No event is complete without food. Whether you’re planning a wedding, holiday party, or corporate gathering, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing a menu for your catered event.
Most special event menus feature full-course meals, consisting of appetizers or Hors d’Oeuvres, salad, a main course, and dessert. Ensure your menu items are appropriate to the time of day you’re serving food, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.
- Appetizers or hors d’oeuvres: These are often served with drinks before guests are seated. Hors d’oeuvres are usually finger foods that can be easily passed around on a tray, such as shrimp, mini puff pastries, or sushi.
- Salad: Salad is usually the first course served to guests after they are seated. Some of the most popular types of salads for events include: Caesar, spinach, garden, and Greek.
- Main course: the main course typically features meat of some kind, whether it’s fish, beef, pork or chicken; as well as a starch (potatoes, rice, noodles) and cooked vegetables on the side. Vegetarian main entrees usually feature pasta of some kind, such as veggie lasagna.
- Dessert: Dessert is usually served with tea or coffee.
Ideally, your menu should feature at least one vegetarian alternative. Depending on the special considerations of your guests, you may also want to supply an option for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant or sensitive to gluten.
Colors and Presentation
A menu featuring items that are all the same color is neither presentable nor pleasing to the palate. (Imagine mashed potatoes, white fish, and white pasta on the same plate.) Be sure to include foods with a variety of colors, including colorful salads and side-entrees.
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