Planning to throw a cards party this Diwali but don’t know where to start arranging for the grub? Let us help—LBB has curated a list of food caterers to bookmark for this season, so if nothing else works, you can still send your guests into a food coma.

The Basil Kitchen

Photo source: The Basil Kitchen

Photo source: The Basil Kitchen

You can take the chef out of Olive, but you can’t take Olive out of the chef. Raman Kohli leaves the restaurant kitchen to start his own thing, without leaving behind any of the finesse. With plating being an integral part of the fine-dining experience here, his boys dish up Masterchef-style, including a pomegranate base in shot glasses from which the mutton seekh is served.

What not to miss—the lychee shot with wasabi and feta.

Price: Starts at INR 1,500 per plate for a minimum of 35 people; goes up to INR 10,000 per plate for menus including sushi, caviar and imported meats

Food For Thought By Brown Sahiba

Calcutta and nostalgia seem to go hand in hand. Rajyasree Sen, a.k.a. Brown Sahiba, runs a catering service where Chicken Pate on Toast and Maachher Paturi fit right in with each other. Having previously run her own restaurant {you might remember Brown Sahib}, she still does all the cooking herself.

Dishes are ordered by plate, each of which feeds four, and Rajyasree drops off the food in Tupperware, so it’s easy to heat and eat when the time is right.

Price: Depends on the order

Iram By Omer Khusro

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Photo courtesy: Garrett Ziegler via Wikimedia commons [CC BY 2.0][Generic]

To say that they provide a wide range of absolutely delectable dishes would be an understatement. Opt for their shikampur kebabs and dahi chops to start off, or even the smoked dum ka keema.

Their dum biryanis are flavourful, and you can accompany it by a mirchi ka saalan, or perhaps a palak or a mango raita {one of their specialties}. All you have to do is provide your party size and how many are vegetarian.

Pick your menu, and let them handle the rest. They’ll cook, deliver, take your through the heating instructions and even pick up the utensils the next day for you.

Price: Customisable according to menu options and the number of people they are catering to

Daljit Rana

Home-style cooking meets restaurant-style dishes in Daljit Rana’s kitchen. Small gatherings and medium/large events are catered for here, though only after the menu is created in collaboration with the host.

If you’d like to try before you buy, they even offer a tasting menu {at your cost} on their premises. The chef brings over the home-prepared food, and stays through the party for plating, serving and preparation.

PS: He is an ex-army cook, so you can expect your evening to go off with military precision.

Price: Depends on the menu and order

Asian Haus Catering Service

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Photo source: Asian Haus Catering Service

There’s nothing more reassuring than when a tried-and-tested restaurant extends itself to catering services. Asian Haus specialises in oriental and south-east Asian cuisine, requires a minimum of 15 attendees, and will send across live stations, a catering manager, and chefs along.

Based on your attendee list and their food habits, they’ll curate a special menu, do a site visit, and, best of all, work around your proposed budget. Their USP is a live dim sum station, and there’s no going wrong with that.

Price: On request, and as per your menu and budgetary requirements

XO Catering By Design

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Photo source: XO Catering by Design

These are the guys behind Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput’s much-talked about mehendi brunch. XO attends to every service-related requirement, along with a fabulous menu. We’re talking waiters in crisp white uniforms and gloves, fine china and theme-based presentation {all part of the price}.

Besides Indian {Mughlai, Punjabi, Rajasthani, Coastal, Parsi, Kashur Wazwan and Bengali}, European grills, Spanish, Italian, Mediterranean and Oriental {Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese}, they also do champagne lunches and cocktails.

Price: On request, depending on your menu and the number of people

Daawat-E-Kashmir

Photo courtesy: Daawat-e-Kashmir

Photo courtesy: Daawat-e-Kashmir

This Diwali, treat your guests to some authentic Kashmiri fare. Daawat-e-Kashmir, delivering from G-Town, has some stellar Tabak Maaz and Gushtaba. Decadent, delightful and fit for a celebration, the food is finger-licking good.

They’re happy to customise and create a menu for you, so we’d suggest giving them a call. They cater for gatherings of at least 25 people.

Price: Varies, according to the menu you’d like

The Supper Club

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Photo source: The Supper Club

Chef Savar Duggal has many a notch under his belt {Le Cordon Bleu, the Four Seasons, Olive, and Diva}. Before the party, they start with a food sampling, and go to on make a customised menu along with help on ambience, decor, and other party details.

They cater small, intimate dinners, and go all the way up to massive parties. The services include live stations, chefs {including Chef Duggal himself} and servers. They can do BBQ’s, Italian and Mediterranean canopies {featuring finger food and small bites}, and Sri Lankan and Mangalorean food.

Drop them an email at ankitduggal@supperclubcatering.com

Price: On request, and as per your menu and guest list

Bedazzled By Anandna Bhasin

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Photo source: Bedazzled by Anandna Bhasin

A more homestyle, less-formal catering service, bookmark Bedazzled for home parties and more casual get-togethers, given that their maximum is 50 people. Their forte has been tea soirees, and brunches.

Chef Anandna specialises in Thai, Chinese and Lebanese cuisines, all of which come packed in their own boxes and containers. Service is a department you’ll have to take care of yourself here, unfortunately.

Price: Starting at INR 400 per head

Harry’s Gourmet Catering

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Photo source: Harry’s Gourmet Catering

Harry’s Gourmet Catering takes care of everything, starting from the venue decoration to fresh food arrangement. They do a special Diwali menu and also prepare delicious sweets, which you can get packed and send home with your guests.

Price: On request

ThaiCrate

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Photo source: ThaiCrate

ThaiCrate takes great pride in its packaging and delivering. If you’re looking for something different for your Diwali party, you could give them a call. They’re willing to prepare fresh Thai fare for up to 25 people.

As for the services, although it’s not part of their package, they’re willing to arrange something provided you give them ample notice.

#LBBTip: Their Lamb in Massaman Curry is a must order.

Price: Starting at INR 500 per head {approx.}

Featured photo source: Asian Haus Catering Service