One of the best parts of the holiday season is having great food and sharing it with friends and family. At Art of Food, we believe that the joys of holiday eating should extend to your catered events. As you start to plan your fall festivities, here are 3 catering ideas to consider.
The best place to start your search for fall flavors is in the dishes you might find in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. It’s possible to have too much of a good thing, so you may not want to completely replicate a Thanksgiving meal, but there are varied and unique ways to bring the tastes of the holiday into your party catering. For example, turkey and ham can be used in sandwiches and wraps. Sweet potatoes can be a hearty and delicious addition to appetizers and side dishes. Salads may feature fall flavors such as dried cranberries, bacon, walnuts, onions, and figs.
When it comes to dessert, Thanksgiving is the ultimate source of inspiration. Spiced desserts such as breads, cakes, crisps, and puddings may hold the same appeal to your guests as their favorite holiday pies. Classic flavors found in fall desserts include pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, cranberry, and maple.
Fall is the perfect time of year for many kinds of vegetables that can hold their own as a primary flavor in a side or main dish. Though technically a fruit, squash is perhaps the most well-known of these seasonal staples. Root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, beets, and parsnips are also great options for your fall feast, as are brussels sprouts, green beans, and cabbages.
Even if there isn’t much of a nip in the air, a warm bowl of soup can really hit the spot during a fall event. Catering companies can provide a range of soups so that you can be sure to have something for everyone. Butternut squash, pumpkins, carrots, and mushrooms are all great dominant flavors for fall soups. Even soups that are a standard option year round, such as chicken noodle and tomato, can seem extra special during the fall months.
In many cases, caterers provide fall garnishes and toppings for soups, such as smoky cheese, cranberry chutney, and pine nuts. Pair a beautifully presented soup with dishes like wild rice, mashed potatoes, and fresh rolls for the perfect comfort food combination.
Whatever the type and style of your event, holiday party catering services will be able to help you navigate a sea of possible flavors to find options that not only taste good, but taste like fall. This holiday season, treat your guests (and yourself) to a little something extra that only excellent and festive food can provide!