KDHamptons Design: Celebrity Caterer Peter Callahan Shares Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas



Peter Callahan’s divine dining room table is set for family and friends.




Ever wonder if the famous chefs really put on a super spread at their home? Or, are they just plain tired of playing in the pantry during the holiday season? We asked the king of catering, Peter Callahan [below], if he would share some pix of what his table top design looks like on Turkey Day.  Peter’s style is chic, festive, and perfectly precise. Guess working alongside his old pal Martha Stewart all those years rubbed off. KDHamptons loves to whip up a weekend meal from Peter’s cookbook, Bite By Bite [pictured below]. Check out all the great recipes Peter has shared with KDHamptons readers in the Feast End section of the site.




The king of catering cooks feasts at home during the holiday season. Photograph by Laura Moss




Peter is the owner of New York City–based Callahan Catering and is widely credited with having created the megatrend of miniaturized savory and dessert hors d’oeuvres. He has been catering for more than twenty-five years and has created food for Martha Stewart, Vera Wang,  JPMorgan, Tory Burch, Regis and Joy Philbin, and Al Gore, among other clients. Peter and his wife, dress designer Josephine Sasso, divide their time among New York City, a country house in Pennsylvania, and a summer house on Nantucket. For more information, please visit CallahanCatering.




Red goblets provide a pretty punch of color.







Now this is what you'd call an inspired "kids table." The red bamboo chairs and zebra skin rug provide a graphic contrast.




Although the majority of Peter Callahan events take place in New York City and the surrounding areas, he also produces large events across the country as well as overseas in Asia, the Middle East and beyond. PCC also offers, food styling and event production services including:


  • Custom menu design
  • Custom styling and manufacturing of trays, buffets and plates as well as bar accessories
  • Beverage coordination
  • Custom built field kitchens {we rarely work where there is a kitchen} and service rentals
  • Service guidelines, timing and coordination
  • Highly-trained service staff professionals



    Seasonal centerpieces create offer color and texture to the table.









    *Make sure you check out Peter’s amazing cookbook: BITE BY BITE: 100 Stylish Little Plates You Can Make for Any Party, By Peter Callahan with Raquel Pelzel, Foreword by Martha Stewart. Clarkson Potter/Publishers; $35 Mini meals with big taste are the goal of “BITE BY BITE”, concentrating on making food fun, not only delicious. Learn how to prepare miniature delights, specifically:  mini-burgers, mini-ice cream cones, and even mini-pancake stacks!