When Kristen Dion-Baker became the owner of McNulty & Foley Caterers (124 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 882-1921, mcnultycatering.com), she was already well-acquainted with the business; her parents bought it when she was 3 years old. After college, where she studied pre-law, Dion-Baker returned home to help with the business. “That about says it all,” she said. “I’ve been doing it ever since.” Later, she took it over from her mother, Barbara, who still works with her today, along with Dion-Baker’s sister, Laurie. McNulty & Foley Caterers was started in 1948 and is one of the longest-running businesses in Nashua. In addition to catering events, they offer weekly heat-and-eat meal delivery.
What is your must-have kitchen item?
My round cutting board. I use it for everything. But I’d also have to say a sharp knife.
What is your favorite dish on your catering menu?
I would have to say chicken picatta with Delmonico potatoes and our salad, of course. Our salad is No. 1, by far the best.
What would you choose for your last meal?
What is your favorite local restaurant?
What celebrity would you like to share a meal with?
Kerry Washington from Scandal. [She] and I are very similar. She gets things done, and so do I.
What is the biggest food trend in New Hampshire right now?
Gluten-free. I’ve noticed a huge increase in that in the last few years. Every catering event menu, someone asks for a gluten-free meal.
What is your favorite meal to cook at home?
At home, I really like to cook a sirloin strip with garlic mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and salad.
— Angie Sykeny