Wedding Catering Trends 2017
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What’s the culinary forecast for 2017, as it relates to weddings? This year, there’s definitely going to be more attention on: local foods and favourites, freshly picked fruit and quality vegetables, exotic spices and a continued fondness for food stations in lieu of plated service.
Here are some more catering trends that 2017’s couples may ask for:
More conscious meat and seafood sourcing – Wedding catering is now putting the spotlight on couples becoming more environmentally-conscious. There’s also more of a focus on serving fare that produces less wastage or foods that are sourced from more sustainable means.
Vegetables –Vegetables are no longer just a side dish on entrées now; this year they will earn star status. Also popular will be much more vegan choices and the trend of “eating raw” (vegetables).
Non-alcoholic drinks – This year we will see more sodas or blended juices which are infused or muddled with herbs such as: rosemary, thyme, ginger, cardamom and basil. There will also be more of a preference for specialty iced teas and flavoured lemonades.
Trendy Bites – More reception meals will comprise one of more of these “hip” ingredients for 2017: matcha tea, beets, swiss chard, turmeric, purple potatoes, riced cauliflower, watermelon and any type of smoked ingredients.
Desserts – Gourmet doughnuts will be on trend this year, as will any bite-sized sweet treats such as petit fours.
Hors D’oeuvres – 2017 just might be the year of the crostini – an easy appetizer made with crisp bread and toppings of your choice for e.g. mozzarella and tomato. We will also see a rise in popularity for Spanish tapas and dim sum at weddings.
Street-food stations – The “midnight snack” option for guests will become almost standard for late-night receptions. “Upping the ante” on favourite street food options and making them more “gourmet” will be trendy this year, for example having a pizza bar, a soup and sandwich station, a cheese board or a “mac and cheese” station. Other popular options for this would be kabobs, doubles, meatballs, tacos, bakes/dumplings and fillings, chicken and waffles, grilled hot dogs, gyros, sliders and French fries.
Gluten-free menu –Many people have a gluten intolerance and this, in part, has given rise to the popularity of gluten-free menus. Some foods that are gluten-free are: most meat and fish, flax seeds, fruit, yogurt, vegetables, cheese, beans, cassava, non-wheat noodles or pasta made from chickpeas, spelt, amaranth, rice or quinoa.
Soup shooters – Serving pureed soup or gazpacho in shot glasses continues to be a popular appetizer for wedding guests. Another item that can be served this way is ceviche.
For more catering inspiration, be sure to check out our Pinterest board here: http://pinterest.com/trinidadwedding/fantastic-food-beverage-ideas/