As summer fades and temperatures cool, it signals the start of the Fall wedding season. Fall is a gorgeous time for weddings due to the natural beauty of the changing foliage and the milder weather. As brides and grooms begin to plan their wedding receptions, and caterers plan their menu options, trends start to become noticeable. Use these Fall wedding catering trends as inspiration to plan a unique menu that will have your guests raving!
The use of organic and sustainable ingredients is becoming very popular and it’s a great way to incorporate a local menu. Many caterers and chefs shop local farmers markets to find the best seasonal ingredients to incorporate into their menus. Ask your caterer if they offer locally grown, organic options. Using local, sustainably grown food will not only provide a higher quality meal, but will save you money since these are readily available seasonal ingredients.
Traditional comfort foods like burgers, pot pie and risotto have also risen in popularity. We’ve seen a lot of caterers putting a fusion twist on American classics, like Kobe beef burgers or short-ribs braised in wine. Taking dishes that people know and giving them a little pizzazz gives your guests a pleasant change of pace from what they are used to. Many chefs will ask the bride and groom what they like to eat and then add a twist to everything, giving them something truly unique, and special for their wedding reception.
A traditional first-course dinner salad is always a good bet, but we’re starting to see more of a focus on hot appetizers, especially for Fall weddings. Many caterers are offering hearty soups and chowders to warm up their guests. Popular choices are butternut squash soup, pumpkin soup, and seafood based soups like clam chowder or lobster bisque. Other popular items are toasted appetizers, such as a bruschetta with pear and gorgonzola or crostini topped with bleu cheese and wild mushrooms.
For a wonderful Fall entrée, forget the chicken and the filet and try something unexpected. We’ve seen many caterers offering duck, lamb, and even quail on the menu for Fall. Paired with seasonal veggies like leeks, onions, carrot and celery, these entrees will be sure to please your guests.
Couples typically stick to traditional flavors for their wedding cake, but consider choosing a flavor that compliments the Fall season. Dark chocolate or a pound cake laced with amaretto are good bets for a Fall wedding. Some couples may also offer additional desserts aside from the cake. Apple tarts and pies are popular for Fall weddings.
The key to fabulous food for your wedding is to be a little adventurous, but choose flavors that will appeal to the majority of your guests. Incorporate a few of these Fall catering trends into your reception and your guests will be sure to appreciate the unique menu and seasonal flavors!