Photography by August Selckmann
This year’s holiday menu comes to us from Hardesty Haven Catering in Prince Frederick. For the past six years, Dee and Richard Hardesty have brought their 30-foot-long mobile kitchen to sites around the area for weddings, banquets, and events ranging from Rolling Thunder to the St. Leonard Volunteer Fire Department Concert Series (they catered for the bands and their staff throughout the concert season).
Using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, Hardesty Haven turns out a menu including appetizers, barbecued meats, seafood, salads, various hot sides and desserts. Their specialties are a slow-grilled beef and something called “potato heaven,” creamy scalloped potatoes with a crunchy topping. Much of their food is sourced the Hardestys’ own eight-acre farm, and their employees include their children and two cousins. Dee Hardesty emphasizes the family-oriented nature of their business, saying, “It’s so important to us that we all think alike and have the same values.”
The below recipes are perfect for a family-oriented holiday dinner. With lots of easy, comforting recipes, this menu is sure to make your holidays a little happier.