Catered events are an affordable, convenient way to entertain large groups of people, but it can be hard to choose the right menu options without trying out different catering services first.
Whether you’re planning an event catered by your favorite restaurant or taking advantage of a company that does it for you, there are many things to consider when choosing what food will be provided at your event.
The number one thing to consider when making this decision is who will be attending the event and their tastes, which can vary greatly depending on the attendees and the type of event itself (casual potluck vs formal dinner party).
After all, if no one eats what you serve, your catering strategy is unsuccessful! Check out these options if you’re looking for the most popular catered menu choices.
Ayam Cemani Honey Garlic Chicken Poppers
Chicken is always a popular choice for catering, and these Ayam Cemani Honey Garlic Chicken Poppers are sure to be a hit! Made with chicken marinated in a honey garlic sauce, these poppers are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
If you’re looking for something different than the usual chicken finger fare, these Ayam Cemani Honey Garlic Chicken Poppers are worth trying! They’re perfect for any event, whether a corporate function or a wedding reception. Plus, they can be served as an appetizer or main course.
Iberico Ham De Bellota Charcuterie
Iberico ham is a type of cured ham that originates from Spain. The ham is made from the Iberian pig, a pig native to the Iberian Peninsula. Iberico ham is typically made from the pig’s hind leg and is cured for a minimum of 12 months.
The ham’s unique flavor is often described as nutty and earthy. Iberico ham is one of the most popular menu choices for catered events, and it can be served as an appetizer or main course.
Mini Kobe Beef Sliders
Kobe beef is a type of Wagyu cattle raised in Japan in a very specific way. The result is a melt-in-your-mouth flavor, unlike any other beef you’ve ever tasted. These mini-Kobe beef sliders are the perfect bite-sized treat for your next catered event.
They’re super simple to make and taste delicious. Since there are so few ingredients, you’ll want to pick quality ones like 100% ground beef from a local butcher, minced onions from your local farmer’s market and sesame seeds from a high-quality spice shop. Serve these sliders with pita chips or fresh vegetables like carrots and celery.
Pasta With White Alba Truffle Cream Sauce
This dish is decadent and luxurious, making it a popular choice for upscale events. The creamy sauce is infused with white truffle oil, giving it an earthy flavor that pairs well with the pasta. This dish can be made ahead of time, making it ideal for busy caterers. Several different kinds of pasta can be used in this recipe, including penne or fettuccine.
White Alba Truffle Cream Sauce can also be served as a side dish, providing guests with more than one option to enjoy. When choosing pasta with white alba truffle cream sauce as part of your menu, consider serving it alongside braised lamb shanks or bacon-wrapped scallops.
Salmon is a caterer’s best friend. It’s easy to cook, relatively healthy, and always a crowd-pleaser. If you want to add salmon to your catering menu, we suggest our grilled salmon with lemon-dill sauce.
The lemon-dill sauce is a great way to enhance the flavor of the salmon without overpowering it, and guests always love it. Plus, it’s an elegant dish that can be dressed up or down depending on the event.
Add a more formal touch by serving it with drawn butter, roasted asparagus and crispy prosciutto for the appetizer course at a black-tie wedding. For something less formal, serve it as an entrée paired with roasted red potatoes, green beans, almondine and salad dressing.
A classic dish sure to please any crowd, beef wellington is a filet of beef wrapped in a pastry crust and then baked. This dish can be served with various sides, making it a versatile option for any event.
If beef wellington is chosen as a catered menu option, it can be served with various side dishes. Roasted vegetables, such as carrots and peas, complement beef wellington nicely while contributing to your guests’ vegetable intake.
For the less formal events, serve beef wellington with roasted butternut squash or sweet potatoes. Even better, create a pan sauce by searing slices of mushroom or shallots in butter and adding them to the beef during the last few minutes of cooking.
When it comes to catering, steak is always a popular choice. People love the convenience of having a delicious, cooked-to-order meal without having to do any of the work themselves. Plus, there are so many different ways to prepare steak that there’s sure to be something for everyone.
Steak is a flavorful option that comes in various cuts and sizes. Some caterers offer seasoned and marinated steaks, making them even easier to prepare.
You can serve steaks with a wide variety of side dishes and sauces, allowing you to make sure that everyone gets what they want. Choose one steak for everyone, or use different types of steak to let guests pick from an assortment. It’s completely up to you!
Salmon Fillets with Creamy White Wine Sauce
This dish features baked or grilled salmon topped with a creamy white wine sauce. This dish pairs well with side dishes such as herb-roasted potatoes or roasted vegetables. The best part is that you can add any herbs you like! It’s an elegant and tasty option for dinner parties and can be made ahead of time to make your life easier.
We love this dish because it has a great centerpiece on the table, but it is also very filling, so guests won’t need another meal after eating it.
This simple recipe is inexpensive and will impress guests. Plus, it comes together in less than 30 minutes, so you’ll still have plenty of time before your party starts!