GUEST POST WRITTEN BY RANDY WAIDNER, CORPORATE CHEF OF GIBSONS RESTAURANT GROUP
Engagement pictures filled social media sites over the holiday season, and that means one thing – wedding season is just around the corner. For brides-to-be embarking or professional wedding planners, staying up to date on the latest trends is a must. To assist with the overwhelming process, Gibsons Restaurant Group Catering is giving an inside look into some of the most requested food crazes they’re seeing at weddings.
“From customizable dessert bars to creative cocktails named after the bride and groom, we’ve seen it all. The food and beverage portion of weddings allows for multiple opportunities to personalize their day and thank guests for celebrating with them,” says Lynette Velez McHugh, Director of Sales at Gibsons Restaurant Group. “Our tailored menu design packages allow planners to mix and match menu items from any of our restaurants, so nothing is off limits creativity wise. And everything is prepared on-site to guarantee the freshest food experience possible.”
Create the ultimate wedding menu with the following suggestions:
- Indulge Guests: Why force guests to choose from one entrée option when they can have smaller bites of everything? Consider a tasting menu or a main dish that features two or three mini servings of different entrées on a single plate. Waiters can serve guests from a selection that has been wheeled out on a cart. The personalized service adds a gourmet touch with VIP flair to wow guests.
- Include Late Night Nibbles: Guests get hungry after a night filled with dancing! Surprise wedding attendees with sliders, mini grilled cheese sandwiches, cups of fries or other handheld snacks towards the end of the night. And don’t forget the sweets!
- Personalize the Bar: Adding specialty cocktails that the bride and groom selects provides a touch of personalization to the reception. Feature their favorite cocktails or something that plays off of their names for a creative touch.
- Go Mini for Dessert: From Cronuts to the cupcake trend, it’s tough to keep up with the always changing world of desserts. A dessert bar with bite sized options allows guests to select which sweet treats they’d prefer to indulge in. In addition, by featuring a DIY ice cream sandwich or sundae bar, guests can interact and customize their choices. And for those who do not wish to forego the cake cutting ceremony opt for a small cake mainly reserved for the bride and groom.
- Cater to Everyone: With gluten-free and vegan diets becoming more popular make sure there are options available for everyone. No one likes a cocktail hour or dinner menu filled with food that looks amazing, but doesn’t adhere to their dietary restrictions. For passed appetizers, consider choosing one or two options that are herbivore friendly and always have a section for dietary restrictions on the RSVP.
Thanks so much to Randy Waidner, Corporate Chef for Gibsons Restaurant Group! Visit any of their locations, including Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House, LUXBAR, Quartino and its namesake, Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse for fabulous award-winning fare! To learn about their wedding options, click here or call 312-587-0508.