The New Classic
Baker’s Best creates the most traditional dish of the bunch, but adds tasty twists. Pancetta-wrapped filet mignon gets a boost from an amarena cherry reduction; a potato-crusted scallop comes atop a cider and sage crème. Bread pudding spiked with wild mushrooms and truffles and a mini goat cheese–spinach soufflé serve as savory sides.
About $36 per entrée, 617-332-4588, bakersbestcatering.com.
Picturing a late-summer soiree, Au Soleil (the catering arm of French restaurants L’Espalier and Sel de la Terre) opts for poached and grilled lobster tail served alongside a slab of slow-roasted and grilled pork belly. Crisp corn and bean succotash, fresh yellow watermelon, bits of pickled watermelon rind, and just-snipped herbs cut the richness.
About $38 per entrée, 617-442-4200, ausoleilcatering.com.
Taste of Asia
Gourmet Caterers dishes up an elegant Asian-inspired arrangement. The combination of orange- and ginger-braised beef short rib, sautéed baby bok choy, a sesame-encrusted sushi rice cake, and tangy lemongrass-poached Maine lobster with beurre blanc is a perennial hit with clients.
About $49 per entrée, 617-522-2820, gourmetcaterers.com.
On the Lamb
True to its name, the team at East Meets West goes for successful fusion cuisine. Garam masala–spiced, double-cut lamb chops are paired with a crab and couscous cake, while sides of herb-topped Greek yogurt-and-goat cheese panna cotta and assorted vegetables offer bright contrast for the palate (and the plate).
About $45 per entrée, 617-269-2662, eastmeetswestcatering.com.