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How to Effortlessly Plan a Great Holiday Party

Do you enjoy a full house of laughs and creating great memories with friends & family? We do too!

Sometimes, planning a party can be a bit overwhelming, but fear not, we are here to help! We’ll walk you through step by step on how to plan a menu that your guests will enjoy and how to make hosting as stressless as possible.

The first step to hosting a great party, is establishing a fun atmosphere. The tone of the party starts with the appetizers. Talk to our staff and they will guide you in choosing delicious cheeses & charcuterie like salami, and prosciutto, along with delectable crackers & jams.

Want to impress guests even more? Order from our Catering Menu. Items like the cheese platter, tuna wontons, and roasted zucchini cups, are sure crowd pleasers. These satisfying appetizers go a long way and require minimum prep, allowing you to enjoy the conversation with your company.

For cocktails, we have exclusive mixers from Ripe, Stonewall Kitchen and other remarkable brands. Pair them with our Luxardo Maraschino cherries for a perfect finish to a great drink.

And last, but not least comes the main course. We suggest ordering a roast (we’ll give you cooking instructions!) and some prepared sides from catering. Our staples are: Creamed Spinach, Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower & Artichoke Mash, Risotto and more. All you need to do is reheat these sides while your roast is in the oven. We recommend Borsari seasoning for your roasts. You can also ask our butchers to stuff it with your favorite ingredients.

Rare prime rib beef on a plate with mushrooms, gravy, asparagus, potatoes and rosemary

We have exquisite salad dressings and organic greens, as well as a variety of vegetables to make a fresh salad to complement your meal. Don’t forget the bread! We carry freshly baked bread from Hartford Baking Company.

For dessert, try our delicious  ready-to-bake cookies from local Cardia Cookie Co , with local Tulmeadow ice cream or get LuAnn cakes or pies, made in Ellington, CT. These will be your “cherry on top” for a great gathering. Once you are ready to serve your meal, you will look back and realize it wasn’t that hard after all! Our mission is to make things easy for you, so you can not only entertain, but enjoy and relax during your party as well.

Get everything you need for the holidays in one stop, your favorite shop: Avon Prime Meats!

Why local farms & vendors matter so much!

Every time you shop at Avon Prime Meats, you become part of a family’s story: we are a family business that likes to support other local families in their quest to thrive in today’s economy. These are husbands, mothers, sisters, kids that have a dream and work hard to accomplish it. Small farms and local businesses are true to their values.

Local farmers and vendors sell the products their families LOVE and grow with them, therefore, we know their heart is in it!

Local food is fresher and provides more nutrients than food that has traveled for miles without the chance of a natural ripening process. Science shows that nutrients begin to degrade the moment produce is harvested, so the sooner you can purchase and eat it, the more nutritious it is.

Local produce from Greszcyk Farm & pickles from Hillhome in Norfolk, CT

The farms we support grow their livestock humanely in a small farm setting, where they are relaxed and healthier, thus giving you better nutrition!

Is local always organic? Not necessarily: the organic certification is a very stringent and expensive process that not all small businesses can afford.  Most practice sustainable agriculture, which is often the same or even a higher standard than organic, just not certified.  Better for them as farmers, better for the earth, and better for you.

Are local animals grass fed? In the Northeast, it is almost impossible to grass feed all year long. These animals are grass fed for as long as the weather permits, then switch to grain feed through the winter. However, their feed is as natural as possible. No hormones, antibiotics, fillers or pesticides.

Milk from Smyth Trinity Farm in Enfield CT

Buying local keeps your hard-earned dollars in the local community.  To see all our local vendors, just take a peek at our back wall behind the meat counter, it has a beautiful display of all of them. We carry many local CT products, as well as regional (MA, NY, RI).

Back board behind our meat counter showcasing all the CT businesses we support

We invite you to be part of our story and help other local businesses thrive as they contribute to our community’s growth. Stop by today and shop local! We’ll be glad to give you a tour of CT within our store!

All you always wanted to know about Catering with Avon Prime Meats

Whether you’re planning a celebration, office luncheon meeting, or large corporate event, Avon Prime Meats can help you plan the perfect event. We can assist with everything from a casual corporate lunch meeting to large BBQ party!  Our catering menu offers an extensive variety of appetizers and platters to choose from, including casual Steak & Cheese Spring Rolls and an elegant Chilled Garlic & Herb Tenderloin platter.  Our locally sourced ingredients are reflected in the England Artisanal Cheese platter.  We also provide a variety of vegetarian options such as Spinach & Artichoke stuffed Mushrooms (a sure pleaser!) or Sweet Potato Pancakes – a fun twist on a classic holiday favorite.

Customizing your menu is easy and fun with our expert staff, who will help you come up with the perfect fit for your event, as well as ensuring you order the perfect amount of food.  Slider bar menus are fun for young people, and buffet style dinner plans provide a hearty meal for a large number of guests.

Office meetings are truly simple with our turn key selection of wrap platters and salads, with tried and true favorites to provide everyone a quick, refreshing lunch. We also can plan custom menus for your office, with warm meals & sides. Our entrée trays are perfect for creating your own buffet.

Don’t forget your custom dessert platter!

This is what some of our guests have said regarding our catering services:

“It was fabulous! WOW – The food was delicious, the set-up perfect and the staff beyond kind and easy to work with! I am very impressed! Your advice on ordering was so helpful. We had tons of leftovers, so I appreciate that you recommended not to order more appetizers, you were right on! Thanks again, Avon Prime Meats is the best!”

Melissa W.

“Thank you guys so much for catering our wedding. Just about everyone raved about the food. You guys did an amazing job and we couldn’t be happier. I took your advice and wore my shoes pretty much all last week and the week prior and I am so glad I did! Your staff was so nice to work with, everyone was great!”

Chantel R.

Frequently asked questions:

What are my options regarding delivery?

You can pick up in the store, or chose delivery. We deliver hot or cold (up to you!) and we give you reheating instructions.

Can you cook at my house? Yes, for on site events we require a minimum of 50 people.

When is the absolute latest I can place my order? We recommend booking as far in advance as possible. A week’s notice is the average but we always work with you to accommodate your party. If you call with a last-minute request we might give you different options that work both for our kitchen and for you.

Do you do pig roasts? Yes, those are market priced. There is a cooking fee involved and pig roasts take multiple hours to complete. Hogs come from local farms.

Do I need to pay a deposit? Depending on the size of the order, we may require a deposit.  Weddings and large events typically require one.  All other events are held on a credit card and charged the morning of the event.

I have a tight budget, can I still get my event catered?

Yes! We have a great Menu with a variety of items to work with your budget. We will suggest items that go a long way to feed a crowd while not breaking the bank.

How about cancellations? We kindly ask for a week notice for all changes and cancellations.

I have allergies / dietary restrictions. Can you make an entrée specific to my needs? Yes, our chefs are always willing to go the extra mile for you. We just kindly ask that you make your request with at least a week in advance. In the past, we have substituted, omitted, or swapped ingredients to accommodate our guests needs!