This time last year, Anthony Reis and his team at The Food Architects were busy prepping for the rush that comes with the holiday season. The gourmet catering company was gearing up for corporate parties and holiday luncheons.
This year, of course, is different.
The Food Architects on Ethel Road West in Piscataway, which has been serving Middlesex County for more than 16 years, has had to restructure its menu to offer personal portions for takeout. Instead of offering delicious meals by the half or whole tray, customers can now get anything off the menu – from shrimp scampi to gourmet empanadas – for one.
“We needed to re-identify ourselves to survive in this new normal,” said Reis, one of the owners. “While we are a well-regarded caterer, we had to establish ourselves as a designation for high-quality but decently-priced takeout food.”
The entire catering menu is available for takeout, while The Food Architects are still committed to changing the menu seasonally, highlighting the best of what each has to offer. You can find the local caterer on all major food delivery apps including Uber Eats and Doordash.
Even though times are tight for almost everyone in the food service industry, The Food Architects prides itself on being a good community partner and giving back whenever it can.
Reis has been running a program since March that allows people to donate meals to first responders, those in need, frontline workers, etc. for only $10 each. Another special also offers a 10% donation to any organization/charity when a large order is placed.
“We always want to be a part of the solution,” Reis said. “Our new programs are an opportunity for us to provide happiness and good nutrition to our community members in need and on the front lines.”
The caterer also works closely with local food pantries, soup kitchens and religious food programs – such as the First Presbyterian Church of Metuchen as well as Halls Corner and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in East Brunswick – by preparing large quantities of individually packaged food and helping to provide them with meals at wholesale prices.
Reis credits the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce for helping to keep his company connected with important resources through the Daily Update as well as with vital connections with other members in the food service industry.
To learn more about The Food Architects or to place an order for your festive holiday table, visit www.thefoodarchitectsnj.com or call 732-572-1110.