2020 Catering Trends for Weddings and Events
If you’re hosting a wedding or event in 2020, you may want to take a look at the upcoming catering trends this year has in store! If you read our last blog, Willowdale Kitchens & Food Trends, you may notice some similar topics being highlighted.
1 | Inclusive Dietary Menus: The “free-from” foods movement allows anyone with an allergen restriction or dietary lifestyle to enjoy their meal at an event. Accommodating dietary requests is something that Willowdale Estate has always provided to our guests. We’re committed to upholding the highest standards of hospitality, anticipating your needs, and exceeding your expectations. That means we have gluten-free, nut-free, vegetarian, and vegan menu options, along with the flexibility to customize your event menu.
Catherine Threlkeld Photography | Grilled zucchini and feta crostini
Cuppa Photography | Poached pear an angelique brie with cinnamon syrup
Shannon Cronin Photography | Fluke ceviche in cucumber cup with kosho and sesame
2 | Do(n’t) Play with Your Food: Creative and interactive displays have been gaining in popularity with events we’ve hosted and events we’ve visited. One of our favorites is this champagne skirt from Elise Sipos. We also love having fun with dessert – s’mores stations, ice cream bars, and more!
Catherine Threlkeld Photography
Sara Smile Photography
3 | Destination-Specific Food: Guests who travel for events want a taste of the local cuisine. For us, that includes some New England favorites, like our lobster rolls and seafood boil spread. We’re excited to partner with nearby farms and purveyors to provide our guests with the freshest ingredients, seasonal menus, and special additions. Besides being inspired by our local roots, you can find global inspiration and fusion on our menus as well.
Erica Ferrone Photography | Mini lobster roll on house-made roll, herbs, and citrus greens
Catherine Threlkeld Photography | Seafood boil
4 | Grab-and-Go: Who says quick can’t be gourmet (or sometimes healthy)? Rethinking these quick and easy bites will help improve guest experience by having mess-free refreshments or a convenient snack to take on the go. These are great options for meetings, guest favors, or a late-night treat.
Emily Teresa Photography | Yogurt parfait with granola and berries
B. Wise Photography | Mini vegetable quiche
Allegro Photography | Mini cuban sandwiches
Salty Raven Photography | House-made pizza
Lena Mirisola Photography | Gourmet popcorn favor
5 | Color!: It’s true that people eat with their eyes (and so does social media). The culinary world is embracing bright and bold colors into their dishes. Beautifully presented dishes can be both food and décor, plus it’s a great opportunity to get creative! We love using edible flowers and herbs as colorful garnishes for passed appetizers.
Heather Nichole Photography | Smoked salmon on potato chip with egg and caper
Maclellan Photo | Beet and goat cheese salad topped with crisp shallots and sherry vinegar
Shannon Cronin Photography | Watermelon bites with spicy whipped feta and mint
6 | Creative Mocktail & Cocktail Stations: Mocktails / “Dry Bars” / zero-proof drinks have been trending in recent years, but if you’re someone who needs a little spirit, these ideas might be for you. Bubbly bars are popular – especially for weddings. This is also a great way include an interactive station for your guests to choose from different types of sparkling wine, fruit juices, and garnishes. If bubbly isn’t your thing, there’s also gin bars and bourbon bars as additional options. Spice up your cocktail concoctions by using a local spirit, exotic fruits, or even CBD oil.
Jim Barbere Photography | Mocktail station
Sara Smile Photography | Bourbon bar
Erica Ferrone Photography | Mimosa station
For more information about book a wedding or event with Willowdale Estate, contact our Sales Team!
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