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New York-style smoked pastrami and a rack of ribs from Maple Tree BBQ of Riverhead are set out for guests at a graduation party in Manorville. (July 6, 2013)

Restaurants that cater

If you're entertaining at home this summer, there's a way to lighten your workload and wow guests in a single stroke: Hire a restaurant chef to cook in your backyard. Here are Long Island restaurants doing just that.

Maple Tree BBQ's owner, Kevin Judge, is a
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Maple Tree BBQ's owner, Kevin Judge, is a passionate smoker with a backyard full of apparatuses, and his crew will actually smoke the meat in your yard, as they did for a a Western-themed graduation party in Manorville. (July 6, 2013)

Guests help themselves to a salad with strawberries,
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Guests help themselves to a salad with strawberries, cheese and walnuts at a graduation party catered by Maple Tree BBQ of Riverhead. (July 6, 2013)

Colleen, a server for Maple Tree BBQ of
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Colleen, a server for Maple Tree BBQ of Riverhead, serves guests refreshing appetizers: Pineapple, kiwi and white onion; strawberry, watermelon and red onion; and avocado, honeydew and green onion, all atop a slice of cucumber at a graduation dinner in Manorville. (July 6, 2013)

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Maple Tree BBQ offerings at a graduation dinner
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Maple Tree BBQ offerings at a graduation dinner party in Manorville include chicken tenders and wings, pastrami and barbecue ribs. (July 6, 2013)

Luke Judge of Maple Tree BBQ in Riverhead
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Luke Judge of Maple Tree BBQ in Riverhead by the smoker as he caters a graduation barbecue in Manorville. (July 6, 2013)

New York-style smoked pastrami and a rack of
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New York-style smoked pastrami and a rack of ribs from Maple Tree BBQ of Riverhead are set out for guests at a graduation party in Manorville. (July 6, 2013)

Chef Luke Judge of Riverhead's Maple Tree BBQ
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Chef Luke Judge of Riverhead's Maple Tree BBQ offers party host Theresa Kane options including barbecue pulled pork, pulled chicken and Texas brisket. (July 6, 2013)

A young guest takes a peek at the
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A young guest takes a peek at the food prepared by Maple Tree BBQ as staff from the restaurant set out items for a graduation dinner in Manorville. (July 6, 2013)

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Churrasqueira Bairrada specializes in Portuguese rodizio, in which
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Churrasqueira Bairrada specializes in Portuguese rodizio, in which a variety of meats threaded onto skewers are grilled over charcoal, and then delivered tableside until diners cry "não mais!" Lately, the restaurant has been branching out into the home-rodizio market. "We bring our grills and our charcoal," said general manager Hector Fonseca, "and the waiters do the same at your house as they would at our restaurant." (July 12, 2013)

Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola specializes in Portuguese rodizio,
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Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola specializes in Portuguese rodizio, in which a variety of meats threaded onto skewers are grilled over charcoal. (July 12, 2013)

Rodizio skewers of chicken, steak and pork are
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Rodizio skewers of chicken, steak and pork are grilled at Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola. (July 12, 2013)

Rodizio skewers of chicken, steak and pork are
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Rodizio skewers of chicken, steak and pork are served at Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola. (July 12, 2013)

Bob Ost of Great Neck dines at Churrasqueira
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Bob Ost of Great Neck dines at Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola. (July 12, 2013)

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Josh Forst and daughter Emily Forst, 2, from
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Josh Forst and daughter Emily Forst, 2, from Great Neck, at Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola. (July 12, 2013)

Patrons dine at Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola. (July
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Patrons dine at Churrasqueira Bairrada in Mineola. (July 12, 2013)

Shiro of Japan head chef Nobu Ogura and
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Shiro of Japan head chef Nobu Ogura and sushi chef Kazu Miyagi cater a backyard party in Sands Point. (July 3, 2013)

Kazu Miyagi, sushi chef at Shiro of Japan,
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Kazu Miyagi, sushi chef at Shiro of Japan, prepares a sushi platter while catering a backyard party at the Duarte residence in Sands Point. (July 3, 2013)

Shiro of Japan employees prepare a sushi platter
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Shiro of Japan employees prepare a sushi platter while catering a backyard party in Sands Point. (July 3, 2013)

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Nobu Ogura, head chef at Shiro of Japan,
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Nobu Ogura, head chef at Shiro of Japan, prepares a sushi platter while catering a backyard party at the Duarte residence in Sands Point. (July 3, 2013)

Nobu Ogura, head chef at Shiro of Japan,
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Nobu Ogura, head chef at Shiro of Japan, prepares a sushi platter while catering a backyard party at the Duarte residence in Sands Point. (July 3, 2013)

Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park has been
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Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park has been serving its signature "bar pies" since the 1930s, and now the restaurant has entered the mobile era with its pizza truck and pizza cart. Joan Spivack had Eddie's Pizza bring its pizza truck to her Wantagh home to cater a backyard party for her son's high school graduation. (June 29, 2013)

Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park caters a
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Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park caters a graduation party in Wantagh via its truck. (June 29, 2013)

Eddie's Pizza caters a Wantagh party via its
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Eddie's Pizza caters a Wantagh party via its mobile truck. (June 29, 2013)

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Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park caters a
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Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park caters a Wantagh graduation party via its mobile truck. (June 29, 2013)

Pedro Herrera of Eddie's Pizza helps cater a
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Pedro Herrera of Eddie's Pizza helps cater a graduation party in Wantagh. (June 29, 2013)

Joan Spivack of Wantagh hired Eddie's Pizza of
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Joan Spivack of Wantagh hired Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park to cater her son's high school graduation party. (June 29, 2013)

Kelly Van O'Linda eats a slice of Eddie's
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Kelly Van O'Linda eats a slice of Eddie's Pizza poolside. (Jun 29, 2013)

Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park caters a
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Eddie's Pizza of New Hyde Park caters a Wantagh graduation party via its mobile truck. (June 29, 2013)

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