BBQ Catering

The very best BBQ catering is cooked on site at the venue the event is being held.

Many catering companies that provide BBQ catering prepare their food ahead of time and transport the product in Cambro units ( Hot Boxes ) and then transfer to chafing dishes on site before serving.

While this method is effective, and honestly sometimes necessary for very large events. Our experience has proven there is no way that the quality of that product will be as good as if it were cooked on site and served directly to your guests. Particularly beef products. Items like hamburgers, steaks, tri-tip, beef kabobs all need to be cooked on site in order to be at optimum quality for maintaining the true flavor of the product, not drying out or being over cooked.

When our clients request any of those items we let them know that we will be more than happy to provide great beef products for their event, however we require that they are cooked on site.

BBQ season is about here. We’ll bring the grill!

Mac’s Custom Catering receives 2015 Best of Eugene Award for catering

All of us at Mac’s Custom Catering are extremely proud to announce that we have been awarded the 2015 award in the catering category by the Eugene Award Program administered through the US Chamber of Commerce Association.

We are very proud that this is the eight consecutive year that our company has been selected in the Eugene/Springfield market.

The criteria used for selection is based on information gathered from local businesses and the Eugene Chamber of Commerce. Our marketing efforts and performance are key factors in the selection process, and the award program focuses on quality not quantity, which is exactly how we have built our business over the years.

We thank all of the third parties that contributed to us receiving this award and look forward to continuing to provide exceptional catering for all of our clients for many years to come.

2 Delicious Ways to Prepare Fresh Salmon

Here in the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with an abundance of Chinook, Silver and Coho salmon.
With many of our clients expecting guests from various parts of our country, and occasionally other countries, often times they choose to offer flavors of our region. Fresh salmon is one of the first things we recommend. Here are two methods of preparation that have been delighting our clients for many years.

Northwest Glazed Baked Salmon

Fresh salmon fillet coated lightly with a Brown sugar smoke flavored glaze, that not only imparts a delicious flavor but also helps to seal the natural juices of the salmon fillet, so that it stays very moist and delicious.  A perfect selection for buffet applications because as we all know, the last thing you want is dry salmon.

Blackened Salmon

Fresh salmon fillet coated with Cajun spices and seared in a hot iron skillet. Served over a bed of caramelized onions and then finished briefly in the oven and topped with Gorgonzola cheese. A delicious combination of flavors.

Either of these options will have your guests raving about the wonderful salmon that they had at your event!

4 Delightful Methods of Preparing Chicken

Chicken is by far and away the most versatile and most popular protein that most of our clients choose for their events. It is affordable and has more broad appeal then other protein options. We list nine different methods of preparation on our menu, but here are the four most popular:

Chicken Picatta

This recipe works great for any time of year. Boneless chicken breast lightly floured sautéed with mushrooms, garlic and capers. Finished with white wine and fresh lemon.

Poulet Bechamel

This recipe is a little heavier and more appropriate for the fall and winter months. Boneless chicken breast sautéed with mushrooms in white wine and fresh lemon juice and then baked in a garlic cream sauce and topped with Jarlsberg Swiss cheese. Yummy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu

This recipe is great for either buffet or multi course sit down events.
Boneless chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto ham, lightly floured and sautéed to Golden Brown. Finished in the oven and topped with a Swiss cheese Mornay sauce.

Barbecue Chicken

A summertime favorite, however delicious anytime year.  Grilled and topped with Chef Rob‘s homemade barbecue sauce. Can’t miss this one!

Gluten-free, Vegetarian, and Vegan

It’s extremely important in the catering industry today, to be sensitive to special dietary needs.  We get a significant number of requests for menus that contain gluten free, vegetarian and vegan menu items.

Our catering company has taken a lot of the guesswork out for our potential clients, so when you visit our menus online we indicate which items are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan.   When we set up a buffet for your event we include small menu signage that corresponds with the items, indicating which ones are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. That relieves any anxiety on the part of your guests as to which items are appropriate for their dietary needs.

We have had a lot of positive feedback from our clients by including this information as part of our service.  Contact us today, if you would like to cater an event with special dietary needs.

Last Minute Event Planning

Life can get crazy! Often times events that require food come up with very little notice; unexpected guests, last-minute corporate events, your team is working hard to meet a deadline which requires working into the evening, or you’re celebrating a milestone. Perhaps you simply didn’t have time to plan for food service. We can help!

Mac’s has pulled off wedding receptions, birthday parties, company picnics, celebrations of life and anniversary parties with as little as 5 to 7 days notice. Don’t stress, give us a call.

Mac’s can provide exceptional food trays or box lunches with only 48 hours notice. Check out our offerings!

If you’re in a pinch and you need a pro, contact Mac’s.

Questions Catering Companies Don’t Want You To Ask

Because catering can be one of the more expensive components in holding an event, it’s important to ask the right questions. You’d be surprised what questions some catering companies wish you didn’t ask.

A few questions that some catering companies may not want you to ask:

If we book our wedding or event with your company, how many other events might you potentially book on the same day?

This is an important question because there are catering companies that operate based primarily on volume and will book just as much business as they possibly can, whether they are capable of providing a quality experience or not. Once they have your deposit, your committed.

Do you prepare all of your food from scratch at your location? Or do you purchase prepared food and then present it as yours?

See what kind of a reaction you get, because believe it or not there are companies that do exactly that. Be careful if the catering consultant you’re dealing with becomes very defensive or is offended by the question. More than likely, they’d be the ones doing it.

As the consultant helping me with planning my event, will you be on site for my event?

This is important because sometimes important details may be lost in translation when providing direction to catering staff that did not participate in the planning process.

Does your catering company offer any kind of a guarantee?

This is a fair question. And you might be surprised how some companies answer it.

If you get a quote from a catering company that seems too good to be true, it probably is. The reality is that our business is just like any other business in that you get what you pay for.