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Brothers Chris and Robin Sorenson of Firehouse Subs grew up inspired by both service and entrepreneurship. Decades of family members have served as first responders. And in the 1960s, while their dad was working as a full-time fireman,  their parents opened a small business selling and delivering televisions. “It was so unique for us to grow up in a household where we had a family business and our dad was a fireman – and we loved both sides of it,” Robin tells Business Insider.

When they were old enough, the brothers became firefighters too. And then, in 1994, they started their own business- a sandwich shop.  Specializing in stacks of savory meats and cheese on fresh bread, the brothers called it Firehouse Subs, a nod to the hefty food that kept them fueled while they were fighting fires. The family business took off quickly and now, Firehouse Subs has grown to almost 900 restaurants across the country, each with a robust catering service.  “Catering used to be an add-on, but now it’s part of the equation,” franchise owner Sam Stanovich tells ezCater. So here are some customer favorites to consider when placing your first (or fifteenth) order, and tips to make sure everyone in your group has plenty of Chris and Robin’s flavorful eats.

That’s One Stacked Sandwich

Flavor is a big deal at Firehouse Subs catering. Before assembling sandwiches,  they steam their meats and cheeses to release a deeper taste and aroma. Then they pile them high with fresh veggies and load the entire stack onto mouth-watering sub rolls made from their super secret recipe.

Popular sandwich orders include ham, corned beef, turkey, or pastrami with provolone on your choice of white or wheat bread. Deluxe menu options layer extra ingredients – think turkey and roast beef or pepperoni, salami and ham altogether. For the salad lovers on your team, Firehouse Subs catering offers variety and value there, too. Their Classic Salad mixes romaine with cucumber, tomatoes, green bell peppers, red onions, and comes with a choice of dressings including peppercorn ranch and balsamic vinaigrette. The Chopped Deluxe Salad includes chopped turkey, honey ham, or tuna with mozzarella and pepperoncini.

All sandwiches are served with your choice of potato chips and cookie and brownie options make for a sweet ending to every meal.

Feed a Small Team, Or a Hungry Crowd

Repeat customers love Firehouse Subs catering for their plentiful food, neat and striking presentation, and outstanding customer service. And since it’s so important to be efficient when  ordering lunch for the office, Firehouse Subs catering makes it easy, with options that work for every group, no matter the size.

For small meetings and sit-down sessions, keep things simple with the Rookie Box Lunch. Each includes a sandwich, chips, mayo, mustard, and pickle. Upgrade to a Lieutenant or Deluxe box lunches, and they’ll add your choice of brownie or cookie. Round it all out with shared bowls of salad and individual bottles of water or cans of soda.

For smaller events with a more communal feel, Firehouse Subs catering arranges platters of sandwiches and salads in combinations to appease meat and veggie lovers alike. Mix and match subs, snacks, and salads for groups of five and ten at a time, then add a gallon of iced tea or lemonade and platters of cookies and brownies.

Read our full review of Firehouse Subs here.

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Jacqueline Raposo

Jacqueline Raposo is a food writer and podcast producer based out of New York City. She has written features and columns for clients including Saveur magazine, Plate magazine, Tasting Table, Serious Eats, and The Village Voice, and produced audio stories for Heritage Radio Network and Live from Prince Street. When not reporting about or eating food, you can find her in Riverside Park with her dog, Mitra, working off the prosciutto.

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