Robyn Lane

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STAMFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 24: A Guatemalan immigrant carves the Thanksgiving turkey on November 24, 2016 in Stamford, Connecticut. Family and friends, some of them U.S. citizens, others on work visas and some undocumented immigrants came together in an apartment to celebrate the American holiday with turkey and Latin American dishes. They expressed concern with the results of the U.S. Presidential election of president-elect Donald Trump, some saying their U.S.-born children fear the possibilty their parents will be deported after Trump's inauguration. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

There are times that I don’t feel like cooking.  It doesn’t happen often but when it does, I need to summon the Gods of strength to get me off my tuchus to cook a meal. Hey, I worked all day, I’m tired! Ninety nine percent of the time I can’t wait to create a beautiful meal for the people I love.

It usually takes me a week or so to plan a holiday feast. My process starts with giving lots of thought to the side dishes and desserts that will make the meal spectacular. If I’m doing all or some of the cooking, my passion kicks in while comin up with a list of items that accompany the turkey. If a large crowd is expected, I will almost always make way too much, and that includes adding another main dish like a pot roast to the table. Being Jewish, it’s a given. I belong to a culture that loves to feed people, it’s our way of showing love.

This year, the plan is to have my sister cook the turkey and I’ll do the sides, desserts, and probably my grandmother’s pot roast. If I were to cater a holiday meal I wouldn’t have any idea who to call. Do I call a local restaurant? Do I call the local grocery store? Do I search for local caterers?

I have never in my life had any dinner or event catered. I always cooked something, even if I was invited to someone else’s home. I have never shown up empty handed, I just don’t have it in me.

I understand that it is so much easier to make a phone call and order your holiday meal. All you have to do is pour the wine, set the table, and wait for your food to arrive. There are people who don’t know how to cook. I would imagine they either go out to a restaurant or cater a holiday meal for their guests.

Have you ever had your holiday meal catered? I scoured the internet looking for food lovers to recommend places that cater amazing holiday meals.