Event catering is something which has evolved over recent years. Throwing together an assortment of sandwiches and crisps across a buffet table isn’t going to cut it in most cases. Enter grazing tables. These produce an enticing display of dishes or smaller bites, usually grouped together in similar themes across a beautifully presented table. Think of a ‘hog roast corner’ or an ‘American burger bar’ with a look to match. They can even provide multiple platters piled high with treats which look as good as they are to eat. Not only do these tables create a great talking point but they also allow guests to ‘graze’ when they want to, building a plate of food they want to eat rather than one placed in front of them.
Here are some inspiring grazing table ideas for your event food.
Seasonal Event Food
The type of food you serve should be absolutely delicious, so thinking about seasonal ingredients is a must. If you’re struggling to think of grazing table ideas for your event, why not design it around the time of year, helping attendees to enjoy the best of the season? For example, summer is a fantastic time to bring out a few more spices and international dishes. This could be something as simple as a paella station or theming your catering around a particular nationality such as Greek or Mexican. If your event is taking place in the winter months, think about incorporating flavours such as warm cinnamon spices or some seasonal pulled pork.
Match Your Catering to the Event Theme
Matching your grazing table to your event theme is a sure-fire way to enhance the day. So if you’re planning a nautical-themed evening, think about creating a grazing station with some delicious seafood bites on offer. Or if you’re having a banquet themed night, imagine show-stopping food platters which ignite all the senses. Even if you’re organising a relaxed, festival themed event, you don’t have to compromise on quality.
Chef Run Grazing Stations
One of the most exciting ideas for grazing tables is to have a real chef running it. This means hot food can be freshly prepared and made to order. For example, you could provide guests with an Italian grazing station with the option to ask the chef for a wood fired pizza to be cooked within minutes. Or you could have a whole meat roasting on display, which is served up in baps at the table once it’s slow-cooked to perfection.
Vegan & Vegetarian Grazing Tables
Plant-based diets are on the rise, so it’s important to think about catering for all those who attend. Even if you’re planning barbecue food for your event, there are still plenty of ideas you can use. Check out our vegetarian and vegan BBQ food blog for inspiration.
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