True love is found. Date is set. Venue is chosen.
Now it's time to think about the food.
Nobody likes to nosh on mediocre cuisine, so it pays to devote some attention to the reception's offerings. If you're planning a wedding in Rochester, New York, here are some wedding catering ideas to make your reception sizzle.
Plan Tempting Tasters
Chances are good guest will be hungry after the wedding, so have some delicious hors d’ oeuvres available at the beginning of the reception. These should be small bite finger foods that don't require utensils. A charcuterie platter with nibbles like cheese, olives, pickled vegetables, and cured meats is a good starter. These foods can be managed easily, but are also filling. Fruit and nut platters are nice accompaniments, too.
Include Hand-Passed Provisions
No matter how glamorous the venue you chose in Rochester, New York, servers delivering platters of small bites add a touch of class to any reception. In addition, it encourages your guests to continue to mingle. Add some beef and shrimp to the menu, as well as vegetable spring rolls for your vegetarian guests.
Set Up Sustenance Stations
A nice way to let guests control their portions is to add stations as part of your wedding catering menu. Meat stations are handy ways to provide beef, ham, or turkey with all the condiments close at hand. Another, fun idea is to include a macaroni and cheese station complete with delicious toppings. Use your caterer's creativity in planning the stations that fit your reception's theme and budget.
Provide A Belly-Pleasing Buffet
The easiest way to accommodate reception guests is with a buffet. That way they can control their portions and reduce waste. Include foods that go with your stations, such as squash, green beans, and seasonal vegetables. Add in at least one additional meat option like creatively prepared chicken or pork. Don't forget salad and bread.
Finish Up Fashionably
Yes, we know, the dessert is a big wedding cake. However, guests may want a nice drink to go with it. Roll in a coffee station with a variety of toppings (cream, cinnamon, chocolate, sugar, etc). Think about adding an artisan cookie and milk station, or a hot chocolate station, especially if you're getting married on a chilly winter Rochester evening.
While your wedding catering menu depends largely on your budget and number of guests, choosing a caterer who is willing to work with you is key in making your reception a culinary success. Talk to yours today to make certain your reception food rocks and that nary a guest leaves hungry!