Memorial Day is the perfect time to plan a welcome to summer barbecue. Get your friends together and have fun in the sun while enjoying some cold drinks and grilled food. Check out our ideas for how to pull off a great event.


Having some finger food for guests to nosh on before digging into the main meal is essential for any big event. This list of appetizers from Southern Living has the right idea. Offer a healthy appetizer, such as grilled vegetable or fruit kabobs, and one that is a little heartier for those who eat clean. Chips and dip is always a popular one. You could go for salsa, a spinach dip or hummus. Just make sure that whatever you choose is easy to make and likely to appeal to your guests. Or, go classic by serving up potato chips and watermelon.


What barbecue would be complete without some festive drinks? Set out some sodas and juices in a cooler, and then get to work mixing up some alcoholic options. Food & Wine has a whole webpage dedicated to Memorial Day drinks, so give it a look. Whether you want to make a modern cocktail, like Frosé, or standby sangria, punch or margaritas, choose something colorful and serve over plenty of ice.

The Main Course

From hot dogs and burgers to pulled meat and ribs, your main course options are endless. For a fresh take on barbecue classics, serve burgers or hot dogs “protein style,” in lettuce instead of buns. Or, use mini slider buns. Look online for some new recipes or cook what you have been making for years. Grilling foods makes even the most classic ones taste a bit better.


Grilled fruit or s’mores are good if you like cooking on the grill. Parfaits, cheesecakes and shortcakes are crowd-pleasers, but if you want to change it up, make an ice cream cake or your own popsicles, with or without alcohol.

An Alternative Option: Hire a Personal Chef in New Jersey

Not the strongest cook? Want to enjoy the barbecue, rather than spend the whole time cooking? Looking for something different? At Foodini’s, an event catering business in NJ, we offer both personal chef and meal delivery services. With barbecue packages, and an a la carte menu, we can help you make this year’s Memorial Day meal your best yet. Get a package option, from $22.95 to $32.95 per person, and receive main dishes, condiments and sides. Hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs, barbecued chicken, corn on the cob and watermelon slices are timeless barbecue eats. What more could you want? Add on a la carte options if you want more choices.

Why hire a Caterer?

Hiring our services lets you have a stress-free party. Hire our staff and everything except for drinks can be delivered and served for your barbecue. The Caterers Industry Research Report from IBISWorld shows how fast the catering industry is growing. Operators and clients are happy, so there is no better time to hire Foodini’s than for your upcoming event!

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