Carrabba's offers early bird special on holiday party catering

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If you hire Carrabba's to cater before Oct. 31, you'll receive 15 percent off your entire order.

Planning a party for the holidays? If you hire Carrabba's Italian Grill to do the catering before October 31, you get 15 percent off your entire order.

"Enjoy your hand-prepared favorites at home or wherever your celebration may be," reads an e-mail to subscribers to the chain's e-mail list. "That's worth celebrating!"

The offer is valid for large party catering delivery or pickup. To qualify for the discount, the event must be held between November 15 and January 1, 2014. Delivery guidelines apply; delivery is from Monday-Friday until 4PM, with a minimum order of $100 plus delivery fee. Pickup is at the restaurant at your convenience seven days a week.

Gluten-free options are available. While the grill is not gluten-free, many dishes are. Gluten-free appetizers include the Cozze In Bianco (mussels steamed and served in a mixture of white wine, basil and lemon butter), the Tomatoes Caprese (request no garlic bread), and the Shrimp Scampi (request no garlic bread). All salads (request no croutons and to be mixed in a fresh bowl) and Mama Mandola's Sicilian Chicken Soup (request no pasta) are gluten-free. Gluten-free Marsalas are the Chicken, Sirloin and Pork (request no grill baste). Gluten-free combination dishes are The Johnny (request no grill baste) and the Chicken Trio (request no grill baste). Gluten-free Wood-Burning Grill dishes are the Chicken Bryan (request no grill baste), the Grilled Salmon (request no grill baste), the Pollo Rosa Maria (request no grill baste), the Grilled Chicken (request no grill baste) and the Filet Florentina (request no grill baste). The John Cole dessert is also gluten-free.

Nutritional information is available on the web site.

According to Carrabba's, catering pricing does not include tax or gratuity. Prices are subject to change. Advance notice of at least 24 hours is recommended.

Carrabba's was founded on December 26, 1986 by John Charles "Johnny" Carrabba, III and his uncle Damian Mandolam in Houston, according to Wikipedia. They describe themselves on the Carrabba's web page as " two Sicilian boys from Texas who love to cook and eat." Many of the recipes are Mandolam's mother's or sister's. Carrabba's has 232 locations throughout the United States, with Florida having more Carrabba's restaurants than any other state.