Every menu will be different for different occasions. Let’s say that you needed to put together a potluck for Thanksgiving on short notice. Although many of your coworkers probably brought in homemade food, perhaps you only had time to get something catered. That’s okay, though! Here are some tips for designing a lighter catering menu for next time. Don’t sacrifice taste or portion size!
Ideas for Appetizers
Let’s start at the beginning with a closer look at the appetizers that you should consider offering. Shrimp cocktail is always a classic and something to build on when you are throwing a holiday bash. Butternut squash soup is still a hit during the fall and winter, so experiment with shooters of the soup instead of shots of alcohol. A platter of smoked salmon can replace the prosciutto, and roasted brussels sprouts can also let you have a touch of veggies, but don’t leave out the tomato bacon jam for dipping!
Ideas for Entrees
Entrees are the main event of any holiday party. Ham and turkey are likely to be the centerpiece of your table, but they don’t have to be! Organic chicken roasted with rosemary and garlic can be an unexpected hit. For anyone vegetarian, consider offering braised beluga lentils paired with autumn veggies. These beluga lentils are similar to black beans; they got their name from their resemblance to beluga caviar.
Ideas for Salads and Side Dishes
No meal is complete without the right salads and sides. Depending on your guests’ tastes, they might decide to only focus on salads and sides as what they want to eat. Sauteed green beans are always a good idea, as are pan-roasted florets of broccoli or cauliflower. Mashed sweet potatoes, whether or not they are coated with butter or marshmallows, can also help get everyone ready for dessert.
Ideas for Dessert Options
Dessert can turn any work function into a memorable event. Be sure to choose the right options, especially since dessert is frowned upon as not being healthy enough for everyone. Instead of chocolate cake, choose chocolate mousse. Lemon bars instead of key lime pie is another surefire hit, especially since these treats can be made gluten-free as well. Finally, consider apple spice cake as another possibility.
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When you work with The Abundance Catering Company, you get a partner that understands how important it is that your coworkers or students are satisfied with the catering service. Whether you need catering for ten people or 1,000, Abundance Catering can help.
On the day of your event, our staff will arrive on time and set up your order. We bring everything you’ll need, including paper goods, serving pieces, condiments, and ice for beverages. Just show us where to set up, and we will handle the rest!
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