About Us

Carolyn Dow Catering in New York City offers scrumptious food with beautiful presentation, gracious service and highly experienced coordination. We specialize in cocktail parties, dinners and you will find us at film screenings, art openings and of course a variety of private functions.

This family business was started 25 years ago by my mother Nuna, who explored her love of food while living in various countries from the Middle East to Europe and South America. We pride ourselves not only on our attention to detail, but also on creating a warm and hospitable environment where you can truly relax and enjoy your event!



Hors D’oeuvres


Crab Shumai – Delicately Steamed Crab Dumplings w/ Scallion Soy

Filet Mignon on Onion Sourdough Rounds with Chipotle Mustard

Pistachio Grapes – Seedless Grapes Rolled in Gorgonzola & Crushed Pistachios

Seared Spiced Tuna with Avocado and Wasabi on Papadum Crisps

Corn Tortilla Cups with Guacamole and Roasted Corn Salsa

Sesame Chicken on Skewers w/ Peanut Dipping Sauce

Chevre Tartlets topped with Tricolor Pepper Chutney and Chives

Almond Parsley Chicken w/ Lemon Zest and Apricot Dipping Sauce

Smoked Salmon Profiteroles with Horseradish and Dill Cream

Mom’s Mini Meatballs in Tangy Sweet & Sour Sauce

Mac and Cheese Cupcakes Topped with Spicy Tomato Chutney

Portobello Mushroom Frites w/ Balsamic Aioli

Southwestern Corn Fritters Topped with Cranberry Pear Puree

Chilled Carrot Ginger Shooters with Crème Fraiche

Belgian Endive with Lemon Beets and Baby Lentils

Brie Caramel Topped with Berries and Sliced Almonds

Caviar Tartlets – Creamy Egg and Caviar on Toast Rounds

International Cheese Board with Fresh and Dried Fruit and Crackers

Mediterranean Platter with Vegetables, Spinach Dip, Hummus and Pita Toasts

Charcuterie: Sliced Smoked Sausages, Mustards, Olives and French Baguettes

Mini Pork or Chicken Sliders w/ with Spicy Red and White Slaw



Grilled Salmon Filet
With Lemon Herb Sauce or Salsa Verde

Southwestern Grilled Chicken
Over Confetti of Corn, Black Beans, Jicama and Cilantro

Cranberry Ginger Chicken
Topped with Roasted Sliced Pears

Thai Beef & Vegetable Salad
Over Vermicelli Noodles w/ Tamarind Cilantro Dressing

Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon
Served with Mustard Cream Sauce

Tricolor Wild Rice Vinaigrette
With Sundried Cranberries & Toasted Almonds

Israeli Couscous
With Roasted Peppers, Mozzarella, Sun dried Tomatoes and Basil

Vermicelli Bean Noodles
In Tangy Tamarind Dressing, with Sugar Snaps, Red Peppers, Napa Cabbage & Cilantro

Baked Rice Pilaf
With Baby Peas, Golden Raisins and Toasted Pine Nuts

Organic Baby Field Greens
With our Delicious Mustard Seed Vinaigrette

Fall Green Salad
With Pecans, Pears and Gorgonzola in Mustard Seed vinaigrette

Seasonal Grilled Vegetables
Drizzled with Balsamic Reduction

Harvest Grain Medley
With Vegetables, Quinoa and Forbiddent Rice



Walnut Cloud Torte with Whipped Cream and Berries

Nuna's Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Norwegian Apple Cake

Flourless Chocolate Cake with Crème Anglaise

New Orleans Bourbon Bread Pudding

Truffle Brownies with White Chocolate Chunks

Lemon Mousse with Fresh Raspberry Sauce

Miniature Fruit Tarts

Assortment of Cookies

Fresh Berries in Season


American Foundation for AIDS Research

American Friends of Hebrew University

American Friends of Museums in Israel

Bank of Leumi

Brooklyn College

Channel Thirteen

Columbia University

Debuck Gallery

Equinox Sports Clubs

Ernst & Young

Film Society of Lincoln Center

Gameshow Network

Golden Tree Asset Management

Halstead Management Co.

Heather James Fine Art

Labyrinth Theater

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

McKinsey & Company

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

New York County Lawyers Association

NYU Medical Center

Pop International Galleries

Prudential Douglas Elliman

Related Partners

Royal Bank of Canada

Simon & Schuster

SONY Corporation

Ted Baker London

The Real Deal Magazine

Turner Broadcasting

Yale University


I’ve gotten such wonderful feedback from the NYC Ballet. You and your staff work so well in our space and take such good care of everything. It’s such a pleasure to have you and you make it such a pleasure for everyone who comes!

Everyone was over-the-moon with praises for the food, the ambiance and the setting. You and your staff are terrific!

I continue to be impressed by your food, service, and most of all by the complete confidence I can feel before an event when you are in charge.

Carolyn, it was fabulous all around and we gorged on all the delicious leftovers!  I am so grateful for your help in these events and can’t be more pleased!

We so appreciated your flexibility throughout, your ability to make swift changes as necessary, and to do so with such grace and support.

All was perfection… the food was delicious, the presentation was flawless, the service was gracious.

We never would have had such an amazing evening in our home without your guidance and expertise. Thank you. Thank you!

Carolyn it was such a fabulous party. You will always be MY CATERER!

Contact Us

Carolyn Dow Catering



New York, NY