R5 Westchester's Top Caterers: Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods

Randi Brosterman Hutchens of Chappaqua probably wouldn’t be as popular with friends, family, and co-workers if it weren’t for Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods. The married mother of two and principal/management consultant at Deloitte Consulting, LLP has hired Susan Lawrence for 16 full-service events during the past 12 years, including significant birthday parties and occasional business events. Additionally, she orders food for dinner parties at her home about six times a year.  

“Mark [Kramer, executive chef and creative director] and his team consistently exceed my expectations,” she says. “They’ve transformed my home on many occasions and the food presentation is gorgeous. The chocolate-covered red velvet cake at my husband’s fiftieth birthday party is memorable.”

- Advertisement -

Kramer has, clients say, “a creative and curious mind.” After an initial conversation with the client, Kramer puts a theme or framework to the event and then suggests a menu, while Event Coordinator Laura Ragaini works on other party elements, such as the linens, flowers, tables, and chairs. Affairs they’ve thrown have been all over the creative map, including a Victorian summer rose garden wedding, a casual winter soup party served in a kitchen with giant hammered-copper stockpots, a formal museum gala with opulent Venetian table settings, and a Midsummer Night’s Dream banquet with Shakespearean actors.

Tricia Freeman of Katonah has collaborated with Susan Lawrence on three events in the past four years, including one as co-chair for a 350-person Katonah Museum of Art fundraiser. “With other caterers, you go for a tasting and it’s great, but they can’t reproduce that same quality in volume. With Mark, you get everything that you expected and more.”

CATERER: Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods (26 N Greeley Ave, Chappaqua 914-238-8833; susanlawrence.com) COST PER PERSON: $30-$115; WILL FEED: 2-2,000; FAVORITE VENUE SPACE: Hudson River Museum; MOST UNUSUAL EVENT CATERED: “A surprise party on a commuter train headed to Grand Central,” Kramer says.

The signature dish of Chef Mark Kramer at Susan Lawrence Gourmet: an ostrich egg with caviar, truffled whipped eggs, and Russian black bread crostini.

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

Holiday flash sale ... subscribe and save 50%

Limited time offer. New subscribers only.