Whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event, a big holiday party, or any other kind of winter extravaganza, you need food that will make your guests smile. Combat the chill in the air with these cozy winter catering ideas.
Warm Soups and Chowders
During the winter, people want soothing, comforting foods, and for many people, hearty soups, stews, and chowders are at the top of the list. Imagine children coming in from a hard day of sledding and snowball fights, and then, sitting down to a nice bowl of soup. It’s an iconic scene that you can easily recreate with the right catering package.
The steam alone is warming, and when you choose a Boston favorite such as clam chowder, you ensure that each bite is perfectly delicious. Of course, you can’t just have chowder on its own. Ideally, you should pair the soup with rolls, mounds of butter, fried clams, and other delightful treats.
Keeping warm burns a lot of calories, and that’s why a lot of people tend to crave meat during the winter. It has the calories they need along with the robust flavors they crave on a cold day. BBQ shrimp and BBQ chicken are a great place to start, but don’t forget to accompany that with the all the crucial side dishes such as corn on the cob, homemade cole slaw, roasted red bliss potatoes, grilled vegetables, and steamed mussels and clams.
Sometimes, the best way to get through winter is to think about the summer. Consider giving your guests a taste of summer with catering that feels like you’re on the beach. A clambake is the ideal way to create this vibe. Serve up some shrimp cocktail, hot boiled lobster, steamed clams, and whatever summer delights you like the best.
Whether you do a summer theme, a BBQ, or a different type of catered meal, consider making your event as decadent as possible. The winter is a bleak time, and indulgence is a traditional way to break through the drudgery.
Start with hors d’oeuvres such as garden crudité and a selection of dipping sauces. Then, move to cheddar cheese puffs, clam chowder, and marinated steak tips. Fill out the menu with other foods that will make your guests feel indulgent. Don’t forget to finish everything off with dessert. To really dive into the indulgence theme, serve up cookies, pastries, brownies, whoopie pies, pecan bars, pies, and tarts.
Special Kids’ Menus
When the kids are happy, the adults are happy. Regardless of the menu you choose, consider doing a special kids’ menu. Go with traditional foods that most children tend to like. For instance, straightforward dishes such as old fashioned hot dogs, pickles, and chips are ideal. You may also want special homemade desserts just for the kids.
To really make your winter event spectacular, contact us. At Woodman’s of Essex, we have BBQ and clambake catering menus that promise to turn any event from ordinary to extraordinary. We also love the challenge of putting together special catering packages. Contact us at (978) 768-2559 to talk about your event today.