This 4th of July, let the caterers do the heavy-lifting
It’s summer entertaining season. The sun is shining, the world is opening back up, and we have a reason to celebrate. But if you’re still not fully dining in restaurants — or if you just prefer to entertain at home for the biggest holidays of summer — you can lay back and let someone else do the dirty work. The North Fork’s caterers offer different levels of service, from just food, to food and staffing, to a fully run bar. Depending on your personal needs, you will definitely find a spot that’s a good fit for you and your entertaining desires. Here’s where to get your 4th of July holiday catered on the North Fork.
Lombardi’s Love Lane Market
Lauren Lombardi’s Mattituck store has been serving homemade recipes for 40 years. Customizable menus mean that you can plan your own event. Hors d’ouevres platters serve from five to 20 people, and include items like a grilled vegetable platter, cheese plate, shrimp cocktail platter, and poached salmon display. The market makes “super heroes,” which can range in length from two to six feet. Paninis, pork slider stations, prepared and tossed salads, pastas, and half- and full-tray proteins round out the selections. For dessert, dip into a platter of hand-filled cannolis (large and small are both available, in different sizes).
Noah’s Catering and Events
This Greenport stalwart has an ambitious catering menu, which includes passed “bites” (spoonfuls of scallop ceviche, chicken liver mousse crostini, arancini, and more), entrees, salads, and sides. They also offer several stations: a sushi station with custom maki and hand rolls, taco station, dumpling station, slider station, macaroni and cheese station, and, naturally, a raw bar station boasting local clams and oysters. Catering can be plated or family-style, and the restaurant also offers a few boutique setups, like the Pot-Style North Fork Clambake, Lobster Dinner, and Poolside BBQ.
Chef Tom Schaudel, his daughter Courtney, and hospitality guru Adam Lovett are behind this Mattituck-based catering company, which can execute small and large events. Menus are customizable, but a sample from a recent event offers basil-basted corn-on-the-cob, Dijon and dill-scented new potato salad, mustard-glazed roast salmon, hot dogs and hamburgers, maple-bourbon barbecue ribs, and warm apple crisp with cinnamon gelato. The catering company also offers cocktails, like the Kentucky Sangria, made with Jack Daniels, Mathilde peach, lemon juice, homemade cinnamon syrup, and Malbec.
Creative Courses Catering
The sibling company to the North Fork Shack, Creative Courses has been in operation for five years now. The casual menus are centered around fresh, local cuisine: pulled pork sliders with pickled watermelon, local fluke ceviche, fried Peconic Bay scallops with tartar sauce, roasted monkfish medallions, butter-poached lobster with corn salad, marinated skirt steak with whipped horseradish potatoes. Owners Samy Sabil and Ryan Flatley are North Fork Table and Inn alumni, and so they know the importance of sourcing, curating, and cooking great food.