When planning a wedding, one of the most important things is for a bride and groom – and their guests – to walk away remembering their wedding as the most spectacular event they have ever had. Incorporating the latest trends in food into your wedding menu will help insure that your reception will be interesting, unique and delectable.
As Director of Catering for The DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown, I always strive to keep on top of the latest trends that are sure to make your wedding stand out from the crowd. Here are a few of the latest and greatest food-related ideas currently trending at wedding receptions:
- Comfort food with a twist. Serve guests foods that they remember as a child, but are now prepared for an adult palate. An example would be Sliders…but make them Kobe beef sliders.
- Bold flavors are big!! You will see more Indian food station stations at buffets and in passing items. Pakora, samosas, curries and chutneys will be incorporated into menus.
- Pies are popular. You will see more pies in dessert concepts this season. Miniature pies, pies to share, hand pies will be served as opposed to cakes.
- Scotches & Bourbons are all the rage! Dedicated single liquor bars, scotch bars set up as the “after dinner drink”, Mint Juleps, and Manhattans are making a comeback and are replacing the fruit juice vodka cocktails.
- “Short Plates”. Otherwise known as “small plates” are still in vogue but have a name change. These are miniature tastings of delicious items on small dishes served passed around or on buffet stations.
- Popcorn is not just for the movies anymore. Popcorn stations have replaced candy stations. Using clear cylinders or apothecary jars, assorted flavored popcorns can be offered as a self service station as you exit the party.
- Engaging the senses is a must. Can you smell it, hear it, taste it, and see it? These are all elements that must be incorporated as part of the décor or food service.
These latest food trends will certainly spice up your wedding with dishes and drinks that invoke both nostalgia and novelty. Try incorporating any, or all, of them into your reception and your guests will never forget what an amazing event they have just attended!