If you are planning to host a gathering, small or large, you may be in the market for catering. Y.Y. Davis of Marx Hot Bagels asks that you consider his food trays for most gatherings, and perhaps the Marx food truck for large, sprawling events.
“The most common order we do is our spreads and veggies tray. We do it per person, and there is so much food—nobody will go hungry. In fact, bagels come with the order, so for, say, fifteen people there will be fifteen bagels total, and six ounces of spread per person. We suggest customers buy an extra dozen bagels, because there will be plenty of spreads for them,” Davis said.
On that hypothetical order for fifteen people, the veggie trays will come with six pints of spreads. The spreads can be any of those Marx offers, including its most popular, tuna salad, and the close second, egg salad. In addition, there is baked salmon salad, whitefish salad, herring spread, and 16 flavors of cream cheese. Vegetables flank the tubs of spreads, with spears of carrots and celery, slices of cucumber, bell peppers and tomato, cherry tomatoes, onions, green and black olives, pickles, and radishes. Items such as lox can be added as well, if desired.
“The bagels come nicely displayed in a wicker basket, sliced and ready for your guests. And the selection is whatever you choose. Most orders, the customer will want a mix of bagels,” Davis said. That mix often is influenced by the spreads that are chosen, with savory bagels like onion, garlic, poppyseed and similar flavors being sandwich choices, and sweeter varieties such as apple-cinnamon, blueberry and chocolate chip being paired with cream cheese spreads.
While veggie trays are most popular, Marx offers other trays, bowls, and dips as well. “To accompany the veggies and spreads, a lot of people order a fruit tray or a fruit salad bowl, and maybe a pastry tray for dessert,” he said, mentioning that Marx also features cheese trays, hummus, and other dips. These trays can be made to order as well. For instance, a pastry tray might feature rugalach, black and white cookies, hamantaschen cookies, and bite-sized slices of cheese Danish. Or if preferred, they could be all this or that choice, depending on what the customer prefers.
In catering generally, advance notice is always an issue. Again, generally, caterers usually want several days to prepare for your event. Marx Hot Bagels is quicker, asking for 24 hours lead time for most orders. “If you want a catered veggies and spreads tray to be picked up at 11 am on a Wednesday, we can fill the order with 24 hours’ notice, but we’d really like to have the order in by end-of-day Monday,” Davis said.
Which brings us to holiday orders such as those for Rosh Hashanah coming in early September. “We get so many orders for holiday events that we really have to cut them off after a point, because we can’t fill them all. So, what we ask from those (in the Jewish community) who want us to provide the catering is to get their orders in early. Those (early orders) we can take care of and schedule for, but if our customers wait until the last minute to order, we may have to say we can’t handle it, and I hate to do that to anyone. But it has happened,” Davis said. Moral of the story: think ahead and get your orders in early.
For larger events such as lawn parties where throngs of guests are to be served, the Marx food truck may be just what you want, according to Davis. “Last Sunday, we did an event for a hundred people using the food truck. It went really well, and we were able to have a nice menu of choices for the people we served from the truck,” he said. As to what one could have, Davis said that Marx entire in-store menu is available from the food truck, along with pizza from the truck’s ovens.
The food truck soon will be a full-time operation, according to Davis. “We are doing isolated catering events (with the truck) now, and we hope to be able to do more soon. Like everyone else in the country, we have had a couple months where labor was very tight, so staffing (the truck) was hard. But that is changing, and soon we will be up and running with the truck,” he said.
In the hints-of-things-to-come department, look for upgrade changes at Marx Hot Bagels store, along with a major menu addition you are going to love, Davis believes. “We’ve got a lot in the works that we would have done last year if it were not for the virus. But we are working on all those things now.” So, stay tuned.
See you at Marx Hot Bagels!
Marx Hot Bagels
9701 Kenwood Road
Blue Ash, OH 45242