Foods For Catered Events What You Need To Have in 2023
Just like trends in fashion, there are trends in food. Meaning, that in the summer through to winter of 2023, if you are planning an event, you should be looking to put out more than just sausage rolls; not that there is anything wrong with those, of course!
So, if you have an event like a business meeting or a party to plan, what should you put out for your guests to eat? Here is a quick guide, so enjoy!
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Pasta. But Different
Everyone who has even been to a catered buffet for events, whether they were weddings or meetings, will know that pasta dishes are a mainstay.
However, the pasta that is trending in 2023 is a bit different! Rather than opting for traditional pasta, pasta that is made from lentils, chickpeas, and rice is now what should be put out at your buffet. These offer a tasty alternative to basic pasta and obviously appease those who have gluten-free diets or coeliac disease.
Fruit is a must-have on any buffet table or other catered event.
Interestingly, the fruit that is pushing its way to the front of events is not a fancy, exotic fruit per se but rather a humble date. Of course, on their own, dates are finger foods and provide a tasty snack when laid out among cheeses and savory biscuits. Or, if you have the option, why not aim to have syrups made from dates or even sauces too? These will be tasty and will be better for your guest’s tummies than plain sugar.
Sweet and Savory
Most people love sweet and savory pairings, hence why cheese and fruit are so famous!
Of course, you can mix this up a bit with items such as chaat masala, exotic cheeses, and different fruits, such as strawberries rather than grapes. Or, why not opt for things such as savory blended miso butter? While it may sound a bit horrible, it works!
A bit of a broader option, veganism has been going up in the last five years across the US and the UK, so if you are having a catered event, you absolutely need to include vegan items! This can consist of pasta, faux vegan meats, vegetable dishes, and, of course, gluten-free pastries. It is also worth looking into lactose-free options on yogurts, desserts, and other sweet treats. While it isn’t vegan, it will be appealing to anyone who has lactose intolerance!
It’s time to be honest; when most people go to a catered event, they expect the food to be a bit, well, bland. While miso buttercream and lactose-free ice cream are not exactly dull, they can also be a bit formal. So, it is worth looking into foods that will prompt nostalgia among your guests. This can be things like pizza bites, macaroni and cheese, and, of course, fruit juices and soda. Don’t make these the sole feature of your catered event, of course, but make sure that some of them are displayed, and watch how the mood changes when they are spotted!