October 1, 2021

The Best Occasions to Hire a Caterer

At any event, one of the most crucial elements to pleasing the party is the food. It certainly can be an overwhelming responsibility to cook for everyone or ensure everyone brings a dish to share. This is why catering is the perfect option for several types of occasions. Here are some great examples of occasions to hire a caterer for:

A Wedding

Especially when hosting a gathering with so many guests, a caterer is usually the only feasible option. For such a special and memorable day, it is so important that the food provided be of the highest quality.

Main dishes like salmon or beef can pair perfectly with celebratory champagne or cabernet. Grico’s has a whole menu just for Hors d’oeuvres to keep people sated as they celebrate before and after the main meal.

A Family Picnic

Whether for a family reunion, Fourth of July, or just for fun, picnics provide the perfect setting for catered meals. But honestly, what is a picnic with nothing to pick at?

A simple pairing like grilled boneless chicken breasts and mac & cheese can make a great meal to enjoy on a beautiful sunny day outdoors with your family. It’s one of the best pairings on our menu, but we would be remiss to not mention another tasty option such as our baby back ribs, grilled cheeseburgers, or grilled Italian sausage with onions and peppers. Ordering a nice side of corn on the cob or pasta salad with fresh garden vegetables adds a nice touch to the picnic spread as well. When in an outdoor setting where it isn’t so convenient to be cutting up and preparing food, the easier it is to eat, the better.

A Birthday Party

It’s not so easy to enjoy a birthday party when worrying about food takes up all your time. To spend less time cooking and cleaning and more time with family and friends, a caterer is absolutely a must. With meals already prepared for your guests, the hassle of a birthday celebration is greatly reduced.

Consider ordering a few sandwich trays or other single-serving snacks that you can get off the cash & carry menu. We offer dishes like chicken romano, shrimp scampi, and meatballs ready for you to pick up and go. Though, depending on the significance of the birthday celebration, upscale seafood entrees like lobster or mussels could really make the occasion stand out. But don’t forget the salad!

Holiday Gathering

Many people enjoy the tradition of everyone bringing a dish to the holiday dinner, but wouldn’t it be so much better if everyone was more focused on making cookies? Instead of burdening your guests with the responsibility of cooking and bringing food, impress them the second they walk in with some hors d’oeuvres.

This could be something like stuffed mushrooms or bacon-wrapped scallops. For the main course, a simple turkey or ham is the classic holiday entree, with some potatoes or casserole on the side to round off the meal.


Finally! After years and years of hard work, it’s time to celebrate. Whether a college or high school graduation, it’s a significant moment that deserves some quality eats. Despite being an event celebrating the accomplishments of one person, everyone should be rewarded with a delicious, professionally prepared meal. Some baked ziti or similar pasta dishes with some chicken parmesan would certainly be a crowd-pleaser.

Catering from Grico’s

We specialize in making any event easier for you by providing a whole menu’s worth of food for your event. If you need catering for your next event, contact the Original Grico’s in Exeter and check out our menu options online!