10 Trending Catering Ideas for Your Minneapolis Wedding


An aerial view of a tablescape with 8 place settings. The center of the table has floral arrangements, a tiered cake, and a variety of foods to grab and nibble for an appetizer

What's the secret to a memorable wedding experience for your guests?

 

It's not just the wistful venue. It’s not just romantic flowers. It's not even how you embody a princess on your special day so no one can take their eyes off you. It's actually through the gastric delights for your guests! 

 

Think about it. You can meticulously plan every visual detail for a picture-perfect wedding. But that's all for you. (Which is important, of course.) Your food choices, on the other hand, are for your guests. When people are satisfied with food and drink they enjoy themselves more. Precisely what you want for your valued wedding guests.

TRENDS IN WEDDING CATERING

Wedding food choices have come a long way from the basic options of a salad, one vegetable and, one protein. And while recent years have seen the popularity of unconventional wedding events featuring food trucks and catering from popular chain restaurants, couples are once again moving towards the traditional-plated experience with elevated service. Whether it's a formal dinner or a cocktail-style reception, the menu should reflect the two of you as a couple.


Here are some trending catering ideas to consider when planning a delectable celebration.

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1. Keep everything bite-sized and healthy for cocktail hour

As your guests arrive, they'll be ready to mingle and explore the venue. But they are probably also a little famished. This makes it a perfect time to set the stage by impressing them with your starters. If you’re having trays passed around, consider small hors d’oeuvres that are designed to eat without any utensils like antipasto skewers with a grape tomato, mini-lettuce wraps topped with chicken brushed with a peanut sauce, or ceviche shooters.

2. Made to order hors-d'oeuvres with food stations

Food stations are perfect for a cocktail reception where guests eat, mingle, dance, or hang out all night long. Try this set up with an elaborate fondue cart including warm cheddar ale and balsamic gorgonzola pots with fresh fruit. Include different bread options for dipping. Possibly create a build-your-own slider station for burger lovers. Or consider a ceviche bar and offer your guests a variety of fish to create their own made-to-order dish.

An array of boards of vegetables, cheeses, nuts and a tower of cupcakes completely cover a table. A wooden sign is placed in the midst of it all saying Lets Graze!

3. Artsy grazing boards or tables

Grazing tables elevate wedding cocktail hours by providing a decorative feast intended to wow your guests with delicious delights. When you provide your guests with tasters laid out on rustic wooden boards, marble slabs, glass platters, or porcelain bowls teeming with delicious choices, they won't have to chase down waiters to bring them nibbles. Decide if a charcuterie board with a variety of salami and sausages, cheese and fruit, nuts and crackers, marmalades and sauces is for you. Or go entirely local and highlight regional and seasonal produce. Don't forget to complete the experience by adding a bit of style to your table.

4. Supply green and organic alternatives

Your guests' tastebuds are as varied as they are. So ensuring you have alternatives for every dietary need is essential. Or you can avoid the traditional protein and veggie combination by going with a whole menu composed of fresh salad made with organic greens and free-range chicken with string beans. An excellent option for guests with specific food restrictions is to play with ideas like vegetarian-inspired burgers, tacos or ceviche with a variety of fun toppings such as plantain ribbons, spiced pepita seeds, or gooseberries.

5. Creating a "tasting menu"

Experiencing a tasting menu is a foodies dream. If you've never been to a tasting event, the whole experience will highlight each dish. You and your guests will be served anywhere from five to seven mini-courses that will become a focal point of your reception. Work with your caterer to create a unique menu that your guests won't be able to experience anywhere else. Since a tasting menu is all about sampling a variety of food, you'll want to plan a significant portion of the wedding reception to give your guests time to go through each dish.

6. Go for family-style

A family-style reception helps connect people seated together at tables. Yet they aren’t as formal as a plated meal. Everyone is seated as large platters of food are passed around the table, just like you might do with your own family. Picture heaping platters of grilled sea bass drizzled with tomato, red pepper and ginger sauce, marinated and grilled pork tenderloins, or fresh lobster with mashed potatoes to be shared by your friends and family.

7. Coordinate with your color scheme

Aesthetics are a big part of wedding planning. So infusing a bit of color in your food is a crucial element in the coordination of wedding linens, flowers, and wedding party attire. Chefs are very creative in how they incorporate color into their signature dishes without sacrificing the taste. Your guests will be happy, and your wedding food will be even more Instagram-worthy right from the start.

8. Use the weather to plan your drink station

Take cues from The Weather Channel when planning your drink station. For the warm summer months, set up a refreshing beverage station. While during the winter, comfy drinks to warm them up will fit the bill. Weddings are all about the details, even down to how your guests will drink the night away. Customize your beverages based on your personality, your hometown, or anything that inspires you to make your day unique.

A closeup shot of cupcakes on a tray. Featured flavors include double chocolate and classic vanilla.

9. The grab-and-go dessert station

To satisfy a variety of sweet-tooths, offer your guests an abundant dessert station with lots of seasonally-inspired offerings, An assortment of fork-free options is also essential when crafting a display of grab-and-go options. Then they're ready to simply grab a dessert and get back to the dance floor.

10. Late-night snacks

After hours of dancing and drinking, guests are often ready for some comfort food to cap off the night. Treat their appetites with small sweet and salty snacks like tiny sandwiches, bite-size pizzas, satays, chicken, and waffle sliders. These late-night nibbles will keep your wedding party going all-night-long . . . or until you have to leave the venue.

COMPLETE YOUR DREAM WITH THE RIGHT CATERER

Whether you're planning a small intimate wedding or a grand celebration, our staff and the award-winning Mintahoe Catering & Events team will help you create a perfectly memorable menu.

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