It seems the extreme heat in North Texas will never end - we’ve not hit 20 consecutive days of triple digits (let’s hope we’re not going for the record of 42!) Even in this heat, it is important for you and the kids to get fresh air. We can’t think of any better way than to get out for an evening picnic in the park or by the pool. 


Not sure how to plan your picnic? Here are a few tips to planning the perfect picnic outing:

  1. 1. Choose your location -- Neighborhood parks, National Parks, lakes, riverbanks, and playgrounds are all ideal locations for a picnic. Don’t have easy access to any of these locations? Set up a picnic in your own backyard!
  2. 2. Pack the essentials -- Food and drink, blanket or folding chairs, napkins and utensils, bug repellant and sunscreen, activities like games, books, balls or a kite. 
  3. 3. Water, Water, Water -- While a cold beer or soda may sound refreshing, be sure you drink plenty of water on your summer picnic. Pack a small cooler full of water bottles for you and the family.  
  4. 4. Decide who will join you -- Picnics are perfect for families with kids, or a date with your special someone. But if you just need some time to yourself, a picnic is a perfect opportunity to get some fresh air and relaxation. 

Food safety in the heat is also crucial. Foods like meat, dairy cut produce and any other foods requiring refrigeration can pose a danger and a serious health threat if they are not kept cool. Be sure to pack a cooler full of ice for your picnic if you plan to take any foods that must be chilled. 

While many food-borne illnesses can be passed off as a 24-hour bug in a healthy adult, they can be life-threatening to infants, children, elderly and people with weakened immune systems. When meat, for example, reaches temperatures above 40 degrees, the natural bacteria found on it significantly multiplies, increasing risk of illness. 

For a special picnic, let S&S Catering pack your picnic for you with our Take Away Chef boxed lunches. You can even use your own basket and personal casserole dishes or for more casual outdoor dining enjoy the ease of disposable containers. Take Away Chef is perfect for a picnic, and eliminates the hassle of preparing a picnic meal. Take Away Chef offers affordable, premium home casseroles, veggies and desserts. 


Headed out for the evening? Give us a call ahead of time ((214) 351-6888), swing by and we’ll bring your picnic meal right out to your car! Check out our menu of perfect picnic meals.


Let’s face it. There are times when we all need a fast food option. Running late after work? Have to get the kids to soccer practice, theater rehearsal and piano lessons all in one night? There are times when we just don’t have time for a home cooked meal.

But don’t get us wrong. We are not recommending you drive through McDonald’s on your way home from work.  We are also not advocates of frozen T.V. dinners. We do, however, recommend our own ‘in-n-out’ fast food option -- Take Away Chef.

When you find yourself in a time crunch, give us a call. Swing by after work and we’ll bring one of our freshly prepared frozen entrees made from our original recipes straight to your car. We have a number of ready-to-bake, family-sized casseroles, and if you don’t have time to pick up your meal, we can deliver it to your home

Our Take Away Chef option is intended to provide quick, easy, yet healthy meals for large groups, parties, or simply dinner with the family. This option is popular with our customers for a number of reasons, but here are a few of the best uses for our Take Away Chef frozen entrees.

Night with the babysitter -- Even if your babysitter is a great cook and knows her way around the kitchen, time spent preparing a meal can mean time she spends away from your kids.  Take Away Chef casseroles are a far healthier option than ordering pizza. Stock up your freezer with your kids’ favorites Take Away Chef meals and know your kids won’t go hungry when the babysitter comes.

Last-minute company -- We have all had friends drop in unexpectedly, or social gatherings last longer than expected. Take Away Chef meals are a simple solution to what could be a sticky problem when you find yourself unexpectedly caught with dinner guests.

Dinner parties or holiday meals - Planning a holiday meal or dinner party can be easy with Take Away Chef. Our frozen meals are sold in servings of 2, 4 or 6. From chicken spaghetti, to apricot chicken or pork tenderloin, we have a number of options that are sure to please your guests. Reduce your stress and leave the main dish and even dessert up to us.

The best part about our own in-n-out meals - you won’t be caught in line for an hour waiting on your food! Just call ahead to 214-351-6888, place your order and give us a ring when you arrive. We’ll bring your meal right out to your car!

S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.


Planning your dream wedding isn’t always easy. Planning an outdoor wedding or reception can add a whole new level of stressors. Don’t let planning catering for an outdoor wedding or reception add stress.

There are two main factors that should be considered when planning food for an outdoor wedding reception: weather and food safety. Know what is needed to keep your wedding food safe and healthy for you and your guests, and have a plan for inclement weather. Then the other details, like planning the menu won’t seem so stressful.

Weather considerations. While summer may be the most common season for an outdoor wedding, you can have your wedding in almost any season, especially in North Texas. After you set the date for your wedding, take a look at the typical weather for that time of year.

A tent to shade your guests from the summer sun, or shield them from spring rain is essential. But also keep in mind the damage wind gusts can do. Be sure your tent and tables, especially food and cake tables are secured to the ground. If you expect some wind, paper plates and plastic utensils are not the most ideal. Heavier dishes and cutlery will help keep your guests’ food on the table and out of their lap in the wind.

Food safety. First and foremost, select a caterer with experience catering outdoor events. In the heat, many foods can become harmful and cause illness if they are left out too long. Keeping cold foods cold with ice, and warm foods hot with a heat lamp or warmers will help keep your wedding food as fresh as possible.

Keeping guests well hydrated in a summer wedding is another important factor. Be sure fresh, refreshing drinks like lemonade, cucumber water, tea and punch, as well as plenty of ice water is available for your guests.

Use these tips to help keep your wedding planning stress free, and make your big day as beautiful as you’ve always dreamed it would be.

If you are looking for a caterer with experience catering outdoor events, contact S&S Catering. Our event menu is packed full of hors d’oeuvres, dips and spreads, entrees, desserts and beverages.  Contact us for more information and catering details.