When putting together a shoot, a photographer has so much to worry about things such as lighting, costume and camera settings, while sometimes you can forget about one of the most vital needs: food. Here’s a list of 15 great New York catering companies to keep your crew happy and your belly full, in no particular order.

15. Fig and Pig

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The Fig + Pig Catering Company is known for their “home-grown and approachable flavors.” The company, which is located in Bed-Stuy, has an amazingly diverse menu that can feed even the pickiest of crew members. Supposedly, their signature fig and pig—a fig wrapped in bacon—is to die for.

14. Betty Brooklyn Catering

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Betty Kalin, the owner of Betty Brooklyn Catering Company, has been featured in various publications such as Martha Stewart Weddings who praised her menu customizations. Her food choices are self-described as “handcrafted local and seasonal cuisine, which complements a wide range of events.”

13. Red Table Catering

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Red Table is another Brooklyn-based catering service that provides custom menus for every occasion. Most importantly, they promise “seasonal menus using only the freshest ingredients from the city’s finest butchers, farmers’ markets and specialty shops.”

 12. Radish

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The Williamsburg company Radish is one of the major players in New York’s catering scene and has catered for business giants like Amazon, Calvin Klein, Coca Cola, MTV and plenty more. Radish promises simple but extravagant food that are alterations on the classics that you have grown up with.

11. Five Spice Catering

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Co-founders Mukti and Imelda have founded a fantastic catering service that provides mouth watering foods which mix their love for California and New York. They describe it as “applying native California sensibilities within a New York context,” but best of all, they take this style and apply it to fit your specific needs.

10. Naturally Delicious

Naturally Delicious is another catering company that uses the freshest ingredients to customize seasonal menus for your needs, and their “chefs are happy to customize a menu based on your style, taste and budget.”

9. Ryan Brown Catering
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The coolest aspect of this catering service is the amazing talent of the chef and founder Ryan Brown. A graduate of the world famous French Culinary Institute, he has developed recipes for Weight Watchers and various elite athletes. Needless to say, he’s more than qualified to cook up a fantastic menu for your cast and crew.

8. Mint Catering

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Mint Catering’s client list is an impressively diverse list of huge corporations in different industries like Google, HBO and Twitter. As a company that was developed by the Tour de France NYC Restaurant Group, they promise that “with a combination of [their] contemporary presentations and refined global cuisine, [they] endeavor to create an atmosphere that will leave you and your guests with a wonderful lasting impression.”

7. Benchmarc

Marc Murphy is an extremely talented chef who has traveled the world and worked in five-star kitchens. Now, he has decided to come to New York and open up Benchmarc catering, which uses his “signature style of accessible contemporary cuisine and flawless execution,” making him an ideal choice for your food needs.

6. The Cleaver Co.

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The Cleaver Co. is a top tier green catering service who practices the “principles of sustainable agriculture, creating a strong regional farm and food economy.”

 5. Neuman’s Kitchen

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Neuman’s Kitchen is a 30-year-old catering service that has decided to implement a eco-friendly business model from the food all the way down to their renewable energy resources. But lets not forget that Neuman’s Kitchen has thrived due to their luscious menu that has amazing dishes at every turn.

 4. Blue Smoke

For all the meat lovers out there, Blue Smoke provides an alternative to most catering companies. A personal favorite of mine, the selection of mouth-watering meats could provide a substitute from the usual craft services menu. But be aware—most photo shoots will contain a Vegan or two, so make sure to provide options for them as well.

3. Sip & Bites

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Sip & Bites is a catering service that takes old school recipes and mixes them with new school flavor. The company’s philosophy is simple: “good food and service shouldn’t be pretentious. Make honest simple food from the best ingredients you can get.”

 2. Marcey Brownstein Catering and Events

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Now, if you truly want to impress someone, then Marcey Brownstein Catering & Events is the best service money can buy. Of course, the food is absolutely amazing, but the catering company prides itself on its flawless set-up and presentation.

1. Mooncake Foods

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Mooncake Foods considers itself “fun, casual, Asian comfort food.” One of their featured items is the pig roast, which also comes with cabbage slaw and fresh baked sesame rolls. Although the roast is a bit pricey at nearly $500, it feeds anywhere from 18 to 20 people. If you want to choose something else, Mooncake Foods has a diverse menu that covers various Asian cuisines, making this an ideal catering candidate.