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What To Make For Catering A Party or Event?

When planning a catering menu, it’s essential to consider the type of event, the preferences of your target audience, dietary restrictions, and the budget. The menu should be diverse, well-balanced, and visually appealing.

Here are some popular and versatile food items that are commonly included in catering menus…

Appetizers

  • Mini Quiches or Tartlets
  • Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Bruschetta
  • Caprese Skewers (cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil)
  • Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Spring Rolls or Samosas
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Meat or Cheese Platters
  • Assorted Sushi Rolls

Salads

  • Mixed Green Salad with a Variety of Dressings
  • Caesar Salad
  • Greek Salad
  • Caprese Salad
  • Fruit Salad with Seasonal Fruits
  • Pasta Salad with Veggies and Dressing

Main Courses

  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Beef or Chicken Stir-Fry
  • Vegetarian or Chicken Fajitas
  • Roast Beef or Turkey with Gravy
  • Salmon or Tilapia with Lemon Herb Sauce
  • BBQ Pulled Pork or Chicken Sliders
  • Eggplant Parmesan (Vegetarian Option)
  • Beef or Chicken Skewers with Dipping Sauces
  • Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers or Zucchini Boats
  • Lasagna (meat or vegetable)

Side Dishes

  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  • Seasoned Rice Pilaf
  • Roasted Vegetables (e.g., carrots, broccoli, cauliflower)
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese
  • Garlic Bread or Dinner Rolls

Desserts

  • Assorted Mini Cheesecakes
  • Fruit Tarts or Tartlets
  • Chocolate Fondue with Dippers (e.g., marshmallows, strawberries, pretzels)
  • Cupcakes or Cake Pops
  • Cookies (assorted flavors)
  • Chocolate Brownies or Blondies

Beverages

  • Lemonade or Iced Tea
  • Fruit Infused Water
  • Coffee and Tea Station
  • Soft Drinks or Soda
  • Wine and Beer (if appropriate for the event)

It’s essential to consider dietary preferences and restrictions, such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or nut-free options, to accommodate all guests. Additionally, you can consider incorporating some regional or international dishes to add variety and cater to different tastes. Always aim for a well-balanced menu that includes a mix of proteins, vegetables, starches, and dessert options to satisfy all your guests’ palates.

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