Spread Thankfulness & Cheer with Perfectly Prepared, Gourmet to Go

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The month of November is now in full swing and the holiday season is just around the corner. It’s been an exciting first month here at Perfectly Prepared! We’ve been sharing our excitement and energy with all who are coming in to check out our new store in Cheshire, CT and grabbing hot, delicious cooked meals for themselves and their families. We’re also very excited about all we have planned for the future!

It’s only fitting for the month of November that we give thanks for all of our new and loyal customers who have welcomed us and are enjoying our fresh, great meals.

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We created Perfectly Prepared to fill a void in the market as time-crunched parents and busy working professionals recognize the need for healthy food choices but simply don’t have the time to shop and cook. We provide the convenience of food that only needs to be warmed so you save valuable time and we use only high-quality ingredients to create nutritious, gourmet dishes that are bursting with flavor so you can enjoy them whenever you’d like.

Share the same enjoyment in a great meal with others too! Our gourmet meals are the perfect thing to bring to a loved one or friend in need. Not having to worry about cooking meals when someone is grieving, recovering or home bound is just a few of the reasons to stop in to pick up some prepared foods while you’re on the go.

We’re so focused on ensuring your mealtime is a great one that we’re even handling Thanksgiving dinner! That’s right. In addition to our Thanksgiving Day Special which can be ordered to accommodate larger gatherings, we’ll also have plenty of turkey, delectable side dishes and wonderful desserts so individuals and couples can enjoy their favorite dishes on Turkey day too!

Thank you all for the warm welcoming and we hope to see you soon!

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Catering company now offers food to go in Cheshire

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CHESHIRE — After renovating a former pizza restaurant, a catering company is offering prepared soups, entrees and other foods for customers on the go at their Highland Avenue location.

Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go, 1410 Highland Ave., is a venture of Riverhouse Hospitality. The company has been using the kitchen of the former Cugino’s Restaurant for the past three years as a central location for its statewide catering operations.

Perfectly Prepared had a soft opening last week and a grand opening Thursday. Trevor Furrer, a managing partner of Riverhouse Hospitality, said they’ve already expanded hours later into the evening.

“It was quiet in the morning. People who were working late and looking to heat up good food at home were coming by after we were closed,” Furrer said. The company is now open until 7 p.m. on weeknights and he said 6 to 7 p.m. is their busiest hour.

On Thursday, Cheshire Chamber of Commerce President Yetta Augur picked up vegetable and chicken entrees. While working near the shoreline, Augur often picked up similar prepared meals from a business but her job no longer takes her that way. She expects Cheshire will be a good market for such a service.

“This is a great addition to our community to get fast, healthy foods,” Augur said. “It’s great for young families on the go.”

The former dining room and bar of Cugino’s has been removed and replaced with refrigerated displays for food. Tables line the front glass windows for eat-in customers. Furrer said Perfectly Prepared will add menu items as they’re requested by visitors.

“We always say to people, ‘If you don’t see what you want, ask for it,’” he said.

Riverhouse Hospitality runs The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam and The Society Room of Hartford and also provides catering at locations such as the New Britain Museum of American Art. 

In the spring, Furrer said the company may do tent events, such as barbecue, in the building’s parking lot.

“We’ll have even more surprises for people,” he said.

RIverhouse Catering Opens Perfectly Prepared Cheshire Store

Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony to be held this week. 

Cheshire, CT – Riverhouse Hospitality has announced the official opening of a new storefront location “Perfectly Prepared, Gourmet to Go,” from its award-winning catering company, Riverhouse Catering. Located at 1410 Highland Ave. in Cheshire, CT, Perfectly Prepared is dedicated to delivering fresh, convenient and delicious food to the public.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thurs., October 25 at 1:00 pm.

Busy family schedules and an increasingly on-the-go workforce has allowed dinnertime to take a backseat over the years. It’s time to get back that after-work, quality family time without all the hassle or stress of preparing fresh meals amid other daily tasks. Perfectly Prepared makes delicious, quality food ready to eat or warm-up for lunch or dinner and an easy online ordering option saves customers time.

Store Manager, Russ Camolli commented, “We are excited to announce the launch of our new storefront featuring the delicious and unique cuisine options created by Riverhouse Hospitality’s award-winning executive chefs. Perfectly Prepared, Gourmet to Go makes nutritious dishes available to the public to enjoy whenever they’d like. Spend more quality time enjoying great food and leave the preparations and cooking to us.”

A premium selection of food options in fresh and frozen formats prepared daily makes it easy to feed your family quality dishes and to eat healthier while at work. Easy online ordering and a convenient location add to the benefit and practicality of the latest launch.

Including entrees and side dishes to salads, soups, desserts and so much more. There are also vegetarian and vegan choices, large order accommodations as well as full-service catering. 

Choose Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go when you have more taste than time!

About Riverhouse Hospitality

Riverhouse Hospitality (RH) is the parent company for award-winning wedding and event venues such as The Riverhouse in Haddam, Connecticut and The Society Room in Hartford, Connecticut. Riverhouse Hospitality is a management and ownership group that specializes in bringing event facilities to life.

Together, with Riverhouse Catering, a separate off-site catering company, Riverhouse Hospitality excels in providing creative food, unique venues and the most thoughtful approach to customer service. 

The opening of Perfectly Prepared, Gourmet to Go is the next extension of the company’s dedication to delivering fresh, delicious food to the public and answers to a need in the market for quality gourmet meals on the go.

Perfectly Prepared is Officially Open for Business!

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The wait is over! Perfectly Prepared is now officially open for business and serving fresh, great tasting, ready to go gourmet meals to the local community.

We created this store to offer customers a place to conveniently stop and get ready-to-go meals prepared by the same award-winning expert chefs from Riverhouse Catering.

Now the cuisine you’ve always enjoyed at special events we cater can be yours for lunch, dinner or anytime!

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Our selection of fresh and frozen meals can be eaten while at work or served hot at the dinner table for your family to enjoy.

Options include entrées, side dishes, hors-d’oeuvres, salads, soups, sauces, desserts as well as vegetarian and vegan options. For lunch, come in for a great wrap, salad or other lunch option. Have a special request? We can accommodate those too!

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Located at 1410 Highland Ave., Cheshire.

The official grand opening and ribbon cutting for our store is happening Thurs., Oct. 25 but we’ve already opened our doors for the public.

“In just the last few days, we’ve received an amazing response from the community. The combination of great taste, quality ingredients and convenience make Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go a top mealtime option and we’re looking forward to lots of new and exciting things to come such as our full Thanksgiving meal special!” said Russ Camolli, Store Manager.

Perfectly Prepared also offers an easy to use online ordering option and will be expanding our menu and our hours based on customer feedback.

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Stop by and pick up something fresh today!

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Catering firm expands into retail food sales in Cheshire

The New Haven Register published the following article about the upcoming Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go on July 13, 2018.

CHESHIRE — A Haddam-based catering firm that has been using the old Cugino’s restaurant as a satellite location for the past three years is now getting ready to offer pre-cooked meals at the same Highland Avenue spot.

Riverhouse Hospitality expects to open its Cheshire-based pre-cooked meal business, which will be called Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go, by the end of August, said Trevor Furrrer, one of the firm’s managing partners. The new business will be located at 1410 Highland Ave., across the street from Richard Chevrolet.

“This is a way to get our great food out to the public,” Furrer said. “Catering is something of a seasonal business and this provides us with a year-round opportunity.”

Meals that just need to be reheated and served have long been popular with time-starved two-income families. Furrer cited Pasta Vita in Old Saybrook as an example of a New Haven-area business that has been very successful with that concept.

“Their food is very good and they have lines out the door, no matter what time of day you go there,” he said. “We feel the Cheshire location, along with the communities that surround it, give us a strong demographic at this location.”

Furrer and his partners found their way to Cheshire when one of Riverhouse’s competitors, Jordan Caterers Design Event Planners, went out of business abruptly in February 2014.

“They came to us because they wanted to make sure some of their longtime customers were taken care of,” Furrer said of the Rapoport family, which owned Jordan Caterers. “We ended up taking over for them running the cafe at the New Britain Museum of American Art.”

Furrer and his partners even briefly considered taking over Jordan Caterers’ 12,000-square-foot headquarters at 1718 Highland Ave. But Furrer said he and his partners ultimately determined it was more space than they needed, and the building was ultimately sold to Powerstation Events.

Jerry Sitko, Cheshire’s economic development coordinator, said he is pleased Riverhouse Hospitality is expanding its presence in town.

“The more offerings up at that end of Cheshire, the better,” Siko said..

Riverhouse Hospitality runs such event venues as The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam and The Society Room of Hartford.

Riverhouse Hospitality to offer prepared foods from former Cugino's location in Cheshire

The Record Journal of Meriden CT, published the following article about the upcoming Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go on July 10, 2018.

 The former Cugino’s Pizza building at 1410 Highland Ave. in Cheshire, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. A catering group that’s operated in the back of the building for the past three years plans to offer prepared foods in the front part of the former restaurant. Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go, will offer all sorts of meals that can be heated up at home or at the office. Dave Zajac, Record-Journal

The former Cugino’s Pizza building at 1410 Highland Ave. in Cheshire, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. A catering group that’s operated in the back of the building for the past three years plans to offer prepared foods in the front part of the former restaurant. Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go, will offer all sorts of meals that can be heated up at home or at the office. Dave Zajac, Record-Journal

CHESHIRE — A catering group that’s operated quietly in a portion of the former Cugino’s Pizza building on Highland Avenue for the past three years plans to offer prepared foods in the front part of the former restaurant.

Riverhouse Hospitality runs The Riverhouse at Goodspeed Station in Haddam and The Society Room of Hartford and also provides catering at locations such as the New Britain Museum of American Art. 

Trevor Furrer, a managing partner of Riverhouse Hospitality, said the 1410 Highland Ave. building was a central location for preparing food for the company’s catering business. Since the company is already making food in the kitchen, Furrer said it was natural to expand into the front portion of the building and offer prepared foods to the public.

Ready-made quality meals are more and more in demand, according to Furrer. The planned location, called Perfectly Prepared Gourmet to Go, will offer all sorts of meals that can be heated up at home or at the office.

“It’s more of a place to go and get quality meals, everything from sauces to entrees to side dishes,” he said.

While there will be a few tables and chairs, the main focus will be on grab-and-go business.

Riverhouse Hospitality didn’t have a sign for its catering services for the past three years. Furrer saw no need since the location was only used to prepare food for delivery to other venues. More recently, the company has put up signs hinting at the coming service.

Crews are working to renovate the front of the building and Furrer hopes to open by the end of August.

Jerry Sitko, the town’s economic development coordinator, said he encouraged Riverhouse Hospitality to offer seating at the planned location. He was glad to see them expand both their footprint and their services.

“The more offerings up at that end of town, the better,” Sitko said.

Riverhouse Hospitality leases the building from owner Frank Maturo. Richard Chevrolet across the street had parked vehicles at the property but has moved them back with the expansion of Riverhouse.