What’s for dinner?
It’s an age-old question that stumps and frustrates us all from time to time.
Those who are too busy, hate to cook or who just want a change of pace from typical restaurant fare may want to pay a visit to Carolyn’s Personalized Catering at 29208 Millbury Rd., Millbury.
Mind you, it won’t be a long visit. It’s not that owner Carolyn Urbanowicz and her staff won’t enjoy your company – they love seeing their regulars and the new customers that stop by for their Dinners to Go – complete homestyle meals that are prepared and ready for you to take and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
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Rewoldt, left, and Andrea Calevro at Carolyn's
Catering. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)
Carolyn’s has been offering the takeout meals for about a year. “We offered the dinners to go when we were located across the street, but we stopped them when we built this building, coming up on about 12 years ago,” she said.
“We started them up again as a way to put our food in people’s mouths – that’s the best form of advertising,” she said. “And as a bonus, we get to meet our neighbors.”
Dinners are available Monday through Thursday between 4 and 6 p.m. The cost is $6.50 per meal, which includes an entrée, vegetable, rolls and butter. Homemade desserts are also available for $2.
The menu – available for viewing at carolynssunrise.com, includes comfort foods, many made from family recipes. Though she tries to change the menu up from month to month, there are dishes she keeps by popular demand, like chicken paprikas, roast beef sandwiches and the Polish Wedding Dinner, which includes a piece of chicken, kielbasa, sweet and sour cabbage and mashed potatoes. “With the Polish Wedding Dinner, I always bake a cake – reminiscent of a wedding cake – for dessert,” Carolyn said.
“When I do put some different things in, the regulars will often ask, ‘Am I going to like that?’ Many times, they come back and say they really enjoyed it,” Carolyn said.
For example, menu items for Thanksgiving week include stuffed cabbage rolls and mashed potatoes on Monday; oven-baked chicken with bacon cheddar mashed potatoes on Tuesday and apple glazed pork chop with scalloped potatoes on Wednesday. Carolyn presumes you’ll be enjoying turkey with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day.
Walk-ins are welcome, but it’s best to call ahead by noon to guarantee a meal.
“Chef Fred starts cooking after lunch – earlier, if we’re making something like our Old World Goulash, which has to cook longer,” she said. “If they call ahead, we can guarantee they’ll have a dinner.
“If we don’t have meals left, we’ll offer yesterday’s dinner, ready to microwave at $5.50,” she said. “But I hate disappointing someone who has his or her heart set on something. And I really hate turning people away…I feel horrible.”
Carolyn’s diners come from all over the area, including Genoa, Northwood, Walbridge. “I’ve had some from the other side of town who happen to be driving by at dinner time,” she said. “They buy some dinners to go and say, ‘I wish we had that on our side of town.’”
A number of her customers – many of them senior citizens – come every day. “They’ll call and say, ‘Put me down for every day next week,’” Carolyn said.
One of Carolyn’s “very-regulars” is Louie Teneyck, who orders dinners almost daily for himself and his wife Ruth. “I hate to cook,” said 86-year-old Teneyck, who lives in Oregon. “I ordered the dinners to go when Carolyn’s was across Woodville Road. I liked them then and I was really glad when she started offering them again.
“I like most of all the dinners,” he said. “And I like the desserts too.”
Merl Keller, of Allen Township, enjoys the option of having “home-cooked” meals, but without having to do the cooking. “The meals are good, and for me it’s just a couple of miles down the road.” he said.
For more information, or to order, call 419-836-3606. You can also find Carolyn’s on Facebook.