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Take Away Chef — The easy dinner solution for busy Dallas families

Posted on: September 13th, 2012

Is your after school routine so busy you feel like you’re running in a hundred different directions? Do you struggle to get dinner on the table in the midst of football practice, dance class, piano lessons and homework? If so, you’re not alone. Americans are busier now than ever, and most families struggle to find the time to eat dinner together.

If picking up takeout on your way home is your idea of a family dinner, you haven’t tried Take Away Chef. You’re busy. We get it. But your busy life shouldn’t require a dependency on the drive-thru lane or Chinese delivery. Allow us to recommend an alternative: Take Away Chef homemade casseroles.

Our meals are made fresh from original S&S Catering recipes and are a much healthier option than the meals many busy families resort to. Taking the time to sit down and have a meal with your family is valuable. But in the midst of a busy schedule, it’s not always feasible to prepare and cook a meal and then sit down and eat it. Let us take the work out of family dinner with Take Away Chef. Our goal is to provide quick, easy, yet healthy meals for busy Dallas families

If you can manage one more stop on your busy evening, give us a call when you leave work, swing by S&S Catering and we’ll bring some of our Take Away Chef meals right out to your car.  We can even deliver to your home or office! Stock the freezer and you will have healthy gourmet casseroles ready when you need them.

Just call  to 214-351-6888, place your order and give us a ring when you arrive. We’ll bring your meal right out to your car!

S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.

Planning a class party? Be prepared for the task with Take Away Chef boxed lunches.

Posted on: September 7th, 2012

Have you been recruited to help plan a class party for your school-aged child? If not, chances are that you will be asked to help at some point during their years of education! No pressure, but every kid wants his or her parent to plan the ‘best class party ever!’

Planning a memorable party that stands out among the rest can be challenging. Planning a class party on a budget can be even more of a challenge. Be prepared to meet your child’s expectations — have an idea of what makes a great class party before you are thrown into the task!

Before you get started plan to have a short conversation with the classroom teacher. There are a few pieces of information the teacher can provide that are necessary to the planning process. Be sure to ask the teacher these questions:

  • When will the party be held and how long will it last?
  • Where will the party be held (inside or outside)?
  • How many kids are in the class?
  • Do any children have any allergies or special needs that should be considered when planning party food and activities?
  • Can you contact other class parents asking for volunteers or donations?

Once you have the above information, move on to party details. While there is certainly no right or wrong way to host a classroom party, we have a few suggestions for what we think makes a great party.

Plan the theme in accordance with what the kids are learning. Integrating what the class is studying at the time into the party planning can make the party more than just a party — it can turn it into an educational experience. For example, if the students are learning about a particular culture in history or geography, use that culture as the main theme of the party, from decorations to food and activities. Even particular math or science skills the students are currently learning can be integrated into the party activities.  While this takes some coordination with the class teacher, it will certainly make the party more memorable for the students.

Provide the students with food to remember. Most school parties serve up cold, delivery pizza, or a variety of chips, pretzels and sweets. Change it up by providing a filling meal with delicious homemade food. Consider our Take Away Chef boxed lunches for the party, and be certain that no kid goes home hungry. Our boxed lunches are made fresh, delicious and nutritious!

Send every child home with a prize or souvenir. One way to be certain this class party is a memorable one is to send each child home with something special from the party. Whether it’s a craft made at the party, or a prize won during party games, if the children have something to take home, they won’t forget the fun they had as soon as they walk out of the classroom!

Having  basic idea of how to throw a successful classroom party means you’ll always be prepared, no matter when you’re recruited to help! For more information about our boxed lunches, call 214-351-6888.

End of summer pool party tips

Posted on: August 28th, 2012

The new school year has started but the first three-day weekend is just around the corner. Kids will have Monday off of school for Labor Day — marking the end of summer. After Labor Day, area pools will be closed for the season and focus will shift from summer fun to school, fall and football.

What better way to say goodbye to summer than with one last pool party? Plan an end of summer pool party with these tips:

Music - Put together a playlist of your favorite summer fun and beach tunes. A few suggestions: Bob Marley, Beach Boys, and Sheryl Crow.

Decorations – Select a theme, beach or luau, to name a few. Select your decorations accordingly. Bright colors for table decorations, fresh flowers and beach toys are ideal.

Party Necessities – Be sure there is plenty of seating. If your party area doesn’t have natural shade provided by a tree or overhang, be sure to set up umbrellas to give your guests shelter from the sun. Have sunscreen readily available for guests. Stock the pool with toys, water guns, rafts, tubes and noodles.

Menu ­ - Light, refreshing foods and cold drinks are a necessity. Stock an ice chest full of bottled water, soda and beer. Ice tea and lemonade are also perfect pool party drinks. Consider serving up fresh frozen drinks, smoothies, margaritas or daiquiris.

For the meal our Take Away Chef menu has several refreshing summer dishes.

Try our chicken or tuna salad, or apricot chicken for the main course.  Serve them up with light salad made of field greens, grape tomatoes, feta or Parmesan cheese and balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette. Fresh fruits, like watermelons and grapes add a crisp, refreshing flavor to any menu.

Most importantly, plan plenty of fun and relaxation for your guests. Whether water volleyball or just floating with a cold beer in hand, the pool is the best place to be!

Labor Day Party Tips

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

A new school year begins in Dallas on August 27 and this year, the first weekend after school starts is a three-day weekend! Monday, September 3 is Labor Day. Traditionally, Labor Day was a day dedicated to celebrating the many social and economic achievements and contributions of American workers; a tribute to their hard work. Today, Labor Day most often means a last chance party before fall is full swing. It even be the last chance to hit the pools before they close for the season.

How will you celebrate Labor Day this year? Are you planning a day at the lake? A picnic in the park? A party at the pool? However you plan to spend Labor Day, here are three things to keep in mind.

  1. Leave time to relax! Since Labor Day was established in the 1880’s, it has been a day to celebrate the hard work of American laborers. A day to sit back, relax and rest from all the work done throughout the year. If your family is like most busy Dallas families, you’ll likely have places to be, things to do and errands to run on Labor Day. Try to work some time for relaxation into your schedule as well. Break out the hammock and lawn chairs, or throw a couple blankets out on the lawn. Enjoy time outside and relax with family and friends this Labor Day!
  2. Eat! What’s a holiday without food? Whether you’re spending the weekend at the lake, hosting a backyard barbecue, or planning a picnic in the park, don’t spend too much time laboring over your Labor Day menu. That defeats the purpose of the holiday! Let your favorite Dallas caterer take care of your Labor Day party food. If you’re planning a small, quiet shindig, order a premade, oven-ready meal from Take Away Chef
  3. Have fun! If you just can’t sit still all day, there are plenty of group activities to make your day special. In many area communities Labor Day weekend is the last weekend public pools are open for the summer. Take the kids to the pool for one last day of swimming before the reality of a new school year sets in. A group hike, softball or ultimate Frisbee are sure ways to keep your friends and family having fun.

Enjoy the first three-day weekend of the school year, and the extra day off work! Take time to celebrate the achievements and hard work you and other Americans contribute to our society on a daily basis.

Call S&S Catering today for more information on our catering services as well as premade and packed dinners, boxed lunches and sandwich trays from Take Away Chef.

Back to school and back to school activities

Posted on: August 9th, 2012

Dallas public schools are back in session on August 27. Are you ready for the craziness of a new school year to begin? The freedom that comes with summer will soon come to an end. Between work, school, after-school activities and homework, you will be busy again.

Selecting after school activities is one big part of the back to school season. Many parents, pediatricians, teachers and coaches have suggestions for selecting back to school activities, but the decision is yours. How do you decide what is best for your child? When selecting the best after school activities for your kids, consider these tips:

Ask your child what he or she wants to do. While you want to select activities that help them grow and develop mentally, physically and emotionally, let your child give his or her input in the decision. Selecting an activity your child enjoys will often lead to a more fruitful and successful experience for both you and your child.

Shoot for team or group activities. Selecting after school activities that encourage your child to build team-building skills and make new friends will challenge them mentally and socially. Learning to work together with other people and learning how to deal with different personalities at a young age can benefit your child for life. Team sports (football, soccer, basketball) are also often more physical than individual sports, and can provide your child an outlet for energy that built up during the day while sitting in class.

Leave time for homework and fun. As adults, we often fill our schedules until they overflow. Be sure to leave your child some free time for fun in the evenings. If you select more than one after school activity, be sure they are on alternating nights of the week, so your child doesn’t have more than one after school activity each day. This will allow plenty of time for homework, and dinner as a family as well.

Develop a schedule and remember your kids’ health is most important. Being busy doesn’t necessitate compromising on what’s most important. Feeding your family healthy meals is one area you certainly won’t want to compromise on. Let’s face it: your busy life might mean you don’t have time to spend an hour or two preparing a healthy dinner for your family. Don’t sacrifice nutrition for convenience. There is such a thing as a quick, convenient meal that is healthy. Consider Take Away Chef — quick, easy, yet healthy meals for large groups, parties, or simply dinner with the family.

Stock up on our delicious, healthy, readymade frozen casseroles to toss in the oven on busy school nights. When you find yourself in a time crunch between picking the kids up from school and getting them to lacrosse practice, give us a call at 214-351-6888. Swing by after work and we’ll bring one of our freshly prepared frozen entrees made from our original recipes straight to your car.

S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.

Tips for throwing a great summer pool party

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

The end of summer is fast approaching. If you haven’t thrown a summer pool party yet, now is the time. Before the kids head back to school and the summer fun is over, plan a day of fun in the sun for the whole family.

Not only can a pool party be loads of fun, it is also the perfect way to cool off and refresh in this summer heat. Ready to plan your pool party? Here are a few tips to get you started:

Pick your pool – The pool is, after all, essential for your pool party! If you don’t have a pool in your backyard, don’t sweat it. There are plenty of pools to go around. You may have a family member or friend with a pool you can use. If not, consider a neighborhood or community pool. Click here for a list of Dallas public swimming pools.

Select the music - What’s a party without music? Put together a playlist of your favorite summer fun and beach tunes. A few suggestions: Bob Marley, Beach Boys, and Sheryl Crow.

Decorate - Select a theme, beach or luau, to name a few. Select your decorations accordingly. Bright colors for table decorations, fresh flowers and beach toys are ideal.

Party necessities  – Be sure there is plenty of seating. If your party area doesn’t have natural shade provided by a tree or overhang, be sure to set up umbrellas to give your guests shelter from the sun. Have sunscreen readily available for guests. Stock the pool with toys, water guns, rafts, tubes and noodles.

Plan the party menu - Light, refreshing foods and cold drinks are a necessity. Stock an ice chest full of bottled water, soda and beer. Ice tea and lemonade are also perfect pool party drinks. Consider serving up fresh frozen drinks, smoothies, margaritas or daiquiris.

For the meal our Take Away Chef menu has several refreshing summer dishes.

Try our chicken or tuna salad, or apricot chicken for the main course.  Serve them up with light salad made of field greens, grape tomatoes, feta or Parmesan cheese and balsamic or raspberry vinaigrette. Fresh fruits, like watermelons and grapes add a crisp, refreshing flavor to any menu.

Most importantly, plan plenty of fun and relaxation for your guests. Whether water volleyball or just floating with a cold beer in hand, the pool is the best place to be in the intense summer heat.

End of the school year gifts for teachers

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

As another school year wraps up, time is running out to show your child’s teachers how much you appreciate the time they’ve spent with your child. Has your child been blessed with a teacher or teachers who have gone above and beyond to help them in their education this year? Teachers work long hours, have hard jobs and make little money. Take time to say thanks.

Here are a few easy ideas to say “thank you” to the teachers who have invested their time and energy into your child this year:

Host a teacher appreciation luncheon. Gather other parents from your child’s school and organize a luncheon to honor the teachers who have invested their last year in your child’s life. If your child attends a small school, consider hosting a luncheon for all of the teachers and faculty. If it’s a larger school, a luncheon for your child’s classroom teacher or the other teachers from the same grade would be appropriate. Let S&S Catering help reduce the stress of event planning. Check out our event catering options.

Give your child’s teacher a homemade ‘thank you’ gift. Get the kids involved and craft a special, homemade gift for their teachers. Keep it simple, any teacher would appreciate a handmade picture frame with a photo of your child with his or her teacher, or a special magnet. Homemade baked treats are also sure to be a hit with teachers.

Give a gift card for your child’s teacher to be pampered or enjoy a special dinner. From Starbucks to restaurants, movies or spas, gift cards are a simple, yet much appreciated gift for any teacher. Even better, give your child’s teacher a night away from the kitchen with a gift card to Take Away Chef. We offer a number of packaged dinners and meals for families large or small.

Fill the teacher’s lounge at the school with goodies. There isn’t a teacher who wouldn’t appreciate a few extra snacks or drinks in the teachers lounge. Our gift trays are a perfect mix of fresh, healthy and tasty snacks we’re sure teachers will love.

The end of the school year can be exhausting for teachers. No matter the gift, they are sure to appreciate the thoughts that went into it. Don’t let the school year come to an end without expressing your appreciation to your child’s teacher.

Treat the Kids to Take Away Chef Boxed Lunches at the Next Class Party

Posted on: September 13th, 2011

If you have school-aged children, chances are you have been (or will be) recruited to help plan a class party this year. No pressure, but every child wants his or her parent to plan the “best class party ever!”

Throughout the course of their education, children experience dozens of class parties. Planning a memorable party that stands out among the rest can be challenging. Planning a class party on a budget can be even more of a challenge.

The first step in planning a class party is to talk to the classroom teacher. There are a few pieces of information the teacher can provide that are necessary to the planning process. Be sure to ask the teacher these questions:

  • When will the party be held and how long will it last?
  • Where will the party be held (inside or outside)?
  • How many kids are in the class?
  • Do any children have any allergies or special needs that should be considered when planning party food and activities?
  • Can you contact other class parents asking for volunteers or donations?

Once you have the above information, move on to party details. While there is certainly no right or wrong way to host a classroom party, we have a few suggestions for what we think makes a great party.

Plan the theme in accordance with what the kids are learning. Integrating what the class is studying at the time into the party planning can make the party more than just a party — it can turn it into an educational experience. For example, if the students are learning about a particular culture in history or geography, use that culture as the main theme of the party, from decorations to food and activities. Even particular math or science skills the students are currently learning can be integrated into the party activities.  While this takes some coordination with the class teacher, it will certainly make the party more memorable for the students.

Provide the students with food they will remember. Most school parties serve up cold, delivery pizza, or a variety of chips, pretzels and sweets. Change it up by providing a filling meal with delicious homemade food. Consider our Take Away Chef boxed lunches for the party, and be certain that no kid goes home hungry.

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Send every child home with a prize or souvenir. One way to be certain this class party is a memorable one is to send each child home with something special from the party. Whether it’s a craft made at the party, or a prize won during party games, if the children have something to take home, they won’t forget the fun they had as soon as they walk out of the classroom!

Please visit our Events page to learn more about our Food Shows. We will be attending several public events this fall and would love to see you!

Easy, Healthy Dinner Ideas for Busy Families

Posted on: September 7th, 2011

Healthy family meals don’t have to be sacrificed when it comes to a busy school year schedule.  We understand at times, it’s challenge enough to at least get food on the table, not to mention healthy meals. Our families are busy too, which is why we developed a solution that provides “fast food” without the unhealthiness of food from the drive-thru window.

Take Away Chef is our freshly prepared frozen entrees made from our original recipes. We offer ready-to-bake, family-sized casseroles that can even be delivered. If you prefer to pick up your meal, we’ll bring them right out to your car when you arrive!

Our Take Away Chef option is intended to provide quick, easy, yet healthy meals for a number of occasions, but especially for busy families. This option is popular with our customers for a number of reasons, but there are a few of the reasons people love our Take Away Chef frozen entrees.

Healthy – Take Away Chef casseroles are a far healthier option than ordering pizza or takeout when you’re on a time crunch. Stock up your freezer with your family’s favorites Take Away Chef meals and know your kids won’t go hungry on busy nights.

Quick – Take Away Chef meals are a simple solution to what could be a sticky problem when you find yourself caught with extra evening activities. Our meals are easily prepared in the oven, without the mess of prep that often comes with cooking dinner.

Homemade – Our meals are packed full of the warm, comforting feel of a homemade meal. Don’t settle for frozen dinners from the grocery store, there’s no hiding the fact those aren’t homemade. Our cooks will prepare casseroles especially for you when you order. Take one home and put it right on the table, or store it in the freezer for the next busy night.

Just call ahead to 214-351-6888, place your order and give us a ring when you arrive. We’ll bring your meal right out to your car!

S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.

Please visit our Events page to learn more about our Food Shows. We will be attending several public events this fall and would love to see you!

Back to School Means Back to After School Activities

Posted on: August 10th, 2011

The start of a new school year means a new schedule, full of after school activities.  With so many options for after school activities, how do you select the activities that are best for your child?

Many parents, pediatricians, teachers and coaches have suggestions for selecting back to school activities, but the decision is yours. How do you decide what is best for your child? Here are a few keys to consider when selecting after school activities.

Ask your child. After school activities should be enjoyable for your child. While you want to select activities that help them grow and develop mentally, physically and emotionally, let your child give his or her input in the decision. Selecting an activity your child enjoys will often lead to a more fruitful and successful experience for both you and your child.

Shoot for team or group activities. Selecting after school activities that encourage your child to build team-building skills and make new friends will challenge them mentally and socially. Learning to work together with other people and learning how to deal with different personalities at a young age can benefit your child for life. Team sports (football, soccer, basketball) are also often more physical than individual sports, and can provide your child an outlet for energy that built up during the day while sitting in class. A physical activity can also help your child have more focus to get homework done in the evening.

Leave time for homework and fun. As adults, we often fill our schedules until they overflow. Be sure to leave your child free time for fun in the evenings. If you select more than one after school activity, be sure they are on alternating nights of the week, so your child doesn’t have more than one after school activity each day. This will allow plenty of time for homework, and dinner as a family as well.

Once you have selected the best after school activity for your child, turn your focus to keeping your child healthy with a busier schedule. Be sure your child eats breakfast every morning to fuel them for the day. Send them to school and after school activities with a reusable water bottle and encourage them to refill it several times during the day. Especially in the late summer and early fall, extreme heat can be dangerous for kids. IF your child’s after school activity is outdoors, be sure they are supplied with plenty of water and, if necessary, sports drinks.

On your way home for the evening, skip the drive-thru, and feed your family a well-balanced, healthy meal for dinner. In a hurry to get home? Give S&S Catering a call, at (214) 351-6888 and order any of our Take Away Chef meals. We’ll get it ready for you and bring it out to your car when you arrive.