Events Made Easy 10

Red Star Catering Proves It’s Easy to Host at Home

With the weather warming up and weddings, spring flings, and tea parties on the horizon, we like to refer to spring by another name: event season.

If you’ve got a brunch or barbecue on the docket, you probably have a to-do list as long as your guest list. Grocery shopping, veggie chopping—the list goes on. But the good news is, you can knock out a half dozen of those to-dos in one fell swoop with a caterer like Red Star Catering.

Locally owned and operated (and founded by the same award-winning team that brought you Mac’s Speed Shop), Red Star takes pride in providing the best in cuisine, service and event planning to help create memorable and exceptional culinary experiences, without any labor on your part. Led by Executive Chef of Catering Alex Ranucci (who brings over 11 years of experience in catering, restaurant and food truck ownership to the table—literally), the Red Star team knows how to make every event—and every bite—special.

We tapped Ranucci and the Red Star team to help guide you through your next event. Use his tips for planning and picking dishes, and turn your home into party central.

Tips for In-Home Events

  • Simplify your planning: 
Having an event is supposed to be fun, so outsource some of the key elements to provide a stress-free environment leading up to guest arrival. Work with a caterer to create a customized menu that will feel personal and unique for your guests, but not like a hassle for you.
  • Consider a buffet
: A buffet allows guests to pick their favorite items and provides movement and flow to your event.
  • Pick a theme
: Themes are always a great way to help tell a story when hosting any type of event. I find it especially important to incorporate a “storytelling” aspect in planning. Having a theme also helps to create a sense of continuity and cohesiveness, and often can offer a solid foundation when starting your planning. Infusing your theme into aspects like the table décor and menus is a no-brainer, but it’s important not to overdo it by having a color or menu item that’s too repetitive.
  • Be authentic
: Pick something that feels authentic to you. You should never force a theme or a menu, and if you’re having a hard time connecting with something, take a step back and pull inspiration from places you’ve been, friends, family and even co-workers.

Alex’s Favorite Dishes for Entertaining Guests

Fripp Island Crab Cakes with Cajun Remoulade Sauce

4-Hour Braised Short Ribs with Creamy Red Potatoes, Topped with House-Made Sauce

Italian Chicken Roasted in White Wine Garlic Sauce (his family recipe!)