The great thing about football parties is they’re the most laid-back, casual gatherings you can put together. It’s refreshing to throw an exciting bash where the focus is on the game, not on you or your home. However, delicious food is important at any football event, whether it’s a game-watching party in your family room or a tailgate party near the gridiron.
There are a zillion recipes out there for hearty food your guests will happily gobble down. But you want to enjoy your crowd and the game, not get sidelined in the kitchen. The solution? Takeout or party catering from a terrific restaurant. My personal favorite to go restaurant is Buca di Beppo. Their super team can have your game-day feast prepared and ready for curbside pickup in just one hour.
Restaurant catering?!? Wait a minute!
Didn’t I just say that football parties are laid back? Doesn’t most catering for parties involve weddings and formal do’s?
Game parties are laid back, but party catering can be casual – and life changing!
Take a look at Buca’s event catering and takeout food menus. They offer a selection of yummy favorites you’ll want on your team, all served family style (in two sizes!) or in extra large party pans. Pre-game and first quarter offerings include finger foods like fried mozzarella, bruschetta, and meatballs. Bring out fresh recruits during the second quarter, like chopped antipasto salad and pizza. (You can’t beat Buca’s pies. They’re made from scratch with fresh ingredients for to-die-for flavor!)
High society matrons have known it for generations, and most of us are at least aware of wedding catering … but there’s a secret to easy entertaining that had to be spelled out for me: The trick to throwing a fabulous bash —one that you yourself can share in and enjoy with your guests -- is ordering takeout from one of the great catering restaurants in your area!
Now this doesn’t mean serving your guests takeout food from cardboard containers or styrofoam clamshells – that wouldn’t do at all. But it does mean you don’t have to prepare an entire banquet for a large group, that you can simply clean and decorate your home, set a lovely table, take your time dressing and primping, and still serve your guests food that’s a feast for the senses. And it means you can do it without being an exhausted wreck at your own party!
Just order your holiday favorites, by phone or Internet, from restaurants that deliver or provide delicious to go menus that include large, party catering-sized portions. Remain guilt free as you transfer catered food to your own serving dishes and present it to your guests with a confident … “Voila”!
After doing some research, my favorite among delivery restaurants is Buca di Beppo. All the food is delish, their to go menu, catering and holiday menus are to die for, and most locations offer delivery. Buca to Go is popular nationwide, so every Buca restaurant provides curbside takeout for easy pickup.
Cooler temperatures, school and football season starting, the approach of the holidays ... fall’s the time to make happy plans to see the people who matter, check your budget and start your holiday gift list! You’ll need to find special somethings for all your nearest and dearest, as well as hostess gifts, presents for teachers and caregivers, in-laws, and a special holiday gift or two just in case--you don’t want to be caught empty handed!
How to give the best presents?
There’s no fail-safe way to choose the best gift ever every time, but a reliable strategy is to consider each giftee’s likes and dislikes, interests and personality when choosing their holiday gift. The toughest people to buy for are those who have everything. But these lucky folks (along with nearly everybody else!) appreciate the gift of time. And giving them quality time is easy with restaurant gift cards!
Buca di Beppo gift card certificates make popular presents because dining with us is an event. We serve yummy Italian food family style in a comfortable, fun environment that’s festive year ‘round, even more so during the holidays. Purchase gift certificates from Buca and, if you’re lucky, the recipient will bring you along!
Celebrate the holidays this year with party ideas that really work!
Give friends, family and/or colleagues the gift of a great time by planning a memorable holiday theme party this season. Follow just a few event planning guidelines and you’ll find it’s really easy to put together a special event that will please your guests and put everybody in the mood for the holidays.
Buca di Beppo specializes in party planning, and every one of our restaurants puts a professional party planner at your disposal to help with fun holiday party ideas for your celebration. Here’s a sample of some party planning tips to get you started.
Start your event planning well in advance
Get out your calendar and choose your holiday party date now, before all the best ones are taken. Whether you’re putting together a special event for colleagues, friends, family or some combination of these, the best weekend dates for a holiday party this year will be in demand before you know it. As soon as you complete your guest list, send out save-the-date cards or e-mails to stake your claim!
Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays with the family every year. It’s a great time to count your blessings, spend time with the people who matter most and relax over delicious Thanksgiving dishes. It’s a special day for most—but can be stressful for the cook! If you’re looking for easy holiday dinner ideas this Thanksgiving, Buca di Beppo can help. After all, we open at 11:00 a.m. for Thanksgiving again this year, and we’ve been preparing scrumptious family dinners for years!
In charge of the Thanksgiving feast this year?
Take a lesson from the original Pilgrims and Native Americans ― you don’t have to make every single item you serve! Trust family and friends sharing your table to bring a dish. For those Thanksgiving recipes you want to make (Thanksgiving just wouldn’t feel right without Aunt Pauline’s pomegranate punch) prepare as much as possible a day or two ahead. You can always dice veggies and put together casseroles before the big day — they taste better anyway after flavors have a chance to blend. Look for easy Thanksgiving recipes that don’t require dozens of ingredients to make shopping, storage and preparation easier.
Not only is Buca di Beppo a great place to enjoy scrumptious Italian food, friendship and hospitality, it’s perfect for holiday celebrations. We have great ideas for dinner, lunch and special holidays with the family that will please every member of your group and – best of all – give you the chance to enjoy your own party! Buca has become part of the holiday tradition for many families, so we thought we’d share some easy dinner ideas you can use for your holiday meals.
Fresh Ideas for Dinner
If you’re making plans for holidays with the family, why not mix things up a little? Instead of cooking a traditional meal, look for easy holiday recipes – you can even make some in your slow cooker. A pre-cooked turkey or ham from your local grocery store is certainly convenient. Ask family and friends to bring side dishes, and all you’ll have to do is set the table!
If you want to make sure your next corporate dinner is a huge success, what three things do you need to have? Here is my take on it!
1. Must be easy to organize
At Buca di Beppo, they make it easy for the event planner to organize company parties or corporate events by offering group packages for corporate parties of 15 or more. In fact, they have four Italian-inspired, family-style menus created especially for groups– the Firenze, Milano, Roma and Sicilia. Each one offers three or four courses and unlimited soft drinks, coffee and tea.
Prices start per person at $18 – but that includes tax and gratuity. Talk about making it easy! As someone who has planned a few corporate events in her day, it is SO NICE to have an inclusive number and not have to multiple everything by 18% and 7% and add it all up. Of course, they have dedicated event planners on staff to assist you with every step of creating an amazing office party.
Let’s face it, bridal showers should be fun. And if you have yours at Buca di Beppo it will be a fun bridal shower! You see, Buca was made for celebrations. So we make planning a bridal shower super easy. We have private and semi-private rooms for your event, we have amazing family-style Italian food, and we have a variety of sassy wines and cocktails. We aren’t talking about your grandmother’s cocktails either! Here are the top 5 drinks we recommend serving to make sure the bridal party is giggling and sharing an incredible experience together!
1. Buca di Beppo’s Signature Sangria
My personal favorite is Buca di Beppo Sangria. It is a perfectly refreshing anytime cocktail. You can choose between red and white wine, which is then blended with brandy, orange juice, simple syrup and fresh orange and lime slices and served over ice. Yummy!
2. The Traditional Peach Bellini
We are an Italian restaurant, so we must include the traditional Peach Bellini on the list! We blend sparkling wine, DeKuyper Peachtree Schnapps and peach puree to make this sweet, fizzy and fun drink. Of course, you can have it frozen too!
Buca di Beppo is a fun, festive family-style Italian restaurant, so there is no better way to welcome a new baby to the family than with a perfect baby shower at Buca! Since we tend to do quite a few, we thought we would provide a few baby shower tips for you.
Plan the Baby Shower with Help
If you’re planning a baby shower for an expecting mom, don’t do it by yourself. Recruit family and friends to help with the party plans. This will make the experience fun and not a hassle. At Buca di Beppo, our party planners help the host through the all steps and make throwing a baby shower easy.
Creating the Guest List
When deciding who to invite to the baby shower, it’s best to consult with the guests or guest of honor before finalizing the list. This ensures someone important isn’t forgotten and prevents you from inviting someone that the mom doesn’t want at the shower.
Restaurant chain expands due to talent for making every meal a special event.
If you don’t have a Buca di Beppo in your area yet, one is likely coming your way. Buca restaurants are springing up like mushrooms—stuffed with prosciutto and parmesan, served on a bed of pesto cream, of course! The next new Bucas to open will be in Waldorf, Maryland, and Coral Springs, Florida. And more are in the works.
More meatballs — nationwide!
As well as pizza, pasta, classic Italian entrees, desserts, salads and more. All of it delicious, prepared fresh to order, then served with a smile and a sense of humor. Buca di Beppo means “Joe’s Basement” in Italian, which doesn’t sound appetizing until you hear about a delicious mid-20th-century tradition. In the spirit of Italian hospitality, Italian Americans regularly cooked up fabulous banquet food in their basements and garages to serve friends and family. It’s some of the best food you ever put in your mouth, served family style in a lively atmosphere that brings out the best in everybody.
Easy booking, easy family meals, party planning capability, great service and takeout …
Not to mention to-die-for delicious food! The friendly folks at Buca know what makes a great restaurant, and they make sure every location delivers—or at least offers a convenient online menu and Italian takeaway! Italian hospitality is warm, generous and slightly irreverent, and Buca’s servers and staff fill the role beautifully. They make sure every guest at your special event feels comfortable, happy and well tended, adding a little humor and good cheer to every family style Italian dinner they serve. (Don’t just take my word for it; Buca’s staff has won multiple group dining awards.)
Feel like part of the famiglia.
Another of the many reasons Buca is perfect for everything from dinner with the family to banquet room rentals is that dishes are served family style. Sharing food brings people closer together, sparks conversation and gives everybody at the table the opportunity to try new dishes. It can help turn a ho-hum group dinner into a friendly gathering that feels more like a family banquet.