All posts tagged as Fall Catering

14 Sep

Beyond Pumpkin Spice: Next Level Fall-Inspired Party Food

In Dinner Parties by Crave Culinaire / September 14, 2018 / 0 Comments

When you think of fall, many often think of pumpkin everything…pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, the list goes on. The thing about fall is that there are so many wonderful dishes connected to the season, yet not many people know about them! Fall is a season for reflection and comfort. It’s a time where we’re starting to wind down this year and prepare for the year ahead, and why not take advantage of the bounties that we receive during this time of the year? You may be planning a get-together for the fall season and we challenge you to look beyond pumpkin spice. Here are some next level fall-inspired party foods that you can showcase at your next event.

Embrace Seasonal Ingredients

There’s nothing better than cooking with ingredients that are in season. Not only are they fresh, they are at their peak of flavor. It’s true that some foods are best enjoyed in their season, and for good reason. Many fall foods are rich in flavor and meant to give a warm feeling when enjoyed. Try using maple to add flavor to a savory dish or incorporate figs and winter squash into your cuisine. These ingredients are at their absolute freshness in fall, so try utilizing them in fall-inspired party foods, such as:

These dishes are not only fresh and delicious, they are perfect for creating a comfortable and warm environment for the season.

Incorporate Smoky Flavor

Cheeses, like smoked Gouda and Gruyere are perfect for fall. Not only are they flavorful on their own, they can be incorporated into many appetizers and dips during your get-together or event. Smoked cheeses are the ultimate comfort foods and add a depth of flavor to a dish. The smoky flavor gives the feeling of warmth, preparing you for the cooler weather ahead (we can dream, Southwest Florida!). Try the following recipes as appetizers at your next party:

These smoky flavors are not only divine, they pair well with other savory fall dishes that you serve to your guests.

Sweet & Savory

Autumn is all about comfort food and nothing says comfort like sweet and savory flavors. Pair a little sweet with a little savory to create a warm and comfortable setting at your get-together or event. Sweets, like apples and cranberries are the perfect additions to savory dishes as they give just a hint of sweetness that works perfectly with the savory portion of the dish. Try the following recipes at your next event:

This pairing emanates fall and your guests will fall in love with the perfect mix of flavors.

Set the Mood

The food that you serve your guests sets the tone of the entire event. Remember, fall is about comfort and reflection. Make your guests feel warm with foods, rich in flavor and take advantage of seasonal foods. After all, they are in season for a reason. Enjoy this time of the year as you look forward to what lies ahead.

The team at Crave Culinaire is ready to help you plan your perfect fall menu! Call (239) 292-1529 or visit www.craveculinaire.com to get started today!

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26 Sep

Top 5 Fall Catering Trends

In Dinner Parties by Crave Culinaire / September 26, 2017 / 0 Comments

As summer begins to fade into fall, we are so excited for all of the new autumn ingredients, flavors, colors, and themes. Whether you are planning a wedding, corporate event, social gala, Bat/Bar Mitzvah, or dinner party, fall is a beautiful time of the year to come together with loved ones to celebrate. Here are our top five fall catering trends to keep in mind as you are planning your fall event:

Cozy Appetizers and Starters

Now that the weather is becoming cooler, you may want to skip the light summer salad and opt for more hearty and warm appetizers. Roasted corn and crab bisque are delicious ways to warm up guests. You may also want to incorporate seasonal ingredients such as nuts, pumpkin seeds, figs, and squash.

Food and Wine Pairings

As autumn brings a variety of new flavors, food and wine pairings are great ways to impress and entertain guests. Here are some of our favorite flavor combinations:

  • Pumpkin

->  Viognier or Barrel-Aged Port

  • Apples                             

-> Gewürztraminer or Vouvray

  • Pears               

->  Sauternes

  • Figs                            

-> Tawny Porto

  • Wild Game

-> Red Bordeaux, Barbaresco, or Barolo

  • Butternut Squash

-> Dolcetto or Prosecco

  • Brussels Sprouts

-> Sauvignon Blanc

For entrees, we are all about incorporating the cozy classics such as: roasted chicken, rack of lamb, filet, and Shepherd’s Pie. After you have selected a main dish, choose seasonal vegetables to use as garnishes and sides such as mushrooms, carrots, and gourds.

Bonus Tip: These are hearty meals, serve smaller portions so guests can enjoy their parings and still be comfortable for dessert; this will also provide you with higher yields.

Get Creative with Your Venue 

Fall is a special time of year where you can host your event both indoors and outdoors comfortably. Whichever you choose, there are many fun fall-inspired design options. Decorate with jewel tones such as gold, silver, rose, and floral to bring out rich fall colors. Provide cozy-seating options such as couches and chairs with pillows and throws that have a mix of cool autumn tones. Weddings can be absolutely stunning in the fall. Take a look at some fall wedding inspiration.

Delectable Desserts

Desserts are an exciting way to showcase the sweet flavors of fall. Consider a dessert trio to give guests a variety of options. Ginger spice cookies, coffee cake, caramel apples, and apple pie are all great examples of delicious fall desserts.

Bonus Tip: Serve hot coffee and apple cider to warm up guests if the evening is expected to be especially chilly.

Interactive Table

The hottest upcoming trend for fall events is farm-to-table food. Including an interactive demo or display table is a creative way to get guests out of their seats and mingling. Take a look at this Everglades table inspired by local ingredients that was created by Crave Culinaire:

Fall is such a magical time of the year to come together with friends and family to make memories that will last a lifetime. If you need help planning your fall event, Crave Culinaire offers fully customizable menus, interactive display tables, hors d’oeuvres, and themed catering. Visit www.craveculinaire.com for more fall event inspiration and to begin planning!

 

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