Making Food That Tastes Like Island Holidays: Relaxing Treats

Hi, my name is Kate, and as I have been married to a chef for over fifteen years, I have learned a lot about how to create ambiance and style in a restaurant. I would love to start our own restaurant, but it's just not possible right now as we are super focused on our two kids under the age of two. Maybe, when they get older, we'll be able to open one. Anyway, I love exploring that world and decided to create a blog related to food service and food service ideas. In particular, I am going to focus on making food that tastes like a holiday, engaging your clients and relaxing them. I hope you enjoy these posts and that they inspire you to explore new culinary avenues.

3 Fun Wedding Catering Options For The Budget-Conscious Couple


Providing a meal for your wedding guests tends to be costly, but there are fun, budget-friendly alternatives to a silver service, three-course meal. If you'd like to trim the catering costs for your big day but still give your guests a meal to remember, give these three alternatives some consideration:

Spit Roast A Hog

Hiring a spit roast catering company is ideal if you're having an outdoor wedding reception. Everything you need, including the hog, side dishes and your very own server to carve the meat, can be provided. This option would work well if you want a laid back atmosphere, as guests can simply visit the spit roast bar whenever they feel hungry, which enables everyone to mingle rather than being stuck sitting at a table for the majority of the reception. Vegetarian dishes, such as pasta and nut roasts, can also be provided, so no-one need feel excluded.

Lay On Afternoon Tea

Who doesn't enjoy a luxurious afternoon tea? This catering option doesn't require much preparation, and you don't need access to any kitchen equipment that will keep food warm. You can either make the food yourself the day before your wedding or hire a caterer, but sandwiches, scones and a few varieties of speciality tea won't blow your budget either way. If you want to make your afternoon tea reception extra special, consider hiring some bone china and hanging bunting around the venue. Here are a few suggestions for finger sandwiches:

  • Poached salmon with lemon and dill mayonnaise
  • Roast beef, Roquefort and caramelised onion chutney
  • Sprouted greens, vine-ripened tomatoes and avocado
  • Chicken with fig and walnut preserve

Create A Sushi Buffet

Making your own sushi is a lot of fun, and it's not something your guests will get to try every day. You can create your own sushi buffet by providing rolling mats, a few sharp knives, sheets of nori seaweed, a batch of sushi rice, condiments, and a few platters of fillings for the sushi rolls, such as thinly sliced raw vegetables and cooked fish. Set up a few sushi making stations, and your guests can get to work creating their own sushi roll masterpieces. You'll need to use the fridges at your reception venue to store the rice, fish and vegetables ahead of your reception, so check they allow this before committing to this option. If you want to offer an alternative to sushi without straying from the theme, you could also provide tempura vegetables and soba noodle salad bowls.

Scaling back your wedding meal is a great way to save some money, but you don't have to revert to soggy sausage rolls and egg salad. The above suggestions are simple, but they're also fun and easy to customise to your personal tastes. 

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25 August 2015