Category: Party Planning

  • Off-Premises Catering with Pizzazz

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    Getting ready to host a large meal? Delicious, authentic Italian food goes great with every gathering! From family reunions and football parties to birthdays, baby showers and bridal showers, a feast of real Italian fare is sure to satisfy.

    Book your next catering event with us.

    Cooking side dishes days in advance and washing an endless stream of dishes is fine during the holiday season but now that it’s over, your kitchen needs a break and so do you. Let Buca handle all the details! We’ll even provide the plates and forks. With our catering and carry out pan options, offering your friends and family a full Italian buffet is easy! As one of the top Italian restaurants for catering, Buca di Beppo is perfect for events of all themes and sizes. Whether you’re hosting a small family affair, a private party for your close friends or a big neighborhood blowout, Buca can provide all the entrées, sides and beverages your guests will want during the shindig. Our authentic Italian cuisine is available in half and full party pans so you can tailor your take out order to fit your specific needs. Pick up some creamy “Chicken Glorioso” for the carnivores of the group and a half pan of one of our rich vegetarian choices such as Penne alla Vodka for the non-meat eaters.  

    Our large party pans each feed up to 20 hungry house guests and our pre-set celebratory catering packages let you provide your guests with a very satisfying multi-course meal. The basic package includes either a mixed green or Caesar salad, two pasta trays and homemade bread, plus free disposable plates and utensils. Alternatively, you can build your own custom catering package by combing full trays, half trays, drinks, desserts and more. Adding desserts to any of our catering options guarantees that all your guests’ cravings are satisfied, from start to finish! We can bring fresh baked cookies, brownies and even our fluffy-on-the-inside, crunchy-on-the-outside chocolate chip cannoli. Everyone social gathering needs a little something sweet and our dessert trays definitely do the trick!    

    Delivery and set up service is available within 10 miles of all Buca restaurants. If you’d rather pick up the party trays yourself, our staff will gladly transport the trays to your vehicle outside. The staff at Buca would also be happy to offer party ideas and serving tips. Our experienced employees can accept orders online or by phone months, weeks or mere hours before an event begins. Smaller same-day takeaway orders are guaranteed to be ready within three hours of your call with the exception of some items needing 24 hours notice..

    When we take on a consumer catering project at Buca di Beppo, we make it our mission is to take the stress out of feeding a crowd, so all the host has left to do is relax, have fun and dine like the Italians do!  

    Book your next catering event with us.

  • Outstanding Corporate Catering

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    If nothing else, our many years of catering business luncheons and large corporate seminars have taught us one thing: the more well-fed your employees are, the better they work! A hungry worker is not a happy worker. Our authentic Italian cuisine is satisfying brain food which means its great fuel for productive brainstorming sessions and important presentations.   

    Book your next business luncheon or corporate catering event with us!

    Corporate Meetings

    Foregoing a lunch break to attend a lunch meeting doesn’t have to feel like a punishment. In fact, with plenty of delicious Italian dishes to go around, a lunch meeting can be a real treat and allow you to get a lot of extra work done in a single day. Whether you’d like to plan a low-key company meeting right in your office, a huge corporate gathering in a separate convention center or a small lunch in one of our restaurants, we can accommodate your needs. Our wonderful staff would be happy to help you work out a menu to suit everybody’s tastes. We can even deliver full entrée pans directly to your worksite. Our basic Party Pans to go package (which works perfectly for work functions, too – not just parties) consists of a fresh salad pan, pastas and an assortment of homemade bread. All of our to-go pans come with disposable plates and cutlery so there’s no need to sacrifice time cleaning up after a meeting.      

    Office Parties

    There’s always something to celebrate in an office environment whether it’s a birthday, a holiday or a big business development and we’d love to help you celebrate Italian-style. Throw a smash of a birthday bash or a “just because” party to show how much you appreciate your employees’ hard work and dedication. What better way to show people the appreciation they deserve than with a yummy meal from Buca di Beppo? Our popular Party Pans aren’t just for lunch meetings. They come in an assortment of tasty Italian dishes such as zesty ziti and classic spaghetti and, since just one pan feeds up 20 people, it’s large enough to feed the whole company!

    Want to get out of the office? No problem! Our festive semi-private dining rooms offer the perfect space for your company soiree. Buca’s diverse menu and banquet packages can accommodate groups of all sizes, and because our food is served family-style, sharing with co-workers is easy and convenient. From our savory Stuffed Mushrooms to cheesy ravioli and scrumptious desserts, the combination possibilities are endless. Our eclectic on-site dining rooms are warm and inviting. You’ll be able to choose between a comfortable booth and a big communal table, depending on your party’s needs. Our lively and professional wait staff is ready to take care of and entertain your co-workers, assuring that everyone involved has an over-the-top good time!  

    Book your next business luncheon or corporate catering event with us!

  • 4 Eat for $40 – Just $10 Per Person!

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    4 Eat for $40 – Just $10 Per Person!

    These days, it can be hard to find a dinner for two for under $40 outside of the drive-thru line. Our family-style dishes at Buca di Beppo make it easy to dine out as a family at a cozy, sit-down restaurant. Especially now that a group of four can enjoy a delicious, multi-course meal for just $40 with our “4 Eat for $40” deal!  

    Click here get this great deal now!

    The 4 for $40 Package 

    Starting February 16 you and your three closest friends can enjoy crusty garlic bread, a fresh green salad and your choice of entrée for just $40 at Buca di Beppo. Now, when we say your choice of entrée, we mean a large Italian entrée. Our large-size pasta entrées are always fit to feed up to four people. Even with four hungry diners, having some pasta left over isn’t uncommon, especially when there’s a tasty salad to tend to as well. You’ll have to decide between seven amazing pasta options: Spaghetti Marinara, Spaghetti with meat sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Baked Ziti, Ravioli Pomodro OR our seasonal Linguine & Clams with Red or White Sauce, available for a limited time only.  

    You can’t go wrong with any of our authentic Italian creations but in this time of year, the clams are really a must. Late winter and early spring is the best time to eat shellfish – it’s your last chance until after the summer to enjoy the freshest clams. We’ve all heard the rule about months with an “R.” Aside from it being seasonable, a saucy Linguine & Clams for only $10 per person is truly a great deal. This delightful seafood pasta dish is made with whole baby clams and served with your choice of either red or white sauce. We highly recommend you try this entrée before it’s gone!

    So this all sounds like a lot to eat, right? To sum it all up, you get…

    –        Garlic Bread 

    –        Your choice of Mixed Green or Caesar Salad 

    AND

    –        Your choice of one entrée – Spaghetti Marinara, Spaghetti with meat sauce, Fettuccine Alfredo, Baked Ziti, Ravioli Pomodro OR Linguine & Clams with Red or White Sauce

    …when you come to Buca with your 4 for $40 coupon ready! Instead of dividing the check, the hardest part of the meal will be choosing which tasty entrée to share. Dine out without the drama at Buca di Beppo!  

    Click here get this great deal now!

  • Big Game Catering

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    Everyone loves a good game! This year, why not trade soggy nachos and messy Buffalo wings for delicious, authentic Italian food? With our catering and carry out pan options, offering your fellow football or basketball fans an Italian feast is easy! As one of the top Italian restaurants for catering, Buca di Beppo is perfect for all kinds of Big Game parties. Whether you’re hosting a family affair, a private party for you and your friends or a big neighborhood gathering, Buca can provide all the entrées, sides and beverages your guests will want during the sporting event. Our authentic Italian cuisine is available in half and full Party Pans To Go so you can tailor your take out order to fit your group’s needs.

    If you want to pick up the party trays yourself, Buca’s to go menu offers a diverse selection of tasty food, perfect for piling onto a plate and hunkering down in front of a big screen. Our large Party Pans To Go each feed up to 20 hungry sports viewers and our pre-set celebratory catering packages let you provide your guests with a very satisfying meal. The basic package includes either a mixed green or Caesar salad tray, two pasta trays and homemade bread, plus free disposable plates and utensils. Our most popular catered dishes are our cheesy Baked Ziti, our saucy spaghetti and our ravioli options. Alternatively, you can build your own custom catering package by combining full trays, half trays, drinks, desserts and more. Yes, you read that right – we can bring out the desserts! As a part of our catering menu, we have fresh baked Cookies and Brownies as well as our famous Chocolate Chip Cannoli. Everyone likes something sweet at the end of a big meal (or a big game) and our dessert trays are definitely a touchdown!    

    The staff at Buca is happy to offer party ideas and even delivery service for customers living within a certain radius around the restaurant. Our experienced employees can accept orders online or by phone months, weeks or mere hours before an event begins! At Buca di Beppo, our job is to take the stress out of organizing your bowl viewing party so you can relax and have a great time cheering your team on to victory. Smaller same-day takeaway orders are guaranteed to be ready within three hours of your call with the exception of some items needing 24 hours notice.. If you give us a description of your vehicle when you call, we can conveniently bring the food out to the curbside along with any plastic plates, serving and eating utensils, napkins and tablecloths you need to save you time and keep you on schedule. On the other hand, opting for delivery means that our fantastic staff will bring your freshly prepared order promptly to the location of your choice, allowing enough time to get everything arranged for you partygoers.

    Click here to order catering for the Big Game! 

  • Celebrate Administrative Professionals Week at Buca

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    Administrative professionals are the glue to any business. They work hard every day to keep many businesses running smoothly and efficiently. From finding solutions to resource issues and coordinating important meetings, to handling technical needs and scheduling company-wide events, let’s be honest ­– administrative professionals are the ultimate multi-taskers!

    To recognize what these very special employees do for their companies, one week out of the year (usually in spring) is officially designated as Administrative Professionals Week. It is during this week that managers and executives take time out of their busy schedules to show how much they appreciate their employees’ hard work and dedication. So what better way to show your gratitude than by hosting an over-the-top lunch at one of the best celebration restaurants – Buca di Beppo.

    From the minute you walk into a Buca di Beppo restaurant, you are welcomed with hundreds of vintage photos and unique statues and fountains in every direction. It’s as if you’ve stepped into a small museum! Our eclectic dining rooms are warm and inviting, offering the choice of comfortable booths for smaller gatherings, or communal tables for larger groups. Our lively and professional staff members are ready to pamper, assuring that you and your administrative assistant’s experience is one to remember.

    Let’s not forget about the food! From cheesy artichoke dip and savory stuffed mushrooms to Buca’s 1893 signature salad and more, the choices are endless. We offer more than 35 scrumptious Italian entrées, including traditional baked pastas, zesty pizzas with tons of toppings, and for lighter fare, delightful seafood and chicken dishes. And the best part, all our dishes are served family-style and perfect for sharing!

    As for dessert, your special lunch won’t be complete without one of our homemade treats. From creamy cheesecake to gooey chocolate cake, our desserts are simply to die for! Now that’s what Buca calls an over-the-top lunch!

    To reserve your table at Buca di Beppo during Administrative Professionals Week, call your neighborhood Buca or make a reservation online today!

    Plan an Office Party for Administrative Professionals Day

    As a manager, how many times have you said, “I don’t know what I would do without my administrative assistant!” Not only do they bring order to the office, they anticipate your needs, remind you of important birthdays and anniversaries, and even pick up your dry cleaning?! So for this very important day, make them feel appreciated for all their efforts and throw a Buca di Beppo office party! Our popular Party Pans come in an assortment of tasty Italian dishes and are large enough to feed a small (even large!) company. Buca even delivers* right to your office!

    Want to get out of the office? No problem! Our festive semi-private dining rooms offer the perfect space for your company gathering. Buca’s diverse menu and banquet packages can accommodate groups of all sizes, and with our authentic family-style Italian dishes, sharing with your co-workers is easy and convenient.

    To celebrate Administrative Professionals Day in a big way, call your local Buca di Beppo, or reserve your table or Party Pans online.

    *10-mile radius, $25 delivery fee.

  • Buca Hosts Bridal Showers in a Big Way

    Buca Hosts Bridal Showers in a Big Way

    Let Buca di Beppo host a fun and festive bridal shower with authentic Italian dishes and delicious cocktails. Reserve your bridal shower venue today!

    So you’re getting married – congratulations! This is such an exciting time, but we also understand it can be a little bit stressful with wedding preparations and parties to attend. Well, take a deep breath and let your best girlfriends (and Buca) throw you a big, fun-filled bridal shower. It’s your time to relax and shine! 

    If you haven’t figured it out already, Italians are known for doing everything big— big parties, big families and big meals. No matter what the event, food and drink are always the main attraction. That’s why Buca has embraced this wonderful tradition, capturing Italy’s love for celebration in its décor and menu, so you can enjoy an authentic experience without leaving your hometown.

    The minute you walk into Buca, you know you are in for a completely unique and fun dining experience. Festive black and white Italian photos adorn the walls, and ornate sculptures and fountains are at every turn, so there’s no need for bridal shower decorations or games – the venue itself is pure entertainment. The menu has everything from tasty antipasti and fresh salads, to hearty entrées and decadent desserts, all served family-style and perfect for sharing. Of course every bridal shower needs a signature cocktail, and our homemade sangria, peach bellini or classic mojito are all great choices.

    Reserve your private or semi-private room today!

    Bring a Buca Bridal Shower Home

    If you want a more low-key or casual setting for your bridal shower, no problem! Buca can prepare a variety of Party Pans to include all your favorite Italian dishes, delivering everything you need right to your doorstep*.

    *$25 delivery fee, available within a 10-mile radius of restaurant. 

    So if a fun (and big) bridal shower is what you’re looking for, Buca can make it happen. Call your local Buca di Beppo restaurant or contact us online to make a reservation today. If you’re interested in catering your bridal shower, order online at: www.bucadibeppo.com/catering. 

  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant Offers Thanksgiving and Black Friday “Survival Kit”

    Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Buca di Beppo

    Plan an easy Thanksgiving dinner at Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant and forget about washing the dishes!

    This Thanksgiving Buca di Beppo alleviates the pressure of preparing the perfect meal by offering a feast to feed up to 20 guests starting at just $150.

    Whether a Thanksgiving dinner with family, or a meal to power you up for Black Friday, Buca’s seasonal To-Go special includes classic Thanksgiving items with Italian twist such as:

    •             Turkey & Gravy
    •             Spicy Italian Sausage Stuffing
    •             Garlic Mashed Potatoes
    •             Green Beans
    •             Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

    Buca’s regular menu items including sides, pastas and desserts can be added to customize the perfect meal and are all available in both half pans that serve up to 10 or full pans that serve up to 20. All To-Go orders must be placed by 8 p.m. on Monday November 25.

    To get out of the house and avoid the kitchen mess, Buca di Beppo locations will be open on Thanksgiving at 11:00 a.m.  Serving up the traditional tastes of Thanksgiving, two Buca-sized Turkey Feasts for up to six people will be offered, priced from $49.95. In addition to everything in the To-Go meal specials, the dine-in option also includes mini chocolate chip cannolis for dessert.

  • Event Planning Tips and Party Ideas For Baby Showers

    Baby Shower Party Ideas

    Make planning a baby shower super easy by hosting the party at Buca di Beppo!

    A friend’s soon-to-be-here baby is such a happy excuse for the girls to get together!  And all it really takes to host a successful baby shower party is a little planning, yummy food and a cozy baby shower venue.

    At Buca di Beppo, we consider ourselves the baby shower specialists!  Our party planners know all about baby shower favorites when it comes to gifts, food, games and themes — and they’re happy to share! With our fun assortment of private and semi-private dining rooms, we’re one of the best places for a baby shower ever.  To help you host a baby shower to remember, here are a few tips from our pros.

    Two months before the baby shower …

    Make a baby shower guest list and run it past the mom-to-be.  She’ll probably need to add and subtract to keep everybody happy.  Then set the date for sometime during her last trimester.  Try not to wait too late, because baby might come before the baby shower – or even crash it.  Finally, let Mom help you decide from several locations to have a baby shower.

    Be sure to mention to her that Buca di Beppo has small, medium and large dining rooms – all festively decorated — where you can throw the perfect baby shower.  With its lively atmosphere, Buca appreciates noisy parties and fun baby showers.  Plus, our award-winning staff offers over-the-top service that helps everybody feel comfortable (no matter how far along they are) and have a good time.

    One month before the baby shower …

    Decide on a baby shower theme that will appeal to Mom and be fun for guests.  If your pregnant friend is interested in environmental issues, you could throw a green baby shower.  Guests will have it easy with so many all-natural baby shower gift ideas available. Or you might throw a baby shower with a baby animals theme, a cartoon theme or “A Star Is Born” theme.

    Choose, address and mail the baby showers invitations and plan the baby shower menu.  It’s fun to choose food for baby shower guests when you’ve got Buca di Beppo’s diverse, delicious menus from which to select!  They have lunch and dinner banquet menus, perfect for groups of 20 or more.  And they also offer a variety of fabulous group menu options.

    Everything at Buca is served family style, to be shared.  It breaks the ice, and guests get to try a little of everything.  Desserts are to-die-for, and we’ll even decorate an out-of-this-world Celebration cake for your baby shower party.

    Baby shower games

    Don’t forego baby showers games!  There are some new games for baby showers that will have guests in stitches.  For example, a new baby shower app (available at iTunes) includes trivia questions, scavenger hunts in handbags and drawing and charades type games.  Some classics are good too, like guessing Mom’s belly size by cutting a piece of yarn to fit, listing all the baby products you can think of in five minutes, and giving up your diaper pin if you accidentally say the forbidden word, “baby.”

    Baby shower favorites to make and/or wrap.

    You can easily make baby shower souvenirs for guests.  Small potted plants, herbs or flowers make great baby shower favors.  Or head to your local crafts store.  They’re bound to have what you need to make scented homemade soaps or beauty products.  If you’re not crafty, just shop online.  There are lots of great gifts for baby shower guests.

    Just be sure to have fun at the baby shower yourself!

    Showers are a wonderful celebration of life and love – a sentiment that suits Italian tradition perfectly.  So use these baby shower ideas to host a baby shower that will give a little one a great start in the world.  And make it easy on yourself by throwing it at Buca!

  • Party Planning Tips to Make Your Special Event a Success

    Buca di Beppo Party Planning Tips

    Whether you order party catering or host your party at Buca, we know how to make the party a HUGE success!

    So you want to throw a big bash where friends and family have a great time.  Where even YOU, as host or hostess, have a great time.  With a little event planning, clever thinking and some delegating, you can pull off an epic theme party with aplomb, have a blast and look great doing it!

    First of all, put together a guest list.  If you’re planning an event for a large gathering, invite 20 percent more people than you want to attend. For one reason or another, only 70 to 80 percent of invitees will make an appearance.

    Once you decide who to invite, choose a party theme for your special event.  Maybe it’s a favorite football team, the holiday that’s in season, or a murder mystery theme.  Whatever works for your crowd, party themes help you brainstorm for all kinds of party ideas and will help you design invitations and decorations, choose a menu and set the mood. Maybe a carefully selected movie projected onto a wall can provide a backdrop; or a few inflatable palm trees and pirate flags might bring beaches to mind.  Add appropriate music and you’ve set the scene!

    If you’re looking for more creative party planning ideas, feel free to contact a party planner at Buca di Beppo.  Our professionals have lots of party theme ideas to share, including advice on party venues.  You may want to hold the festivities at your home, a park, or an unexpected place for a party, such as a bed-and-breakfast with a huge fireplace, a theater or a rooftop overlooking a city.  Or, like many of our customers, you may decide the most convenient, comfortable place for a party is at a great restaurant with party rooms that meet your needs perfectly.

    Once you know who, what and when, send out invitations that fit your party theme — snail mail, e-mail, even phone invites are all acceptable — then start planning the party menu.  For those dishes you’ll prepare yourself, choose only recipes you can make ahead, and perhaps freeze, with just warming and assembly required on party day. Make a list of how far in advance each can be made and compile a shopping list.

    Easier still, plan to make only one item, such as a dessert or appetizer you know you’re good at.  Place an order with your local Buca di Beppo, delicatessen and/or bakery to supply the rest. Never feel guilty about this.  None of your guests will blame you a bit! Smart hostesses take advantage of catering restaurants to do the bulk of the cooking – or ALL of the cooking –for them.

    And be sure to get help!  If you do this all by yourself, you’ll be exhausted at your own celebration. If you don’t have young friends or relatives you can draft into service, consider hiring a high school student, a party planner from a catering restaurant, or both, to help with pre- or post-party tasks, to pass drinks or appetizers, replenish buffet food, tidy up, and generally take some weight off your shoulders.

    If you’re party planning for an at-home celebration, there are a number of tasks to consider:

    • Clean your house thoroughly a week ahead of time.  Hopefully you’ll just need to hit the high spots come party day.
    • Round up your silver, crystal, serving dishes and table linens for polishing, washing and ironing.  If you don’t have enough serving dishes for every dish, consider purchasing inexpensive pieces from a discount or thrift store. Catering restaurants like Buca di Bepo frequently provide attractive serving dishes for takeout feasts.
    • Stock your home’s bar. Plan three bottles of wine for every four people, three to four cocktails per guest for a two- to three-hour party. If you’re not serving alcohol, pull together the ingredients for a party punch or gather softdrinks.
    • Let your neighbors know if your gathering will be loud, late or create parking challenges.
    • Check the medicine cabinet and put away anything personal.
    • Gathering cleaning supplies, such as a box of salt, Wine Away (red wine stain remover), club soda, and a couple of rags in a wicker basket, and store a few in strategic places to alleviate spills.
    • Specify a place for coats – either a closet with lots of coat hangers or a bed in a spare room.
    • Set the table.  If you’re serving dessert and coffee, you might want to put them on a separate buffet or coffee table to help distribute your crowd.

    Of course, Buca di Beppo can help.  You can take advantage of our party catering menu for some or all of your food.  Buca delivers in many locations and provides curbside Italian takeaway at every one of our restaurants. And we offer even more hosting help when you reserve one of our party rooms. We’re totally set up as a party venue, our food is delicious and our staff divine, so we make everything really easy.

    Party Planning Checklist

    Three Weeks Before

    Make a guest list.

    Decide on a theme.

    Choose a party place.

    Send invitations.

    Plan the menu.

    Line up any help you may need.

    Two Weeks Before

    Clean any crystal, china, and silverware you’ll be using.  Launder and iron linens.

    Come up with a playlist. Music should be upbeat and sufficient to last throughout the party.

    Do a first round of grocery shopping and cooking. Prepare any dishes that can be frozen.


    One Week Before

    Clean the house thoroughly. You’ll need only a quick once-over before the party.

    Set the stage, letting your theme be your guide!

    Take inventory of cookware and serving dishes.

    Stock the bar.


    Three Days Before

    Notify neighbors.

    Decorate. Arrange candles, put up theme decorations, etc.

    Check the medicine cabinet.  Put away any personal items.

    Set up clean-up stations. Place a box of salt, Wine Away (red wine stain remover), club soda, and a couple of rags in a wicker basket, and store a few in strategic places to alleviate spills.

    Specify a place for coats. Make space in a closet and fill it with hangers. You could also choose a bed for coats (make sure the room is especially tidy and free of valuables, so you won’t need to worry about them), or purchase an inexpensive portable garment rack.

    Finish grocery shopping if you’re cooking. Make a detailed cooking schedule for your remaining dishes.


    One Day Before

    Set the tables or set up the buffet.

    Buy and arrange flowers.

    Finish as much of the cooking as you can. Also, for any foods that require cooking on party day, do as much prep (dicing, marinating, rinsing lettuce, etc.) as possible.

    Give your house a once-over with whatever cleaning touch-ups are needed.


    Party Day

    Finish any last-minute cooking.  Thanks to restaurant delivery and party catering, this should be absolutely minimal! Simply pick up takeout food at the catering restaurants from which you’ve ordered.  Better yet, use restaurants that deliver to have great goodies appear on your doorstep!

    Place chairs.  Don’t worry about having enough seating for everyone; fewer seats encourages mingling!

    Display food. One to two hours before guests arrive, set out appetizers and snacks that won’t spoil. Wrap them tightly to ensure freshness, then tear off the wrap when the first guest rings the doorbell.

    Greet your guests warmly! Things should be organized so you’re free to mingle, not stay tied to the kitchen.