May Catering Ideas

It’s finally warm outside. Get your office excited about Ice Cream Socials, Healthy Fruit Pop Bars, Mother’s Day Brunch for Lunch, office birthday parties and delicious fall-off-the-bone BBQ. Take a look at the menus & contact us at catering@foodtoeat.com for any orders!

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Porchetta: A Taste of Italian Street Food in New York City

By Emily Collins

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Porchetta is a tiny East Village shop that does its namesake justice. Their goal was to perfect the art of making porchetta sandwiches, a traditional Italian street food that is hard to find in the city. What makes Porchetta so special, you ask? The answer is easy; the Porchetta sandwich is the kind of food that stuns because it’s simplicity marrying quality. They’ve got the recipe down to a science, perfected the tender sandwich and intend to keep it that way.

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Porchetta’s Signature Sandwich | Photo credit: Porchetta

The owners, Sara Jenkins and Matt Lindemulder, strive to create something unique, consistent and affordable for city-goers that are looking for a quick bite. The pork is cooked slowly and is just about everything you would want on a sandwich. The meat is juicy, crispy and soft. The bread is crunchy. In short, it’s roasted perfection.

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Crispy Potatoes with Burnt Edges | Photo credit: Porchetta

While the Porchetta sandwich is their specialty, their other dishes are not to be overlooked. The sides are just like something you’d find in an old Italian kitchen: authentic, homemade and fresh. The crispy potatoes with burnt ends are an excellent complement to the namesake sandwich.

Luckily for you, FoodtoEaters, Porchetta is geared towards take out and delivery. Their sandwiches can be delivered right to your door or pre-ordered online for pick up. Check out Porchetta’s entire menu here and the line at this small shop are known to be pretty lengthy, so order online and get the food delivered to your door. Looking to impress a date with your savvy take out skills? We think a candlelight dinner featuring Porchetta sandwiches will sweep anybody off their feet.

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Thirty Sandwiches, One Truck: The Magic Behind DiSO’s Italian Sandwich Society

By Anna Lesser

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Behind the Food Truck is a FoodtoEat original series where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

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With 30 delicious options on the menu and fun sandwich names ranging from Mickey Scars to Vinnie the Butcher, it’s no wonder DiSO’s gourmet Italian sandwich food truck has made such a huge splash. They offer fresh sandwiches made from fine, imported Italian meats and cheeses from Di Palo’s in Little Italy.

This week, we were able to talk to the man behind this amazing Italian sandwich truck, Adam DiSilvestro. Adam started feeding New Yorkers about a year and a half ago and through word of mouth, loyal customers and genuinely great food his food truck has been growing a following ever since– it’s safe to say Adam’s got an awesome thing going!

He’s always been interested in food. Coming from an Italian family, “Food was something I have always wanted to try and experience in some way, so I wanted to try something classic, like an Italian sandwich stop.”

"Big Pauly" Breaded chicken cutlet parmigano, fresh mozzarella, homemade marinara, shaved parmigano reggiano, fresh basil
“Big Pauly” Breaded chicken cutlet parmigano, fresh mozzarella, homemade marinara, shaved parmigano reggiano, fresh basil

DiSO’s is a familiar name in the food community. They’re known for their long menu of any and every Italians sandwich that comes to mind. People used to tell Adam, “Take our advice, you have to cut this list down, simplify it,” and he would reply, “you know what, I have a vision and I’m just going to go with it.” Let’s all take a minute to thank Adam for sticking with his vision and offering NYC some of the best sandwiches.

Picking a sandwich is one of the more difficult things to do at DiSO’s. Some of his customers will “start at the top of the menu and work their way down.” It’s a pretty genius strategy that we at FoodtoEat probably need to try in the name of science (read: for incredible food).

Their handmade sandwiches call for a mouth-watering experience. One of their specialties, Joey Shake, is filled with Prosciutto, capicola, salami, provolone cheese, hot cherry peppers, arugula, parmigiano reggiano cheese, herbed ricotta spread, glazed balsamic dressing. You read that right; 9 ingredients, 1 sandwich. This heavenly creation is described as “the works of the Italian hero.”

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We’re excited to extend a warm FoodtoEat welcome to DiSO’s! You can now preorder their gourmet Italian sandwiches online and get their food catered for your next event. And if you want to see where their truck is currently parked, check out our Food Truck Map.

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Eggstravaganza: the Eggcellent Truck Taking Over New York’s Breakfast Scene

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Behind the Food Truck is a FoodtoEat original series where we meet the amazing men and women behind our favorite mobile cuisines and share their inspiring stories. At FoodtoEat, we’re lucky to have the best food trucks NYC has to offer in our family. Here are their stories.

If you’ve ever explored Midtown, you know the Eggstravaganza cart has been a staple for years. Recently though, the cart has been upgraded to a brand new Eggstravaganza food truck! This week, I was able to meet the man behind the truck, Arturo Macedo, the owner and founder of Eggstravaganza. His journey started with working in a restaurant 15 years ago and he’s been in the food business ever since,  “A friend introduced me into the business and it looked interesting to me. So, I decided to start a mini food cart.”

The man behind the food truck (or in this case, in front of): Arturo Macedo!
The man behind the food truck (or in this case, in front of): Arturo Macedo!

We should all be very thankful for his friend because the Eggstravaganza truck is an awesomely unique take on the New York breakfast scene.

The new truck started taking on the streets of Manhattan just three months ago and the menu has grown because of the newfound space. It has something for everybody; from New York inspired breakfast wraps, like the Stock Broker (egg whites, mushroom, avocado and cheese) to classic sandwiches, like bacon, egg and cheese. Not feeling breakfast? Eggstravaganza also serves lunch! Their Three Amigos hero is bound to please any meat lover (chorizo, chicken and skirt steak) and the Mambo Italiano wrap (roasted vegetables, mozzarella and Italian seasoning) is a favorite with the veggie crowd.

The Mexican Wrap from Eggstravaganza
The Mexican Wrap from Eggstravaganza

When I asked how he comes up with his recipes? It’s a family affair, “We get the family together, kids, cousins; my wife is the toughest critic. We’ll say, ‘put this one in here, here and here’ and that’s how we work on the next recipe.” You know the food is good when kids are giving it the thumbs up.

I tried one of their most popular menu items; the Mexican wrap and I can definitely see why it’s so popular. The ingredients include: eggs (obviously!), grilled onion, pepper, Mexican potatoes, chorizo fresco and cheese on a tomato basil wrap. This wrap? It transcends the breakfast realm. I would probably eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner if I could. It’s got everything you’d want for breakfast combined in one satisfying wrap. It’s a great way to kickstart your early mornings in the city.

Be sure to check out Arturo and the Eggstavaganza truck in its signature spot, 52nd and Park. Don’t want to wait in line? Skip it by pre-ordering on FoodtoEat and make your morning commute just a little bit shorter!

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So, How Exactly Does Social Ordering Work?

By Emily Collins & Debra Liu

Our brand new website has an incredible new feature: social ordering. This feature gives you the power to follow your friends, become a part of a social network of foodies and order food with a group without the stress because you can literally split the bill right on our website. Check out our step-by-step guide to the social ordering process.

Step 1: Get an account. You can sign up directly on the website or sign up via Facebook. Make sure to verify your email before you start an order. Please enjoy the throwback picture.
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Step 2: Invite your friends. If they don’t have an account already, have them sign up. Once you’re all signed up, you can follow each other. To find your friends on FoodtoEat, you can search by name or by email.

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Step 3Find a place to order from. When searching for a place to order from, make sure the address you’re using is where the delivery is going. If the address is different, the restaurant may be out of the delivery zone.

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Step 4: Start your own order. Once this order is started, you can invite as many people as you want ! If they’re not signed up on FoodtoEat, you can send them an invite via email. If they’re already signed up, just search their name and click to send them an invitation to join your order.

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Step 5: Start choosing the food you all want. While you’re selecting your food items, a chat feature will pop up in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Everybody in the order can freely chat and update each other on the status of the order.

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Step 6: Once everybody is done adding food to the cart, the Order Owner will click “check out” and this will bring everybody to a new page to pay the bill.

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Step 7: Paying the bill. There are 3 options for bill payment. The Order Owner has the power to decide what happens:

(1) Cash – you’ll need to gather up cash to pay for the food when it arrives,

(2) Credit Card – by clicking on Credit Card, the Order Owner is paying for the entire bill his/herself  (so generous!), and

(3) Split Bill – the Order Owner has to add their friends to the bill split by clicking on the friends’ profiles on the left hand side of the screen.

  • The bill can be split evenly by clicking on “Split Evenly” or everybody can pay for what they ordered individually by clicking on “Pay Your Own”.
  • Each person puts in their credit card number and once it is confirmed, each individual will have “ √ PAID” next to their name.

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Step 8: Once everybody has paid, the order will go through to the vendor. If there are any special requests, these can be put in before the order is paid and confirmed.

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Step 9: You’ll receive an email confirmation summarizing your order. If you have any urgent changes to the order, please contact the vendor you ordered from directly – this will be the most efficient way to update/change your order.

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Step 10: While you’re waiting for your food to arrive, share your order on social media! Social ordering is more than just splitting a bill between friends; you are now able to follow your friends, check out where they’re ordering from, share on social media and even favorite restaurants.

On your homepage, you can see who is following you, who you’re following and their recent activity. This means you can see where your friends are ordering and who they love! It makes choosing a restaurant just a little bit easier.

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Since Debra L. is following me, I can check out her recent orders, favorites and followers. Debra seems to be a bit addicted to Decadent Donuts…

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Once you’re done social ordering with your friends, you can tweet or share it on Facebook! Let people know where it’s best to order from in the city.
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DailyFoodtoEat is the official blog of FoodtoEat, a sustainable online food ordering and concierge catering service featuring your favorite restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Check out the deliciousness here: www.foodtoeat.com

Foodies of New York: Danielle Dominguez

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Danielle Dominguez

By Rachel Wells

Part of a series that documents real New Yorkers and their love affair with food. 

Danielle Dominguez hails from Forest Hills, Queens. She’s a super smart High School senior at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, Queens. She is headed to the University of Delaware’s prestigious honors program as a Distinguished Scholar in the fall to study business.

Pierogies at Veselka (photo credit: Veselka's instagram)
Pierogies at Veselka (photo credit: Veselka’s instagram)

Her favorite restaurant is in the city is Veselka; a Ukrainian restaurant that’s been around since 1954. It’s a major foodie attraction in the East Village that Danielle discovered with a group of her friends. She claims she “fell in love at first bite.” When there, she orders any variation of their traditional fried pierogi. For readers that don’t know – a pierogi (pronounced puh-ROUGE-EE) is a delicious Ukrainian-style dough dumpling that can be prepared boiled or fried and is typically filled with meat, cheese or potato. At Veselka, the pierogi dish is served with an irresistible set of sides; sauteed onions, applesauce and sour cream. The restaurant serves other Ukrainian favorites such as kielbasa, potato pancakes, and stuffed cabbage but their pierogies are by far their most popular dish – according to their records, they make approximately 3,000 of them every day!

Veselka NYC (photo credit: Global City NYC)
Veselka NYC (photo credit: Global City NYC)

Veselka has been a staple to its neighborhood since day one. It has expanded from a newsstand that served soup and sandwiches to a 24-hour restaurant in its many years, all without ever leaving its original location. Danielle encourages tourists to try Veselka because of how wonderfully unique Ukrainian food is and, because going to Veselka is like visiting a little plot of history in NYC.

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FoodtoEat Takes on Internet Week New York: Day 2

By Emily Collins

Internet Week New York continues to be innovative and inspiring. We are so happy to be sponsoring the IWNY Cafe and love seeing the best and brightest enjoy what we and our vendors have to offer. Our vendors from yesterday included: Wooly’s, Cemita’s Mexican Sandwiches, Mimi and Coco and Tuk Tuk Go. Afterwards, we headed to Marquee to attend the Webutante Ball! What’s better than drinks, dancing and free Valducci’s pizza?

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Help us feed you! We’ve had a blast feeding the people of IWNY.
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The IWNY Cafe in full swing, presented by: FoodtoEat.
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Debra & Alex working hard at IWNY’s Startup City.
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Wooly’s shaved snow will always put a smile on your face!
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The gentlemen of Wooly’s serving their unique sweet treat: shaved snow!
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How delicious does this shaved snow from Wooly’s look? Toppings galore!
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Cemita’s Mexican Sandwiches provided perfection on a bun.
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Cemita’s Mexican Sandwiches help us feed hungry techies all day. From tacos to sandwiches; their food was incredible.
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Tuk Tuk Go’s Thai dishes and nom nuts were an absolute hit!
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Thanks, Tuk Tuk Go for the fantastic food at the IWNY Cafe!
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Mimi & Coco provided the IWNY Cafe with tasty Japanese street food.
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The IWNY Cafe continues to be a huge success thanks to our amazing vendors.
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Taco Time at IWNY!
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We are thrilled to be a part of IWNY’s Startup City!
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Have you tagged @FoodtoEat on Instagram or Twitter yet to win a FREE party for your office? #IWNY
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Later in the evening, we sponsored Valducci’s Pizza truck to provide FREE pizza for the Webutante Ball!
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Yum! Free Valducci’s pizza and drinks all night, what more could be ask for at the Webutante Ball?
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It’s hard not to smile after a night of dancing and free pizza! The Webutante Ball was pretty amazing.
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We think Valducci’s was the belle of the ball.
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We had a “ball” feeding and mingling with some of New York’s greatest Internet All-stars.

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