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Catering Options for Your Summer Event

Summer is an exciting time of year and one that can often be full of fun events to celebrate with your family. With graduations, weddings, christenings, birthdays, and many other celebrations, your summer schedule can quickly become full-up. It’s wonderful to be able to share so much time with your family, but when it’s your turn to be the host, catering for a large number of people can be a nightmare and may cause a lot of stress. Fortunately, the experts at Great Harvest of Newtonville have put together a few ideas to help you when it comes to catering summer events.

Buffet Ideas

Whatever the event you’re catering for, it’s always easier to make dishes that you can cook in large quantities to feed a lot of people. Summer salads such as pasta salad, quinoa salad, and couscous can all be prepared in large quantities and will keep well in the refrigerator. For a protein hit, grill some quick-to-cook cuts of meat such as pork or lamb chops, steak strips, or chicken breasts to go alongside the salads. Serve these dishes with fresh Great Harvest 100% whole grain bread from your local bakery, vegetable sticks, and dips such as blue cheese dip and hummus for a knock-out summer buffet. Are you familiar with the great range of products offered by your local Great Harvest bakery in Newtonville? Our 100% whole grain bread is freshly baked every day, along with sweet treats such as muffins and cookies as well as a delicious selection of hand prepared sandwiches. Call 617-928-1162 to find out more, or take a look in the store next time you’re passing by.

Sit Down Meals

Catering a sit-down meal for a large number of people can seem incredibly overwhelming, but for special events such as weddings, it is worth the hassle to be able to celebrate at home in your garden with friends and family. Plastic tables and chairs can be hired inexpensively and decorated with pieces of material to make them look sophisticated enough even for the most stylish of weddings. The key to catering a meal with a number of courses for many people is to prep as much as possible beforehand. Soup served with freshly made Great Harvest 100% wholegrain bread makes an excellent entrée. It can also be prepared the day before and stored in the refrigerator to save time and kitchen space on the day. Another excellent first-course option is rolls of delicious smoked salmon, served on small squares of thick brown bread and butter, with a squeeze of lemon. This can be very easily and quickly prepared and is a delicious way to begin your meal.

Main Course

It is easier to prepare one or 2 large cuts of meat to be sliced and served than individual portions such as chicken breasts. A leg of lamb can serve up to 10 people and can easily be cooked the day before, ready for serving on the day of the event. If you don’t have a lot of space in your oven, why not hire a large grill? This will allow you to prepare the meat part of the main course on the grill, leaving the oven and hobs free for side dishes and other courses.


The dessert course is often the most enjoyable to prepare (and eat!). For a wedding, try making individual cupcakes with summery flower decorations and a healthy spread of icing. You can arrange these on a cake stand for a modern twist on the traditional wedding cake. Eton Mess is also an excellent summery dessert – just whip up some cream, crush up some meringues, slice some strawberries and mix together. A very simple, but surprisingly delicious summery dessert option.

Get Help From the Experts

When catering a summer event, you needn’t struggle alone. Your local Great Harvest of Newtonville bakery offers a great range of catering options for all kinds of small and large events. Our sandwiches are hand prepared, using freshly baked bread and top-quality ingredients. With a wide range of fillings available, including vegetarian options, there’s something for everyone. Great Harvest also offers a fantastic range of sweet treats such as cookies, cakes, and muffins to satisfy that dessert craving.

The Freshest Bread from Your Local Bakery in Newtonville

To find out more about our range of catering services, as well as bread delivery and in-store collection, call your local Great Harvest of Newtonville bakery today at 617-928-1162 to get everything you need for a successful summer event. Don’t miss out!
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