Special Event Menu

Jen Royle:
Dare To Taste
 84 reviews
Best of Boston 2015, 2016 & 2017
“As everyone knows, guests always remember the meal at a wedding. Our wedding meal was over the top outstanding. Jen and her fantastic team couldn’t have been more efficient, professional, engaging, and in a word “perfect”. We would highly recommend them. We were so fortunate that she was available to cater this event for us. A true blessing.”

Mini cheesesteaks with peppers, onions and American cheese
Mini potato skins with cheddar cheese and bacon
Chicken & Waffle Skewers 



A variety of slider and full-size rolls (onion, sesame, whole wheat, potato) as well as meats (beef, ground turkey, grilled chicken) with all the fixings!
Lettuce, tomato, pickles, mustard, ketchup, a variety of flavored mayonnaise, sautéed onions and mushrooms.

ADD: French Fry Buckets
Served with a variety of dipping sauces!

— Barbecue Items —
Grilled BBQ Chicken: White, Dark, Bone-in or Boneless, Pulled Pork Sliders, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Grilled Italian Sausages with peppers and onions, Turkey Burgers, Veggie Burgers, Grilled Portobello Mushrooms, Homemade Coleslaw, Dill Pickles, Corn on the Cob, Baked Beans, Baked Potato Halves (bacon, cheese, scallions, sour cream, butter) Garden or Caesar Salad, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, Macaroni & Cheese

Steak & Cheese Egg Rolls

— Cold Appetizers — 

Italian Antipasto Platter 
Prosciutto, Italian Salami, Capicola (Hot Italian Ham), Burrata Cheese, Provolone Wedge, Fresh Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Roasted Red Peppers, Italian Castelvetrano Green Olives, Artichoke Hearts, Black Olive Tapenade, Basil Garnish

Caprese Skewers
Grape Tomatoes, Mozzarella Pearls and Fresh Basil drizzled with Olive Oil and Sea Salt, served on a wooden skewer

– Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, Fig Jam, Toasted Almond Crumble
– Fresh Mozzarella, Roma tomatoes, White Beans, Fresh Basil, Olive Oil
– Roasted Eggplant, Ricotta Cheese, Olive Oil, Sea Salt

Bread Basket with Dips
Black Olive Tapenade, Classic Basil Pesto, Roasted Garlic & White Bean
 — Served with a variety of Italian breads —


 Asparagus & Prosciutto  
Lightly blanched asparagus spears wrapped in Italian prosciutto 

Ahi Tuna Crisps 
Ahi Tuna  marinated in fresh ginger and soy sauce, tossed with diced cucumber and served on a 
 fried wonton with sesame seed garnish

 Prosciutto & Boccacini  
Mozzarella balls wrapped in Prosciutto, drizzled with balsamic reduction

Hummus & Cucumbers
Homemade Hummus served in bite-size cucumber slices

Goat Cheese & Fig Phyllo
Creamy goat cheese topped with sweet fig jam and sliced almonds
Served in a mini phyllo cups

Mini Caprese Sandwiches
Fresh Mozzarella, Roma tomatoes and Basil served on homemade focaccia bread
* Prosciutto optional *

Hummus with Pita Assortment

Classic, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Garlic
Homemade Hummus with Fresh Pita Bread & Pita Chips

Individual Crudite Cups  
Carrots, Celery, Red Peppers & Zucchini sticks served with Ranch Dip

— Hot Appetizers —

Pulled Pork Slider
Slow-roasted pork in light BBQ sauce  with homemade creamy coleslaw
Fried Chicken Sliders
White meat fried chicken with  roasted red pepper aioli
Meatball Sliders
Italian Meatballs with homemade Marinara and Parmesan cheese
Chicken Parmesan  Sliders
Chicken cutlets smothered in homemade marinara sauce topped with fresh mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
Burger Sliders
Beef, turkey and/or veggie with American or Cheddar cheese, sliced Roma tomato, bib lettuce, sliced onion (optional), dill pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise on a slider roll.
BLT Slider
Applewood smoked bacon smothered in maple syrup, topped with shredded lettuce, Roma tomato slice and roasted red pepper aioli

Mini Chicken & Waffles
Buttermilk Fried Chicken on homemade Waffles with Maple drizzle

Lamb Meatballs
Ground lamb with classic Greek seasoning served with homemade cucumber/dill yogurt

Seared Scallops
Seared scallops in brown butter with diced pancetta
served in a mini 

Macaroni and Cheese Cups 
Individual cups of macaroni & cheese topped with buttered breadcrumbs.
Add: Grilled chicken, chicken cutlet, lobster

Gnocchi Skewers
Italian Potato gnocchi with marinara sauce and fresh parmesan cheese served on a skewer in a mini shot glass

Chipotle Shrimp Mini Tortilla

Chipotle-seasoned grilled shrimp topped with avocado crema, cilantro and lime juice, folded in a mini grilled flour tortilla

Shrimp Scampi Skewers
Large shrimp sautéed in a white wine, garlic sauce with fresh parsley
served on a wooden skewer

Pulled Pork Tacos
Slow-roasted pulled pork, mango salsa and crumbled fresh Queso fresco on a mini warm tortilla held together with a clothespin.

Mini Crab Cakes
Fresh crab meat sautéed with onion, garlic, green peppers
Served with  lemon aioli

Polenta Fries
Creamy polenta breaded and fried oil golden brown
Served with homemade marinara 

Pork, Veal and Beef  with Italian herbs, homemade breadcrumbs and grated parmesan, served with homemade marinara sauce
Substitute Ground Turkey or Chicken

Clams Casino
Little neck clams with garlic, shallot, bacon and breadcrumbs
Baked until golden brown 

Mini Pasta and Meatball Cups
Individual serving of pasta topped with homemade marinara sauce, meatball and parmesan cheese

Coconut Shrimp  
Jumbo Shrimp marinated in Coconut Milk, coated in a Panko/Coconut blend and fried golden brown 

Fried Zucchini
Breaded Zucchini fried golden brown sprinkled with Parmesan, served with Ranch Dressing (coins or sticks)

Marinated Chicken, Peppers/Onion/Tomato, and Mexican Cheese Blend, served with Homemade Guacamole, Fresh Cilantro and Lime

Mini Burger Bites
Bite-size burgers on mini bottom buns topped with a pickle and dollop of ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise 

Chicken Parmesan Bites 
Mini Chicken Cutlets topped with homemade Marinara, Fresh Mozzarella and Fresh Basil garnish

Beef, Chicken or Steak Tacos  
Handmade Corn Tortillas with seasoned Beef or Chicken topped with Mango/Pineapple/Corn salsa and Avocado Cream

Mini Lobster Rolls 
Maine lobster meat tossed lightly in mayonnaise, fresh herbs and celery served on a toasted mini bun

Spinach & Artichoke Dip
Fresh Spinach and Artichokes in creamy Cheese sauce baked in
Mini Phyllo Dough cups or square Phyllo bites

Baked Stuffed Mushrooms
Button Mushrooms with garlic, breadcrumb stuffing baked to perfection

Sausage & Pepper Skewers
Sweet or Spicy Italian Sausage stacked with Roasted Green Peppers and Vidalia onions (optional) served on a wooden skewer
Served with a spicy mustard dipping sauce on the side

— Greens —
 Salad In A Jar
(Extra $50 added to the total price for jar cleanup)
Greek, Caesar or Classic Garden Salad served in Individual Mason Jars

(Photo by "The Seasoned Mom"

 BLT Salad  
Iceberg Lettuce, Diced Tomatoes & Crispy Bacon with Ranch dressing
(Can also be served in Mason Jars)

Taco Salad
Iceberg lettuce, pico de gallo, shredded cheddar and jack cheese, roasted peppers and onions, crumbled tortilla chips and homemade guacamole
ADD: Grilled/sliced chicken or steak

Arugula Salad
Baby Arugula  lightly dressed with Olive Oil & lemon vinaigrette, tossed with pine nuts, shaved Parmesan and roasted cherry tomatoes
ADD: Grilled Shrimp

Kale Salad 
Chopped Kale with sunflower seeds and dried cranberries tossed in a  light balsamic vinaigrette

Brussel Sprout Salad
Shaved brussel sprouts, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and parmesan cheese in a light lemon, honey vinaigrette

Arugula and Goat Cheese 
Baby Arugula tossed with toasted almonds, dried cranberries, topped with fried Goat Cheese and served with balsamic vinaigrette
*For Dinner Parties Only*

Arugula Salad

Classic Caesar
Crispy Romaine Lettuce with hand-seasoned French Bread croutons and fresh Parmesan Cheese, lightly dressed in Caesar Dressing

Waldorf Chicken Salad in Cabbage Leaves
White meat chicken tossed with toasted walnuts, raisins and green apples, served in a purple cabbage leaf and topped with shredded lettuce

Greek Salad 
Crisp Iceberg lettuce, sliced cucumbers marinated olives, sliced red onion and crumbled Feta Cheese tossed with Greek Dressing

— Soups —
Roasted Tomato, Basil & Ginger
Slow-roasted tomatoes with fresh basil and a hint of ginger served with mini grilled cheese bites on a skewer

Roasted tomato and ginger soup with grilled cheese croutons

Butternut Squash Soup —  Hints of Nutmeg, Cinnamon
Roasted butternut squash with classic fall spices finished with a touch of cream and fresh sage

New England Clam Chowder — Clam Broth, Potatoes, Cream
 — Winning dish on ABC’s “The Taste” —
Ipswich Clams and Russet Potatoes in a creamy clam broth
Fish Chowder: Substitute clams for White Fish


French Onion Soup 
Three-onion blend slow-cooked for four hours sautéed in Vermouth and fresh herbs before baked with swiss and Parmesan cheese
*For dinner parties only*

Turkey Chili 
White Meat Turkey sauteed in tricolored Peppers and Onions, slow-cooked with a dozen Mexican spices and a touch of Brown Sugar

Turkey Chili 2
Beef Stew
Seared Chuck braised in homemade Beef Stock with Carrots, Potatoes and Celery along with Fresh Thyme and Garlic

— Pasta —
Shrimp Scampi 
Shrimp sautéed in Wine sauce with Tomatoes, Capers and fresh Herbs Served with out without pasta


Lasagna Primavera 
Roasted seasonal vegetables layered with creamy Bechamel cream sauce and garnished with sweat peas

Short Rib Bolognese
Slow-roasted boneless short ribs with crushed tomatoes served with homemade pasta, topped with fresh Romano cheese

Gnocchi in Mushroom Sauce
Potato gnocchi with a variety of wild mushrooms in a white wine, butter, sage sauce topped with grated Parmesan cheese

Baked Gnocchi
Potato gnocchi smothered in homemade marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese baked until golden

Mac & Cheese
Classic Elbow Macaroni in a rich Four-Cheese Sauce with Butter Breadcrumbs
Add: Lobster, Chicken, Bacon

Chicken & Broccoli
White Meat Chicken sautéed in Garlic Olive Oil served over Ziti with fresh Parmesan Cheese

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Rigatoni  Red Sauce
Rigatoni Pasta smothered in a homemade sweet and spicy cherry tomato sauce, served with freshly grated parmesan cheese

Pasta Carbonara 
Salty pancetta with creamy egg yolk and parmesan cheese tossed with fresh linguini and fresh herbs
Carbonara Pasta

Baked Ziti or Rigatoni
Pasta baked with homemade Marinara Sauce, dollops of Ricotta Cheese and topped with Mozzarella Cheese

Baked Ziti 2


— Chicken —

Chicken Marsala  
Boneless White Meat Chicken sautéed in rich Marsala Wine with Prosciutto & Mushrooms

Chicken or Veal Saltimbocca
Boneless chicken/veal with Italian Prosciutto and Fontina Cheese served in a rich Marsala Wine sauce

Chicken  (or eggplant) Parmesan
Thin filets of white meat chicken, fried to perfection, topped with mozzarella cheese and smothered in homemade marinara sauce

 Baked Stuffed Chicken 
Butterflied Breast Meat stuffed with layers of Italian Prosciutto, Gruyere Cheese and Fresh Herbs, Breaded and lightly pan-fried then baked in Chicken Stock

Roasted Chicken 
Half Chicken (white and dark meat) seasoned with kosher salt and fresh herbs, baked until juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside

Chicken Francaise (lemon) — Lemon, Garlic, White Wine
Boneless White Meat Chicken cook francaise style in a Garlic, Lemon, White Wine Sauce


— Meat —

Braised Short Ribs – Red Wine Reduction
Boneless or bone-in beef short ribs braised in beef stock and red wine
*For parties of 12 or less*

Whole tenderloin pan-seared and cooked medium rare
served with homemade tarragon béarnaise sauce
(shown here with chimichurri sauce)

Sliced filet mignon with chimichurri sauce
Sliced filet mignon with chimichurri sauce


— Seafood — 

Baked Stuffed Shrimp 
Large Shrimp butterflied and stuffed with homemade seafood stuffing (crabmeat, scallops), fresh herbs and breadcrumbs
(served with a creamy seafood Véloute sauce)

Photo Credit: The Perfect Pantry

Lemon Sole 
Thin layers of white fish poached in lemon juice, butter and olive oil
tossed with fresh lemon slices and fresh parsley

Scallops with Pancetta
Sea Scallops sautéed in pancetta fat and topped with crispy pancetta

Fresh Atlantic Salmon seared and baked with butter that’s been whipped with fresh dill and a touch of olive oil


— Sides —

Roasted Potatoes 

Your choice of Yukon on Sweet Potatoes, roasted in olive oil & seasonings

Mashed Potatoes
Creamy Yukon Potatoes whipped with butter, cream and salt.
— or —  Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Asparagus Parmesan
– Green Beans
– Roasted Brussel Sprouts (add bacon)
– Vegetable Medley: Roasted eggplant, zucchini & carrots

– Steamed Broccoli
– Cauliflower Mash
– Broccoli Rabe 

— Cold Sides —

Cold Asian Noodles
Linguine style Asian noodles tossed in a soy/ginger dressing with carrots, green onions, soy beans, cilantro, peanuts and sesame seeds

Watermellon/Cucumber Salad
Diced watermelon  and cucumbers tossed with red onion and marinated in a citrus/avocado oil dressing

— Desserts —

Chocolate Covered Strawberries 

Chocolate Molten Cake
Rich homemade chocolate cake with a hot chocolate center
* For dinner parties only*

Mini Cannoli
Classic Italian Cannoli filled with sweet ricotta cheese,
topped with mini chocolate chips

Ice Cream Sundae
Your choice of ice cream flavors with endless toppings:
hot fudge, marshmallow, caramel, whipped cream, cherries, chocolate and rainbow sprinkles, brownie bites, walnuts, and more

 Chocolate Trifles
Chocolate Cake, chocolate pudding and homemade whipped cream topped with chocolate cookie crumbs
(can be served in various sizes, including mason jars)

Strawberry Shortcake
Homemade Sponge Cake topped with fresh Strawberries and hand-Whipped Cream, finished with Powdered Sugar & fresh mint – Served in individual bowls. (blueberries optional)

Penny Candy Bar
Childhood favorites! Swedish Fish, Gummy Bears, Licorice strings

Thank you for choosing “Dare To Taste.”  Adjustments and substitutions can be made upon request. Cutlery can also be provided as well as beverages. Food can be prepared at the clients’ location or warmed upon arrival.

Please review the following prices/fees before booking with Dare To Taste. All fees will be broken down on your invoice.

  • A 20% deposit and signed invoice is due at the time of booking.
  • Payment is due in full at or before time of the service or a $10/day fee will apply and accrue daily.  For corporate events/accounts, if payment is not received within 30 days of service, a $10/day fee will apply and accrue daily.
  • After 30 days of non or late payment, your balance, along with a $25 fee, will be forwarded to collections. Once in collections, 33% of your remaining balance will be added to cover collection costs.
  • All credit card payments will be charged an additional 4% processing fee. There is no fee for payments via check.
  • EXACT headcount is due ONE WEEK prior to your event.
  • Cutlery/plates/napkins are an additional charge.
  • Buffets are serve-yourself. Additional servers are $150 per event for the entire time.
  • Bartenders are $250 per event for 4 hours. Bar kit and fruit (lemons/limes) are provided.
  • Table cloths are provided for buffets and food tables. Any additional cloths, round or rectangle, black or white, are $8 per linen for dry cleaning.
  • The following one-time fee is added to every service and is included in your quote: This fee is for menu planning, shopping (usually multiple times), prep, delivery, setup, and if applicable, full service during your event and kitchen cleanup.

$200 – Parties up to 50 guests

$250 – Parties  50-100 guests
$350 – Parties over 100
*ALL Weddings $350 Service


Contact Jen@DareToTaste.com or fill out the form below for a quote!