Author: Chris Kleckner

  • Buca Brings the Food and the Fun to Your Holiday Office Party

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    Most offices have an annual holiday celebration to show appreciation for its employees and allow time for colleagues to mix and mingle outside of work hours. They often take place in the workplace just after office hours. Presentations are frequently given and noteworthy employees are awarded for their performance. If you’re in charge of organizing this year’s holiday office party, here is what you need to do to get started planning the best holiday party your office has ever had.

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    Set the date

    You first need to decide when the party will take place, since everything else will be planned around this date. Keep in mind that some dates will be very busy during the holiday season and some days less so. Choosing a midweek day will often give you more options for entertainment, catering, venues, etc.

    Decide the guest list and venue

    You don’t necessarily need a final number just yet but you should have a ballpark number in mind. Are you inviting all employees? Certain departments? Are spouses and families invited? After you have received back your RSVPs you will be able to provide a final head count to your caterer and any other relevant vendors. You also need to finalize the location. The office party will probably be at the office, but where exactly?

    Send “Save the Date” cards

    As soon as you know the date and exact location of the party, it’s time to send “Save the Date” cards to your office mates. Notifying everyone as soon as possible will ensure the best turn out during the busy time of the year.

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    The best way to plan for the best office holiday party is with a perfect catering menu from everyone’s favorite Italian restaurant, Buca di Beppo! Call us today to start planning your special menu. The earlier we start working together, the easier it will be to make sure that we can cater your event at your chosen date and time and have plenty of opportunities to discuss any special needs or concerns you may have. Whether you know exactly what you want to offer the party’s attendees or you need a little help setting up your menu, Buca is here to help and we’ll make sure that no one will leave the party hungry.

    Your office holiday party is when everyone takes time to reflect on their year of hard work and to celebrate their successes. As the most successful catering company in the business, Buca caters hundreds of events every day, making us skilled with multiple types of gatherings. We will be sure that the catering for your holiday party will be up to the highest of standards. Maybe you’ll even get an award for planning the perfect office holiday party!

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  • Big Games = Big Appetites

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    Invite Buca to All of Your Tailgating and Homegating Parties This Year

    Cheering on your favorite football team really builds up a hunger! That’s why thousands of Americans choose to tailgate in stadium and arena parking lots every weekend. They snack, mingle, and play games with their friends, family, and fellow fans before hitting the bleachers to cheer on their favorite teams. Whether you are a “true” tailgater hanging out in the open tailgate of your vehicle or you arrive with a trailer full of tents and TVs, one thing’s for sure…everyone’s going to be hungry. That’s why you want to make sure to invite the star of the show, Buca di Beppo!

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    Our Half Party Pans feed up to 10 adults and our Full Party Pans serve up to 20. Our Italian Feast Packages are always a hit or you can customize your order to include the exact selection and sizes of salads, entrees, side dishes, and desserts specifically suited for your crowd. No matter the size of your tailgate party, Buca catering will make your spot the envy of the parking lot. As a matter of fact, with food this good, some of your fellow fans may never even enter the stadium!

    Don’t feel like paying big bucks for a ticket, packing up the car, and fighting traffic to the arena with thousands of your closest friends? How about homegating? Haven’t heard of it? With homegating you enjoy all the energy and thrill of tailgating, but you host your gathering in your own home. The comfortable alternative of your flat-screen TV and nearby bathrooms can outweigh the work of hauling everything to a parking lot, braving the elements, and awkwardly balancing your plate for even the most fanatical football fans.

    Whether you’re planning on spending the day at the stadium or hosting a football party at your house, let Buca cater your party so you can focus on having fun with your friends and family while cheering your favorite team to victory! Our hassle-free catering options allow you to focus on the festivities, not hover over a grill or spend all your time in the kitchen. We also provide all the necessary dining ware (plastic plates, utensils, and napkins) to accompany your order. From planning to cooking, setting up to cleaning, Buca catering packages are guaranteed to be a touchdown at the next big game. Call us or fill out an online order form today and score major points with all of the guests at your next tailgating or homegating party.

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  • Pack a Basketful of Buca: Labor Day Picnics

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    This three day weekend celebrates the American worker (yay!) and unofficially marks the end to summer (boo!) There’s lots more to cheer about: NCAA teams’ first games, the NASCAR Southern 500, and the NHRA U.S. Nationals all occur on Labor Day weekend. It’s also the perfect time to get in a final summer party or picnic.

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    Be sure your picnic has the three American classics: salads, macaroni, and chicken…with an Italian flair!  Our Chopped Antipasti Salad is a delicious combination of pepperoni, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, cucumbers, Roma tomatoes, black and green olives, provolone, feta, and Gorgonzola. Our Apple Gorgonzola Salad is a mouthwatering mix of Granny Smith apples, spiced walnuts, dried cranberries and Gorgonzola. Each salad features mixed lettuce and is tossed in our signature Italian vinaigrette. Our Macaroni and Cheese (cavatappi in a creamy cheese sauce) will delight even the pickiest of eaters and our Macaroni Rosa is a slightly more sophisticated version of the favorite. Not your traditional macaroni, this entree features cavatappi spiral pasta topped with chicken, broccoli, peas, mushrooms and our famous red sauce. Speaking of chicken, why have cold fried chicken when you can have dreamy Chicken Parmigiana (topped with our homemade marinara sauce and mozzarella), Chicken Marsala (simmered with mushrooms in a traditional Marsala wine reduction), Chicken Limone (sauteed in lemon butter sauce and capers) and Chicken Saltimbocca (topped with prosciutto and sage, served with artichoke hearts, lemon, capers and lemon butter sauce)?

    Feature a variety of Italian favorites for a truly memorable party or picnic. When you choose Buca, you know you are going to get great food that everyone will love. Our Celebration Packages feature a mixed green or Caesar salad, fresh made house bread, and a wide selection of entrees or you can create your own combinations from our catering menu. A single full-size Party Pan serves 20 adults and we can also provide beverages and desserts. With hundreds of delicious options, you simply choose your menu and we take care of the rest!

    Invite Buca to your Labor Day parties and picnics and we will bring your catering order to any park, backyard, or outdoor venue within 10 miles of one of our local restaurants. (Check store locations for specific details.) We will also provide napkins, plates, and utensils so you don’t have to worry about forgetting any details for your family or guests. This Labor Day weekend spend more time enjoying your parties and picnics and less time planning and preparing the menu. For an easy, successful party or picnic packed full of delicious favorites, call or order Buca online today!

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  • No More Dinnertime Dilemmas: Go Back to School with Buca

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    The lazy days of summer are slipping away and the hustle and bustle of a new school year is upon us. Which means it’s time to get back in the groove of a new schedule that seems to get busier and busier every year. After school clubs, sports, tutoring, and a variety of extracurricular activities tend to fill almost every day on the calendar. You may be thinking “how am I supposed to give my family a home cooked meal every day?” That’s where Buca comes in! Join us at one of our restaurants for a delicious chef prepared meal between or after your evening activities. No need to shop, prepare, or clean up. Our amazing staff will cater to you and your family’s every need and take care of everything. Forget frozen meals or fast food and feel great knowing your family is eating freshly prepared Italian dishes, salads, and sides. You won’t even have to tell the kids to eat their vegetables. Our crispy salads and fresh vegetable sides are so delicious they usually ask for seconds!

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    If a meal at our restaurant doesn’t fit your busy schedule, it doesn’t mean you need to resort to a “value meal” at the drive thru. For a true value meal, place an order with Buca and we will make sure it is freshly prepared moments before you are ready to pick it up. Just imagine how excited your family will be when you present them with a feast of bubbling Italian pastas, entrees, and pizzas paired with crisp, cool salads and mouthwatering fresh bread.

    Consider starting a new tradition this year. Designate a particular weekday as Family Dinner Day at Buca. Maybe Wednesdays are your family’s super busy day. After your last activity wraps everyone can head to Buca to relax, discuss their day, and feast on all their favorite dishes. Think ahead and grab a half pan of one of our pastas or entrees to enjoy later in the week while you’re here. If you’re feeding a bigger crowd, our full party pans feed 20 adults and we also offer packages to make ordering even easier. This is a very popular option for teams to enjoy before a big game or competition.

    Don’t overextend yourself this school year. Let Buca take care of dinner so you can focus on the rest of your busy schedule.

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  • Take Time to Stop and Taste the Rosé

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    First produced over 2,000 years ago in the French region of Provence, rosé has recently become the wine of choice among many oenophiles and wine “newbies”. Not to be confused with the sweet white zinfandels of the 1980s, rosé and white zinfandel have the same pink color, but their similarities end there. Another common misconception is that rosé can be made by mixing red wine with white wine. That is not the case. Rosé is actually made when red grapes are lightly crushed and left to soak with their skins for a very short time. While some red wines soak for weeks at a time, rosé is strained from its skins before it becomes too dark, anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The winemaker determines the hue, the skins are removed, the juice is allowed to ferment, and the end result is a delicious rosé.

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    Rosé is not limited to a specific grape or region. It is created from a combination of grenache, syrah, rolle, cinsault and mourvèdre grapes produced in France, Spain, Italy, and the United States and the type of grape used will affect the flavor. An Italian “rosato” will have cherry and orange zest flavors, while a rosé from Provence will have notes of honeydew melon, lemon, and celery. Other rosés may offer flavors of strawberry, rose petal, and rhubarb. A rosé is usually light and floral but can range from bone dry to lightly sweet. Rosé, does not improve over the years so most bottles will not be dated more than two or three years back.

    Make this summer special. Invite your friends and family over to relax and enjoy the long, lazy days of the season. Let Buca bring all of your favorites so you don’t have to steam up your kitchen or worry about a thing. You can sit back with your glass of rosé and know that we have all the details covered. Or invite everyone to Buca for an evening of amazing food and service in a fun environment. We offer a great selection of rosés to accompany your meal. A chilled rosé is fun, casual, and tastes good. No wonder it has become a favorite among wine drinkers! Whether you are having a poolside picnic catered by Buca or looking for an accompaniment for a meal, rosé is the perfect choice for refreshing your palate.

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  • Packages Fit for a Caesar: 3 Classic Italian Feasts

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    Buca just made your menu planning a breeze! Our 3 Classic Italian Feasts will make diners smile and give every home cook a much needed break from the kitchen. Don’t stress over what’s for dinner and don’t spend another minute near a hot stove! Let Buca take care of dinner so you can get on with your busy evening or simply relax and put your feet up.

    Make a Reservation at Buca and Enjoy Your Classic Italian Feast!

    Each of our Feasts include a complimentary order of our famous house bread. Can’t you just smell its warm, delicious aroma already? Each Feast also includes your choice of a fresh, crisp salad to start your meal. Our Mixed Green Salad features mixed lettuce tossed in our signature Italian vinaigrette with Roma tomatoes, red onions, pepperoncini peppers, and black and green olives, and our Caesar Salad is created with crunchy Romaine hearts tossed in our signature Caesar dressing with roasted garlic croutons and Parmesan. Choose your Feast based on your favorite Italian entree or pasta: Chicken Parmigiana, Chicken Limone, Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti Marinara, Baked Rigatoni, Baked Ziti, Spaghetti with Meatballs, or Ravioli al Pomodoro. With so many great selections, you can’t go wrong and our prices can’t be beat.

    Friends Feast $45 / Just $15 per person*

    Complimentary House Bread

    Choice of Mixed Green Salad or Caesar Salad

    Choice of Chicken Parmigiana or Chicken Limone

    Choice of Fettuccine Alfredo or Spaghetti Marinara

     

    Romans Feast $36 / Just $12 per person

    Complimentary House Bread

    Choice of Mixed Green Salad or Caesar Salad

    Choice of Baked Rigatoni, Baked Ziti, or Spaghetti with Meatballs

     

    Countrymen Feast $30 / Just $10 per person

    Complimentary House Bread

    Choice of Mixed Green Salad or Caesar Salad

    Choice of Fettuccine Alfredo, Spaghetti Marinara, or Ravioli al Pomodoro

     

    Our delicious Italian specialties are everyone’s favorites and now we’ve made it even easier to feed a crowd. Look at your calendar for upcoming parties, potlucks, picnics, and gatherings. Don’t forget busy weeknights and game days! We know how busy life can get but that’s no excuse to not enjoy a mouthwatering Italian feast. Make reservations to visit us at one of our fun restaurants or place an order for carry-out. With carry-out orders we make sure to include everything you need, including disposable plates, utensils, and napkins. Just imagine the smiles from everyone when you arrive with a Feast (or two) from Buca!

    * Per person prices are based on Buca Small which feeds 3 adults.

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  • Enjoy Gold Medal Dishes While You Watch the Games

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    It only comes around every four years and you don’t want to miss a minute of the action. Don’t spend a single second in the kitchen, away from your family and friends. Let Buca cater your viewing party of the Games so you can focus on giving your favorite team your undivided attention and cheers! We can bring all your selections anywhere within a 10 mile radius of one of our restaurants and we always provide everything you need to enjoy your meal the second it arrives. Disposable plates, utensils, and napkins make serving and cleanup a breeze so you won’t be fumbling for silverware or spending hours cleaning up after your guests leave. Call or fill out our easy online form today to place your catering order so you and your guests don’t miss a minute of your cheerleading duties. We can even provide beverages to quench everyone’s thirsts after all that yelling!

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    If you’ve been invited to a viewing party where guests are encouraged to bring a dish, pick up a Party Pan from Buca on your way. Our Party Pans feed 20 adults and can be ready according to your schedule. Give us a call, then simply swing by to grab your order and you’ll be the most popular person at the potluck! Having a smaller gathering at home? Carry out a few of your favorites and set up a picnic in front of your living room television.

    No matter where you are watching the Games, we can accommodate any sized gathering or appetites, from Buca Smalls (serves 2-3), to Buca Larges (serves up to 5), to Half Pans (feeds 10), and Full Pans (feeds 20). Mix and match to create your perfectly customized feast or order one of our celebration packages…and don’t forget dessert! No matter how much everyone enjoys their Italian pastas and entrees, they’ll always have room for a few selections from a tray of our delicious cakes and cannoli. 

    Your guests will love cheering on their favorite competitors and teams while enjoying plates full of Spaghetti Marinara, Chicken Limone, Eggplant Parmigiana, Caesar Salads, fresh bread, and dozens of other Italian specialties. Call Buca today and place your catering or carryout orders for the hottest two weeks in sports!

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  • Book Buca for Your Awesome Autumn Bridal Banquets

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    If you are planning a bridal shower or bachelorette party this fall, treat your friends and bridesmaids to an authentic Italian feast at your local Buca di Beppo. From the moment they walk in the door they’ll know there is fun and delicious food in store for them. Our eclectic decor is a definite conversation starter and our authentic menu can accommodate everyone’s palate. Our antipasti, salads, pasta, and classic Italian entrées are all served family style so everyone gets a taste of each magnificent dish. We can also easily accommodate dietary needs such as vegetarian or gluten-free. Your guests can choose from a variety of our complementary wines or you can create your own signature cocktail for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget a sweet ending to your festivities! Even the guests who are sticking to our light and healthy options in preparation for the big day can’t resist our decadent desserts. Reserve a semi-private banquet room today to celebrate your bridal shower or bachelorette party!

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    Maybe you are planning a bridal shower at your home or want to have a pre-party dinner before a big bachelorette night on the town. Our Party Pans are perfect for a quiet bridal lunch or for a pre-party feast. We offer catering packages or you can customize to create your own combination. If your party location is located within a 10 mile radius of our restaurant, we will deliver your party pans and trays along with plates, napkins, and serving and eating utensils. That way you or your hostess won’t be stuck with clean-up and dish duty!

    Whether you choose to celebrate with us at one of our restaurants or at your own venue, a great benefit of choosing Buca is that we are pros at planning. You’ve been putting all of your energy into planning your wedding. Let us take care of as little or as much of the bridal shower and bachelorette party menu planning, so you can focus on having fun with your guests. From low-key bridal lunches to awesome bachelorette bashes, we can handle it all! 

    Kick off your wedding festivities in style. Call Buca today to reserve your semi-private banquet rooms and place your catering orders. As your big day approaches you’ll have plenty of details to finalize, but you can rest easy knowing that Buca has all of your dining and catering needs covered.

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  • Treat Yourself to Magical, Mouthwatering Layers – National Lasagna Day is July 29th

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    Culinary historians know that noodles have been enjoyed for at least 4,000 years, but there is some disagreement about where the first pasta dish originated. The first lasagna recipe appears in The Liber de Coquina (The Book of Cooking/Cookery), one of the oldest medieval cookbooks, but many theories exist on how this layered dish came to be named. One theory is that lasagna came to Italy from Greece. The term “lasagna” may derive from the Greek word “lasana” which means a trivet or a pot, or from the word “laganon” meaning a wide and flat sheet of pasta dough cut into strips. Lasagna may also be an Italian adaptation of a 14th-century British recipe, Loseyn, which layered ingredients between pasta sheets. The delicious oven baked casserole that we love today originated in Northern Italy sometime in the late 1500s after Christopher Columbus sent tomatoes to Europe from the New World. Italian immigrants brought their traditional recipes with them when they came to America, but the popularity of the lasagna among non-Italians soared in the 1950s, when soldiers returned from WWII craving for the foods they had eaten while stationed in Italy.

    Come to Buca and Enjoy a Lasagna today!

    Most commonly featuring layers of lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, and cheese, and flavored with wine, garlic, onion, and oregano, lasagna is one of America’s most loved Italian dishes. There are dozens of different variations with additions such as meats, seafood, vegetables, ragùs, and Béchamel sauces to suit every taste bud. Lasagna is the ultimate comfort food. A big pan of lasagna takes time to create and bake but will have your mouth watering the entire time it bubbles in your oven. The only down side to National Lasagna Day is that it is smack dab in the middle of a sweltering summer month and that means that cooking a pan of lasagna might not rank high on your list of dishes to cook in a hot and humid kitchen. That’s when you turn to your favorite Italian restaurant, Buca! Come to one of our restaurants to enjoy our super special lasagna recipe featuring towering layers of meat sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, provolone, and Parmesan in one of our cool (and cooled) dining rooms. We can also cater your event with party pans of lasagna! Or you can pick up a party pan to take to your home or event.

    Whether you don’t have the time to create your own lasagna or it’s just too hot to bake in your kitchen, let Buca help you celebrate National Lasagna Day! The official day is Friday, July 29th, but we’re celebrating all week long from Monday, July 25th through Sunday, July 31st!

    Come to Buca and Enjoy a Lasagna today!

  • 3 Limited Time Selections Featuring the Flavors of Our Summer Garden

    Summer Restaurant Specials

    We like to mix it up a bit every now and then. So this summer we are offering our guests a few new selections featuring fresh Italian flavors from our summer garden. Don’t worry, we still have all of your other favorite dishes that keep you visiting us time and time again! But now, we also offer a few light, summer dishes bursting with vegetables and perfect for a casual family dinner or a holiday cookout. But these special recipes are only available this summer. So be sure to visit your local Buca di Beppo to get a taste of these limited time menu selections before they’re gone!

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    Garden Fresh Fettuccine

    Enjoy summer’s delicious bounty with our Garden Fresh Fettuccine, featuring ribbons of carrots and zucchini tossed with perfectly cooked fettuccine and a variety of fresh herbs. A perfect choice for all of our Fettuccine Alfredo lovers who want a lighter choice this summer.

    Italian Sausage & Arugula Pizza

    The spicy Italian sausage on our new Italian Sausage & Arugula pizza is the ideal combination of prosciutto, garlic, and balsamic glaze and blends perfectly with the peppery arugula. Our authentic sauce gives this limited time pizza its traditional Buca taste, but the toppings give it a new summer twist.

    Spicy Spaghetti al Pomodoro

    When you want pasta but not a heavy sauce, our Spicy Spaghetti al Pomodoro is the perfect choice. Al dente spaghetti is tossed in olive oil, fresh grape tomatoes, basil, and our secret blend of spices to give this dish a kick of flavor without weighing you down.

    Each of these special summer dishes is served family-style like all of your other favorite Buca di Beppo dishes, making them perfect for sharing. Whether it’s too hot to cook or you want to bring a dish that everyone is sure to love at the cookout, Buca has got you covered. Come to your favorite location to relax and be waited on by our attentive staff, place an order to pick-up on the way to your event, or let us bring our customized catered spread to you. Our Garden Fresh Fettucine, Italian Sausage & Arugula Pizza, and Spicy Spaghetti al Pomodoro are each packed full of herbs and vegetables from our summer gardens. When you want a taste of summer and the comfort of your favorite Italian dishes, our limited time summer garden selections are the perfect choice. Come try them all before they’re gone.

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