When planning a party, especially a large one, using prepared foods can be a huge time saver. Cooking for 5 or 6 people is one thing, but what about cooking for 12 or 20 or 50! Talk about stress. If you can make it yourself, great. Other options are recruiting some help (good luck) or hiring a caterer (not cheap) or buying the food premade. Here are some companies that will deliver high quality appetizers right to your door. Just heat and serve.
If you are looking for great tasting appetizers to serve at your next party or get together, check out the incredible assortment at AppetizersUSA. They offer over 160 appetizers, hors d’oeuvres and desserts that get shipped directly to you. The company is used by caterers and 5-star restaurants and resorts all across the United States and offer the same great products for home shoppers. Almost all of their appetizers are 100% handmade.
This family owned business has been around since 1976. Originally founded in New York City, the Appetizer Store now does business out of Scottsdale, Arizona. Shipped frozen and you bake, but everything tastes very fresh and restaurant quality. The prices are reasonable and the customer service is excellent!
2. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co.
If you love lobster, Hancock Gourmet is the place to go! They have a fantastic selection of lobster products including some very delicious appetizers perfect for serving at your next party. Lobster cakes, lobster pot pies, Lobster salads, puff pastries, soups and stews, ,and you have to try their famous lobster mac & cheese!
D’Artagnan is one of the top companies in the country for foie gras and game. Great variety of high-end quality gourmet appetizers such as Duck Pot Au Feu with Foie Gras, French Pates, Vol Au Vent with Foie Gras and Truffles, Black Truffle Mousse, Wild Boar Terrine, more.
iGourmet is one of the best specialty food stores around with a nice selection of snacks and appetizers for your party. Check out their assortment of Spanish tapas, antipasto, cheese assortments, and other hors d’oeuvres.
5. Big Chef
A world of flavors – American, Asian, Brazilian, Latin, Mediterranean, Fusion! A huge variety of delicious treats for your party guests, all delicious – tastes like homemade! “To keep up with food trends and per requests of our clients and chefs, we are constantly creating innovative products in authentic styles and out-of-the-ordinary flavors. Our multi cultural staff with a variety of talents and backgrounds is a key ingredient and differentiating factor to our competitive advantage. Our eclectic classic and ethnic gourmet products satisfy the most distinguished palates.”
6. Di Bruno Brothers
Try some stuffed olives from this Philadelphia landmark, all hand-stuffed in house. Try Anchovy Stuffed, Blue Cheese Stuffed, Garlic Stuffed, Hot Pepper, or Cherry Poppers (stuffed with the house Provolone and Prosciutto di Parma). Lots of other good party treats here, too. Cheeses, pates, caviar, smoked fish, and charcuterie.
7. Mackenzie Limited
Specializing in smoked salmon (which they do a fantastic job with), Mackenzie’s also has a wide selection of gourmet appetizers, caviar and cheeses.
8. Dean & Deluca
One of the best around. Sometimes pricey, but they have great customer service and always deliver. Great overall selection: caviar, smoked fish, herbs and spices, truffles, oils, artisan cheeses, premium meats and seafood, foie gras, chocolates, honeys, sauces, pre-made hors d’oeuvres, and more.
9. For the Gourmet
For the Gourmet has some nice appetizers for your party – goat cheese lollipops, blue crab claw cakes, buffalo chicken spring rolls, beef and brie puff pastries, and lots more.
Small collection of very nice appetizers. Dim Sum, Hand-made Tamales, Spring Rolls, Coconut Prawns, Crab Cakes, Gougeres, Potstickers. A little more expensive than other companies per piece.
11. Alaskan Harvest
Great seafood appetizers. Smoked Salmon Spread, Crab Puff Pastries, Dungeness Crab Cakes, New Orleans Crayfish Cakes, Shrimp Cakes, King Salmon Cakes, Razor Clam Cakes, Seafood Sausage, Smoked Salmon Terrine, and Oyster Shooters. Most appetizers sold in two different quantities, with added savings when you buy more. Also sell great seafood and have a wide selection of other prepared foods.