7 Cool New Catering Trends for 2015 Weddings

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Happy National Tempura Day! (Yes, that’s a thing.) I thought I’d celebrate by sharing some fun food ideas to liven up your wedding reception.

Grilled Cheese and Soup: Who doesn’t love comfort food? More importantly, who doesn’t love comfort food with a twist? During your cocktail hour, serve little shots of tomato soup with miniature grilled cheese sandwiches. The chefs at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin make a gelatin of chicken noodle soup and present it on top of the grilled cheese sandwich. When you bite into it, the soup bubble bursts in your mouth. It tastes heavenly!


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Caprese Forks: It’s all in the presentation. While caprese salad might not be an earth shattering revelation, having servers pass trays of the marinated mozzarella and tomato on small cocktail forks during the cocktail hour is a fun twist on an ordinary item.

Dim Sum Station: Gyoza, pork buns, spring rolls, and shrimp dumplings put together in an artful display at your cocktail hour can be fun. Make this a chef attended station and your guests can watch the preparation and then choose their favorites to enjoy.

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Adult Popsicles: For a fun twist on your cocktail hour, ask your venue if they can make miniature popsicles flavored like your favorite cocktails. Some of my favorites are raspberry proscecco, peach bellini, pina colada, and watermelon mojito. I suggest making them miniature so your guests can finish them before they melt.

Surf and Turf with a Twist: When I mention surf and turf, most guests think lobster and steak, but with a little creativity, you can delight your guests with a new spin on surf and turf. What about shrimp and short ribs? Dover sole and filet mignon? Steak and lobster polenta?

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S’mores: Our guests had a blast at our s’mores bar. We were married in a venue with an outdoor fire pit, so we could make them the old-fashioned way. If your reception is in restaurant or ballroom, don’t let that stop you. Your caterer can roast the marshmallows with a torch and your guests can assemble them. Make sure to include several flavors of marshmallows like Grand Marnier, champagne, honey, and peppermint.

Croquembouche Wedding Cake: This French pastry makes a beautiful wedding cake display. Croquembouche are little pastries filled with cream. The pastries are ball-shaped and can be covered in spun sugar, chocolate, or left plain. They are absolutely delicious and a fun alternative to traditional wedding cake.

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Don’t be afraid to experiment with food for your wedding day. Ask your chef what’s new and fun. If you decide on some unusual items, just make sure to have some standards for guests who are picky eaters.

Do you have any fun and creative food ideas? Share them with us here!

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