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Summer Catering Ideas!


  1. Weather in Mind: Check the weather forecast leading up to the event to anticipate any potential issues. Have contingency plans in case of rain or extreme heat. Consider providing shaded areas, fans, or misting stations to keep guests comfortable.

  2. Embrace Seasonal Ingredients: Take advantage of the abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs available during the summer. Incorporate them into your menu to create vibrant and flavorful dishes that highlight the best of the season.

  3. Offer Light and Refreshing Options: During summer, guests often prefer lighter and refreshing food choices. Incorporate salads, chilled soups, grilled seafood, and fruit-based desserts into your menu. Provide options for various dietary preferences, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free dishes.

  4. Choose Portable and Easy-to-Eat Foods: Opt for foods that are easy to eat while standing or mingling outdoors. Consider finger foods, skewers, mini sandwiches, or individual servings. This allows guests to enjoy the food without the need for utensils or formal seating.

  5. Consider BBQ and Grilling: Take advantage of the summer season by incorporating barbecue and grilling options. Grilled meats, vegetables, and even fruits can add smoky and delicious flavors to your menu. Have designated grill stations or a BBQ buffet for interactive and enjoyable dining experiences.

  6. Incorporate Colorful and Eye-Catching Presentation: Use vibrant and seasonal ingredients to create visually appealing dishes. Incorporate colorful garnishes, edible flowers, and creative plating techniques. This adds to the overall aesthetic appeal and enhances the dining experience.

When it comes to summer catering, it's important to focus on refreshing, light, and seasonal dishes that are easy to eat and enjoy outdoors. Here are some of the best summer catering ideas to consider:

  1. Barbecue Buffet: Set up a barbecue station with grilled meats such as burgers, hot dogs, chicken skewers, and ribs. Accompany them with a variety of sauces, fresh salads, grilled vegetables, and side dishes like corn on the cob and baked beans.

  2. Build-Your-Own Tacos: Create a taco bar with an assortment of fillings like grilled shrimp, pulled pork, marinated chicken, and roasted vegetables. Provide an array of toppings such as salsa, guacamole, cheese, sour cream, and various types of tortillas.

  3. Fresh Salad Bar: Offer a selection of vibrant salads using seasonal fruits and vegetables. Include options like watermelon and feta salad, mixed green salad with berries, cucumber and tomato salad, and quinoa salad with roasted vegetables. Provide an assortment of dressings and toppings for customization.

  4. Seafood Feast: Showcase the flavors of the sea with a seafood-themed menu. Serve shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, grilled fish, seafood paella, and ceviche. Don't forget to include some refreshing sides like citrusy coleslaw or grilled asparagus.

  5. Mediterranean Mezze Platter: Create a beautiful display of Mediterranean-inspired small bites. Include hummus, tzatziki, tabbouleh, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, pita bread, olives, and marinated vegetables. This option works well for grazing and mingling.

  6. Frozen Treats: Beat the heat with frozen desserts like ice cream sundaes, popsicles, or a make-your-own frozen yogurt station. Offer a variety of flavors, toppings, and sauces to cater to different preferences.

  7. Fresh Fruit Bar: Set up a colorful fruit bar with an assortment of seasonal fruits, sliced and beautifully arranged. Offer various fruit skewers, fruit salads, or fruit-infused water for a refreshing and healthy option.

  8. Signature Cocktails and Mocktails: Create a signature drink menu that includes refreshing summer cocktails and non-alcoholic mocktails. Offer a variety of options like mojitos, sangrias, fruity spritzers, or homemade lemonades.

  9. Outdoor Grill Stations: Set up multiple outdoor grill stations where guests can customize their own meals. Provide a selection of marinated meats, seafood, and vegetables, along with various marinades, rubs, and sauces for guests to choose from.

At 1908 Uptown Eatery we can cater to your summer event! Book your event at 1908 today or have us cater. your special day!

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