December is a big month for traveling and one of the top destinations in the United States for year-end getaways is Florida. While cold weather blankets most of the country, The Sunshine State is a warm, welcoming wonderland. With thousands of activities and attractions, it is easy to see why many families migrate to this southern peninsula. Some of the biggest draws are Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Epcot, the Kennedy Space Center, and Legoland, but these are only a few of the fun attractions and events the state offers.
With 9 Buca di Beppo restaurants throughout the state of Florida, there is a Buca to greet you after every one of your adventures or to fuel you up before you head out for your next one. Visit us in Ft. Myers before a wildlife cruise, after you’ve built up an appetite shopping at Coconut Point, or take a few Buca entrees to make a picnic and watch the Christmas boat parade. Tour Tallahassee on a Segway, then join us for dinner before you head to the symphony or to watch the Tallahassee Ballet perform The Nutcracker. Enjoy outdoor ice skating at Winter in the Park in Orlando’s Central Park West Meadow then rent one of the city’s bright orange Juice bicycles, or if you’re worn out from all those fancy ice skating spins, take a pedicab to dinner. Our Naples location is the perfect place to “carb up” before participating in a Reindeer Run, or to relax after visiting the zoo and botanical gardens. Check out the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey and then race each other on go-karts in Maitland. After all that activity you’re sure to have built up an appetite. Catch a game at EverBank Field or Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. Whether your team wins or loses, Buca is the perfect place to rehash the game’s top plays. After a day spent in Coral Springs’ museum but before a night out at the theatre, enjoy a shared plate of pasta with your sweetheart. Be bowled over by color at the Flamingo Gardens and Butterfly Pavilion in Davie then enjoy our restaurant’s colorful scenery. Discuss all you learned at Boynton Beach’s nature center and wildlife refuge over drinks at our fully stocked bar.
Florida is full of adventures and whether your day’s itinerary includes theme parks, strolling on the beach, golfing, or tours, Buca is the perfect answer for “What’s for dinner?” Come to one of our 9 Florida locations, where our family style meals will always satisfy your hungry crowd. During your Florida travels, come see your Buca family and tell us about your “fun in the sun” adventures.
Add Buca di Beppo Catering to Your Christmas List
Christmas is coming! Out of town guests are visiting, offices are celebrating, and children are performing. Don’t forget the parades, tree-lighting ceremonies, religious celebrations, and holiday markets. Whew! It’s a whirlwind! While the Yuletide season brings lots of warm gatherings with family and friends, it doesn’t bring any extra time to your busy schedule. Rather than spending your precious time and energy organizing menus and gathering ingredients, let Buca di Beppo take care of one or several of your holiday meals so you can spend more time celebrating.
Are you planning on making one big holiday meal but have no idea what to do for the other days your guests are visiting? Chose a few of our delicious entrees and make an informal buffet while you and your guests share stories and play games. Do you want to try something new for your Christmas meal this year? Try mixing in a few Buca classics with your family’s traditional dishes to give your meal an Italian flair. Are you looking for an alternative to another office pot luck? Create a Christmas lunch spread for you and your coworkers featuring your favorite Buca selections. Are you hosting a cocktail party or your holiday book club? Our hors d’oeuvres and appetizers will complement your signature holiday drinks and our desserts pair perfectly with coffee and book talk. Whatever event you have on your agenda, Buca di Beppo can help you to make it even more special this year.
Whether you’re feeding a dozen people or a hundred, no gathering is too big or too small for us to cater. From starters and salads to main courses and desserts, let us provide your Christmas gatherings with our delicious Italian specialties so you can focus on your family and friends. Are you concerned about specific dietary needs? No worries, we offer vegetarian, vegan, low fat, and gluten-free to accommodate everyone at your event. Place an order by giving us a call or filling out our online order form. We can work with you to create the catering package that works for you and your event. We have lots of great suggestions for working with budgets, suggestions regarding delivery or pick-up, and can answer any question about catering that you may have. We even provide you with plastic plates, utensils, and napkins with every order so you don’t need to worry about dirty dishes or remembering additional items to bring to events outside your home. We love helping you enjoy your holidays by doing what we do best: preparing mouth-watering family-style Italian dishes for your celebrations.
This Christmas, spend your time enjoying every event in your jam-packed calendar and leave the cooking to us. With special holiday hours: Christmas Eve 11 a.m. – 9 P.M and Christmas Day 11 A.M. – 10 P.M. we can help you feed everyone everyday this month. Whether you’re planning a Christmas dinner at home, a meal for your staff, or any other gathering this season, let Buca di Beppo cater it so you can spend more time enjoying it!
Planning Memorable Farewell and Retirement Parties for Special Employees
Throughout the years at a company, employees will leave who you want to celebrate before they move on. Whether the employee is retiring or moving to a new city, a party is a great way to show them how much they meant to you, their fellow employees, and the company. By taking the time to celebrate the employee’s past accomplishments as well as their future endeavors, you not only show respect for the honoree but the rest of your staff as well.
Invite the guest of honor’s work colleagues, family, and friends. Also consider inviting outside vendors and associates in other departments who the honoree had close relationships with. Send invitations to the guests several weeks before the party and reach out to anyone who may be interested in making a short speech highlighting the honoree’s accomplishments. You may want to organize these speeches chronologically from their first day at the company through their most recent positions and achievements.
Plan a loose outline of the event with speeches at the beginning of the party. Decorate the area you will be holding the festivities with a theme to represent the honoree’s next phase in life. A hobby theme such as golf, fishing, or sports is great for a retiree and a travel theme highlighting the new city your honoree will be moving to is a fun idea for a farewell party. A powerpoint presentation or rotating display of photographs playing throughout the party will make the honoree feel special and spark conversations.
A thoughtful touch to give the honoree a way to remember the day would be to place a blank book on a nearby table where each guest can write something about the guest of honor. Have someone take photographs of the party and then add them to the book before presenting the special piece of memorabilia to your honoree.
Decide on a menu and where the food will be set up during the party. If you are celebrating in the office, you may want to have all the food in the break room or set up a buffet area. If you are hosting the party at an outside venue, make your reservations as soon as you have an idea as to how many people may be attending. We love parties and would love to provide your event with everyone’s favorite Italian dishes. Whether you are looking to have your party catered or celebrate in our dining and banquet rooms, we will supply everything you need. Plastic plates, utensils, and napkins are included with every catering order and our warm, attentive staff will take care of your party’s every need when you visit us. Food and celebrations go hand in hand so let Buca di Beppo help you and your staff celebrate that special someone who has worked hard and will be missed. We would love to be invited to your party, so give us a call today and we can start planning together.
Caring for Your Out of Town Guests This Thanksgiving
Holidays mean out of town guests, which can lead to a lot of logistics surrounding who is staying where. Whether it is your grandchildren, friends, or third cousins, if your situation permits, you may be opening up your home to guests this Thanksgiving. A little advanced planning will help you and your house guests feel the most comfortable. Discuss daily plans and sleeping arrangements with them before they arrive so they will know what to expect during their visit.
If your guests are arriving to your home on their own and have not visited you before, email and text your address and phone number a few days beforehand. If you are picking up your guests, be sure to have their travel itinerary (with train / flight numbers) a few days before their arrival.
Be sure your guests’ bed is outfitted with freshly laundered sheets and pillowcases, and a nice pillow or two. A bedside light for reading will make a room feel more welcoming and a small vase with flowers is a nice touch. Store extra blankets in the closet and make a space for your guests to hang some of their clothes or consider purchasing a garment rack. If you have a dresser in your guest bedroom, clear a drawer or two so your guests aren’t living entirely out of their suitcases. You may want to consider a leaving a short list with information such as your wi-fi password, household quirks (the shower handles are backward) and rules (no smoking. don’t let the cat out.) If they will be coming and going from your home without you, provide them with a spare key so they can lock up when they leave and aren’t relying on you to let them in.
Stock your guest bathroom with plenty of clean towels, toilet paper, and shower necessities. A basket filled with small-sized toiletries is often appreciated by guests who may have forgotten something.
Stock your refrigerator with beverages and your pantry with snacks. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on your kitchen counter and make things easy to find, such as a basket with granola bars for the early risers. Put coffee cups by the coffee maker as well as setting out some plates, bowls, and utensils.
Check your local websites, newspaper and magazines for upcoming events and leave these in your guests’ room so they can browse them as well. Decide ahead of time what each day will entail in regards to outings and entertainment. You may be interested in doing everything together for their entire stay or you may be otherwise occupied and want your guests to have all the information necessary to plan their own outing.
A major point that needs consideration for you and your guests is food. An easy solution to this necessary part of your plan is to bring your guests to Buca di Beppo. Whether you are looking for a great place to gather when your hungry guests arrive after their travels, a meeting place for everyone after their Black Friday shopping, or a delicious traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, Buca di Beppo will make you and your guests feel right at home.
How to Perfectly Carve Your Turkey
Thanksgiving tables will be full of sweet potatoes, pies, and casseroles, but the star of the Thanksgiving meal is the turkey. Anyone can tell you they look forward to seeing the beautiful bird, but they are more excited to taste the final results.
So after you’ve selected the perfect turkey for your Thanksgiving meal and prepared it exactly as you wanted, how do you get your delicious (stuffed / brined / fried) bird onto your guests’ plates? Even the most experienced chef is sometimes flustered when it comes to the final steps of Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few pointers to guide you through carving your Thanksgiving turkey as neat and orderly as possible.
- Be sure to have a carving board and platter, a carving fork, and a sharp knife.
- Remove the string tying the legs together. Do this carefully to avoid splattering any juices.
- Position the turkey breast side up, legs facing away from you, on the cutting board.
Legs / Drumsticks:
- Pull a leg away from the bird until the ball joint pops out of socket at the hip, separating the leg and thigh from the bird. Use a knife to cut through the joint and pull the leg away from the body of the bird.
- Place the leg on the cutting board, cut between the drumstick bone and the thigh bone, removing the drumsticks.
- Hold a drumstick vertically on the cutting board and cut straight down along the bone, rotating until all the meat is removed.
- Slice this meat at an angle and arrange on the platter.
- Repeat for the other drumstick.
- Lay a thigh skin-side down on your cutting board. From end to end, cut along each side of the bone.
- Cut this meat at an angle and place it on your platter.
- Repeat for the other thigh.
- Pull each wing away from the body to see the attachment point.
- Insert the tip of your knife between the wing’s ball joint and socket, then cut through the joint.
- Repeat for the other wing
- Make a long, thin cut down the center of the breast on the breastbone. Position your knife on one side of the breastbone and slice downward, staying as close to the bone as possible.
- Use your other hand to pull the breast meat away from the ribcage and cut along the bottom of the breast to completely remove it from the ribcage.
- Slice the breast meat against the grain, keeping the skin attached. Transfer these pieces to your platter.
- Repeat for the other breast.
Here at Buca di Beppo we send you and your family warm wishes for a wonderful day. We are thankful that you allow us to be a part of your lives throughout the year and hope that your Thanksgiving is filled with friends, family, and the most delicious turkey your guests have ever eaten. Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
How to Host a Perfect Holiday Party
The end of the calendar year brings lots of holidays and celebrations. Hosting the perfect holiday party requires some pre-planning and a festive outlook. First, you need to decide when you want to have your party. Choose a date that works for key guests. Everyone is very busy at this time of year and it is inevitable that someone will be unable to attend. You can’t accommodate everyone’s schedules so focus on a few that are absolutely vital to your gathering. Next, send out your invitations. Whether you choose online or traditional paper invitations isn’t as important as the fact that you actually send them out. They allow your guests a reference point as the party approaches to verify times, address, and attire, also the RSVPs will determine your menu planning.
If you will be hosting your holiday party at your home, you can begin preparing your space a few days before the event. Clean your house, rearrange your furniture, and establish an area for guests’ coats. You may want to make a playlist featuring a mix of holiday classics and current favorites. Prepare your powder room with extra hand towels, tissues, and a scented candle. Begin emptying your ice maker basket into clean plastic bags and storing in your freezer or designate someone to pick up a few bags from the store immediately before the party begins.
The day of your party you can set up your beverage area. Don’t try to offer every spirit and spend your whole evening playing bartender. Have a signature drink for your guests such as a sparkling punch. This paired with beer, wine, bottled water, and sodas will accommodate everyone’s drink wishes. Have nuts placed throughout the party area and set out plates, silverware, napkins, and glasses near where your food will be. Also have serving bowls, platters, and serving utensils ready for your dishes and anything your guests bring. Just before your guests are set to arrive: light your candles, dim your lights, and put on some music.
Offer appetizers to hold your guests over before the meal is ready. Serving a meal buffet style generally works best and is most comfortable for guests. If you aren’t sure what sort of a menu you should have, let Buca di Beppo help. Our half and full Party Pans and Celebration Packages offer everything you need; from salads and appetizers, to entrees and desserts.
If you want to have a holiday party but your place is too small or the thought of having everyone in your home stresses you out, host your event at a favorite venue. Buca di Beppo’s dining and banquet rooms are a perfect gathering place for your holiday party. You and your guests will enjoy delicious Italian specialties and receive attentive service from our knowledgeable and friendly staff.
Start a New Tradition This Thanksgiving: Let Buca di Beppo Cater Your Meal
The fourth Thursday in November is cherished as a day for gathering with your family and friends. Too often the joy of this day is overshadowed by the pressure to cook a massive meal for your guests. While some people love being in the kitchen, making an elaborate meal, some people dread the idea. Maybe you don’t have the space for more than one chef in your kitchen. Maybe you don’t want multiple well-meaning guests asking you where your mixers or utensils are. Maybe you don’t want your mother-in-law constantly inquiring about the status of the turkey and offering her suggestions of how she would have done it differently. Maybe you simply want to spend more time with your guests. Whatever your reason, it’s no wonder that thoughts about Thanksgiving meals can cause a lot of stress. The traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings requires a lot of time, energy, and organization beforehand as well as on the day of celebration. The combination of planning your menu, purchasing ingredients, prepping casseroles, the logistics of cooking multiple dishes at varying temperatures, the pressure to perfectly present an ideal bird, and the endless cleanup, add up and become enormously time consuming. Even if you try the “pot luck” option and everyone agrees to bring a dish, that calls for organization, planning, and preparation by a hostess as well as each person individually.
This year vow to give yourself more time to spend with your family and friends by letting us take the work out of your Thanksgiving meal. From starters and salads to main courses and desserts, Buca di Beppo will provide delicious Italian specialties for your Thanksgiving so you can focus on entertaining your guests. We can even accommodate every guests’ specific dietary needs, from vegetarian, vegan, low fat, to gluten-free.
Check out our menu and place your order by giving us a call or filling out our online order form. We can even help you plan the perfect menu to feed your family and friends. Whether you’re feeding a dozen people or a hundred, no gathering is too big or too small.
After considering the time, effort, and expense spent preparing a giant meal for your guests, the budget-friendly options at Buca di Beppo make more sense. Why be stressed or exhausted? You should enjoying your day with your guests, not sweating and stressing about the details of your Thanksgiving meal. Start a new tradition this year with a family feast from Buca di Beppo. Everyone will love our delicious food and no one will need to run around town looking for an ingredient, bump into a fellow chef in a hot kitchen, or wake up before sunrise to start cooking. Let us take care of your Thanksgiving meal this year so that you can put the focus where it should be….on your family and friends.
Start a New Tradition: Holiday Banquets at Buca
One of the highlights of the holiday season is all the great gatherings of family and friends. But sometimes these events get stressful when logistics of seating and serving arise. You might all be trying to figure out whose house is big enough to host your group or what everyone will eat. Don’t try to fit the extended family around a tiny table or worry about having enough food. Come to Buca di Beppo for a festive evening with us in one of our semi-private dining rooms. Our whimsically decorated rooms paired with our authentic, chef-prepared Italian cuisine, served by a wonderful wait staff allows everyone space to mingle with no one stuck in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. Buca takes care of everything so you can focus on quality time with your family and friends.
Don’t forget to think beyond your usual gatherings and consider starting a new tradition. What about hosting a banquet after a big day of shopping? Everyone can shop ’til they drop on Black Friday, then meet at Buca, because who wants to cook after chasing down all those great deals!? What about a special holiday meeting of your book club or workout group? It’s always fun to mix it up a bit and see people in a new surrounding. Come fuel up before an evening of caroling or before caravanning out to view the holiday light displays. Everyone loves a reason to celebrate, including us! Together we can plan your perfect holiday get together. We’ll handle the food so you can focus on the fun!
Regardless of the size of your gathering, know that everyone will be entertained and impressed by our high-energy staff, lively music, and family-style portions specially suited for sharing. Design a menu specific to your event to feature everyone’s favorites and to accommodate any specific dietary restrictions. Gluten-free? Vegetarian? No problem! Our diverse menu options will satisfy everyone. Customize your party menu to include antipasti, fresh salads, baked pastas, delicious entrees, decadent desserts, and refreshing beverages. Several of our locations also offer bar packages and drink ticket packages to include cocktails, beer, and wine in your celebrations.
To begin planning your holiday banquet use the online form on our website and a sales manager will contact you. After discussing the necessities such as number of people attending, date and time, and menu, our staff will work with you to make sure every other detail is perfect for your party. Our skilled team is experienced in a wide range of social, religious and cultural events, can work with any budget, and is able to meet a wide variety of needs. By assisting you from your initial planning stages through the final goodbyes of your party, our team’s attention to detail will ensure your holiday banquet is one that everyone will remember. Personalize your special event to your exact preferences, knowing that you will always receive impeccably created Italian cuisine and five-star service at Buca.
Home or Away, Tailgate the Buca Way!
Fall weather means football and football means food! Whether you’re planning on spending the day at the stadium or hosting a football party at your house, let Buca provide the delicious eats. Our catering options allow you to focus on the festivities, not hover over a grill or spend all your time in the kitchen. Whether you decide on one of our Italian Feast Packages or customize your order to include the exact selection and sizes of salads, entrees, side dishes, and desserts for your crowd, you’re sure to score major points with your guests. Our Half Party Pans feed up to 10 people and our Full Party Pans serve up to 20, meaning we can accommodate any size football party. We also provide all the necessary dining ware (plastic plates, utensils, and napkins) to accompany your order.
If you are heading out to support your team we have some tailgating tips:
- Plan to arrive 3 – 4 hours before the game and stay 1 to 2 hours after the game to avoid the packed parking lot departures.
- If you don’t already have a favorite spot to park, look for a spot at the end of row. Bonus points if you’re near a grassy area to set up some games (cornhole, horseshoes) and to throw a football or frisbee with your friends.
- Set up a canopy or picnic tent to protect you and your fellow tailgaters from the elements.
- Fly a flag or tie a balloon to your site for easy identification of your location in the crowd.
- Be prepared. Jumper cables, rain gear, bug spray, sunblock, and a first aid kit aren’t the first things you think of packing but you’ll be glad you have them if you need them.
- Settle in. Set up your folding chairs, tables, and blankets in a shady spot with your coolers and plastic cups nearby. It’s a good idea to have an entire cooler solely for ice for drinks.
- When departing, respect the stadium and team by leaving your area clean. Pack plastic trash bags for cleaning up at your site.
If you are hosting a football party at your house:
- Designate the area you and your guests will be watching the game and provide comfortable seating.
- Use real glasses. Better still put your glasses in the freezer for a few hours pre-game to make everyone’s beverages extra frosty.
- Check in advance to make sure your game will be broadcast in your area and that your cable carrier will be providing it.
- Have a halftime plan. A quick game of touch football or a few hands of cards will pass the time until your team is back on the big screen.
No matter where you celebrate, be sure to dress in your team’s colors and have a few extra accessories for those who forgot (colored bead necklaces and temporary tattoos) but don’t want to be left out. Let Buca cater your next tailgate or home football party so you can focus on having fun with your friends and family while cheering your favorite team to victory!
A Quick, Delicious Pasta Recipe for Any Night of the Week: Buca di Beppo’s Fresh Garden Pappardelle
Are you searching for the perfect recipe that combines the fresh flavors of the summer farmer’s market with the warm, hearty appeal of pasta? Look no further. We love when you and your family visit us at Buca di Beppo but we know you can’t come to our restaurants every night. That’s why we want to share one of our favorite recipes with you. Think you can’t make a restaurant quality meal at home? Think again! Elegant pappardelle pasta pairs beautifully with some of the harvest season’s most vibrant vegetables and rich, decadent shrimp to produce a visually appealing and deliciously satisfying dish. Easy and filling, this entree is quick enough for a busy weeknight but fancy enough to impress a special someone. Even young, picky eaters will love eating their vegetables and twirling the long, flat noodles in this creamy dish.
2-3 whole carrots
1 whole zucchini
2 ounces olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
4 ounces peeled and deveined shrimp
Coarse salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces heavy cream
1/4 cup freshly chopped basil, plus more for garnish
2 ounces unsalted butter
12 ounces cooked pappardelle pasta
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Using a potato peeler, cut carrots and zucchini into thin strips. Cut zucchini strips in half lengthwise. Blanch carrot and zucchini strips in boiling water for 30 seconds, drain water, and set aside.
Heat oil in a sauté pan. Add minced garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Add shrimp, return pan to stove and sauté 30 seconds per side until shrimp turns pink. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cream and 1/4 cup basil. When everything is incorporated, swirl in butter.
Add carrot and zucchini ribbons, pasta and Parmesan cheese to pan, tossing to coat. Garnish with fresh basil. Yield: 4 servings
The wonderful combination of vegetables, shrimp, and cream provides a beautiful presentation of colors and a variety of tastes. This quick, flavorful meal is sure to become a favorite for anyone you prepare it for, so be ready for it to make a regular appearance in your weekly dinner menu rotation, be requested for a romantic dinner in, or suggested by dinner guests when it’s your turn to host. Whatever the situation and whichever night of the week, our Fresh Garden Pappardelle is the perfect fit.
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