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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.

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.

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.

Celebrate the end of the school year with a party

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

Can you believe another school year is nearly over? If you’re children aren’t already celebrating, they’re bound to start soon. The end of a school year marks another year of achievement for your child. Don’t let it come and go without proper celebration.

Are you in charge of the end of the year party for your child’s classroom? Here are a few party planning tips to get you started:

Plan the activities. End of Year party activities can range from games and arts and crafts to swimming, bounce houses and even special entertainment from musicians, magicians and more. The location of your party will determine the types of activities that are suitable for your party. If the party is held at your child’s school, be sure to consult with the teacher regarding appropriate games or activities.

Don’t forget to take a few minutes during the party to give the kids and parents an opportunity to express their appreciation to the teacher. If you are able, take up a collection from other parents prior to the party to use to purchase a gift for your child’s teacher. Not sure what to give? Give one a Take Away Chef gift card! Whether you can afford to gift one of our homemade Take Away Chef casseroles, or one each month for a year, there’s no doubt any teacher wouldn’t love fresh, home cooked meals without having to do the work.

Plan the food. No party is complete without great food. Planning food for a number of people can be challenging, especially when it involves children. Find out any food allergies your child’s classmates may have. Know how many people will be attending, including a breakdown of children and adults. If the party is at your child’s school, find out what types of food and drink are permitted in the classroom. S&S Catering and Take Away Chef offer a number of sandwiches, desserts and boxed lunches that are perfect for catering class parties.

Consult with the teacher. Include your child’s teacher in your planning. End of year parties are the perfect opportunity for teachers to recognize students’ achievements in the classroom. Allow time in your party schedule for your child’s teacher to distribute awards or make any comments to the students.

Organize help. A party with dozens of children will be difficult to pull off without support from other parents. Enlist the help of other parents. Delegate tasks, such as planning of games and activities, as well as food.

Most importantly, have fun! Celebrate the end to another successful school year and give your kids a chance to make one last memory with their teacher and classmates.

Plan the Perfect School Holiday Party

Posted on: December 14th, 2011

Have you been given the task of planning your child’s classroom Christmas or holiday party? If you’re scrambling to pull something together, let us help. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Plan the activities. Holiday party activities can range from games and arts and crafts to Secret Santa gift exchanges and Christmas caroling. The location of your party will determine the types of activities that are suitable for your party. Most likely the party will be held at your child’s school. Contact your child’s teacher to find out if it will be in a classroom, or another room and how much space you will have.

Plan the food. What’s a party without great food? Planning food for a number of people can be challenging, especially when it involves children. Find out any food allergies your child’s classmates may have. Know how many people will be attending, including a breakdown of children and adults. If the party is at your child’s school, find out what types of food and drink are permitted in the classroom. S&S Catering and Take Away Chef offer a number of sandwiches, desserts and boxed lunches that are perfect for catering class parties. It’s not too late to cater the party with Take Away Chef boxed lunches! View our menu.

Consult with the teacher. Include your child’s teacher in your planning. He or she may have a special activity or craft idea for the students.

Organize help. A party with dozens of children will be difficult to pull off without support. Enlist the help of other parents. Delegate tasks, such as decorating, planning of games and activities, as well as food.

Don’t forget a Christmas gift for your child’s teacher! Rally other parents to contribute funds. Take Away Chef gift certificates make perfect Christmas presents for teachers — Why not give the gift of a delicious Take Away Chef meal? Contact S&S Catering at 214-351-6888 about our perfect holiday gift ideas.

S&S Catering Supports Local Schools, Come See Us This Weekend at Market in the Meadow

Posted on: October 12th, 2011

This Saturday and Sunday, S&S Catering and Take Away Chef will be setting up shop at Market in the Meadow, and we’d love to see you there!

Market in the Meadow is a holiday gift sale benefitting the Parent Teacher Association of Forest Meadow Jr. High. At Market in the Meadow, you can jump start your holiday shopping with unique gifts, specialty merchandise and sweet treats from a number of vendors, including S&S Catering.

Vendor categories include accessories, art, candles, children, clothing, food, home décor, jewelry, seasonal, stationary and gifts. This is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on Christmas shopping and gift ideas.

This weekend’s holiday gift show is just one example of our commitment to community involvement. Our catering and Take Away Chef meal options are perfect for school, church and organization fundraisers. Want to find out more the variety of catering and food services we offer? Join us at Market in the Meadow this weekend and support Forest Meadow Jr. High. Stop by our booth and say “hi,” we would love to meet you!

Market in the Meadow is a great way to spend an afternoon with friends or the family. The show also features a number of delicious foods from Chick-fil-A and Picasso’s Pizza and family-friendly entertainment, so make plans now to attend!

For more information, or directions, visit the Market in the Meadow website.
Market in the Meadow
October 15-16
Forest Meadow Jr. High
9373 Whitehurst Dr.
Dallas, TX 75243

Catering For Any Occasion

Posted on: September 22nd, 2011

When you think of catering, what’s your first thought? For most people it’s a mediocre coursed meal at a high-end event or cold (and sometimes soggy) sandwiches at an office meeting.  Let us change your perception of catering.

From delicious event and corporate catering meals to our fresh, homemade frozen entrees and casseroles, there’s no holiday party, corporate event or family get together we can’t help with.  The beginning of fall ushers in party season, with block parties, football parties, holiday celebrations and corporate dinners, this time of year can be particularly chaotic.

If you’re planning an event, no matter how big or small, there are many more details to consider other than food. S&S Catering can handle the menu while you worry about the other details. Check out our various menus to find out what meals we have planned for your event.

  • Holiday MenuHolidays with the in-laws can be stressful enough. Our holiday menu consists of traditional favorites everyone will love, and you don’t have to worry about burning the pie!
  • Take Away Chef MenuFootball parties, book club, block parties, class parties, picnics, dinner for the kids and the babysitter. There’s really no casual event our homemade Take Away Chef meals aren’t perfect for. Don’t want anyone to know you weren’t slaving away in the kitchen preparing the meal? Our lips are sealed! Bring in your own casserole dishes, and we’ll prepare the meals in your own dish.
  • Event MenuDelicious meals for events where a coursed meal complete with hors D’oeveurs, entrees and dessert is ideal. We even offer culinary and black tie servers for your event if needed.
  • Corporate Menu - Responsible for planning lunches for your company’s annual conference? Forget Subway sandwich platters or delivery pizza. Our corporate menu includes breakfast items, hot meals, sandwich platters and boxed lunches that are sure to satisfy any appetite.

Don’t let the stress of planning an event overwhelm you. Contact us at 214-351-6888 and let us take on your menu planning.

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!

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!