By Lori Melton

The holidays can be a fun, but hectic time. If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party this year, planning the menu is an essential part of the main event. You can reduce the stress involved with shopping, prepping, and cooking the food by turning the task over to a professional catering service. Check out our picks below for five of the best restaurants in the Greater Detroit Area that can help you plan and cater your New Year’s Eve party this year.

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Slow’s To Go
4107 Cass Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(877) 569-7246

Opened in 2005, Slows is a Detroit-area barbecue haven that has been featured on national TV show’s such as the Travel Channel’s Food Paradise. The pulled pork smothered in barbecue sauce is sublime. Most of the menu items are available for catering, including yummy sides like mac n cheese, coleslaw, potato salad and pit smoked beans. Slows offers full service catering, hot or cold bulk food pickup, and dine-in catering at the flagship Michigan Avenue location. The Slows To Go Midtown location on Cass Avenue handles catering delivery and pickup.

Polish Village Cafe
2990 Yemens St.
Hamtramck, MI 48212
(313) 874-5726

If you’re looking to spice up the menu at your New Year’s Eve party, consider having some traditional Polish dishes like pierogis, stuffed cabbage, potatoes and more. The off-site catering menu is priced at $12.95 per person for three meats and $10.95 per person for two meats. Meals also include your choice of pierogi, potato, vegetable, salad and bread or rolls. Some tasty meat options include smoked or fresh polish sausage with kraut, baked ham, stuffed cabbage, breaded garlic/breaded chicken cutlets and much more.  They also offer appetizer and dessert trays, beverages and even servers, all for an additional fee. Delivery and self-serve style set up is included in the per person price.

Bacco Ristorante
29410 Northwestern Highway
Southfield, MI 48034
(248) 356-6600

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This 2017 Diner’s Choice Award-winning Detroit eatery will cater your private or corporate event via a customer Mercedes Benz food van. Bacco’s will go to great lengths to tailor the menu to fit your party. The restaurant is also committed to sourcing fresh ingredients from local farms. They can configure everything from panini platters, to pasta, salads and more to fit your needs for a party as small as 10 people up to 500 guests. You can even hire a personal chef to prepare a custom eight-course right in your own kitchen. They’ll even help you pair the right wine with your menu.

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Zingerman’s Catering and Events
422 Detroit St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 663-3400

Zingerman’s Deli and Bakery has a nationwide reputation for excellence. People come from all over the country to visit the famed food establishment. Zingerman’s strives to make any catered event a fun affair and will deliver anywhere outside of Ann Arbor limits for $2 per mile one way. You can also pick up food on New Year’s Eve day for limited hours (call to find out what they are) or use their Greyline event space to hold the party. The 2017 holiday menu boasts a variety of meats such as Applewood smoked spiral cut ham, beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin with apple mostarda, Chef Bill’s Tunisian chicken and more. Sides include pear spiced pecan salad, maple bacon sweet potatoes, sweet garlic squash and more. You can also choose from an array of appetizers and a selection of Zingerman’s signature sweets and desserts.

The Rattlesnake Club
300 River Place Drive
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 567-4400

Located alongside the Detroit River, The Rattlesnake Club is a local go-to destination for weddings and other events. Opened in 1988, the restaurant takes pride in their menu featuring items that are locally grown, seasonally sourced and classically inspired. The restaurant boasts several private dining rooms to accommodate a wide range of party sizes if you’re looking to host your party on site. Or, they offer a full-service catering option for off-site parties as well and are notably a Preferred Caterer at Detroit’s Eastern Market.  You can view Rattlesnake Club’s Holiday Event Dinner Packages here.

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