With so many ways to server dinner (or snacks) at your reception, it’s no wonder it’s a struggle to decide just how to do it! Thanks to our very favorite local wedding caterers, we’re sharing four options with pointers for each to help make your decision easier. Read on to see if you’re more of a heavy hors d’oeuvres, stations, plated dinner or family style feast kinda gal.
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Serve Heavy Hors D’oeuvres
Mix and mingle all while enjoying the tastiest bite sized creations! Heavy hors d’oeuvres keep the party going, while allowing guests to enjoy a variety of delicious creations on the go.
Stuffed Mushrooms – Mushrooms stuffed with zucchini, sundried tomatoes, artichokes, spinach, panko breadcrumbs, goat cheese and garlic. Served with housemade red pepper sauce, and topped with arugula, shaved parmesan, and red wine vinaigrette.
Beet Chip with Lobster Salad – Rice based chip made with beet juice and topped with a lobster salad with tarragon aioli and poppy seeds
Vidorra Ceviche – Baby scallops, crab, onion, serrano peppers, tomatoes. jalapeños, avocado, mango puree, with fried cor tortilla chips
Snack at Stations
Use eating as a form of entertainment at your reception with creative stations strategically placed around the event space. These interactive stops even allow guests to customize their dishes!
Grilled Cheese Station – Hickory smoked brisket with melted cheese and drizzled Soulman’s BBQ sauce. Mason jar shooters filled with tomato basil soup.
Seafood Paella Station – Shrimp, little neck clams, mussels, all natural chicken, sofrito oregano, Spanish chorizo, lemon aioli, bomba rice
Tuna Station – Tuna Kimchi Tostada: Nori crusted ahi tuna, avocado, wonton, kimchi, carrot slaw, sriracha aioli, teriyaki glazed, Spicy Tuna Taco: Asian marinade ahi tuna, seaweed salad, sriracha aioli, wasabi creama, wonton shell, Tuna Ceviche: wonton chips, wasabi salsa and stallions
Prepare a Plated Dinner
There is nothing more elegant than a traditional seated dinner, and this classic option will withstand the test of time. For the conservative bride, this option cuts down on food waste and often proves to be more time efficient than having guests waiting in a buffet line. Select a few mouthwatering entrees and treat your guests to a memorable selection of delicious courses!
Beef Rossini / Pan-Seared Foie Gras – Beef rossini, pan-seared foie gras, shaved truffles, roasted asparagus, truffle mashed potato, sauce bordelaise
Ahi Tuna Tataki – Ahi tuna tataki, yuzu tapioca and ginger miso sauce
Family Style Feast
Perfect for a cozy southern soiree, family style catering dishes up platters full of farm fresh food to each table so your guests can enjoy a delicious and relaxing meal without ever leaving their seats. Guests will love chatting as if they are sitting down to a family meal at home.
Avocado Caprese Crostini – Balsamic toasted baguette, with avocado and fresh mozzarella, topped with basil and cherry tomatoes
Broiled Sea Bass – Broiled Sea Bass over a roasted yellow pepper puree topped with roasted tomatoes buttered basil pasta and garlic roasted asparagus
Spice Pork Tenderloin – Carrot purée with spice pork tenderloin and fresh carrot salad
Smoked Gouda Gnocchi – Creamy green chili smoked gouda gnocchi