The holidays can end up being a time of stress and burden, trying to keep up with spiritual traditions, work gatherings, friends’ parties and gift giving. If you are hosting this year, make it easy. We have many caterers in town that will do the hard part for you. All you have to do is get dressed up and clean the house. (You can hire a professional for that too).

Instead of planning recipes, I gathered caterers’ menus and information to make your holiday party plans go smoothly and without the stress. If you love a party but don’t like the planning and cooking (and cleaning) that go with it, check out these options.

 Go Greek or Mexican

OPA! OPA!!

What’s a party without a little Greek fun? Starting at just $9.99 per person, buffet style, Opa! Opa!! restaurant will give you a simple and beautiful offering of food at your event. Let Opa! Opa!! cater your next gathering or event. Eat well…eat GREEK! Ya’su!

Items available include Greek kabobs, gyros, Greek salad, pastitsio (Greek lasagna), chicken lemonati, village steak salad and falafel. For dessert, order skorthalia and spanakopitas.

Opa! Opa!! is located at 1106 15th Avenue SE, Rochester. For catering call 507-202-2486 and make sure to ask for Eddy. OpaOpaRochester.com

El Carambas

El Carambas can take care of all your catering requirements and make your holiday party a fiesta! Options include a taco or fajita bar, quesadillas, enchiladas, chimichangas, burritos and many other Mexican delights.

From only $9.99 per person, buffet-style catering includes napkins, forks and plates. 

El Carambas is located at 1503 12th Street SE, Rochester. For catering call 507-202-2486, 507-281-3104 or 507-282-4603. Ask for Eddy or Luis. elcarambas.com

Home for the Holidays

If you are in the mood to serve Italian to really make your guests feel at home for the holidays, go with some of the best Italian (voted best for 16 years straight) in Rochester.

Victoria’s catering menu includes such items as their award-winning salads, Mechi’s chicken (fresh chicken sauteed with mushrooms, fresh garlic and green peas, in marinara sauce with a touch of cream sauce, topped with grated mozzarella cheese and served over a bed of pasta), lasagna and some other fine dishes. Victoria’s has many menu items to choose from and pricing available for all budgets.

Victoria’s is located at 7 1st Ave SW, Rochester. For catering call 507-280-6232 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. victoriasmn.com

Victoria’s Dishes That Will Really Impress Your Guests

LOBSTER AND SHRIMP FLORENTINE

Lobster tail (4-5oz.) and jumbo gulf shrimp delicately drizzled in a butter, garlic and lemon sauce, served over a bed of spinach fettuccine.

CHICKEN MARCO POLO

Fresh chicken sauteed in a butter and wine sauce with artichoke hearts and mushrooms, topped with mozzarella cheese and served over a bed of pasta.

VEAL PARMIGIANA

Provini veal, lightly breaded and deep-fried, baked in fresh tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese and served over a bed of pasta. 

PENNE ALL ARRABBIATA

Fresh garlic, Kalamata olives, pepperocini and capers sauteed in virgin olive oil and a touch of marinara sauce, topped with melted mozzarella cheese and served over a bed of penne pasta. Spicy. 

INSALATA DI GENOVEVA

Grilled chicken breast, red onions, gorgonzola cheese, pecans and sun-dried cherries served over a bed of field greens with a raspberry walnut dressing. 

Traditional Holiday Comfort Food

If you want to serve a traditional holiday dinner, try the Canadian Honker, named after Rochester’s beloved Canada geese. The Canadian Honker has been a staple in the catering and restaurant business since 1984, has options for parties of 25 or more and, of course, includes delivery, set-up, tear down and paper products. Here is only one holiday favorite menu that you and the staff at Canadian Honker can help you create. There are endless possibilities. 

  • Chef Mike’s meatloaf
  • Seven layered salad
  • Parmesan garlic mashed potatoes 
  • Green bean almondine
  • Famous Bunnies coconut cake
  • Accompaniments include fresh baked rolls, coffee or punch 

The Canadian Honker also offers a la carte lasagna pans, half-sheet cake, bars and cookies, salads (fresh fruit, Italian pasta, coleslaw, macaroni), baked beans and garlic toast, along with buffet options, including soup and salad buffet. For catering, call 507-258-4633. The Canadian Honker is located at 2112 2nd Street SW, Suite 100, Rochester. canadianhonker.com

Dawn Sanborn loves the holidays and cooking for her family, but after having tasted these caterer’s entrees she just might change her mind this year.

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