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Shellfish Catering: Bakes, Boils & Raw Bars

Shellfish catering is popular all across the world. Boiling, steaming & grilling fresh shellfish brings people together. Depending on where you’re from, the flavors and what must be included in the pots might vary but the end result is always the same. Friends and families around the table for a flavorful feast where the emphasis is on being together, telling some good stories, and making memories over a great meal. This is what we love to cook. Shellfish caterings are in our blood.

 

All of our shellfish is hand selected for quality and flavor. We take shellfish catering seriously. It is responsibly sourced from small fleet fishermen and trusted regional partners. We use your favorite seasoning and our biggest pot. Call all your friends and spread out some newspaper for a fun, roll-up-your-sleeves meal that will feed a crowd.

Shellfish Boil Catering

CHESAPEAKE CRAB FEAST

In Maryland, crab is king and a boil means blue crab. We have access to great local blue crab. We steam and season with real J.O. Spice and serve the crabs with Old Bay & lemon-apple vinaigrette for dipping.

SHRIMP ON THE BARBIE

Any kind of shellfish on the barbie really! The local bounty of fresh seasonal, seafood means we can take about any fresh catch and throw it on the wood fire grill. We bring all the garlic & herb drawn butter.

LOW COUNTRY BOIL

New Orleans Cajun spice blend brimming with Crawfish, Shrimp & Crab. Corn-on-the-cob, smoked andouille sausage & tender red potatoes make the meal with crusty French bread, lemons and Tabasco.

NEW ENGLAND CLAM BAKE

We layer shellfish and seaweed, then cover the whole thing and let is steam with lemons and whole roasted garlic cloves. The result is some of the best lobster, shrimp, clams, and mussels you will ever eat.

Shellfish Boil Catering

HOW WE HANDLE SERVING SIDES

Depending on the type of shellfish catering you choose, we boil in mountain spring water or craft beer and use a secret blend of savory spices. We serve plenty fresh lemon and our signature shellfish dipping sauces.

 

Every Reel & Ranch cookout includes 2 gourmet side dishes paired perfectly to compliment your fresh fish. In addition, we offer a wide variety of premium sides that can be added on to any shellfish catering.

REEL & RANCH COOKOUTS

BROCCOLINI WITH ROASTED GARLIC

Broccoli's leafier and more tender cousin wood-fire grilled with roasted garlic, sea salt and olive oil.

SWEET CORN HUSH PUPPIES

Fried savory cornmeal with buttermilk, pepper jack cheese and whole sweet corn kernels.

FANCY POTATO SALAD

Pan-roasted fingerling potatoes with paprika, lemon, dill, crème fraiche and caviar.

NOT SO TRADITIONAL MAC SALAD

No Mayo here! Penne pasta with celery, carrot, cucumber and Dijon vinaigrette.

REEL & RANCH COOKOUTS

MIX AND MATCH OPTIONS

Some of the very best shellfish catering cookouts mix more than one main course. A little bit of this and a little bit of that usually equals a whole lot of yummy fun. Create a custom menu that is a perfect fit for your event. Reel & Ranch offers a variety of cookout options that are all sure to please every crowd.

MARYLAND
CRAB CAKES

Solid Start Menu

GRILLED USDA
PRIME STEAKS

Grillin’ & Chillin’ Menu

SEASONAL MIXED
BERRY TRIFLE

Sweet Treat Menu

FREQUENT QUESTIONS ANSWERED

After many shellfish boil catering cookouts, we have learned that each one is a little different. We all have different tastes, different visions and different needs. For most cookouts, we present meals in a serve yourself ‘better-than-buffet’ style.  Action stations are attended by chefs who can help serve, suggest & answer questions while guests select what they want from the offerings displayed.

 

Are we missing something? Want to make a modification? If you have something else in mind – that’s great! We love to be creative and love to collaborate. Let’s hear your ideas. It’s very likely that we can make it happen!

How much does a shellfish boil cookout really cost?

Cookouts vary in price depending on season, how many people will be fed, what types of items or additional courses are selected, and a few other site and service-related factors. In order to ensure we are giving you the best & most accurate pricing possible we should talk specifics, let's chat!

What kind of area or space is needed to host a shellfish boil cookout?

We have found, where there is a will there is a way. We use a variety of set-ups and cooking techniques to pull off a great cookout in nearly any venue or cooking area. For an ‘On-site’ cookout an open outdoor cooking area is required. Depending on the venue our team can help determine if an ‘On-site’, ‘Catered’, or Hybrid style cookout would work best for properly catering you event.

How far in advance should I reserve my date?

Wedding receptions and other large events typically book 6-12 months in advance. Smaller cookouts book a bit closer to the event date. Weekends, holidays and other popular dates often book quickly… some more than 12 months out. If you want to plan a cookout, we should talk ASAP. The more time we have to plan the better! Reach out today to discuss possibilities and availability!

What happens if it rains on the day of my event?

Reel & Ranch cookouts are typically rain or shine events. This is real slow food catering and once we get started it is impossible to stop the process. Thankfully here in Southern California a whole day of rain is something we don’t often need to worry about. Our cooking and service areas are covered and do just fine in case of any passing sprinkles!

Does every cookout include a free 'first taste' or 'last bite'?

At all 'On-site' cookouts we prepare both a special first taste while the food is being prepared and also a sweet dessert bite to say, ‘Thank you,’ once the meal is through! For 'Catered' cookouts, hosts choose either a first taste -or- last bite. 'Drop-off' cookouts are yummy and convenient but are not particularly conducive to serving first taste or last bite courses so neither are included.

WHAT MAKE US THE BEST?

This is How We Roll!

When we cook for your friends and family, you all become a part of our extended cookout family. More than a great meal, this is a culinary experience and when we come for a cookout catering, we are here to feed your people.

 

We prepare special first tastes while the food is being prepared and sweet dessert bites to say, ‘Thank you,’ once the meal is through! Your choice & our pleasure!

FIRST TASTE

$6 - 12

PER PERSON VALUE

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Jerk Chicken Wings

Spicy Ceviche Shooters

LAST BITE

$6 - 12

PER PERSON VALUE

Miniature Cannoli

Cinnamon Coffee Rolls

Fresh Baked Cookies

Spicy Pig Candy

EVERY EVENT IS DIFFERENT

Choose a package perfect for yours

$ 79

STARTING AT

Catered Cookout
Service

Better for Large or Indoor Events

Includes First Taste or Last Bite

Custom Printed Display Signage

Better-than-Buffet Style Service

Arrive 2 Hours Before Event Time

$ 99

STARTING AT

On-site Cookout
Catering

Interactive Culinary Experience

Includes First Taste & Last Bite

Printed Menus & Display Signage

Better-than-Buffet Style Service

Arrive up to 24 Hours in Advance

$ 59

STARTING AT

Drop-off Cookout
Delivery

Better for Smaller Informal Events

Includes 2 Gourmet Side Items

Buffet Style Food Label Signage

Premium Disposable Cutlery & China

Arrive 1 Hour Before Event Time