Catering Menu Ideas and Recipes

Ok, just two more days of catering talk this week... Hopefully this isn't totally un-interesting for those of you who have no plans to ever do this.

So, because the space we're working with doesn't have any sort of kitchen or even running water, really, the menu we feel mostly settled on includes lots of dishes that can be made in advance and that are good at room temperature.  I'm in charge of appetizers, salad, sides, and entrees, while the desserts are being made by the bride's family members (assorted make-ahead desserts like cookies and truffles and rugelech).

Here are the various options I came up with from which to choose our menu (some with links to recipes, but most out of my head):

  • Vegetarian sushi, with avocado, roasted sweet potatoes, tofu, wasabi-tamari-rice
  • Deviled eggs
  • Medjool dates stuffed with almond and fresh goat cheese
  • Salted Edamame
  • Mini pizzas with roasted vegetable toppings
  • Vegetarian meatballs
  • Roasted maple pecans
  • Portable caprese (mozzarella, tomato, basil on a toothpick, with oil, salt & pepper)
  • Tortilla pinwheels (with cream cheese and/or hummus, crunchy grated vegetables)
  • Quesadilla quarters with pepper jack and black beans
  • Stuffed mushrooms (with arugula, sun dried tomato and goat cheese?)
  • Bruschetta—some with tomato/basil, some with white bean
  • Tortilla chip scoops with salsa, hummus, pico de gallo
  • [and others from Mark Bittman's huge list here: 101 Simple Appetizers in 20 Minutes or Less]
Salads & Side Dishes
Those are just some of the ideas that swam to the surface--but they were plenty to leave me with food- and recipe-filled dreams for nights to come.

What do you all think? Recommendations, recipes, or reviews?


  1. Well since you asked....

    :) Of course it should be the couple's decision, but here's what sounds good to me:

    Stuffed Dates
    Mini Pizzas
    Tortilla Pinwheels w/hummus
    Tortilla Chips & Salsa
    All the Salads (how could you go wrong?)

    We actually make those Tomatillo Enchiladas all the time and love love love them. Might be kind of messy though. Pretty green color.

    I haven't had the rest of those, but they sound good.

    Have you thought about any other non-salad vegetable sides? I don't really have suggestions. I think those would be easier to discover if some sort of theme were determined.

    Is there a theme? Did I miss it?

    Also, would you like to do a primer on food safety? I'm not very good at remembering the rules. Just no raw egg at room temp? Is there more?

  2. The next time you get married to Brad (or the next time I see you!), I'll be sure to make some stuffed dates and mini pizzas and tortilla pinwheels and chips and salsa and salads for you! More tomorrow on the theme and menu, and Monday on food safety and supplies. Yay. Thanks for being interested. :)

  3. Thank you so much for the ideas it will help me a lot on my catering business. Keep posting!



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