As usual, I found out about this catering service, from Fanwood, through the community Facebook page. The power of social networks is undeniable and, if that can have negative consequences, it can also have great advantage like promoting small and local businesses. Just from walking around Scotch Plains I would have never know that Savory Selections was a thing but this way I did, and I'm so glad I found it!
On a first contact I talked to Felton Jones, which is the co-owner alongside his wife Jill. They immediately offered to sample me a meal that they would prepare and, of course, I said yes! I love cooking but I also love to try other people's cooking and it's so good to be out of the kitchen once in a while, getting to know new and different ways to cook familiar ingredients. We set up a day and time and there was Felton, delivering me my meal.
First let me tell you a bit about this nice couple that decided to make their catering services available to our community. Jill and Felton are married and they have a son and both have full time jobs! Combining that with the catering service is a challenge that they took, in the hopes of embracing the passion for cooking and making a supplementary source of income out of it. It certainly is a challenge that they take on fearlessly! They have to rent a kitchen space every time there's a catering service happening or if there is some recipe testing going on. Looking for a permanent solution is Jill's focus now so the business an flourish and expand even more.
One of the reasons I try to get these local businesses out there is because we all know the big companies and service providers. We see their adds, we hear about them through friends and family but, as a community, we have a duty which is support our own local people, our local businesses so we can empower them and let them be known and wanted. They sure are needed because a service has to have a heart - anyone can sell something once, the hard thing is to keep something going and making it a truly rewarding life experience.
I got a tray of garlic shrimp, with rice and green beans. It was simply delicious, extremely well seasoned and cooked to perfection. Everyone knows that you can't cook shrimp too much or it will turn to rubber and these were just perfect! I like my food well seasoned and flavorful and, sometimes, when I go to a restaurant and order something I was really eager to have, it turns out to be a disappointment because there's no flavor, no seasoning, no life! I've got the message on the catering service, for sure - you'll get lots of flavor and home made style food. Cooking is something that anyone can do but cooking with soul is a thing reserved to those who really are passionate about turning ingredients into something amazing and memorable!
I was pretty happy with the delivery and the presentation was really carefully thought off. Nothing spilled, everything in perfect order and, look at that, I even got a dessert beautifully packaged and decorated with a bow.
One of the things I first notice about any service is the attention given to details. That really shows the commitment that those people are putting into their business and I really appreciated the gesture. The dessert was a mouthwatering, still warm, peach cobbler! Oh, my! My kids devoured it and I was able to save some for me and my husband for the next day, just because I was serving and doing some portion control. Otherwise, it would have been all gone! It was creamy, smooth, sweet and with the right amount of crunchiness on the topping.
I'm guessing I'll have to try these at home because now my son is always talking about the cobbler! The recipe Jill uses was her mother's and, once again, that just gives food a whole different meaning and value - traditions and values can be passed with recipes and the flavors that are familiar to us are something that we love to share, just like Jill does with her cooking.
I just noticed that I started with the dessert description before talking about the entree but, really, it was super yummy and I had to share it with you!
The shrimp was really well presented and the sides were a good complement. The rice was tasty, with the peppers and the seasoning and the green beans gave it a lightness that went really well with the garlicky shrimp. Something with a smoother taste and texture is the ideal pairing for a bold flavored protein dish, like the shrimp. We really enjoyed trying out the food and we got 3 meals out of this, which was pretty good.
Savory Selections has a very wide range of dishes that you can choose from, and there is a dish for everyone, I'm sure. There are two options, in terms of size of the orders:
Just to give you an idea of what you can get delivered, if you ever decide to use their services, you can choose from the following items:
There are also several vegetable dishes, cold salads and appetizers that can be ordered and, of course, any special request is always attended. If you have any food restriction be sure to let the owners know and they will provide everything at your own taste.
I'll also leave you with the desserts, in case you became interested in the peach cobbler!
The catering service provided by Savory Selections also includes food preparation, delivery and set up. Servers are also available upon request and you can hire Jill and Felton's services for events up to 100 guests. In this case, the price per person will be based on menu selection.
Once again, the owners are always receptive to any suggestions you may have and are glad to adjust their service to your own needs. If you have something that you would like to have at your party or reception ad it's not on the menu it's just a matter of talking it through with Jill and Felton and they will do everything to comply with your needs.
I had the most enjoyable evening talking to Jill and getting to know a bit more about Savory Selections Catering. Two girls talking about food, cooking and what makes them happy is the most amazing end of a weekday for me. I hope you try the services whenever you need this kind of catering solution, I truly recommend it and hope that it'll be around for many decades to come!