Top 8 Trends in Food & Drinks for Weddings, Bat & Bar Mitzvahs and Kosher Events
Industry experts share the hottest trends in wedding and bat & bar mitzvah catering.
One of the major forces in weddings and bat & bar mitzvahs is personalization, and catering is no exception. Menus are showcasing the bride and groom or child’s taste, style, culture, and creativity. Food and presentation can also support the event theme.
1. Food Design & Presentation
Photo: Magnetic Tray from Swank Productions
It’s no longer just about the food. It’s about creating a one-of-a-kind experience! Examples are: custom-made serving platters, coat hook-lined walls holding donuts, and acrobats sliding down streamers serving champagne. – Maya Kalman, Swank Productions
2. Fun & Interactive Stations
Photo: Interactive Hummus Buffet from Regal Caterers
2013 is all about the fun factor! Watch out for more interactive (Build Your Own) food stations and DIY cocktail bars. Other popular foods include cotton candy, donuts, snow cones & S’mores.
New versions of old-fashioned foods are trending. – Alexis Fine DeAngelis, The Glazier Group
3. Mini-Menus and Drink Pairing
Photo: Mini-Burgers, Fries & Soy Shake from Morrell Caterers
Guests are loving mini versions of everything – bite-size appetizers, mini desserts, and tiny cocktails and shooters.
Small bites are being paired with small drinks, like tacos and mini-margaritas. – Dave Esquenazi, Exquisite Caterers
4. Food Trucks
Photo: Cupcake Food Truck by Dance Time Entertainment
We’re seeing “Food To-Go” more and more these days – whether it’s a NY style hot pretzel on the way out or a food truck in the parking lot as people leave. – Melisa Imberman, The Event of a Lifetime
There are trucks for almost any type of food or drink, from hot dogs to waffles to espresso trucks. It’s a great way to end the night on a fun and delicious note.
5. Signature Drinks
Photo: Frozen Cocktail Push-Pops from Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
For weddings, signature cocktails are common, and are often inspired by the event color, time of year or ethnicity. – Alison Awerbuch, Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
More and more bat & bar mitzvahs are showcasing signature mocktails, often inspired by the child’s favorite flavors. Naming the drink using a spin-off of the child’s name is a great way to add a personal touch. – Brianna Ellis, The Sands at Atlantic Beach
6. Roaming Food Stations
Photo: Noodles & Sushi Cart from Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
High-End Roaming Carts are beginning to accompany traditional food stations. Servers come around with mobile carts such as delivery bicycles or market carts and prepare upscale items in front of guests. Examples include a truffle rolling station or savory waffle cart. – Ellen Vaknine, Esprit Events
7. Global Cuisine
Photo: Moroccan Food in Martini Glass, Dan Aguirre Photography via NM Events
Couples are using food to showcase their culture and heritage, or foods that are indigenous to something from the couple’s past, like where they met or went to college.
Another trend is incorporating a custom station during the cocktail hour that is made up of local artisanal foods. – Alison Awerbuch, Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
8. Creative Catering Formats
“Grab & Go” Food
Photo: “Grab & Go” Food Served in Ice Cream Cones from The Original JEM Caterers
For bar & bat mitzvahs, “Grab and Go” food is spreading fast. Pass Around Starters during cocktail hour and Action Stations for dinner engage the guests and allows for a non-stop 4-hour type of event. – Brianna Ellis, The Original JEM Caterers
Photo: Hudson Valley Tapas Tasting Plate from Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
While seated dinners remain common at weddings, couples are offering more unique options. Couples are looking to make the sit down meal a more creative and unique experience. “Tasting Plates” with smaller portions of multiple dishes allow guests to try a variety of food.
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