When planning an event, whether it's a corporate gathering or special celebration, one of the most important decisions you'll make as a planner is choosing the right catering menu. The right combination of flavors and ingredients can really level up your event. Here are some tips for mastering the art of food pairing and creating a menu that fits the type of event you’re planning for.
1. Know Your Audience:
Before selecting your menu items, take some time to consider the preferences of your guests. Are they adventurous eaters who love trying new things, or do they prefer more traditional foods? This alone paints a clear picture of the type of menu selections you should pursue. For the more traditional guest, menu selections like our Tuna Tartare, Crispy Goat Cheese, and Filet Mignon would fit their preferences.
For the more adventurous types, our Cacio e Pepe Risotto Tot, Mac & Cheese Donuts, and 24 Karat Gold Caviar Potato would satisfy their cravings.
A well-balanced menu should offer a variety of flavors to keep things interesting. Incorporate a mix of savory, sweet, salty, and tangy foods to stimulate the palate. Incorporating five or six passed hors d’oeuvres will keep your guests interested throughout the event. Be sure to offer a variety of options to accommodate different tastes, preferences, and dietary restrictions. Include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options to ensure that all of your guests can find something they enjoy.
3. Consider Seasonality:
Take advantage of seasonal ingredients in your menu selection. Not only do seasonal ingredients taste better, but they're also more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Incorporating seasonal produce into your dishes can add a pop of color and vibrancy while highlighting the best flavors of the season. At Scoozi Events, we’re always updating our menus to fit seasonal trends. You can see what’s new by checking our lookbooks (here).
4. Don't Forget About Presentation:
In addition to flavor, presentation plays a crucial role in creating a memorable experience. We taste with their eyes first, so a beautifully presented hors d’oeuvre is just as important as taste. If your guests are more traditional, request sleek white or polished black serving trays. If your guests are more adventurous, up-the-ante on your presentation and let the caterer get creative. At Scoozi Events, that’s our favorite thing to do!
Let’s Get This Party Started!
Now that you’re a certified pro at choosing your menu, it’s time to head over to www.scoozievents.com and start planning your event! We can’t wait to bring your culinary vision to life!