HO-HO-KUS, N.J. — Erin Cacciabaudo of Ho-Ho-Kus knows how hard it can be to find time to make dinner each night as a busy mom.
The feeling led her to start a take-out meal service for fellow moms in the area so she could ease their burdens. A mother of four, Cacciabaudo started it as a side effort for her catering business and operated out of the Community Church of Ho-Ho-Kus until she outgrew the location.
"It's mom's night off every day," she told Daily Voice. "No one in the Bergen County area wants to make dinner because they found a place to go help out."
Cacciabaudo, a 12-year resident of Ho-Ho-Kus, started her career as a pharmaceutical representative and loved the organizational and planning of their parties. She then went to culinary school and worked as a private chef before switching to catering.
Catch-y Caterer operated out of North Maple Avenue in Ho-Ho-Kus and took off after her first big party of 200 people 11 years ago, she said.
Cacciabaudo still finds time for her fellow moms who don't have enough of it to spare, though.
The menu for the take-out moms varies and typically includes soup, salad and dessert with the main courses. Some recent items include flank steak, chicken parm lasagna, and shrimp empanadas.
Cacciabaudo said it comes in handy if a parent has one child napping and another at an event.
"We try to meet the moms where they are which is basically in the weeds all the time," she said. "We try to basically make it as easy as possible for them to get food and continue on their day."
MORE INFO: Visit Catch-y Caterer's website.