It's beginning to look like that time of year for holiday parties, and local restaurants can make your holiday entertaining easier. Whether you want to schedule your event in the restaurant, your home, office, or other location, these restaurants are ready to serve a variety of options — it's whatever rings your jingle bells.
Here are just a few samples of what's offered in and around the area.
Long considered one of the premiere romantic restaurants in the area, Cafe Mezzanotte also gets an added high-five for using local, organic ingredients for its in-house dining, banquets and catering.
The restaurant has an extensive catering menu offering everything from hors d'oeuvre parties to buffet or plated events. Asked about some of the most requested dishes, Michael "Mikey" Reigle, Cafe Mezzanotte's director of catering, said that customers love the restaurant’s "grazing station" with cured meats, imported cheeses, marinated veggies and more. Another top selection is the 90-mile meatballs, a dish where all the ingredients come from within 90 miles of the restaurant.
Cafe Mezzanotte is located at 760 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park and can be reached at 410-647-1100. Its online menu is available at www.cafemezzanotte.com.
Chick-fil-A is a good pick that most will love, especially families with kids. Choose from salads, wraps, chicken nuggets, strips and tenders, and more. The bundle package allows everyone to build their own sandwich with grilled chicken breasts, multigrain brioche buns, honey-roasted barbecue sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, colby jack cheese, and bacon. It's $77 and serves 10 people, so you get a great taste at a bargain price. Also, don't forget the macaroni and cheese, fresh fruit, and cookie and brownie trays.
Chick-fil-A is located at 511 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. To see the full menu, go to www.order.chick-fil-a.com/get-started/catering.
Severna Park Taphouse
Grab some party platters from the Severna Park Taphouse for a more relaxed holiday vibe. Pick up some jumbo wings with homemade ranch or blue cheese dressing. Maybe you prefer the "Triple Play Platter” with wings, crab balls, and steamed shrimp or the buffalo chicken dip tray with toasted crostini. Each platter serves approximately 20 guests. For pricing and additional information, email email@example.com.
Severna Park Taphouse is located at 58 West Earleigh Heights Road in Severna Park and can be reached at 410-793-5759.
The Social is the new kid in town. Although the restaurant is not set up for catering yet, it is a great spot for special holiday meals. Takeout and delivery are available. The Social has a variety of food that will tickle your taste buds - maple bourbon deviled eggs, grilled flatbreads, crispy Brussels sprouts, shrimp and grits, rockfish, pasta primavera, plus sandwiches, salads and scrumptious desserts.
The Social is located at 139 Ritchie Highway, Suite A, in Severna Park. To see the full menu or learn more, visit www.thesocialsp.com or call 410-544-2457.
Garry's Grill is another Severna Park favorite. You can keep your planning simple with a fruit and cheese display with various kinds of offerings served with assorted crackers. You can also pick the crab fondue, smoked salmon, mini crab cakes and chilled tenderloin. There are entree salads, sandwiches and pasta — an extensive menu.
Dan Hansen, a front house manager at Garry's Grill, said sesame chicken, tenderloin, and Chesapeake pasta are customer favorites.
Order by December 18 for a December 23 pickup. Garry’s Grill is located at 553 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park and can be reached at 410-544-0499. More information is available at www.garrysgrill.com/catering/#catering-menu.
JB's, Severna Park
Check out JB's for a comfy and easy holiday gathering. There's plenty of food to pick from — wings, pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, salads, sides and even desserts.
JB’s is located at 566 Governor Ritchie Highway in Severna Park and can be reached at 443-906-2211. More information can be found at www.jbs-sp.com.
This is just a sampling of the fabulous food in and around Severna Park. There are plenty of other restaurants in the area, of course — but this should get you thinking. Plan now and order as soon as possible.
Titan Catering Services: Blackwall Hitch in Annapolis/Smashing Grapes in Annapolis and Gambrills
Titan Catering offers some yummy holiday specials, including “The Hungry Holiday Bundle,” which features a salad, soups, a display platter — such as charcuterie, fruit, cheese, or crudites — and a variety of several delicious appetizers. Or go for a "Holly Jolly Feast" with all the above, plus entrees and sides.
Of course, those are just a few options. You can also pick from sandwich platters, flatbreads, salads, chilled and hot appetizers, soups, pasta and desserts.
Browse the options online at www.titancatering.com. Titan Catering can be reached at 410-317-2276.
Founders Tavern & Grille
Founders Tavern & Grille doesn't offer catering yet, but the staff promised that it's coming for winter 2023. However, Founders hosts many holiday luncheons and dinners for up to 35 people. The staff also provides lunch carryout for local businesses.
The staff said customers especially love the Yankee pot roast and fried chicken. Other favorites are their shrimp and grits, pizzas and burgers.
Founders is located at 8125 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park and can be reached at 410-544-0076. More information can be found at www.founderstavernandgrille.com.