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There’s something about a wedding ceremony that works up an appetite in any guest, so making sure you have something tasty and original to eat at your reception is a must. Keeping up with the latest trends in wedding catering will ensure your wedding feast, and all the little extras that go with it, are a hot topic of discussion for months and years to come. With that in mind here are seven of the latest trends in wedding catering.
Food stations continue to increase in popularity, with caterers coming up with ever more creative ways to display foods attractively. Food stations allow guests to mingle and move around the venue, sampling sweet and savoury foods from each station, as well as drinks and cocktails. Popular stations include sushi bars, cheese and wine bars, cold meat and salad bars, ethnic food bars, single colour food bars, champagne bars, and decadent dessert bars.
Organic food as well as fair trade, locally produced, free range, seasonal produce is also big news, and the latest craze is for organic drinks as well as food. Try organic wine, beer, and vodka to make your bar as green as your table.
Canapé containers are becoming as important as the food they contain, and couples are choosing canapé containers that match their wedding theme. Some good examples are seared scallops served in sea shells for a beach wedding and miniature tartlets placed on colourful leaf plates for a garden wedding.
Sweet canapés are taking over from their savoury counterparts, and work equally well with coffee or champagne. Popular choices include miniature ice cream cones and tiny cartons of popcorn. A chocolate fountain can also make a statement centrepiece for your cocktail hour. Provide a variety of fruit, cake cubes, and marshmallows for your guests to dip into it.
Ethnic food is gaining popularity for the wedding breakfast. Serve colourful platters and dishes of Moroccan, Thai, or Greek food directly onto banquet style tables so that guests can help themselves. Finger food is also a fashionable choice, just make sure your guests have finger bowls handy and have wet towels handed out between courses.
Cookies are joining cupcakes and brownies as fashionable wedding treats. Make them yourself, and ice them with your initials. You can even bake them as part of your hen’s night activities, perhaps during a group cookery class. Serve them with coffee after dinner, place them in glass jars to keep guests fuelled for dancing, or wrap them up as bombonieres, tied with white ribbon. Try to have a variety of flavours such as white chocolate and raspberry, chocolate chip, and oatmeal and raisin.
A breakfast bar at your evening reception may seem like a contradiction in terms but it’s amazing how good gourmet pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast, and even a humble bacon sandwich can taste after a couple of hours of dancing. Set the bar up in a seating area away from the dance floor so guests have somewhere to take a breather while they fill up.