NEW YORK -- Watch out, professional caterers. Supermarkets are jumping into the competitive world of corporate and private off-premises catering with a vengeance, using their huge customer base and lower-cost ingredients to snatch business from unwary conventional providers. "We can turn a 50-cent head of romaine lettuce into five Caesar salads at $6 apiece," said Chris Gogos, catering manager for Morton Williams Associated Supermarkets here. "That's a lot of profit." "We are able to offer ...

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