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Mezze Catering Provides Beautiful Meals For Beautiful Days

By Michael Abelson

Nothing brings down a beautiful wedding or large gala like subpar food. Enter Mezze Catering, which only does things one way: the best way. Based in Bennington, the catering company, which started as a small bistro in Western Massachusetts, has grown into one of New England's best, most dedicated catering companie. Catering Director Linda Stripp answered some of our questions about Mezze's continued growth and success.

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What was the inspiration behind opening Mezze Catering?

Our restaurants were the main inspiration. Our guests wanted to enjoy the food that they were experiencing at the restaurants at their weddings and events and we wanted to bring our farm to table focus to venues and homes all over the Berkshires.

How do you tailor and change the menus seasonally?

We work with wonderful local farms and artisans to build menus around seasonal offerings. We love to highlight seasonal produce to create colorful, fresh and delicious dishes. This approach touches every aspect of our menu from passed and stationary hors d'oeuvres, to entrees and desserts.

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What are a few of your personal favorite menu items you offer and why?

I really love the salads our chefs create. Artfully composed spring vegetables on a bed of local whipped crowdie cheese or vibrant tomato and watermelon with feta, fresh herbs and lime are two of my favorites. Bright flavors and beautiful presentation come together to make a dynamic first course. Further, these ingredients are local and we can highlight our farmers and their hard work.

Why do you think someone should choose Mezze Catering for their catering and event needs?

Mezze Catering is a full scale planning company in addition to offering customized seasonal menus and excellent service. I think a lot of our customers enjoy the security of working with a company that coordinates every aspect of their event and is very familiar with the wedding venues and vendors of the Berkshires.

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