By Valerie Heimerich
With the help of these stellar Sacramento restaurants and caterers, you can spend New Year’s Eve enjoying friends and family without toiling all night in the kitchen. There are many options available, whether planning a cozy brunch or multi-course dining experience for a crowd.
A wide range of tempting Crisp entrees include grilled pork loin with port and cherry reduction, almond-smoked salmon with mango chutney or a meal built around Caesar, chef and Greek salads. Or treat NYE guests to a selection of warm and cold appetizers, with choices including bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo, filo cups of shrimp cocktail, cranberries and turkey or Asian salad, mushroom caps stuffed with spinach and parmesan, chipotle meatballs and Crisp’s popular housemade kettle chips. Guests will also like build-your-own choices like a fajita bar or a baked potato bar, the latter complete with chili, bacon, broccoli and other toppings. Catering clients can choose from pre-set options or work with Crisp on a customized menu.
Ben’s Huli Huli Chicken & Hawaiian Café
7967 Auburn Blvd.
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Bring in the New Year with the spirit of aloha with Ben’s Hawaiian Café, which also does catering and party trays. Ben’s offers authentic island-style food like char sui pork, huli huli chicken, chicken katsu, teriyaki ginger beef and Hawaiian salad or fried rice; guests who have spent time in Hawaii will love the fresh pineapple, Maui-style macaroni salad, musubi, saimin and pineapple garlic shrimp. For the most satisfying of all possible finger foods, try Ben’s delectable kalua pork sliders on Hawaiian bread.
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Slightly Skewed is a food truck and caterer with quite a devoted following; food items on the truck rotate frequently and custom catering menus are available with either a buffet or with an on-site food truck. Skewed uses authentic fresh and seasonal ingredients to make grilled Asian-style street food and sides, with influences from Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese cuisines. Menu items have included flavorful skewers of teriyaki chicken, bulgogi beef, ginger scallion chicken, brussels sprouts, baby bok choy and other meats and vegetables. New Year’s Eve guests might also enjoy ginger sesame wings or fried rice balls filled with scallions, shitake mushrooms and Chinese sausage, rolled in panko bread crumbs and served with a tangy sauce.
Sandra Dee’s BBQ & Seafood
601 15th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Whether you call it soul food, comfort food or good old fashioned Southern ‘Q, Sandra Dee’s is the place to go for the good stuff in Sacramento. Before branching out into a family-operated restaurant, owner Sandra Dee operated the business strictly for catering; her knowledge of the process insures that catering clients receive the best possible experience. Popular dishes include succulent ribs, chicken and tri-tip, chicken pesto noodles, shrimp creole, Po-Boys, hot links, oysters, catfish and jambalaya or gumbo. Soul-soothing side dishes include red beans and rice, greens and creamy macaroni and cheese; New Year’s Eve guests will melt with pleasure at Dee’s sweet potato pie, red velvet cake, peach cobbler and other desserts.
Tony’s Delicatessen & Catering
1131 J St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tony’s has provided everything from premium morning repasts and box-lunches to buffets and sit-down dinners to Sacramento catering clients for more than 25 years. Preset and custom menus are available. Continental breakfast platters can include items like fresh fruit, bagels, fresh pastries and smoked salmon, and easy-to-serve lunch boxes offer sandwiches, sides, dessert and drinks to guests. Platters are perfect no matter what time the party is, with options like gourmet cheeses, sliced lox, fruit and yogurt, seasonal vegetables and elegant finger sandwiches. Elegant, custom salads are available either as entrees or side dishes.