A lot of time in wedding planning goes to catering. No couple wants their wedding to be remembered as the one with the worst food. Food does not necessarily have to be poorly prepared to be considered bad. A limited selection of dishes can also be considered bad. When attending a wedding, guests have great expectations that the food will be amazing, the presentation excellent and the choices unlimited. Because your guests will be traveling from long distances to attend your wedding, it is wise to work with your caterer to come up with an amazing cocktail party menu. This menu should be designed to surprise as well as delight the guests.
Keep up with the trends
All things considered, working on an excellent cocktail party menu is never an easy job. The one thing you can do to ensure that you offer the best in wedding catering is to fill your cocktail party stations with foods that your guests do not see every day or at every other wedding. Your buffet stations should not be a cliché. Be creative and offer something that most people do not know about. Keeping up with the trends is the key to coming up with fresh ideas for the wedding menu. Don’t rely too much on what you and your friends know. Search online and take a look at the popular trends all over the world.
Hire the best team
The important thing you will need to do is to work with the best wedding chefs and catering team. You may have the best ideas for your wedding but if the team you are working with doesn’t have the expertise, you will end up frustrated. Consider the reputation of the chefs and caterers before bringing them onboard.
Once you find the right team, you have to work closely with them in the planning. Discuss with them your idea of adding a gourmet choice to the carving stations. A close relationship with this team will help come up with the best wedding menu.
Top carving station trends
As aforementioned, keeping an eye on the trends will help inspire your ideas. Here are a couple of top trends for the carving station.
- New York-style corned beef
- New York-style pastrami
- Pork tenderloin with mushroom duzelle en croute
- Corn-fed baked Virginiaham
- Vermont turkey: this is perfect for the winter and fall weddings
- Apple and ancho braised brisket of beef
- Adobo marinated flank steak served with chumichurri sauce
- Roast suckling pig
- Roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic
- Poached ham with quince and white wine
- Roast turkey breast with gravy and cranberry orange compote
- Coriander and cumin-crusted pork loin that has been stuffed with air-dried apricots, black currants, and lingonberries
- Peppercorn crusted sushi grade ahi tuna loin with tomato, caper relish, and red onion
You can use any combination that you want. The goal here is to come up with a carving station that is as unique as possible. When the carving station is unique, it shows that you spent more time getting it ready and your guests will appreciate that.