Dining with us, you can always expect three things: Excellent food, a welcoming atmosphere, and fair prices. Perfect service. Stunning locations. Since 1979, thousands of guests have found a touch of our magic across New England, making us the region’s most well-loved caterer and event design company. We’ve come a very long way from our humble beginnings when founder Holly Safford just started with a toaster oven and a bright idea.

The company has over 300 employees and a 15,000-square-foot headquarters, and our focus is unchanged today. All of us, our Executive Chef and his culinary team, as well as our design team and wait staff expectantly conjure with that Special Ingredient.

It is not rocket science but an indefinable alchemy of flavor, service, location, and ambiance. Whatever you call it, there is no denying that our signature combination has made us Boston’s best caterer and event designer for over 40 years.


Whether hosting a private dinner or attending an event as a guest, The Catered Affair has all the venues and resources you need. Relax at Boston Harbor aboard a yacht or socialize with your team at one of our exclusive, city-side, historic venues or museums. We can help you celebrate any accomplishment with elegant sit-down dinners or creative hors d’oeuvres.

The Catered Affair will work with you at your chosen venue or home to create a memorable event regardless of the season. We’ll plan an unforgettable cocktail reception and dinner and design unique decor to impress your clients. Without a care in the world, let us turn your home or yard into a lush-accented, five-star affair for a date with perfection.

With The Catered Affair, your dreams come true. Regardless of the size or formality of your event, we ensure seamless planning, easy collaboration, and skilled production of an event, freeing you to perform at your finest.

Our goal is to provide extraordinary service that exceeds all expectations. Our staff has over 40 years of catering and event management experience, so you can be sure with The Catered Affair that you’re in the best hands. Search for your perfect venue using our sorting function or browse our available services to plan your next corporate event.

Our top corporate event venues include:


Your wedding day should be one of the most memorable and exciting days in your life. Every aspect of this wedding celebration, from the giggling maids of honor and groomsmen to the menu to the heartfelt vows, is just perfect. We’ve helped other couples find joy in every part of their wedding, from the dinner at their rehearsal dinner to the hours spent celebrating with both the bridal and groom families at their reception.

The Catered Affair has been Boston’s best wedding caterer for more than forty years. Serving weddings in all kinds of grand locations such as the Boston Public Library and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

One of our features is custom backyard tent receptions or elegant parties at a client’s private residence. No matter where your destination wedding takes place, you can host an exquisite event and celebrate with no worries on your terms with The Catered Affair.

Our staff of wedding caterers will work closely with you to ensure that each detail is executed beautifully and perfectly tailored to your individual needs. You deserve the best, and it will show!

Our most popular wedding venues include:


Imagine this vision: you’re planning your graduation party, rehearsal dinner, or birthday bash. Let us help you make it perfect. When we discuss your goals and ideas, we will create a beautiful event at one of our exclusive venues or your home or office.

Spend an intimate dinner with your special friends at the location of your choice, or celebrate the beginning of the honeymoon at one of our more scenic venues. Make the celebration even more unique by constructing a custom-made tent. Regardless of what you imagine, The Catered Affairs will coordinate a flawless event that will be better than you could have ever dreamed.

We have detail-oriented event producers, chefs, and venue managers who look forward to working with you to execute your vision. Whether it be an intimate reception or a high-energy fashion show, we can provide an event that accurately represents your personality and expertise.

Regardless of where you host, we are committed to putting you and your guests’ needs first and ensuring a memorable event. With our extensive list of hors d’oeuvres and main courses, with over 40 years of event management and catering experience, you can be sure that your private event will be a success.


Your event will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Whether you are a benefactor or just an audience member, the culmination of many resources from our charity makes our gala an extraordinary spectacle.

Tents have to be made from something. One idea would be to have a custom-tented garden party on a summer night or transform your house into a place to host the event. Our experience in event conception and implementation means that you will receive support in the pre-planning process on the day of and in its afterglow to produce an atmosphere and a success as perfect as your vision.

By collaborating with TCA and hiring our stellar team, your event will surpass guests’ expectations and keep the focus on you and your message, leaving you free to fundraise all night long.

Energize your benefactors by hosting a seated dinner at the Boston Public Library, or thank your highest-level donors with a special experience at one of our many city-side venues or museums. Our company is committed to smoothly coordinating your event so that you and your company can prosper.

Some of our top recommendations when it comes to gala venues include:

More About Our Recommended Locations

At The Catered Affair, our primary goal is to make your event dreams come true. We do this by ensuring that we offer the best food and host your event in the best locations. The venues vary depending on the event style. The most common styles include theater, industrial, historical, museum, waterfront, modern, outdoor, traditional, and unique. We recommend some of the most iconic venues in Boston for different events. Our top recommendations include:

Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library is one of the city’s most unique historic venues, and its ornate design makes it an ideal venue for intimate gatherings and large events. The BPL has a capacity of a minimum of 30 guests and a maximum of 3,600 guests. Let your guests experience a memorable event at this landmark.

Harvard Art Museum

The Harvard Art Museum has been an iconic landmark for the past 95 years. Today, this state-of-the-art features three beautiful, extraordinary museums under one roof. The design of the Harvard Art Museum is brought together with an untainted and seamless addition of the old and new bridge.

Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art is a beautiful architectural piece of art and landmark. It is located at the heart of Boston’s Seaport district. The ICA provides a pristine, sprawling setting for any event planner with a keen eye in search of the right venue for a spectacular corporate reception or dinner, a distinctive meeting or conference, or a fabulous wedding celebration.

Boston Athenaeum

Established in 1807, the Athenaeum is one of the US’s oldest and most iconic cultural institutions. Guests can take a step back in time as preserved collections transport them from the 1800s. The Boston Athenaeum is a perfect venue for anyone looking for a venue to host a formal or casual event. These events include galas, weddings, birthdays, gallery exhibitions, and corporate meetings, among many more.

Other Beautiful Event Venues We Recommend

Depending on the event you have in mind, some of these venues can host both formal and casual events, while others can do one. So, before settling in a venue, ensure it can accommodate your event style and guest capacity.

Our Servings

At The Catered Events, we pride ourselves on our food. We use only the freshest ingredients and cook everything from scratch. Our menu is always changing, so there’s something new to try every time you come to us.

Plus, we’re always happy to accommodate special requests. So we’ve covered you whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a five-course meal. Our menu items are tailored to your event needs and wants. If you want a traditional wedding reception with appetizers, buffet dinners, and cocktails (plus wine), then that’s what we’ll create for you.

If you want an intimate cocktail party with passed hors d’oeuvres, followed by dessert buffets at multiple stations, then that’s what we’ll do too! And if you want something in between – say lunch fare during an afternoon meeting – then no problem! We’ll work with you to design the perfect menu that works best for your needs.


At The Catered Affair, we are affiliated with some of the top restaurants and cafés in Boston and the greater Boston area. These restaurants include The Courtyard Tea Room & Map Room Tea Lounge at the Boston Public Library.

When it comes to the cafés, we are affiliated with two incredible cafés. They include Jenny’s Café located at the Harvard Art Museum and the Newsfeed Café at the iconic 700 Boylston Street on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets inside the Central Library’s newly renovated Boylston Street Building.