For foodie couples, there has never been a better time to get hitched. In place of standard meat and potato meals, caterers are branching out to bring the hottest new culinary trends to hungry wedding guests. If you’re willing to get creative with your wedding eats, we suggest developing a menu with an emphasis on exotic fare and inventive Instagram-worthy presentations.
Poke (pronounced POH-kay), a Hawaiian dish featuring sticky rice and marinated raw fish, made a big splash in 2016 with deconstructed sushi spots popping up everywhere from Vancouver to Toronto. This exotic dish will remain popular in the year ahead. However, for weddings we’re predicting a more minimal interpretation. Petite ahi tuna poke bites (minus the rice and served atop homemade taro chips with avocado mousse) will be the most au courant appetizer of 2017.
Prosecco With Popsicles
Signature cocktails don’t get much cooler than this. Part bubbly, part ice pop, there’s no better celebratory refreshment to serve on a hot summer day than glasses of prosecco garnished with popsicles. Taking a cue from Manhattan’s Loopy Doopy rooftop bar, we created these ultra-Instagramable drinks by pouring crisp, fruity Ruffino prosecco over artisanal floral lemonade popsicles.
Move over sweet tables, the latest and greatest foodie displays for weddings feature a crowd-pleasing array of fried goodies rather than colourful candies. Instead of offering up baked goods or ordering a pile of fast food to serve as a midnight snack, opt for a buffet of gourmet fries, which will please vegetarians and carnivores alike. For the ultimate wedding fry bar, have your caterer crisp up batches of green beans, waffle-cut potatoes, polenta sticks, plantain slices and sweet potato wedges and serve each with a complementary dipping sauce.
Bridal Party Boxed Lunches
Anyone who has ever been a bridesmaid can testify to the fact that the pre-ceremony primping process can be lengthy, not to mention nerve-filled, and eating isn’t usually top of mind. Take this into consideration and instead of slapping down a fruit and cheese platter that goes untouched for hours on end, serve up custom boxed lunches that your friends will actually be excited to dive into. If you’re the DIY type you could put together your own boxed lunches, but if you’ve already got enough on your plate in the lead up to your big day we’d suggest placing an order with a caterer like Savoury & Cake whose prepared meals range from continental breakfasts to Parisian picnic lunches – all packed up in boxes custom-designed to match your wedding theme.
Japanese-Inspired Main Courses
Foodie weddings become more popular with each passing year and caterers realize that couples are looking for creative cuisine that goes way beyond roast chicken and potatoes. For the year ahead, we’re predicting that Japanese fare will inspire a great number of modern wedding menus. Ramen and matcha-flavoured desserts are practically mainstream at this point and for 2017 we’re seeing a growing interest in miso. Our favourite way to work this umami-rich ingredient into a wedding meal is with heaping bowls of miso carbonara featuring bacon, fresh egg yolks, garlic, parmesan and hand-pulled noodles. Are you drooling yet?