15 places to get party trays and platters in the Philly area
Need to feed a crowd at a party? Here's where to get party trays and platters in the Philly area.
If you’re having or going to party, you’re going to need food — potentially lots of it.
The Philly area has lots of choices for trays, platters, and à la carte items. From traditional Italian fare and charcuterie to truly delicious Indian, Middle Eastern, and Japanese party food, we’re spoiled for options.
Here are a few good spots around Philly to pick up a spread for your next party or family gathering. The hardest part will be picking what you want.
South Philly Indonesian food stalwart Hardena made the #NotPizza box special famous (it’s currently on hold there), but Stina added a Greek twist with its Taverna Style Pikilia. This one’s all about the protein, with enough chicken souvlaki, loukaniko sausage, soujouk sausage, spit-roasted lamb, and beef gyro to put most of your partygoers down for a meat nap (plus, there’s fresh pita, pickled veggies, tzatziki, olives, tabouleh, and fire-roasted long hots). Not enough? There are family-style trays of spanakopita, moussaka, and more that serve four to six people, plus cookie trays, baklava, and chocolate cake (order two days in advance).
If you’re looking for a cheese tray or charcuterie board, it’s tough to beat this Philly institution. The shop has a catering arm for premade cheese boards, charcuterie trays, crudité platters, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and just about anything else you can think of (pickup and delivery are available). Or do your own with the help of Di Bruno Bros.’ expert cheesemongers, who can help you build your perfect board from a substantial selection of cheeses, cured meats, and other specialty items.
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This Philly classic has been running since 1923, and has everything from cannoli and cake to sfogliatelle and almond horns — plus about a dozen kinds of cookies. Termini’s cookie trays are a big holiday favorite, each of which features eight types of cookies such as pignoli, coconut macaroons, imbutitti, and scumetti — and, depending on the size, can serve up to 35 people. Cream puff, cupcake, and cannoli trays are also available, or you can keep it simple and grab a prepackaged cookie tin, too (and yes, there’s shipping).
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Yes, Campo’s has been slinging good steaks since 1947 (and you can order a kit to serve your gathering), but the deli also happens to have a couple of other extremely Philly party trays. The pretzel tray, for example, includes enough pretzels, Peanut Chews, whiz, and mustard to serve 10 to 18 people, or you can go full dessert mode with a variety platter of Tastykakes (butterscotch Krimpets, Kandy Kakes, chocolate cupcakes, Juniors — the works) that will feed up to 20.
If you’re going the sandwich route to feed a crowd, this South Street spot has a ton of options ranging from a cheesesteak made with shaved rib-eye and truffle whiz to a vegan-friendly falafel sandwich with roasted beets. Woodrow’s signature sandwich tray comes ready to serve 10 people and includes three sandwiches of your choice (our favorite? The pork sandwich with broccoli rabe, aged provolone, and long hot aioli). Or, if you want it a little more DIY, grab a hot tray for meatball, BBQ brisket, or hot pork that can serve up to 25 people and have folks serve themselves.
For something a little sweet, head to this South Philly institution, which has been crafting specialties like cannoli, rum cake, and ricotta cookies since 1904. One of its coolest offerings for parties is a Chip and Dip tray — and we’re not talking tortillas. This one is a redesigned cannoli platter that serves either 12-15 (small) or 20-25 people (large) with crispy cannoli chips alongside chocolate cream, vanilla cream, and ricotta with dark chocolate chip dips, making soggy party cannoli a thing of the past.
While its Collingswood location is long gone, Philadelphians can still party with the Indeblue location right here in the city. Here, party tray and catering options include tandoori lollipop lamb chops, veggie or paneer shashlik, veggie samosas, BBQ pork spring rolls, fresh naan, and more, plus kheer and chai and chocolate pot de crème for dessert — most of which can serve 15 to 30 people, depending on size. Thirsty? Grab a bottle (each bottle serves 15) of mango lassi, house-made chai, or mint lemonade.
This University City spot gets its name from a traditional Lebanese flatbread made with crispy dough and vegetarian or halal meats. And, of course, you can order them for a crowd topped with beef, lamb, labneh, cheese, and more. Or you can go with other savory options like beef or chicken shawarma, platters of dips like hummus and baba ghannouj, falafel, grape leaves, and more — and finish up with trays of the cafe’s famous baklava, kanafe (a creamy, cheesy relative of baklava), or basboosa (a semolina cake soaked in syrup).
Grab a savory platter from chef Jezabel Careaga, like empanadas that run the gamut from spicy beef or chicken to ham and mozzarella or vegan-friendly lentils (they come in packs of 12 or in an assorted box of eight for your party, too). Or, keep it sweet and check out Jezabel’s alfajores (a kind of Argentinian cookie sandwich filled with dulce de leche), passion fruit pavlova, or torta de ricotta.
Billed as the lone Japanese-owned grocery store in the Philadelphia area, this Ardmore shop and restaurant focuses on “Japanese soul food,” as owner (and Osaka-area native) Seiko Dailey told The Inquirer in 2018. Its party tray options serve 10 people or more, and include gyoza, shumai, edamame, karaage (a Japanese-style fried chicken), inari sushi (fried tofu stuffed with sushi rice), and pork, shrimp, or veggie yakisoba. Call to order, and be sure to order one week in advance.
If the occasion calls for tomato pie, Corropolese is the place to go. You can grab quarter (eight slices) or full sheets (30 slices) of its famous tomato pie from any of four Pennsylvania locations, either plain or topped with add-ons like sweet peppers, fried eggplant, or pepperoni. Or if you want something a little more refined, the Norristown and Limerick locations offer catering options that can serve up to 24 people, with offerings like antipasto, bruschetta, prosciutto-wrapped melon, and a variety of hot hors d’oeuvres (72 hours’ notice required).
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Located in Springfield, Delaware County, this longtime local favorite has just about every red gravy Italian dish, hoagie, wrap, or finger food option you could want. À la carte platter choices include full sheets (24 slices) of more than a dozen kinds of pizza, massive strombolis (order a large for 70 slices) hoagie trays, and appetizers including bruschetta, fried ravioli, bacon-wrapped scallops, and tons more. Or, if you’re feeding 50 people or more, check out the catering packages that can plan the menu for you.
To keep your holidays a little smoky, head out to Willow Grove for a bevy of BBQ platters, desserts, classic sides, and, of course, meat by the pound. Streetside has everything from baby back ribs, brisket, smoked wings, and pulled pork to prime rib, beef tenderloin, and smoked hot dogs and burgers — plus sides like half pans (serves about 15 people) of baked means, collard greens, smoked veggies, and more. Just want dessert? Cookies, banana pudding, rice pudding, pound cake, and brownies should satisfy.
Folks out in the western ‘burbs probably know this longtime favorite, seeing as it’s been a destination for gourmet Italian fare and ingredients for roughly 40 years now. Like its urban counterpart Di Bruno Bros., Carlino’s list of offerings is almost endless — from classics like homemade bread and pasta, hoagies, tomato pie, and beef brasciole to fancier fare like mini filet crostini and bacon-wrapped scallops, plus desserts like sfogliatelle, fresh fruit crostatas, and Italian rum cake.
It’s all about grazing at this Medford shop, which focuses on “grazing boards” and boxes. Choose from a ton of custom-made boards and takeaway boxes with a wide variety of meats, cheeses, crackers, bread, dried fruits, veggies, nuts, olives, and dips (boards, meanwhile, come with flowers and herbs for style points, and you can even keep the pine board they come on). Or, for something unique, check out the charcuterie cones.