clambake, featuring lobsters, corn on the cob, and potato salad. Or, go for something more eclectic, such as a Cuban/French themed wedding, with stations serving seafood paella and duck confit.
They also offer specialty menus to accommodate your personal tastes or dietary restrictions, such as a vegan dinner party with sweet potato latkes and mushroom dumplings. Whichever menu you choose, Above and Beyond can also provide a licensed bar staff to serve drinks. It’s no surprise they’re among the best caterers in Boston.
3. Line up a caterer through the Peerspace Concierge
Sometimes lining up the right caterer can be a challenge, particularly if your venue has a list of preferred vendors or is outside the delivery range of your caterer. That’s why it makes sense to book your caterer and venue in one go; make sure that all of your vendors are on the same page and that your event space has everything your caterer needs to get the job done.
With Peerspace, you can easily add on a caterer and other event staff to any booking by calling up the Concierge service for a recommendation. Whether you’re having a wedding on a historic farm in Millis, MA, or a corporate lunch in a boardroom in the Back Bay, the Concierge can help you coordinate the logistics so you don’t have any surprises on the day of your event.
From choosing an event space with an on-site kitchen to renting additional furniture and A/V gear, you can count on the Concierge service to help you get it right!
4. Serve a farm-to-table feast by Capers Catering
Boston is surrounded by beautiful New England farms where you can host your event, so what better food to serve your guests than a local farm-to-table menu? Capers Catering is based out of Stoneham, but serves all of the New England area, with sustainably sourced ingredients and a zero-waste culinary philosophy. Expect fresh veggies, local meats, and homemade desserts.
They also offer a mobile cocktail bar in the form of a vintage VW bus that will look great at your outdoor wedding reception or backyard dinner party. Of course, you don’t have to leave the city to enjoy one of their farm-to-table menus. Check out some pictures from an event they catered in Boston, at one of the most colorful warehouse venues available to rent on Peerspace!
5. Enjoy authentic Mexican food with El Pelon
Boston isn’t known for its authentic Mexican cuisine, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find great burritos here. Among top Boston caterers, El Pelon has earned a reputation for doing it right, with catering options available for groups of 10 more. Whether you need catering trays for a corporate luncheon, or chips and guacamole for a Super Bowl party, you can easily place an order online or by phone. And don’t worry about dietary restrictions: El Pelon offers plenty of gluten-free and dairy-free options!
6. Dine on local ingredients with Forklift Catering
One of the premier local and sustainable caterers in Boston, Forklift offers seasonal menus for any occasion. From a corporate holiday party with a raw oyster bar and DIY lettuce wraps, to a summer plated dinner with mini lobster rolls and cured salmon, you’ll find a range of dishes to suit any diet, from vegan to pescatarian. One of the best things about Forklift is its color palette: not only is the food tasty, but it’s visually appealing, with seasonal colors that will fit right in with an outdoor wedding venue or tastefully decorated event space.
7. Savor a seafood buffet with Relish Catering
Relish Catering serves weddings, corporate events, and social gatherings, with a focus on New England dishes that are perfect for a seaside wedding or a birthday on the beach. You can have a classic seafood buffet with clam chowder and lobster, or enjoy a family-style dinner with crab cakes and bouillabaisse. While they can provide full-service catering for any event space, they also offer lighter options for pick-up or delivery, including salads and sandwiches.
8. Serve eye-catching appetizers by Season to Taste
Season to Taste offers full-service catering and casual drop-off service, featuring fresh ingredients sourced from local farms. From sustainable seafood to locally raised meats, you can enjoy gourmet dishes, such as stuffed quail, juniper-rubbed venison, and potatoes stuffed with wild-foraged mushroom. Best of all, your food can be paired with beautiful table settings and rustic wooden serving trays for an elegant, celebratory atmosphere.
Choosing a caterer in Boston starts with choosing the right venue — and that’s why browsing the listings on Peerspace is always a great place to start. Once you’ve decided whether to host your event in a formal dining hall or a historic Victorian mansion, you’ll know which of these caterers will be the right fit. And if you still need help choosing one, the Concierge service is available to help you coordinate with your vendors and work with your host to put together an event that you’ll be proud to invite your guests to!